99924067 protest976 - 'Intolerance' threat to university free speech
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'Intolerance' threat to university free speech

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The right to protest and free speech needs to be protected, says a report from MPs and peers Free speech in university is under threat from “intolerant attitudes”, says a report from MPs and peers. But it warns red tape and confusion over what is permissible is as much […]

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Northern children 'too often left behind', says commissioner

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government says its Northern Powerhouse programme is investing billions to boost local economies Too many children growing up in the north of England are facing the double disadvantage of entrenched deprivation and poor schools, a report warns. England’s Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield says children from poorer homes face […]

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Almost 30,000 lone parent families made homeless in England in 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Ed Thomas met parents in Oldham who struggle to buy food and basic necessities for their children Almost 30,000 single parent families were made homeless last year, up 8% on five years ago, according to new official figures. Housing charity Shelter said government figures also reveal […]

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Calculators 'a plus' for young mathematicians after all

Image copyright Alamy There was a time, not so long ago, when calculators were spawned as the handmaid of the lazy maths student. But according to the latest research, far from hindering young maths pupils, these little magic boxes actually aid them with their arithmetic skills. Academics for the Education Endowment Foundation also found that […]

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Child poverty: 'Mummy's not got money'

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More pupils take term-time holidays, data shows

Image copyright Getty Images More pupils in England were taken out of school to go on holiday in the last academic year, government figures show. Around one in six youngsters (16.9%) missed at least a half day of lessons during 2016-17, compared with 14.7% in the previous 12 months. The figures also show that the […]

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'Sexually motivated' former Bury St Edmunds teacher struck off

Image copyright Kate Scotter Image caption Ian Stuart sent messages to at least one pupil at King Edward VI School in May 2017 A teacher who sent “sexually motivated” messages to a pupil at a school where he previously worked has been banned from the profession. Ian Stuart sent messages to at least one pupil […]

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Essay-writing company's adverts banned

Image copyright Getty Images An essay-writing company has had its adverts banned after they were deemed to be misleading to students. The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that UK Essays had failed to make it clear that the papers were not meant to be submitted as students’ own work. The online ad also gave a “misleading […]

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Few dads take time off work to look after children

For the last couple of years, new fathers have been entitled to take more time off work when their baby is born, sharing parental leave with their partner. An Equalities Select Committee report found only 2% to 8% of fathers take up the right, and it recommended increasing paternity pay. Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka […]

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Supply teaching firm accused of 'obscene' payments to directors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Schools in Wales are expected to contact New Directions if they need supply teachers Payouts of nearly £1m to directors of Wales’ biggest supply teaching provider have been dubbed “obscene” and “disgusting” by opposition AMs. The dividends were given to two founding members of the Cardiff-based firm New Directions […]

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Working dads lose out in workplace, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images “I came back to a load of photocopying,” says tax specialist Richard Cahill of his return to work at a major international company after the birth of his second child. “Basically they wanted to make the point that they weren’t happy with me,” he says of his former employers. He had […]