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Boarding school 'sorry' for 'blacked up' slave photo

A boarding school has apologised after a group of boys “blacked up” and dressed as slaves for a photograph. Sixth-formers at the Oratory School in Oxfordshire, wore the make-up and costumes for their leaving pictures, which were published on social media. The pupils were stopped from taking part in an “informal” photo shoot, but took […]

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Sharp rise in mentally ill children aged under 11

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a sharp rise in the number of children under 11 referred for mental health treatment by schools in the last four years, figures show. Data obtained by children’s charity the NSPCC shows that schools in England have made a total of 123,713 referrals for specialist help since 2014-15. […]

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100 Cardiff students report sexual assaults

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGwyneth Sweatman, of NUS Wales, said research showed the problems on campuses in the UK were “very worrying”. Students at all universities should have the opportunity to report incidents of assault or violence, the National Union of Students in Wales has said. It has welcomed a new […]

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Grammar and faith schools get green light to expand

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Grammar schools will be able to bid for money to create more places Grammar schools in England will receive £50m to create new places – and a route has been opened to create new faith schools, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced. But the government has ditched its original […]

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Student loans boss Steve Lamey hired 'against advice'

Image copyright PA The man hired to run the Student Loans Company was appointed against officials’ advice and without having his references checked, a report says. Steve Lamey was made chief executive in June 2016 on a year’s probation. Within 18 months he was sacked for gross misconduct after whistleblowers made 69 allegations of wrongdoing. […]

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Student loan rates absurd, say MPs

Image copyright PA Image caption The measure used to set interest rates on student loans is flawed and unfair, say MPs The inflation measure used to set interest rates on student loans is “absurd”, says a report from MPs. The government uses RPI – the Retail Prices Index – which the Treasury Select Committee says […]

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How to lose the Sats stress

Image copyright Brockhurst Primary school It’s exam time in primary schools across England. Years Two and Six are taking national curriculum tests, which cover reading, arithmetic, spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you have children taking them, you will know how stressful it can be. But a school in Hampshire has found a way of making […]

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Primary school children 'sent to school wearing nappies'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councillor Collette Finnegan said some pupils were sent to school in a nappy on a daily basis Children are being sent to primary school wearing nappies because parents “cannot be bothered” to toilet train them, a community nurse claims. Councillors have been told some parents in Gloucestershire were not […]

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Lower proof for misconduct claims, students say

Image copyright John Sutton/Geograph Pressure over the way Cambridge deals with sexual misconduct claims could lead to a lowering of the standard of proof for student disciplinary cases. Students complained in an open letter to university bosses that the current system “actively discourages” victims of sexual assault from coming forward. Currently, Cambridge uses the criminal […]

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The adopted children confused by love

Image caption Diane says he daughter “can’t cope if she’s not the centre of my world” Children who have suffered abuse and neglect can often become violent and distressed at the thought of being loved, developing attachment issues. Some adoptive parents say they are left unprepared and unsupported when trying to care for them. “Her […]

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Durham Sixth Form Centre paid ransom after cyber-attack

Image copyright Google Image caption Durham Sixth Form Centre was targeted in April 2017 A school paid out £1,500 in ransom money after it fell victim to a cyber-attack, the BBC has learned. Durham Sixth Form Centre was hit in the run-up to exams in April 2017 when a computer virus encrypted college files which […]

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University of Warwick suspends 11 students over rape jokes

Image copyright Google Image caption The University of Warwick is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 Eleven students have been suspended from the University of Warwick after rape jokes made in a group chat emerged. Student online papers The Tab and The Boar obtained screenshots from […]