Students go online to report alleged sexual abuse

Image copyright Getty Images University students are posting allegations of sexual abuse online, as they do not feel their universities are listening, a National Union of Students (NUS) official has said. NUS women’s officer Sarah Lasoye said sexual assault was the “biggest issue facing female students at university”. During the past month, there have been […]

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Sultan of Brunei hands back Oxford degree over LGBT laws

Image copyright AFPImage caption Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah received an honorary law degree in 1993 The Sultan of Brunei has handed back an honorary degree after Oxford University raised concerns about his country’s strict new anti-LGBT laws. Introduced in April, they initially made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death. But Brunei backtracked […]

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University counselling services ‘inundated by stressed academics’

Image copyright Getty Images Stressed out academics are inundating university counselling services as they grapple with heavy workloads and oppressive management, a report says. Referrals to such services had risen by three-quarters between 2009 and 2015, the study for the Higher Education Policy Institute indicated. Author Dr Liz Morrish said academics were facing unmanageable workloads […]

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Most parents reject nearest school

Image copyright Getty Images Most families do not choose to send their children to their nearest school, shows the biggest ever study of state secondary school choices in England. More than 60% opt for a school that is further away – usually because it is higher achieving. “Contrary to a widely-held belief, only a minority […]

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‘People should love who they want to’

The “No Outsiders” programme is a series of 35 books designed to teach children about diversity. Four of the books deal with LGBT issues. There have been protests outside schools in Birmingham by mostly Muslim parents, who said the books disrespected their traditions. The Victoria Derbyshire programme visited Highgate Primary School in Sileby, near Leicester, […]

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Teens in care ‘abandoned to crime gangs’

Image caption Thousands of teenagers are living in supported or semi-supported accommodation, which can often be a house on a residential street Thousands of teenagers in care are being “dumped” in unregulated homes and “abandoned to organised crime gangs”, the BBC has been told. The number of looked-after children aged 16 and over living in […]

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Tackling skills gap ‘harmed by short-term politics’

Image caption There have been many different attempts to improve vocational skills Skills training in England has been undermined by “short-term, disjointed and inconsistent” policies, says the City and Guilds training body. Chief executive Chris Jones blamed a constant churn of initiatives and announcements from politicians wanting to be “seen to be doing something”. He […]

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Too many children in mental health hospitals, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report. Research for the Children’s Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community. This was contributing to children ending up in institutions, sometimes for months […]

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