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‘£1bn in unpalatable county council cuts’ ahead in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Council bosses in England say the "worst is yet to come" in cuts to services, as the government further reduces local authority funding.The County Council Network predicts "unpalatable cutbacks" next year as the councils identify at least £1bn savings to plug a £1.5bn shortfall by 2020-21.It also warns the risk of some councils stripping their services back to a minimum 'core offer' is growing.The government
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Grenfell: Back to the school

[ad_1] It’s now been 15 months since the Grenfell Tower fire – but still – survivors who escaped the blaze on 14th June continue to deal with its aftermath.This time last week, Kensington Aldridge Academy - the school located directly below Grenfell tower - reopened its doors to students, having spent the last academic year at another location in a neighbouring borough.As students and staff return to the old site
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Scottish government facing defeat over P1 assessments

[ad_1] Image caption Primary school education has become a hot topic at Holyrood The Scottish government is facing defeat over national assessments for P1 pupils, with opposition parties uniting to demand they be scrapped.The assessments were introduced across Scotland last year, but some teachers and parents have criticised them.Opposition parties say they are not in line with play-based early learning and could create league tables of schools.Ministers insist they are
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Ofsted admits adding to ‘teach-to-the-test’ mentality

[ad_1] Image copyright Department for Education Image caption Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman promises a new focus on the curriculum School inspectors in England have put too much weight on tests and exam results when rating schools, Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman has admitted.This has added pressure for schools to "deliver test scores above all else". Ms Spielman regrets the watchdog has not put enough emphasis on the "wealth of human
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A widower ‘full of regret’ offers advice to a young woman

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images When a 21-year-old woman asked a weight loss forum for advice on how to deal with her boyfriend making comments about her appearance, one widower's response moved many to reflect on how we treat our loved ones. The widower replied to the young woman to share how he was full of regret for not being more supportive of his late wife when she struggled with
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Students blamed for university and college cyber-attacks

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images 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.When the holidays begin, "the number of attacks
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Generation Sensible: The 18-year-olds of today

[ad_1] Dubbed Generation Sensible, the 18-year-olds of today are much more likely to be found in the university library than the local pub, research suggests.The Office for National Statistics paper compares their habits with those of 18-year-olds around the year 2000.It might be an oversimplification to call today's older teenagers "boffins" and those at that age around the millennium "boozers", the ONS suggests.But cigarettes and alcohol simply do not play
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Mental health services ‘let down children’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The average length of time children have to wait for specialist mental health treatment has increased in recent years The Scottish government has admitted that children and young people are being "let down" by the country's mental health services. Child mental health has been a key priority for the government as part of its goal of making Scotland the best country in the
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How children’s services cuts are affecting one family

[ad_1] Image caption Family life can be fun in the Brooks household As Northamptonshire County Council makes £70m worth of spending cuts, how does it feel for a needy family to have support withdrawn?"Mum!!!! Daniel's outside in his pants!" cries Alex at the crack of dawn."Is he out the front?" asks mum-of-four Torie Brooks, who had fallen back to sleep."No, he's in the back garden," says Alex. "Well, that's all
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Gypsy pupils experience bullying and racism, MPs told

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Bullying, racism and feeling left out of the curriculum are major factors in low school attendance rates among Gypsy, Roma and traveller (GRT) children community, MPs have heard.Poor attendance was their main barrier to academic achievement, experts told the Women and Equalities Committee.They have the worst educational outcomes of any ethnic group, with just 21 in England sitting A-levels in 2016. But the cross-party committee