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Making waves

Image copyright Jon Holt Greig City Academy Image caption Off Cornwall at 01:00 – the crew operate the boat day and night in four-hour shifts Fastnet, the world’s largest offshore yacht race, is taking place this week over a 605 mile course – among the entrants is a team from ...

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Preparing for puberty

Image caption Lily is “very happy and doing well”, her mum says For most parents, their child’s move to secondary school is a big moment which requires planning, even more so for those with transgender children. The Victoria Derbyshire programme has been following two of the UK’s youngest trans children ...

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Schools break law on religious education, research suggests

Image caption RE can bring better understanding of other religions and cultures More than a quarter of England’s secondary schools do not offer religious education, despite the law saying they must, suggests research given to BBC local radio. The National Association for RE teachers obtained unpublished official data under Freedom ...

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Academics uncover 30 words ‘lost’ from English language

Image caption Jodie Whittacker in the BBC series “Trust Me” – the story of a “Quacksalver” If someone were to accuse you of being “snout-fair” would you be pleased or offended? What about being described as “dowsabel” or as a “percher”? These are among 30 lost English words uncovered by ...

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SATs for seven-year-olds scrapped from 2023

Image copyright PA Controversial tests taken by England’s seven-year-olds will be scrapped by 2023, but nine-year-olds will have to sit times table tests under new plans. Announcing the end to compulsory SATs, the government said children would instead have a “baseline” check in reception year, aged four or five. This ...

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Labour’s plan to halt tuition rise passes unopposed

Image copyright PA Image caption Tuition fees are increasing to £9,250 and then again the following year A Labour motion calling on the government to reverse a planned increase in university tuition fees in England has been approved without a vote in the Commons. There was no vote because the ...

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‘Historic’ schools funding change confirmed

Image copyright Getty Images “Historic” changes to the schools funding formula will make it fairer and more transparent, Education Secretary Justine Greening has told MPs. She said the new national formula would distribute money based on schools’ “individual needs and characteristics”. She was increasing the basic level of funding schools ...

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Horrid or hero?

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The Horrid Henry books have sold in their millions since 1994 Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas has banned his three-year-old son from watching Horrid Henry because he says Teddy has “literally turned into” the fictional character. But should parents be banishing him from their children’s lives? ...

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Reality Check

Image copyright Getty Images As children across the UK are settling into the new school year, many families are facing hefty bills for compulsory school uniforms. For older children – or those who are taller than average – school uniforms, as well as all other clothing and shoes, attract the ...

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Young people fear for futures in Brexit Britain, says study

Image copyright dusanpetkovic Image caption Many of those questioned felt unprepared for modern life and work More than two-thirds of young people in the UK have an “international outlook” and many fear for their prospects once the UK leaves the EU, says a report. Ipsos Mori questioned a representative group ...

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What’s it like to start reading at 60?

Image caption Florence Cheptoo began to learn to read when her grandchild brought home a library book What’s it like to read your first words at the age of 60? What difference does it make after a lifetime of getting by without reading? If you think about how much written ...

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City College Norwich autistic student ‘binned’ from course

Image caption James Parker’s family said it felt “amazing” when they were told he had got a college place An autistic teenager who was thrown off his college course just days after starting said he feels as though he has been “thrown away in a bin”. City College Norwich said ...

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