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‘How I got to medical school via A&E and the chicken shop’

[ad_1] Image copyright King's College London Image caption Medical student Yousef El Tawil once thought school was a waste of time "You'd see people getting stabbed. You'd see people getting robbed for their belongings."In 2010, aged 14, Yousef El Tawil, felt "swept into a vortex of pessimism".At the end of Year 9, instead of heading home after school to do his homework each day, he fell in with classmates who
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Universities consider admissions shake-up – BBC News

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities are considering whether to shift the timetable of the admissions system so that applications would take place after students have their A-level results.A review into the admissions process has been launched by Universities UK.It will examine whether it would be fairer to move away from a system based on predicted exam grades.Paul Cottrell, head of the UCU lecturers' union, said an "overhaul of university
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Primary school children ‘should learn about FGM’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption FGM is banned in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but persists in some communities Primary schools in England should start teaching pupils about female genital mutilation when a new curriculum is introduced next year, campaigners say. Secondary school pupils are to be taught about FGM from 2020.But experts fear that for some vulnerable girls these lessons will come too late.Most girls who are
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Birmingham’s Jamia Islamia Islamic school books ‘promoted extremism’

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Inspectors from Ofsted visited boys' school Jamia Islamia Birmingham, based in Sparkbrook, last month Books found in the library of an Islamic private school promoted extremism, inspectors found.Ofsted rated boys' school Jamia Islamia Birmingham in Sparkbrook "inadequate" after visiting last month and finding books that "promoted support for an Islamic State".The materials were "actively undermining fundamental British values", the regulator said.The BBC has contacted
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Schools ‘desperately need’ cash injection, MPs say

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Schools and colleges in England need a "multi-billion cash injection" and a long-term approach to funding, MPs on the Education Select Committee say.Its report on school funding confirms the concerns of head teachers and teachers' unions who have protested about worsening budget shortages.The committee found that schools and colleges "desperately need" extra cash.A Department for Education spokeswoman accepted that schools were facing "budgeting challenges".ASCL head
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Special needs ‘breaking county council budgets’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The explosion in demand for special educational needs (SEN) support is threatening English county councils' ability to meet their legal duties.The number of support plans they have to meet by law has risen by a half since 2014, the county councils say.The 27 that responded to a County Councils Network survey of the 36 English councils overspent their 2018-19 SEN budgets by a total of
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Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave – PM

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images It is "not fair and not right" that some parents have to return to work before their newborn leaves hospital, Theresa May has said as she launched a consultation on parental leave.Under government plans, new parents in Britain would get one week of state-funded leave and pay for every week their baby is in hospital.The intention is for parents to have more time at home
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Mental health: Primary school head teachers speak out about lack of support

[ad_1] Some primary school pupils are being repeatedly rejected for mental health support, BBC News has learned.There's been a near 50% increase in referrals to child health services from pupils aged 11 and under, over the past three years. But some children are on a waiting list for years before being offered help.Three head teachers spoke to the BBC about the lack of support for children in their schools.If you
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Action needed against ‘rogue’ homes for teenagers, says minister

[ad_1] Image caption Nadhim Zahawi said full regulation of some 16+ accommodation would be a "knee-jerk reaction" to criticism Unregulated accommodation for 16 and 17-year-olds may be subject to licensing and registration after claims children were being put at risk.Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Newsnight he wanted to eliminate a "rogue element" in some 16+ supported and semi-supported accommodation.His words follow calls to regulate these homes. Standard children's homes