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‘Grade inflation’ in top degree grades stopping

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The sharp increase in university students in the UK getting top degree grades seems to have stalled, according to annual official figures.It follows warnings from ministers of the need to prevent "grade inflation" devaluing degrees.The latest figures show 28% of students were awarded first class degrees in 2018-19 - the same as the year before.The higher education watchdog, the Office for Students (OFS), had attacked
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Estranged students: ‘The system assumes your parents will help’

[ad_1] Image caption Blair Anderson says his relationship with his parents broke down when he came out as gay Law student Blair Anderson is "estranged" from his family, which means he has cut all ties and does not get the financial and emotional support most parents provide.Blair says his relationship with them hit the rocks when he came out as gay at the age of 14 but it "completely broke
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GCSE revision helps spot Ipswich’s dad’s tonsils cancer

[ad_1] Image copyright Jonathan Jenkyn Image caption Jonathan Jenkyn said the support of his wife Sacha has been "unconditional" and she has been there "for every step" A father's tonsil cancer was detected early because he helped his daughter revise for her biology GCSE. Jonathan Jenkyn, 43, from Ipswich, who survived a cardiac arrest in 2015, said he was "dodging the grim reaper."While helping his daughter with the lymphatic system
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Outstanding schools to face inspections again

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Every school in England currently rated as "outstanding" would be inspected in the next five years, under proposals from the Department for Education.It would scrap the exemption, introduced in 2012, under which outstanding schools did not have to face routine Ofsted inspections.It means schools of all grades will be subject to the same regular scrutiny.Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said it would help parents to make
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‘Treatment gap’ in youth mental health services

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images More than a quarter of young people referred to specialist mental health services in England are rejected for treatment, says a think tank study.The Education Policy Institute (EPI) says 133,000 were turned away last year, including people who had self-harmed or experienced abuse.The report warns of average waits of almost two months and a system struggling to cope with the demand.An NHS spokesman rejected the
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Erasmus: What could happen to scheme after Brexit?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images On Wednesday, MPs voted by 344 to 254 against a clause that would have required the government to negotiate continuing full membership of the Erasmus programme after Brexit.The Erasmus scheme is a European Union (EU) programme that helps students study in other countries.Currently, 53% of UK university students who study abroad do so through the scheme. In 2017, 16,561 UK students participated in Erasmus, while
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Putting pupils in isolation ‘drives poor behaviour’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Putting challenging pupils in isolation for extended periods at school can harm their mental health, the Centre for Mental Health (CMH) is warning. The charity says the use of isolation rooms - and other restrictive interventions - can also "potentially drive even more challenging behaviour".It says children who have already had traumatic experiences in their lives are especially vulnerable.The government says it will publish new
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School hunger: Free breakfast pilot for secondary pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some hungry secondary school pupils do not have enough money for both breakfast and lunch at school, campaigners say Free breakfasts could be made available to secondary school pupils from poorer families.The Welsh Government said a £450,000 pilot scheme starting in September would provide an extra allowance for Year 7 children receiving free school meals.The idea is to help them pay for breakfast
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Ofsted seeks judgement-free approach to ‘stuck schools’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Ofsted is urging a new judgement-free approach for schools which have been stuck for many years on poor ratings.It said the 410 "stuck" schools in isolated areas of England needed extra support, not to be inundated with unsuccessful improvement schemes.Chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman said a new non-judgemental approach was needed, offering the schools tailored support.Heads said being stigmatised by blunt judgements made their
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Birmingham Islamic school ‘segregated’ boys and girls

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Ofsted inspectors said only pupils who are likely to gain a strong pass can complete their GCSEs in subjects such as English literature, history and Arabic An Islamic school has been "unlawfully segregating" boys and girls for all activities except weekly assemblies.Pupils at Redstone Academy in Balsall Heath, Birmingham are not safe, Ofsted inspectors said, and procedures are disorganised. "Boys enjoy school more than