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Children In Need: 'You mourn the child you would have wanted'

Two-year-old Thomas suffered brain damage which has left him with life-limiting disabilities. But thanks to Nottingham-based charity Footprints, he gets therapy to help him improve his mobility and communication skills. His mother Helene, from Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire, said they had to work out “how to get him stimulated and interested in things”. She said: “You […]

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School delay call for summer-born pupils in Wales

Image copyright evgenyatamanenko/Getty Images Parents are calling for more flexibility over when summer-born children can start primary school in Wales. Campaigners say they should be allowed to start reception classes later than aged four to give them time to develop and catch up with their peers. They want ministers to issue councils with stronger guidance […]

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Help for trauma in childhood 'fragmented'

Image copyright Getty Images Early intervention to reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as abuse or neglect is “fragmented and variable” across England, MPs warn. The Science and Technology Committee says more help in the formative years can help stave off mental health problems in later life. The committee is urging the […]

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'Schools should have consistent policy on phones'

Image copyright Children’s Commissioner’s Office Image caption Anne Longfield urges schools to be bold about phone use Pupils in schools where smartphones are banned like being free of the associated pressures, says England’s Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. Ms Longfield said schools across England should have a consistent approach to the use of mobile phones. She […]

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'Tinkering' children make robots, planes and catapults

Primary pupils in Manchester have been building robots, planes, vehicles and catapults, using their creativity and problem solving skills under a teaching approach dubbed “tinkering”. The Royal Academy of Engineering and University of Manchester have been working in schools for the past three years and have devised a curriculum which they say capitalises on children’s […]

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School isolation rooms: 'It was like I didn't exist'

The BBC has learned that more than 200 school children spent at least five consecutive days placed in school isolation booths last year. Isolation facilities are used to remove pupils from classrooms when their behaviour has been disruptive. More than 5,000 children with special educational needs were also found to have spent time in isolation […]

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'Hundreds of pupils spend week in school isolation booths'

Image caption Casey says he spent three months at school on his own in a room “The windows, the bare walls. It was that every day. Every single day. They put me in a room on my own, I was in isolation,” says Casey, 16. More than 200 pupils spent at least five straight days […]

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Hertfordshire school's drill dance from the 1800s

Students at a school in Hertfordshire are carrying on a dance tradition dating back centuries. The School Drill dance has been performed at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, in Rickmansworth, since the 1800s. The dance, which is a mix of marching to music with no spoken instruction and callisthenics, is performed three times a […]

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Pseudonyms to protect authors of controversial articles

Image copyright Pic by John Cairns Image caption Prof Jeff McMahan said there is a need for more open discussion Academics who are frightened to explore controversial topics, in case it provokes a backlash, will soon have a safer route to publish such work. An international group of university researchers is planning a new journal […]

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Bullying: Children point finger at adults

Image copyright Getty Images Children want adults to show each other more respect, with four out of 10 seeing grown-ups bullying each other in past six months, a survey says. Research among 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 by the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggests worrying numbers of children see adults setting a bad example. Children in […]

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Stormzy's scholarship scheme 'rejected' by Oxford University

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stormzy says his funding scheme for black students was turned down by Oxford University Stormzy says his offer to fund a scholarship scheme for two black students was rejected by the University of Oxford. The rapper’s scholarship, which was announced in August, was instead taken up by the University […]

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Where do teachers get the most respect?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The teaching profession has a high public status in China If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem. But their colleagues in […]