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Schools urged to help tackle Islamophobia

Image caption Azeem and Shutha from Cathays High School have contributed to the videos Young Muslims in Wales say they have been frequently stared at in public, called “terrorists” at school and been told by strangers to take off headscarves. It comes as schools have been urged to raise awareness ...

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Tackling misogyny

Image caption Teacher Severine Wilken thinks more schools should teach pupils about sexist language “I hear it so often now it just doesn’t actually bother me, It’s just part of everyday life, just a normal word.” That is the view of a teenage boy at Nottingham Free School, who is ...

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Thousands struggle to access childcare on glitchy website

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of parents in England are struggling to get subsidised childcare as they grapple with a glitchy website eight months after it was set up. In some cases, money meant for fees has become stuck in tax-free childcare accounts, leaving some parents unable to pay their ...

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Places deadline: Top tips on choosing a school

Image copyright Sunesis Image caption The race is on – parents have until midnight to apply for primary school places Parents of rising-fives in England have until midnight tonight to apply for primary school places for their children. It can be a tense time, with the most popular schools often ...

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Dreaming big

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK needs to produce thousands more engineers Fewer than one in 10 engineers in the UK are female – the lowest percentage in Europe, according to the Women’s Engineering Society. Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. Here, two pioneering female engineers ...

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Fifty and childless

Image caption Nicci and Andrew Fletcher are now in their 50s “What people don’t realise is it’s a form of bereavement. There were days I couldn’t get out of bed. I just couldn’t face the world.” Nicci Fletcher, 50, says she and her husband Andrew felt “real grief” at not ...

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Jo Johnson: PM’s ex-aide ‘so wrong’ about Justine Greening

Image copyright PA Image caption Nick Timothy quit his role as Theresa May’s joint chief of staff after the election Theresa May’s former adviser has sparked criticism for a newspaper article attacking ex-education secretary Justine Greening. Nick Timothy said Ms Greening – who quit in the reshuffle after the PM ...

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First-class honours for a quarter of UK graduates

Image copyright PA More than one in four UK students graduated from university with a first-class degree last year, data shows. The official figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the share of graduates with the highest possible result rose 44% in five years. The statistics may spark ...

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Overseas students ‘significant benefit’ to UK economy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption London has the biggest share of overseas students, but the biggest economic impact is in Sheffield International students are worth £20bn to the UK economy, says a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute. The analysis says on top of tuition fees, their spending ...

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Campus free speech fears ‘whipped up’, says university boss

Image copyright Parliament TV Image caption There is little evidence that universities are inhibiting free speech argues Prof Tickell Claims that universities are inhibiting free speech are based on misleading evidence “whipped up to create a moral panic”, a university leader has told a Parliamentary committee. Universities thrive on free ...

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University bosses face curbs under fair-pay rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Universities have been under pressure over senior pay University heads will be barred from being involved in setting their own salaries, under a new fair-pay code announced in the wake of claims of excessive pay for vice-chancellors. Senior pay would also be expected not ...

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Sam Gyimah is new universities minister, replacing Jo Johnson

Image copyright PA Sam Gyimah has been made Higher Education Minister for England in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Mr Gyimah’s role straddles the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He replaces Jo Johnson, who has been made Transport Minister. Mr Gyimah, 41, will work ...

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