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Student mental health support must improve, universities told

Image copyright Getty Images Universities are being told to “dramatically improve” support for students with mental health issues. The government is announcing it will award a certificate of excellence to institutions which meet new standards of mental health care. It also wants universities to give students an opt-in service for vice chancellors to contact parents. […]

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Childminder numbers in England plummet

Image copyright Getty Images There has been a significant fall in the number of registered childminders in England, figures from Ofsted show. New data shows there are now nearly 16,000 fewer registered childminders than around six years ago. Overall, there were 41,700 registered with the watchdog, Ofsted, at the end of March – down by […]

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‘Don’t say my name wrong at graduation’

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent Image copyright Getty Images We’ve all had that social trauma of the name that looks ominously tricky to pronounce. You’re at some event and you’ve got to introduce someone – or you’re trying to read from a name badge – and there’s that rising tide of […]

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Graduation fail

Image copyright Getty Images In light of the story about mispronounced names at graduation ceremonies, people have been sharing their experiences of when others have slipped up saying their names. Sometimes names may be difficult to say because they are not often heard in certain parts of the world. Names might not be pronounced the […]

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Healthy meals for children to tackle obesity

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Biryani is one of the meals suggested by the recipies Biryani, lamb tagine, pasta primavera and cod curry are on the menu at nurseries to help young children maintain a healthy weight. The new recipes have been prompted by concern that around a quarter of four and five-year-olds are classed […]

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School closes after 100 years

Image caption Moneydarragh Primary School is amalgamating with three other small schools Pupils at Moneydarragh Primary School in County Down have closed their books for the last time. The former hedge school in Annalong is amalgamating with three other small primaries in the area, to create St Columban’s in Kilkeel. Moneydarragh Primary has been part […]

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Fatberg boosts museum numbers

Image caption The fatberg, which has begun to “sweat” and grow mould, could be preserved in the museum’s collection A slice of fatberg put on show at the Museum of London could be preserved for future generations. The lump of congealed fat, oil and wet wipes has begun to “sweat” and change colour – and […]

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Language lesson gap means poorest miss out, says report

Image copyright Getty Images Children from poorer backgrounds in England are increasingly likely to miss out on learning a foreign language, suggests a report. Some teachers blame new tougher GCSEs for putting lower ability pupils off language learning. There is also a perception that languages are less important since the vote to leave the European […]

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School offers children week off in term time

Image copyright WoodlandsImage caption Simon Cox: “We’re trying to work with our families” A secondary school is offering parents the chance to take their children out of school for one week in July next year for an “enrichment week”. Woodlands School in Basildon says this will allow parents of pupils in Years 7, 8 and […]

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Stamford Hill school with sex ed ban ‘inadequate’

Image caption Pupils at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School are not allowed to study animal or human reproduction A Jewish girls school that bans sex education and redacts book chapters has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. The latest report for Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School said leaders did not prepare pupils well for life in […]

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Narcissists ‘irritating but successful’

Image copyright Getty Images Narcissists might be irritating attention seekers – but they are also annoyingly likely to be successful, according to researchers. Even though their personality traits might seem negative, psychologists say their sense of superiority gives them a “mental toughness” not to give up. An international team of researchers says narcissists tend to […]