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Scottish university dropout rate lowest for 19 years

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Dropout rates during the first year are at their lowest for 19 years The dropout rate for students at Scottish universities is the lowest it has been for 19 years. For the first time in a generation, the retention rate for students is better than the UK average. Just 6.2% […]

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Arrests over racist Nottingham Trent University halls chants

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRufaro Chisango recorded the chants while locked in her room in halls Two men have been arrested after a video of racist slurs being shouted in university accommodation emerged. Rufaro Chisango tweeted the video of the abuse which apparently included “we hate the blacks” while locked in […]

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Empty-nesters 'resent boomerang kids'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “Don’t look so worried Dad, it won’t be for long” Adults who move back home after moving away are causing their parents stress and conflict, a study suggests. Parents whose adult children move back into the family home saw a decline in their quality of life and wellbeing, researchers […]

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Class sizes up in 'two-thirds of secondary schools'

Image copyright Getty Images Two-thirds of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the past two years, an analysis of official figures suggests. The analysis, by education unions, suggests the five areas with the fullest classes have all seen increases between 2014-15 and 2016-17. In some areas, such as York, […]

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Pregnant modern slaves face 'shocking' danger

Image copyright Hestia Image caption The charity operates safe houses for women rescued from traffickers A quarter of women rescued from modern slavery in the UK are pregnant and facing “shocking” levels of danger and deprivation, says a charity. Hestia, which runs safe houses, says pregnant women can escape or be abandoned by traffickers and […]

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Oxford U-turn in university pension cut dispute

Image copyright UCU Image caption Academics walked out of Tuesday’s meeting after the debate was suspended Oxford University has reversed its support for pension cuts, which have sparked strikes at 64 universities. Oxford now joins about 30 other universities, including Cambridge, calling for a rethink. In an email to staff, vice-chancellor Louise Richardson said she […]

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Unqualified success

Image caption Maxine left school without qualifications but went on to become a tutor Maxine Turner left school without a single qualification. “But I knew I wasn’t thick,” she says. She went on to get a teaching qualification and now she’s running education courses trying to help adults without qualifications, without jobs and often drained […]

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Lessons by boat, taxi and truck

Image caption In Cambodia, lessons are brought to remote villages by the Book Book Tuk Tuk If children can’t get to lessons, a project in rural Cambodia is showing how lessons can be brought to them. Tuk- tuks, the motorised rickshaws used across south-east Asia, are delivering textbooks and lessons to remote villages in a […]

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School uniform: Headteacher on what boys and girls wear

A school took out references to boys and girls in its school uniform policy, with one list and one price for all students, regardless of sex or clothes sizes, explains a headteacher. Ashley Harrold, of Blatchington Mill School in Brighton, said he wanted pupils to “express themselves” and most of them wore a uniform that […]

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'Raped as a student'

When Hannah Price was sexually assaulted as a student, she felt unable to report it. She has since discovered she is far from alone – and that sexual assault may be far more common on campus than official figures suggest. I don’t remember being taught about consent at school, other than “No means no.” What […]

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Trampoline park injuries 'more serious', hospital finds

Children are suffering worse injuries in public trampoline park accidents than from using trampolines in private gardens, a hospital audit has found. In 2017, ambulances were called out to 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks across England – more than three a day. Sheffield Children’s Hospital recorded a higher number of injuries involving home equipment, but […]