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Anti-semitism: University of Essex suspends worker amid row

[ad_1] Image copyright Tom Sancassani Image caption University of Essex has said it has a zero-tolerance policy on hate and harassment A university at the centre of an anti-semitism row has suspended a member of staff and launched an investigation.The University of Essex said a new Jewish Society - opposed by 200 students on Thursday - will be set up, regardless of the results of a vote.Concerns were raised over
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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children's charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are "myths".The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children.The "myth-busting guide" suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children
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LGBT-row teacher on teaching kids about equality

[ad_1] A Birmingham teacher at the centre of a row over lessons on LGBT rights and homophobia has told BBC Radio 5 Live why he thinks the lessons are important.Parkfield Community School assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat has been named in the top 10 shortlist for a global teaching prize.Speaking to Emma Barnett, he talked about facing protests from some Muslim parents at the primary school for his teachings.Mr Moffat
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Anti-semitism row in Essex University student society vote

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The University of Essex has said it has a zero-tolerance policy to hate and harassment More than 200 students have voted against forming a Jewish society at a university students union, raising fears of anti-semitism.The University of Essex union has other religious societies but a vote for the new Jewish society raised objections.More than 600 people voted on the ratification of the society in
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Warning over cost of caring for young asylum seekers

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councils say they are struggling to cope with the cost of young migrants who reach the UK The cost to councils in England of looking after rising numbers of child asylum seekers has almost doubled in four years, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.It says the annual cost of providing accommodation and care for these young asylum seekers has now risen to £152m.And
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Brexit ‘could risk children’s safety’, warn commissioners

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children's safety could be put at risk if the UK leaves the EU without proper plans for child protection, the UK's four children's commissioners warn.Child abuse, exploitation, abduction and how family law matters are dealt with if a child has one parent from the EU, are all "immediate issues".They also raise concerns about vetting for EU staff working with children.In a letter to Stephen Barclay,
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Lecturer’s widow hits out at Cardiff University workload

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDiane Anderson speaks out over the pressure her husband was under The widow of a university lecturer who killed himself has demanded action to tackle workload pressures to save other families having their "dad taken away".Diane Anderson said Cardiff University knew her husband Dr Malcolm Anderson was under significant pressure.Internal surveys, seen by BBC Wales, show a third of staff said
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Forced marriage: Union warns over ‘criminalising’ teachers

[ad_1] Image caption Amanda Brown says a longer-term approach must be taken, rather than mandatory reporting The UK's largest teachers' union has warned government not to introduce measures that would make teaching staff criminally responsible for failing to report the forced marriage of a pupil. A Home Office consultation is exploring such proposals for teachers, health workers and social workers.But the National Education Union (NEU) said it "raises the stakes"
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New curriculum: More school inspections from 2021

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Education Union Cymru is concerned about the proposals Schools will be inspected more often from September 2021 to give assurances on standards as the new curriculum is rolled out.Under the proposals, Estyn inspectors would visit schools at least twice within a seven-year cycle.The new system would start after a one-year pause in inspections from September 2020 to August 2021 to allow
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Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There's a growing expectation that the review of student finance in England, headed by the financier Philip Augar, is going to recommend a cut in tuition fees.The first figure floated, £6,500, seems to have drifted up to £7,500 after complaints from universities - but that would still be significantly less than the current maximum of £9,250.With some universities already facing precarious finances - with borrowing,