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Thousands of babies in toxic homes, warns commissioner

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Nearly 16,000 babies are growing up in households where they are at risk of severe harm, a report by England’s Children’s Commissioner is warning. The report says that of 19,640 under-ones identified as being “in need”, 15,820 were still living at home. It also estimates that 8,300 babies are growing up amid the “toxic trio” of drug or alcohol addiction, ...
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University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit

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A top UK university is planning a “unique” post-Brexit arrangement with a German university in which staff will be appointed jointly by both institutions, with the aim of keeping access to EU research funding for UK academics. Imperial College London, ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, has signed a partnership with the Technical University of ...
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‘Third of girls’ harassed in school uniform

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One in three girls in the UK has been sexually harassed in public when wearing school uniform, a new report has suggested. And two-thirds of girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual attention in public, it adds. The figures come from a report by children’s charity Plan International UK, which said many girls feel street harassment is “all part of ...
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Cambridge plans to recruit poorer students

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Cambridge University is to open its doors to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who show great potential but have not met the entry grades. Vice-chancellor Prof Toope said it was time to dispel the stereotype of the highly selective university as a “bastion of privilege”. Under the plan, some students who have faced “educational challenge” will be asked to join a ...
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University bosses call for ban on essay-writing companies

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More than 40 university bosses have written to the education secretary calling for so-called essay mill companies to be banned. Some students pay for bespoke, original assignments – which cannot easily be detected by anti-plagiarism software. But the letter says these essay-writing services should be targeted rather than those who pay for their services. Such services undermine the integrity of ...
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Imprisoned suffragette letter discovered

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A previously unknown letter from the first suffragette to be jailed in the campaign for the vote has been discovered by an Oxford historian. Written the day after Annie Kenney was released from prison in Manchester in 1905, it is being claimed as the earliest known letter from a woman involved in the militant protests. The letter, to her sister, ...
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Students blamed for university and college cyber-attacks

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A security analysis of cyber-attacks against universities and colleges in the UK has discovered staff or students could often be responsible, rather than organised crime or hacking groups. A government-funded agency that provides cyber-security has examined the timing of 850 attacks in 2017-18. Jisc found a “clear pattern” of attacks being concentrated during term times and during the working day. ...
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Back to school: 30 tips from the experts

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Fresh new shirts and smart new shoes have been bought and summer holiday tans are already fading, signs that can point only to one thing – it’s time to go back to school. But stresses and strains at the start of a new academic year can be just as overwhelming for parents as for children. For those in need of support ...
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The ‘affirmative action’ case engulfing Harvard is a lesson in the dangers of identity politics

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We must protect our meritocratic principles at all costs There remains, just about, a consensus in Britain that admissions to university should be based on achievement alone. Our meritocratic institutions still take in students on the basis of their grades at school and extracurricular activities, notwithstanding the efforts of some politicians to create categories of applicant who would be given ...
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What next after GCSEs? A guide to apprenticeships, BTECs and NVQs

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GCSE Results Day has finally arrived: this morning thousands of students across the country will be considering their options for the future. Although A-levels remain the traditional route taken for post-16 education, there are several alternatives that students can consider. Here is our guide to apprenticeships, BTECs, NVQs, and traineeships are. Apprenticeships What is an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships combine study with practical training on the job, and provide an excellent alternative ...
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