Education

Eton College to offer 12 free sixth form places

Image copyright Getty Images Eton College will offer 12 free sixth form places to boys “with tremendous potential but limited opportunity”. The Orwell Award will be open to those who do not have the highest grades, recognising that their potential may have been limited by circumstances. The places will be offered to Year 11 pupils […]

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Why this photo of a politician with Malala is being criticised

Image copyright Twitter/@jfrobergeQc Image caption Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge with Malala Yousafzai A Quebec education minister is being criticised for posting a photo with education campaigner Malala Yousafzai. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who wears a headscarf, would not be able to teach in the Canadian province. Quebec recently passed a controversial law barring […]

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Should same-sex education be compulsory?

Author and illustrator Olly Pike believes his childhood would have been much easier if he had had same-sex education in school. However, Izzy Montague does not feel her child should have to learn about same-sex relationships. As a Christian, Ms Montague felt her views were challenged when her son felt compelled to take part in […]

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Twelve children's homes closed down by Ofsted

Twelve children’s homes in England were closed down by Ofsted last year due to concerns about the quality of care. The children’s social care inspectorate said it was the highest number of enforced closures since 2007. A further 25 homes de-registered, after receiving warning notices about breaches of regulations. Ofsted also warned about the uneven […]

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MPs 'staggered' by NHS fines 'complacency'

Image copyright PA MPs on the public spending watchdog committee attacked the “breathtaking complacency” of a system of healthcare fines in England in which 1.7 million penalties were overturned as incorrect. The Public Accounts Committee was inquiring into a National Audit Office report showing confusion and errors in fines over eligibility for free dental treatment […]

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Adoption: 'We seem to have to fight for everything'

Image caption Ryan has post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and attachment issues “Last night he was kicking us, hitting us, thumping, spitting,” says Diane, mother of nine-year-old Ryan. “Every swear word in the book came out.” Ryan was adopted at age three after two years in foster care after he was removed from his abusive family […]

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Plymouth mum calls for more school autism training

Image caption Robbie’s film discusses issues around the way his autism has been handled at his school The mum of an autistic 11-year-old has called for better teacher training, saying her son was regularly singled out for displaying symptoms in class. Robbie, from Plymouth in Devon, has made a YouTube animation in which he describes […]