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Arts leaders call for more school funding

Image caption Students presented their findings at the House of Lords The Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are calling for a premium to fund arts classes in England’s schools. The major London arts institutions say league tables and pressures on time and budgets are squeezing out important creative …

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Children 'should be weighed up to age 18', report says

Image copyright Getty Images Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and …

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If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger?

Image caption The “talking tables” are being launched as the government puts forward its “loneliness strategy” If you were lonely, would you go into a cafe and sit down for a chat with a complete stranger? That’s the idea behind the “talking tables” initiative. Sainsburys supermarket has designated some tables …

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Good with schools

Image caption The school in Manchester now has one of the best attendance rates in the country How does a school go from having one of the worst truancy records in the country to having one of the best attendance records? “No nonsense and no excuses.” That’s the message that …

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Australia to stop religious schools rejecting gay students

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified his policy on religious schools amid fierce debate Australia’s prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students. Scott Morrison said new legislation would “make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be …

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Take me to your leader! MPs to quiz robot

Image copyright Softbank Robotics A robot is to be questioned by a panel of MPs in what they are claiming is a first for UK democracy (regular viewers of Parliament may beg to differ). Pepper – “a culturally aware” robot – was designed to assist with the care of older …

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Germany's AfD sparks outcry at far-right child informer plan

Image copyright AFP Image caption AfD are hoping to enter Bavaria’s state parliament for the first time in elections on 14 October German justice minister Katarina Barley has sharply condemned an online scheme launched by the far-right AfD party to get schoolchildren to inform on teachers who are politically partial. …

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Teacher banned for claiming extra cash for school trips

Image copyright Linkedin Image caption David Malengela had responsibility for organising overseas trips at St Peter’s School in Huntingdon A languages teacher has been banned from the classroom for claiming extra cash from parents for school trips, a conduct panel has concluded. David Malengela, 41, had responsibility for organising overseas …

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