School's out

BBC - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 00:05
Teacher Daniel Gray decided it was time to speak out about his sexuality. But how did the school respond?
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Is sex education in UK schools good enough? Share your thoughts

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 15:37

As UK councils warn of a “ticking sexual health time bomb”, we want to hear your experiences of sex education – and how it could be improved

The Local Government Association has urged the government to make sex education compulsory in all secondary schools.

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UK school denies Juno Dawson visit was cancelled because she is transgender

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 15:18

Head teacher at St Mary’s in Preston says ‘complex themes’ of new novel Margot & Me necessitated caution but gender was never a consideration

A Catholic comprehensive school has rebutted claims that it cancelled a visit by a bestselling children’s author at the last minute because she is transgender, saying that teachers had been misinformed about the suitability of her latest book for pre-teens.

Last week, Juno Dawson said St Mary’s Catholic high school in Preston had pulled its invitation 48 hours before she was due to speak as part of a promotional tour for her new novel, Margot & Me. The book tells the story of Fliss, who discovers the wartime journal of her grandmother Margot while staying with her in south Wales.

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Lack of sex education a ticking time bomb, councils warn

BBC - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 11:41
A lack of sex education in some of England's schools leave pupils at risk of infection, councils say.
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Cancer: How to tell your child your diagnosis

BBC - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 11:14
It’s one of the hardest things a parent can do, so UCLH Cancer Collaborative has released an animated film with advice on how to talk to children about a cancer diagnosis.
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Who's afraid of private universities?

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 10:32

Traditional universities and the House of Lords are, for a start. Do they have a point, or are they simply clinging to an outdated system that desperately needs reform?

The government’s determination to turn higher education into a marketplace and allow private universities to proliferate has come up against furious opposition in recent weeks. Traditional universities are concerned about how the newcomers will be regulated, and the House of Lords is doing its best to scupper the government’s plans.

Fiery language has been used on both sides. The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has accused the traditional university sector of stifling competition. He says his reforms, contained in the Higher Education and Research Bill currently making its way through parliament, would stop universities “acting like bouncers deciding who should and should not be let into the club”.

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Which is the world's best city for students?

BBC - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 10:30
An international ranking puts Montreal as best world city for students, overtaking Paris.
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In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant | George Monbiot

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 07:00

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future

In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?

Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity. So why are they dragooned into rows and made to sit still while they are stuffed with facts?

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Early intervention: charities' vital role supporting children | Catherine Roche

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 06:23

Working with younger children, we know how important it is to address wellbeing in primary schools and alleviate pressure on struggling NHS services

Public and political understanding of young people’s mental health is growing; the prime minister herself emphasised recently that mental illness too often starts in childhood and that, “when left untreated, can blight lives”.

Theresa May’s plans to offer every secondary school in the country mental health training, as well as strengthening links between schools and NHS specialist staff, are important steps in the right direction.

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Early deaths among care leavers revealed

BBC - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 03:06
Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood, figures reveal.
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Swipe right for new 'mum friends'

BBC - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 00:06
New parents' app adopts the format of dating platforms such as Tinder.
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Inadequate sex education creating 'health time bomb'

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 00:01

‘Shockingly high’ numbers of STI diagnoses prompt councils to call for compulsory sex education in UK secondary schools

Inadequate sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools is creating “a ticking sexual health time bomb”, councils are warning, amid concern over high numbers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has joined the growing clamour urging the government to make sex education compulsory in all secondary schools. Currently it is mandatory in local authority-maintained schools, but not in academies and free schools which make up 65% of secondaries.

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A third of UK lives on inadequate income, says think tank

BBC - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 00:01
Millions of families "just about managing" are on the tipping point of falling into poverty, says a report.
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The 10 best cities in the world to be a student 2017 – in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 21:01

What’s your ideal city to study in? University experts QS have released their annual student cities rankings, based on criteria including affordability, student experience, job prospects and friendliness to international students

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Roy Parker obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 17:41

My colleague Roy Parker, who has died aged 85, was the first professor of social work and social administration at Bristol University, appointed in 1969. His department quickly gained a national and international reputation for its research and teaching.

He contributed to a number of major social policy initiatives, including the Seebohm report of 1968, which laid the foundations for modern social services, and the Wagner report of 1988 on the future of residential care.

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