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Primary school children 'should learn about FGM'

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption FGM is banned in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but persists in some communitiesPrimary schools in England should start teaching pupils about female genital mutilation when a new curriculum is introduced next year, campaigners say. Secondary school pupils are to be taught about FGM from 2020. But experts fear that […]

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Birmingham's Jamia Islamia Islamic school books 'promoted extremism'

Image copyright Google Image caption Inspectors from Ofsted visited boys’ school Jamia Islamia Birmingham, based in Sparkbrook, last month Books found in the library of an Islamic private school promoted extremism, inspectors found. Ofsted rated boys’ school Jamia Islamia Birmingham in Sparkbrook “inadequate” after visiting last month and finding books that “promoted support for an […]

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Schools 'desperately need' cash injection, MPs say

Image copyright Getty Images Schools and colleges in England need a “multi-billion cash injection” and a long-term approach to funding, MPs on the Education Select Committee say. Its report on school funding confirms the concerns of head teachers and teachers’ unions who have protested about worsening budget shortages. The committee found that schools and colleges […]

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Special needs 'breaking county council budgets'

Image copyright Getty Images The explosion in demand for special educational needs (SEN) support is threatening English county councils’ ability to meet their legal duties. The number of support plans they have to meet by law has risen by a half since 2014, the county councils say. The 27 that responded to a County Councils […]

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Mental health: Primary school head teachers speak out about lack of support

Some primary school pupils are being repeatedly rejected for mental health support, BBC News has learned. There’s been a near 50% increase in referrals to child health services from pupils aged 11 and under, over the past three years. But some children are on a waiting list for years before being offered help. Three head […]

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Action needed against 'rogue' homes for teenagers, says minister

Image caption Nadhim Zahawi said full regulation of some 16+ accommodation would be a “knee-jerk reaction” to criticism Unregulated accommodation for 16 and 17-year-olds may be subject to licensing and registration after claims children were being put at risk. Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Newsnight he wanted to eliminate a “rogue element” in some […]

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University of East Anglia student raps 10,000-word dissertation

A hip-hop loving student who submitted a 21-track album instead of a 10,000-word dissertation for his final coursework has earned himself a first class honours degree. Nicholas Uzoka, 22, was studying English and creative writing at Norwich’s University of East Anglia. “It was an opportunity to express myself in my favoured form,” he said. “My […]

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New qualifications to boost teacher career progression

Image copyright Getty Images The Department for Education has set up a panel of experts to develop new professional qualifications for teachers in England, to help them progress their careers. The panel will advise on the scheme, which is to be introduced during the academic year 2020-2021. The focus is on those who want to […]

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Chimps bond after watching movies together

Image copyright Getty Images Chimpanzees watching a video together get the same sense of bonding and closeness that humans can feel from watching a movie or TV show together, say US university researchers. Pairs of chimps were monitored as they watched videos – and psychologists found an increased sense of closeness between them in a […]

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Domestic abuse report exposes hidden side of rural life

Image copyright Getty Images A “deeply hidden and disturbing side to rural life” has been laid bare by an 18-month inquiry into domestic abuse in the English countryside. Domestic abuse victims there suffer for longer, are less likely to report abuse and struggle to get support, it said. Victims are isolated, unsupported and unprotected in […]

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Moon landings: Apollo 11 celebrated in Cambridge University maps

Image copyright Cambridge University Library Image caption A map dating from 1742 comes from the Atlas Coelestis (atlas of the sky) Old maps of the Moon and stars are being shared to mark 50 years since the first manned lunar landing. Some will feature in a series of tweets by Cambridge University Library during the […]

107839055 foxschool - Trade negotiators wanted to fill Brexit gap
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Trade negotiators wanted to fill Brexit gap

Image caption Liam Fox wants to recruit a new generation of professional negotiators for trade talks A new generation of UK trade negotiators is to be recruited in an open-access scheme launched by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. It follows warnings of a shortage of experienced UK trade negotiators during the Brexit process. The training […]