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Oxford historians object to empire project

Image copyright Pavelklyuyev Image caption The Ethics and Empire project is being hosted by the McDonald Centre based at Christ Church college Up to 60 Oxford University academics have signed a letter in opposition to “the agenda” of a project assessing the ethics of empire. The programme is led by ...

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Poor students ‘lose on grade predictions’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are calls for students to make university applications based on results rather than predicted grades University admissions would be fairer if students applied after they knew their A-level results, says a social mobility charity. The Sutton Trust says relying on predicted grades is ...

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Sexting to online porn: What should sex education lessons cover?

Sexting, online pornography, staying safe online, transgender issues – should these topics be included in new sex and relationships education (SRE) guidelines for schools in England? The Department for Education is asking parents and young people for their opinions in an eight-week call for views on what should be covered. ...

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‘Separated from my siblings’

Image caption Rachel is the eldest of four children “I got separated from my siblings… I was told I was moved away from them because I was overprotective with them,” 17-year-old Rachel told a committee of MPs on Tuesday. She had come to Westminster to share her experiences of being ...

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Modern slums

Image copyright Other Image caption No room to play… Emadlina and her three children lived in this room Poor children are being crammed into slum-land bedsits, some of which are so risky that some families end up being referred to social services for help, charities say. Whole families are living ...

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How fear puts girls off PE

Image copyright Girls Active Image caption Gracie says learning to love PE has transformed her life Gracie Rowe used to be terrified of PE. “I was on the tubby side. “My personal self-consciousness was like a devil on my shoulder telling me I couldn’t do it. “It was the fact ...

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Disabled school transport cuts prompt safety fears

Image copyright Getty Images Parents of disabled children in south Wales have raised safety fears over potential cuts to specialist school transport. It comes as Bridgend council considers cutting escort services for primary school children in a bid to save £13,000. But parents and campaigners say removing one-to-one support would ...

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Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman receives ‘venomous’ threats

Image copyright Department of Education Image caption Amanda Spielman said she has received threatening messages after her report condemned some conservative religious schools The head of Ofsted says she has had threats from “a mixture of Islamic extremists and the hard left” after raising concerns about faith schools. Amanda Spielman ...

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Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment ‘as banter’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Teachers should be aware of the likelihood that that harassment can spread on social media Sexual harassment or violence at school should never be dismissed as “banter”, new Department for Education guidance to schools and colleges has stressed. “Sexting” explicit images and videos of ...

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Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some parents give their children alcohol from an early age Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children ...

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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Image copyright PA The UK will continue to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programme until at least the end of 2020, the prime minister has said. Theresa May praised Erasmus+ and confirmed the UK would still be involved after Brexit in March 2019. Whether it is involved long ...

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Primary league tables: Special-needs pupils struggle with new tests

Image copyright Thinkstock Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in England are dropping further behind their classmates in national primary school tests, statistics show. The gap between SEN pupils and their peers has risen from 48 percentage points in 2016 to 52 this year. The figures are revealed in school ...

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