Education

Government in High Court over special needs funding

Image caption Lawyers say Dakota’s struggle for support is typical of many families Families are mounting a High Court challenge to the government’s funding of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Their lawyers will argue the government is leaving councils in England unable to fulfil their legal duties to give these children […]

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Two arrests over leaked A-level paper

Image copyright Getty Images Police investigating reports of a leaked Edexcel maths A-level paper have arrested two people. Two men, aged 29 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of theft and taken into police custody on Monday. They have since been released under investigation while inquiries continue. Two questions from the paper were posted on […]

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Private school and Oxbridge ‘take top jobs’

Image copyright Getty Images A social mobility charity says top professions in the UK are still unduly dominated by people who have gone through private schools and Oxford and Cambridge universities. The Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission analysed the educational background of 5,000 people in top jobs. It found these influential people were five […]

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Essex school prom ban petition reaches 1,000

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe boys danced to the song I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO A petition to revoke a prom ban after schoolboys performed an “inappropriate” dance at a leavers’ assembly has received more than 1,000 signatures. Five pupils performed a dance in boxer shorts at Woodlands […]

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Healing young and old with a singalong

Image caption Sheila and Zach are all smiles when the music starts A care home is bringing children with special needs together with older people with dementia for a therapeutic singalong. “I don’t really belong here you know,” says Sheila, who is 85, and has dementia. “I don’t! Really! But the staff seem to know […]

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#RealAsianGranny: ‘The strongest women we know’

The people behind #RealAsianGranny tell stories about the strongest women they know – their grandmothers. The hashtag started after a new BBC children’s sitcom about a Chinese family was criticised for the lack of East Asian writers working on the show. According to some who saw the original scripts, Living with the Lams was riddled […]

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‘Fewer selfies, more reality,’ says Damian Hinds

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are growing up with a “warped view of what is normal because so much of what they see on social media is false”, says Damian Hinds. The education secretary wants “fewer selfies” and more “authenticity”. He warned of the risk of online bullying and the pressure of “negative body […]

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Leamington school sportswear uniform introduced

Image copyright Teresa HugginsImage caption Jordan, seven, is one of a number of pupils already wearing the new uniform A school has replaced a traditional uniform with sportswear and trainers, prompting mixed opinions from parents. Objections were originally raised by nearly 40% of families – about 135 parents – to the plans at Telford Junior […]