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Schools can raise girls' aspirations by partnering with businesses

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds aren’t always aware of the opportunities open to them. We’re working to change this<p>The absence of aspiration and understanding of opportunities that I see in some students from disadvantaged backgrounds – especially girls – is something I want to address …

'Poorest pupils miss out on practical science lessons'

The poorest pupils are most likely to miss out on practical science lessons in English schools, a study suggests.<p>Over a quarter of GCSE students take little or no part in practical science experiments, according to a survey of 4,081 pupils for the Wellcome Trust.<p>These inequalities were …

Education

Top universities must do more to accept poor students, higher education tsar warns

Top universities have been told they must make more effort to accept poor students, the higher education tsar has warned.<p>The argument used by admissions tutors that disadvantaged students’ grades are not high enough “just doesn’t hold water”, Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access (Offa) …

Body cameras on trial in English schools

By Catherine Burns <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>Police-style body cameras are being worn by teachers in England to stop pupil disruption.</b><p>Two schools are taking part in the pilot scheme, according to Tom Ellis, a criminal justice researcher from the University of Portsmouth.<p>He says all teachers are wearing the …

Filmmaking

Not Every Child Is An A Grade Student: Why We Must Not Make B/C/D Shameful

(Author's own photograph)<p>I'm about to go on a rant. I hate homework.<p>Controversial, as I've been a teacher for 22 years and I've personally set …

Teachers wearing body cameras to control students' behaviour in new trial

Teachers in schools are using body cameras in a bid to control students’ behaviour, it has been reported.<p>The cameras, similar to those worn by police, are understood to have been approved by local education authorities.<p>At least two comprehensive schools in England, one of which has a long history …

Pakistani police rescue 24 from organ trafficking gang

<b>"We will remove your kidney, and you will receive 300,000 rupees [£2,300]."</b><p>Sadi Ahmed was held hostage for three months by an organ trafficking gang.<p>In October last year, he was one of 24 people rescued by police in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.<p>They had been imprisoned in a building in an affluent suburb, …

Council of Europe

Girls lose faith in their own talents by the age of six

<b>Girls start to see themselves as less innately talented than boys do when they are only six years old, a group of US researchers has said.</b><p>They said the "disheartening" results suggested the problem could snowball to affect future careers.<p>The study on 400 children, in the journal Science, initially …

University of Illinois

Video game use linked to worse GCSEs, study suggests

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_ni/1199000/1199853_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534455185_fe481ac90df5737031377d701284615e<p><b>Children who play video games twice a day are less likely to achieve five good GCSE grades, a study suggests.</b><p>The National Children's Bureau Northern …

Northern Ireland

PM announces £80m for youth projects in England

<b>Funding of £80m will be given to youth projects in England, Theresa May has announced.</b><p>The prime minister said groups in disadvantaged areas would be able to bid for the grants, for projects such as sports, drama and voluntary work.<p>Mrs May said the investment was the latest stage of her drive to …

Great Britain

The arguments for and against grammar schools both miss the point | David Willetts

The education system is tilted against working-class teenagers. The narrow emphasis on academic selection needs to be completely reimagined if real social mobility is to become a reality<p>We like to think that a modern society is open and mobile – and our failure on social mobility really matters to …

Police body cameras 'cut complaints against officers'

<b>Police body cameras can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers, research suggests.</b><p>The Cambridge University study showed complaints by members of the public against officers fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.<p>Almost 2,000 officers across four UK forces …

Girls spend 40% more time on chores than boys, UN report finds

<b>Girls spend 40% more time performing unpaid household chores than boys, according to a new report from the UN children's agency.</b><p>Unicef said the difference in time spent working amounted to 160 million extra hours a day worldwide.<p>Two out of three girls cook and clean in the home, and almost half …

Female Genital Mutilation

Can giving girls pink toys and boys blue ones REALLY affect what kind of job they'll get?

By Imran Rahman-Jones <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>Giving kids gender-specific toys to play with could affect the kind of jobs they go into in the future.</b><p>That's according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which says we should rethink choosing pink presents for girls.<p>It says 89% of girls' …

Kids

Ofsted chief slams Theresa May’s ‘obsession’ with grammar schools

Michael Wilshaw says standards for the majority of children will be lowered and PM should focus on post-Brexit skills crisis<p>Theresa May should stop “obsessing” about grammar schools and order a massive expansion of vocational education to address skills shortages that will worsen after Brexit, …

Just 2.6% of grammar pupils are from poor backgrounds, new figures show

‘Shamefully’ dire record fuels criticism of May’s schools selection plans<p>Just 3,100 of the 117,000 pupils who currently attend grammar schools come from families poor enough to be eligible for free school meals.<p>The proportion of students (2.6%) is lower than previously reported, and was last night …

BP in $20bn settlement over fatal US oil spillage

<b>Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $20bn (£13.2bn) to settle claims with the US stemming from the company's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.</b><p>An explosion on BP's deep-water drill, off the coast of Louisiana in 2010 killed 11 workers.<p>Millions of barrels of oil were spilled into the surrounding waters.<p>The …

Oil & Gas Industry

Sports Direct site 'called ambulances dozens of times'

<b>Ambulances were called out to the headquarters of one of Europe's largest sports retailers 76 times in two years, a BBC investigation found.</b><p>Many of the calls, for workers at Sports Direct's complex at Shirebrook, in Derbyshire, were for "life-threatening" illnesses.<p>Former workers said some staff …

Health and Safety

Why do I pay more tax than Facebook?

By Toby Sealey <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>Facebook has paid less in tax for the last year than an average UK worker would pay.</b><p>The social network's UK operation paid - wait for it - £4,327 for the year 2014. That's in corporation tax.<p>An average UK worker earning £26,500 would pay £5,393.<p>That's a combination of …

George Osborne

Hate crimes reported to police up 18% in England and Wales

<b>Hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by 18%, Home Office figures have suggested.</b><p>Police recorded 52,528 hate crimes in 2014-15, up from 44,471 in 2013-14, with more than 80% being racially motivated, the statistics showed.<p>The figures are in contrast to evidence from the annual crime survey …

Crime

Hospital sorry for 'do not resuscitate' order on patient with Down's Syndrome

<b>A hospital trust has apologised for placing a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order on a patient with Down's Syndrome - and listing his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so.</b><p>The family of Andrew Waters was not consulted or informed and found out only after he was discharged from hospital …

Human Rights

School grades 'linked to where you live'

<b>Where children grow up in England is more likely to determine success or failure at school than in previous generations, a study suggests.</b><p>The Social Market Foundation has examined test results of cohorts born in 1970 and 2000 and found regional differences have become much greater.<p>Pupils' results …

Durham University

Idris Elba to warn MPs over lack of diversity on British television

<b>Exclusive:</b> Actor to make speech in Westminster saying black actors are struggling to progress in UK compared with US<p>Luther star Idris Elba will tell MPs on Monday that a lack of diversity across British television is causing talented performers to be thrown on the scrapheap, and accuse the …

Schools 'must offer apprenticeships option'

<b>Schools in England are to be required to give vocational routes as much time as academic subjects to help students who want to land apprenticeships.</b><p>Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said ministers wanted to "level the playing field", making sure young people are aware of all options open to …

'Girls outperform boys at school' despite inequality

<b>Girls do better than boys at school, even in countries where women lack equality with men, a study suggests.</b><p>Psychologists at Glasgow and Missouri universities compared the achievement in international tests of 1.5 million 15-year-olds from 74 world regions.<p>In 70% of these regions, the girls beat …

Gender

Universities to target more working class white boys

<b>More white working class students must be recruited onto degree courses, England's universities have been told.</b><p>Only 10% of boys from the poorest fifth of areas enter higher education, official statistics show.<p>Universities Minister Jo Johnson said too many students were missing out and universities …

The gender pay gap on International Women's Day

<b>Parity is this year's theme for International Women's Day so 46 years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act, BBC Rewind looks back on the history of the gender pay gap.</b><p>Despite equal pay legislation being introduced in 1970 a gender pay gap still exists today. According to the Office of …

Gender

A Point of View: When does borrowing from other cultures become 'appropriation'?

<b>A series of cases where Westerners (mainly white people) have been accused of stealing other people's cultures, leads Adam Gopnik to wonder what wrong has been committed.</b><p>You may have heard of the current kerfuffle here in America about the sin of what is being called "cultural appropriation". Some …

Cultural Appropriation