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Social mobility: The worst places to grow up poor

Social mobility: The worst places to grow up poor By Judith Burns & Adina Campbell BBC News 28 November 2017 From the section Family & Education Image caption Rhythmical Mike is a successful performer – but says his schooldays were “a nightmare” “You’ve got this – the whirlwind that you’re in – is the beginning of something wonderfully new – for you.” Rhythmical Mike, a 24-year-old East Midlands poet, performs his work to pupils at Lovers’ Lane Primary school in Newark, Nottinghamshire. It’s an area where many children face big challenges and, according to a new State of the...

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Au pair recruitment ‘like the Wild West’, says expert

Au pair recruitment ‘like the Wild West’, says expert By Tim Stokes & Alpa Patel BBC News 28 November 2017 From the section London comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionExploitation: An au pair’s story A leading expert on the employment of au pairs in the UK has described the way in which they are recruited as “like the Wild West”. Dr Rosie Cox, of Birkbeck, University of London, is calling for action to prevent them from being exploited. Although no official figures exist, Dr Cox said there could be up to 100,000 au pairs in...

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Computer science GCSE in disarray after tasks leaked online

Computer science GCSE in disarray after tasks leaked online By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter 27 November 2017 From the section Family & Education Image copyright Getty Images The new computer science GCSE has been thrown into disarray after programming tasks worth a fifth of the total marks were leaked repeatedly online. Exams regulator Ofqual plans to pull this chunk of the qualification from the overall marks as it has been seen by thousands of people. Ofqual said the non-exam assessment may have been leaked by teachers as well as students who had completed the task. The breach...

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Pullman’s plea to save school libraries

Pullman’s plea to save school libraries By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and social affairs reporter 23 November 2017 From the section Family & Education Image copyright Getty Images Children’s authors such as Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman are calling for a halt to the “shocking decline” in England’s school libraries. They, along with 148 others, wrote to Education Secretary Justine Greening, asking her to signal her belief in the “value of literacy” for learning. She is being urged to set up a national service and to safeguard the positions of qualified librarians in schools. Over a quarter of...

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