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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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Christmas party envy ‘provoked by social media’

Christmas party envy ‘provoked by social media’ 21 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images For anyone who has quickly checked their Facebook account at a party only to see friends having considerably more fun – don’t worry, you’re not alone. A fifth of 1,010 13- to 17-year-olds surveyed for The Children’s Society who looked at social media at Christmas said friends were having a better time. And nearly a third said a gawp at Instagram or other social media brought the green-eyed monster out over gifts. But 40% said social media made them think more about those less fortunate....

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Born in the wrong place for good schools?

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 21 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The report warns that regional gaps in good schools have grown wider in recent years There is a widening geographical divide in access to high-performing schools in England, says a report from the Education Policy Institute. Between 2010 and 2015, London took an increasing share of the secondary schools where pupils were most likely to make good progress. But the report says areas in the North and North East were being left behind. A Department for Education spokeswoman said social mobility...

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Artificial intelligence school inspections face resistance

Artificial intelligence school inspections face resistance 21 December 2017 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The data could be used to determine which schools were most likely to fail Plans to use algorithms to identify failing schools have been criticised by the National Association of Head Teachers. A data science unit, part-owned by the UK government, has been training algorithms to rate schools, using machine learning – a form of AI. It plans to work with England education watchdog Ofsted to help prioritise inspections. The NAHT said effective inspection of schools should not be based on data. “We need...

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Sesame Street to help Syrian refugees

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education and family correspondent 20 December 2017 Image caption Sesame Street will be used to rebuild trust among millions of displaced children from Syria Characters from the children’s television programme Sesame Street are going to be used to help teach children displaced by war in Syria. The Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee have won a $100m (£75m) grant to help with the “toxic stress” on child refugees. It will help children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria Jeffrey Dunn, head of Sesame Workshop, said Syria’s refugee crisis was the “humanitarian issue of...

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