Education

Children 'taking selfies' on rail tracks as trespassing doubles

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBritish Transport Police footage of trespassing on the rails Teenagers are risking their lives to take selfies on train tracks with the number of young people trespassing on lines more than doubling in the last three years. Official figures show people went onto the tracks 400 times […]

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Schools alone cannot fix childhood obesity, says Ofsted boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Children need help to make better choices, says report Schools are not a “silver bullet” to tackle childhood obesity, the head of Ofsted has said in a report. A study of 60 schools found no link between schools’ efforts to tackle obesity and pupils’ weight. Factors outside the gates […]

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Holiday childcare: 'I'm lucky – my sister has my child'

Image copyright Getty Images “There’s no way I can work, on my wages, and pay the childminder for the holidays,” says mother-of-one Emma. “I’ve been very lucky because my sister has my daughter for me.” For Emma, being able to leave her child with her sister and pay her a much reduced rate has been […]

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Religious education 'vital for diversity'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Londoners of different faiths and cultures remembered the terror attack on London Bridge Religious education is more vital than ever in an increasingly diverse society and needs a higher status, says former home secretary Charles Clarke. Mr Clarke is co-author of a report calling for better religious education in […]

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Private tutors 'should face DBS criminal record checks'

Image caption There are an estimated 100,000 full time private tutors working in the UK, according to the Tutors’ Association The UK’s biggest teaching union has called for all private home tutors to face criminal record checks before being allowed to work with children. The National Education Union (NEU) said teachers barred from classrooms may […]

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Anti-knife crime lessons for holidays

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lessons want to reduce the risk of teenagers getting involved in knife crime during the summer holidays Teenagers in England are being given lessons in school to tackle the risk of knife crime over the summer holidays. End-of-term activities might be expected to be sports days, school trips […]

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Visual history

Image copyright Getty Images The Republic of Ireland’s referendum to liberalise abortion laws in May was one of the most visual campaigns in the country’s history. It was another sign of massive societal change coming just three years after the country’s same-sex marriage referendum. Now artists, archivists and historians in Ireland have come together to […]

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Concerns over Stormont minority ethnic fund money

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘We’re really panicking here’ – Concerns over minority ethnic fund money Questions have been raised about whether a Stormont scheme set up to aid ethnic minority communities is serving its purpose. Several groups that applied to the Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) have been told they have […]

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Green Flag for Bridgend triplets mum's allotment vision

Image copyright Lisa Lewis Image caption Badgers Brook in Brackla is one of the new community Green Flag Award winners When new mother Lisa Lewis found out she was having triplet boys – she knew she wanted them to grow up appreciating real food. Her solution? She applied for a council allotment to grow it […]

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Make your mind up over teacher pay, Hinds urged

Six teaching unions are urging the government to make its mind up on whether it will back a call for a real pay rise for teachers in England. Education Secretary Damian Hinds was told schools faced unnecessary uncertainty over what to pay staff next September due to his delayed response. In May, the official teacher […]

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Number of secondary school pupils in England to rise

Image copyright Getty Images There will be over 400,000 more pupils in England’s state secondary schools by the year 2027, new forecasts indicate. Secondary pupil numbers are expected to rise by 14.7% over the next 10 years, the Department for Education projects. The rise is fuelled by a baby boom in the early 2000s that […]