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Restore lifetime tenancies to vulnerable tenants, say peers

Image copyright Alamy Ministers are being urged to give councils and housing associations back the right to offer lifetime tenancies to those they consider vulnerable. Peers are debating the issue of lifetime tenancies for those in social housing, which started to be phased out by David Cameron’s Tory government. They ...

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Damian Hinds is new education secretary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Damian Hinds arriving this evening in Downing Street Damian Hinds has been announced as England’s education secretary in the prime minister’s Cabinet reshuffle. He will replace Justine Greening, who is leaving the government. Ms Greening, the Conservatives’ first comprehensive-educated education secretary turned down a ...

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Toby Young’s appointment leaves new regulator ‘in tatters’, says Labour

Image copyright PA Toby Young’s appointment to the board of the new Office for Students has left the university regulator with its “credibility in tatters”, says Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for women and equalities. It follows accusations that Mr Young had made offensive comments on Twitter. But ...

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Educational support for deaf children ‘in disarray’

Image copyright NDCS Image caption Specialist staffing levels have dropped 14% over seven years, despite a 31% rise in the number of deaf children children requiring support Support for the 45,000 deaf children in England is in “complete disarray” as staffing levels fail to match increased demand, a lobby group ...

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‘Conflicting messages’ stop children walking and cycling to school

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The survey suggested that just 3% of children in Scotland cycle to school “Conflicting messages” on safety are preventing parents from encouraging their children to walk or cycle or school, according to campaigners. A survey by Sustrans and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council found ...

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GCSE computing: Students’ work will not count

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A non-exam programming task was worth a fifth of the marks in computer science GCSE GCSE computer science programming tasks worth a fifth of the marks will no longer count towards students’ final grades after they were leaked online. Writing to students, exams regulator ...

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Heads warn of reshuffle ‘window dressing’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There has been speculation about the future of Justine Greening in an expected reshuffle Head teachers in England say any reshuffle of ministers needs to be more than “window dressing” – and must get to grips with core problems over school funding and staffing ...

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Unregistered Jewish schools prompt call for new laws

Image caption Up to 1,500 boys are estimated to attend unregistered schools in Hackney The government must act to help up to 1,500 ultra Orthodox Jewish boys going to unregistered schools in the London borough of Hackney, says a report. Poor safety and wellbeing and a narrow religious education are ...

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More students found cheating in GCSE and A-level exams

Image caption Most of those penalised were sanctioned for taking mobile phones into exams More students are cheating in GCSE and A-level exams in England, with the number caught last summer up a quarter on the previous year, new figures show. Exams regulator Ofqual issued 2,715 penalties to students for ...

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Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Image copyright iStock Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16. The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March. The move follows concerns over the impact of ...

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Starting again

After dropping out of university, for weeks Ben couldn’t tell his dad the truth. He made a failed suicide attempt and barely left his bedroom for five months. But finally, as he describes here, he managed to start again. I had always felt under pressure to go to university. I ...

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Toby Young regrets ‘politically incorrect’ comments

Image copyright PA Toby Young has said he regrets “politically incorrect” remarks he made in the past but has rejected claims of misogyny and homophobia. The right wing journalist has faced a backlash on social media after it was announced he had been appointed to the board of a new ...

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