Education

Few dads take time off work to look after children

For the last couple of years, new fathers have been entitled to take more time off work when their baby is born, sharing parental leave with their partner. An Equalities Select Committee report found only 2% to 8% of fathers take up the right, and it recommended increasing paternity pay. Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka […]

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Working dads lose out in workplace, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images “I came back to a load of photocopying,” says tax specialist Richard Cahill of his return to work at a major international company after the birth of his second child. “Basically they wanted to make the point that they weren’t happy with me,” he says of his former employers. He had […]

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‘I forget my PE kit deliberately’

“Sometimes people try to forget their PE kit deliberately. You get a detention but sometimes a detention is worth it for avoiding PE.” Dan is 16 and he hates PE. By contrast, Liam and James, both 12, were keen enough to be playing table tennis in shorts and T-shirts outside on one of the coldest […]

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Florida survivors: Don’t arm our teachers

Image copyright Varkey Foundation Image caption Lewis Mizen, Suzanna Barna and Kevin Trejos wanted to take guns out of school rather than add more Students who survived the Florida school shooting have strongly rejected the idea of arming teachers. Suzanna Barna, a pupil from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 died in a gun […]

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England’s top school

Image caption Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School is England’s top rated school in the league tables Where is the best secondary school in England? Blackburn – and, defying all stereotypes, the school that came third in this year’s national GCSE rankings is also in the Lancashire town. So why haven’t more people heard that this […]

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Homework overload?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow much homework is too much? How much homework is too much homework? It’s a big question for pupils, teachers and parents alike. Reality Check went to Sutton Community Academy in Nottinghamshire to try to find some answers, working with a group of School Reporters from Years […]

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Tuition fee value

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Not everyone is smiling about their student experience “I feel ripped off. They do the bare minimum and I honestly don’t see where my money is going.” “I am in nearly £40,000 worth of debt and often wonder why I went to uni.” These students, asked by the new […]

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The PhD pickets

Image caption University staff such as Teresa Grant (centre) say morale on picket lines is good “This was the first time I had ever voted for strike action… I was so furious.” Dr Teresa Grant, associate professor of Renaissance theatre and a former deputy head of Warwick University’s English department, says she almost always votes […]

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Relative construction

Sallyann Rose is a freelance bookkeeper retraining to become a handywoman. Her son Thomas Rose is doing a carpentry diploma at Erdington Skills Centre in Birmingham. How do they cope being a mum and son at college, and would they go into business together? Video by Jay Vydelingum and Judith Burns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43375209