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Winning a Duke of Edinburgh gold award in prison

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 29 December 2017 Image caption Jon Watts says the award scheme gave him a “template” in prison to change his life When Jon Watts was camping out for his first Duke of Edinburgh award, it wasn’t on a mountainside. He spent the night in a tent on the artificial grass of a prison football pitch. It was outward bound, on the inside. Jon managed to get bronze, silver and gold while serving a six-year sentence for stabbing offences. He is the only person to have won a gold award while...

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Learning a language is resolution for one in five Brits, survey says

Learning a language is resolution for one in five Brits, survey says 29 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Learning a language will be a new year’s resolution for about one in five Britons in 2018, a survey suggests. About one in three said they intend to learn at least some key phrases. Spanish was the most popular language among 2,109 UK adults questioned by Populus for the British Council. “If we are to remain globally competitive post-Brexit, we need more people who can speak languages,” said British Council schools advisor, Vicky Gough. Of the representative sample of adults...

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Universities could face fines over ‘no-platforming’

Universities could face fines over ‘no-platforming’ 26 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Universities must protect free speech and “open minds, not close them,” Universities Minister Jo Johnson will say in a speech in Birmingham later. Addressing the Limmud Festival, Mr Johnson will reaffirm his concerns over “no platforming” and “safe spaces” stifling debate in higher education. It comes after the the new Office for Students was established in October. In recent proposals, the body has said universities that do not protect free speech could face fines. In his speech on Tuesday Mr Johnson will say: “In universities in...

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‘Urgent action’ needed on new school curriculum rollout

‘Urgent action’ needed on new school curriculum rollout 21 December 2017 comments Image caption There is more emphasis on digital skills in the new curriculum Teachers will not be ready for a new school curriculum without “urgent action” by Welsh ministers before its introduction in 2022, AMs have warned. Their report calls on the education secretary to prepare a detailed plan to ensure the workforce is prepared. The committee heard many teachers were not fully aware of the changes and only a minority felt well ready for them. The Welsh Government said it was working closely with teachers to...

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Sofa surfers: The young hidden homeless

21 December 2017 Image caption Sam: “It takes pretty much every day of my life, trying to find out where I am going to be staying” Sam does not know where he will be sleeping tonight. Now 23, he says he first became homeless at 15 because of a family breakdown and has been in and out of bedsits, hostels and supported accommodation ever since. “I’ve stayed at friends’ in the past – I’ve never really had my own actual flat,” he says. “I’ve slept rough quite a few times but most of the time when I’ve slept rough...

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