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Food bank charity gives record level of supplies

Image caption The Trussell Trust food banks provided 1.3 million packages of three-day supplies of food last year The biggest network of food banks in the UK says it provided record levels of “emergency food supplies” last year. The annual figures from the Trussell Trust charity show a 13% increase, providing 1.3 million three-day food […]

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Extreme haircut ban school cuts staff

Image caption The Inspiration Trust which runs this school wants to stop teaching design technology and computer science An academy trust is looking at closing its design technology and computer science departments, which will “disadvantage non-academic students”, unions say. Documents seen by the BBC show the Inspiration Trust is consulting staff at Great Yarmouth Charter […]

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Royal baby: What's it like growing up as a third child?

Image copyright PA There will be many things that set the new royal baby’s life apart from others, but something the prince will have in common with lots of us is siblings. With an older brother and sister, his is fifth in line to the throne, but what other effect can being third-born have? The […]

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Welsh language row over Anglesey school closures plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The council has said it wants schools of the correct size and in the correct locations led by inspiring head teachers Proposals to close rural schools are being rushed through before new rules come into force that will give them more protection, a Welsh language group has claimed. The […]

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Two-child benefit cap lawful, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families can only claim benefits for their first two children Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child benefit cap. Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law. But on Friday, a judge ruled that limiting some benefits to […]

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School denies charging pupils for water in heatwave

Image copyright Google Image caption Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims it was charging children for water A school criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the hottest day of the year has denied claims children had to pay for water. Onslow St Audrey’s School in […]

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Should twins be taught separately?

Image copyright Getty Images Should twins automatically be put in different classes at school? New research suggests not. A study from Goldsmiths, University of London, finds no strong evidence that putting twins into different classes at school is better for them academically. And this is the case for both identical and non-identical twins. It says […]

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'My teacher saved me from suicide'

Image caption Hati Sparey-South is now a trainee teacher By 16 Hati Sparey-South had already tried to kill herself. And she would have tried again and maybe succeeded if it hadn’t been for a teacher who noticed how unhappy she looked. Hati says she owes her teacher her life. And now, aged 26 and a […]

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Narrow vocabulary 'hits pupils' grades'

Image copyright PA Image caption Many teachers blame the problem on youngsters not reading enough for pleasure Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk of them do not know enough words to do well at school. According to academics, four out of 10 pupils in their first year […]

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Governors quit free school where no pupils did GCSEs

Image caption School staff were “bullied, ignored and humiliated” by inspectors, governors said All the governors of a free school in Devon have quit after it was taken over by another school. An damning Ofsted inspection last year rated Route 39 Academy, near Bideford, inadequate in all areas and Launceston College was brought in to […]

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Student loans interest rate to rise in line with inflation

Image copyright Getty Images Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will face interest rates on their loans of up to 6.3%, following an increase in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation. The rise from the current 6.1% will take effect from September for both students and graduates. The increase comes as the […]