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Wales school cash reserves drop ‘should ring alarm bells’

Cash reserves held by schools in Wales have dropped by 28% since last year which “should ring alarm bells”, a teaching union has warned. A new report showed schools have total reserves of £46m, equivalent to £102 per pupil – down from £64m in 2016. The National Association of Head ...

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Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought

Image caption Cambridge is ranked one of the top universities globally The dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been revealed in newly released data. Four-fifths of students accepted at Oxbridge between 2010 and 2015 had parents with top professional and managerial jobs, ...

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10 fines at the dentist… that weren’t fine

Image copyright PA When dentists warned that tens of thousands of people were being unfairly fined £100 after a visit to the surgery – it prompted a big response from the audience. They described their distress at getting mistakenly caught up in a system of penalties intended to catch fraudsters ...

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St Olave’s A-level row head suspended

Image copyright PA Image caption St Olave’s was at the centre of a controversy over pupils being removed from the school before A-levels The grammar school head teacher at the centre of a row about pupils not being able to stay on to take A-levels has been suspended. Aydin Onac ...

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‘He hid in a cupboard – we just couldn’t get him to school’

The pressures of school life can be tough for a lot of kids, but for a child who’s experienced abuse, neglect and years in care, the strain can be even greater. When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special educational needs were not immediately apparent. ...

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Tuition fee rise to £9,295 in Wales is scrapped

Plans to raise the maximum level for tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,295 in Wales have been scrapped, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said. The income level at which graduates will have to repay student loans will be raised from £21,000 to £25,000, she added. It comes after the UK ...

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‘Go to the dentist and get fined £100’

Image caption Charlotte Waite says it is distressing when so many wrong fines are being issued Going to the dentist is something that many would want to avoid – but how about if you also faced a penalty fine? More than 40,000 people a year in England are getting fines ...

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‘I felt so low, I couldn’t see a way out’

“To get to my school I had to cross a railway bridge and I would just stand there and think ‘I could just jump off’. “It felt overwhelming and like I was alone. I just felt so, so low, I couldn’t see a way out.” Calleigh, now 18, was self-harming ...

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Transgender girl says it was change sex or die

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEllen says she knew she was different from an early age One week she went to school dressed as a boy, the next she returned in a dress. Ellen was one of the first primary school children to transition in the UK. ...

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Birmingham Islamic faith school guilty of sex discrimination

Image copyright Southall Black Sisters Image caption Anti-segregation protestors gathered outside the court at an earlier hearing An Islamic faith school’s policy of segregating boys and girls is unlawful sex discrimination, a court has ruled. The case was heard at the Court of Appeal as Ofsted challenged a High Court ...

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University of East Anglia not punished over data breach

Image copyright N Chadwick Image caption The University of East Anglia emailed sensitive personal information about students to nearly 300 undergraduates A university that mistakenly emailed sensitive personal information about students to hundreds of undergraduates will face no further action. Details of health problems, family bereavements and personal issues were ...

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Sussex music teacher banned over relationships with pupils

Image copyright Google Image caption Nathan Waring worked at St Bede’s Prep School in Eastbourne from 2004 and 2007 A music teacher has been banned “indefinitely” from the classroom after striking up “disturbing” relationships with two pupils. Nathan Waring, 37, “developed an inappropriate relationship” with a child while working at ...

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