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‘Shortcomings’ in half of Welsh secondary schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The school reports are in - and it is a case of "could do better" for Wales' secondaries, according to inspectors Estyn. The education body said only half of secondary schools were judged good or excellent.Wales' Chief Inspector of Schools Meilyr Rowlands said those schools "causing concern" needed more help.But Estyn's annual report said it had seen "encouraging" improvements in primary schools.The Welsh Government said
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Racism at university: Inquiry launched by UK’s equality body

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An inquiry into racial harassment at UK universities is being launched.The Equality and Human Rights Commission says there's a "growing body of evidence" that racism is affecting students and staff at universities.It pointed to racism as a possible link between the lower qualifications achieved by ethnic minority students, despite more entering higher education.Students and staff have until 15 February 2019 to submit evidence.The EHRC is
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Water bill ‘too expensive’ to flush toilet

[ad_1] Image caption Shirley Widdop says her family has to "ration" the use of water - in a constant worry about bills and debts A disabled mother from Yorkshire says she is so worried about the cost of water that she sometimes has to miss out on washing or flushing the toilet.Shirley Widdop, from Keighley, whose bill, based on a water meter, has risen by 35%, says: "It's outrageous and
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Mexico missing students: New president creates truth commission

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 43 trainee teachers disappeared in 2014 New Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has signed a decree to open a truth commission to investigate the disappearance of 43 students. The student teachers were kidnapped from the town of Iguala in 2014, and subsequently killed, allegedly by members of the security forces. The announcement was made on Mr López Obrador's first working day in
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Plymouth university students’ union votes to leave NUS

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The union president said there were "significant concerns" by students about value for money A students union has voted in a referendum to leave the National Union of Students (NUS).A total of 519 out of 1,006 members of the University of Plymouth Students' Union (UPSU) voted to end its affiliation with the NUS.Supporters said UPSU, which sent more than £57,000 to the NUS this
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Sixteen grammars win funds to expand

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Sixteen grammar schools in England have been given permission to create hundreds of new places.The schools are receiving a share of the Department for Education's £50m selective school expansion fund to accommodate up to 4,000 extra pupils.The schools were selected from 39 applications and make up 10% of England's 163 grammar schools.The money has been granted on the condition these schools have ambitious plans to
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Ormiston Rivers Academy boy ‘stole pupils’ data from school laptop’

[ad_1] An academy has apologised to parents and pupils after a 16-year-old logged into a school laptop and downloaded pupils' personal data and shared it.The boy, who attends Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, obtained the details of Year 11 pupils after using a teacher's laptop.He then shared the personal information among fellow pupils, as reported in the Maldon Standard. Ormiston Academies Trust said it took "immediate action" to recover
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Ed Farmer: Expel students who defy initiations ban, says dad

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEd Farmer's father tells Today that students involved in future initiations should be expelled Students who defy university rules to organise alcohol-heavy "initiation" events should be kicked out, according to the father of a student who died.Ed Farmer, 20, went into cardiac arrest after a bar crawl organised by a Newcastle university student society. His father, Jeremy, told BBC Radio 4's
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School uniform in Wales ‘could become cheaper’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Uniform policy is decided by individual schools' governing bodies School uniform could become cheaper in Wales under plans being considered by ministers.Proposed new Welsh Government guidance would put a legal duty on governors to consider the cost of uniforms.It also says uniform policies should not dictate different items of clothing on the basis of sex or gender. Rhiannon Thomas, who had to borrow