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Funds crisis pushes more children into care – report

Image copyright Thinkstock More children are being taken into care, some unnecessarily, because councils in England cannot afford to intervene earlier, a report suggests. Late interventions often meant problems had escalated before support could be put in place, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children heard. Its report into children’s social care found 90% of councils […]

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Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords

Image copyright Thinkstock Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report. Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues. The internet is “hugely beneficial” but […]

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Best schools add £18,600 to average house price

Image copyright SolStock Image caption Top primary schools in London can add up to £38,800 to the value of nearby homes, research suggests Being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in England, government research has found. A study by the Department for Education (DfE) has found prices are 8% […]

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Private care contracts for councils 'being cancelled'

Image copyright Getty Images Ninety-five UK councils have had their private care contracts cancelled, as companies say they lack enough funding, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Research for the programme suggests one in four of the UK’s 2,500 home care companies is at risk of insolvency. One company says it cancelled its care contract […]

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Modern mothers 'watched and judged', study finds

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Never touch a woman’s bump, unless you have their permission, advise researchers When Tanya, then pregnant, and her mother Diane, had lunch together in a cafe near their home in south Wales, they did not expect the waiter to tell them what they could eat. But according to Tanya, he […]

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Opposition MPs join forces to oppose grammar schools

Image copyright Victoria Jones A powerful new cross-party campaign is threatening to derail Theresa May’s plans to expand the number of grammar schools in England. Former Conservative Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is joining forces with Lib Dem ex-Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour ex-shadow education minister Lucy Powell to oppose the proposals. Mrs Morgan says […]

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Migrants have raised school standards in London, says Gove

Image copyright PA Image caption Michael Gove says refugee families can be the most motivated for their children’s education Immigration has been a key reason behind London’s high achievement in school standards, the former education secretary Michael Gove has said. Addressing an international education conference, Mr Gove highlighted the importance of immigrant and refugee families […]

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Sandbach school funding protest by parents

Image copyright Jonathan White Image caption Parents are angry at the proposed changes which they claim will leave their children worse off Hundreds of parents have taken part in a protest march against what they claim are “unfair” school funding plans. The government has announced a new national formula for schools to address “inconsistent” funding […]

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Schools should teach pupils how to spot 'fake news'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young people need to be able to identify reliable information, says the OECD Schools should teach young people about how to identify “fake news”, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education director. Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such “global competencies” in the next round […]