Glitter banned by Dorset children’s nursery chain

November 17, 2017

  Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGroup manager Harriet Pacey said their nurseries already avoid a lot of single-use items Glitter has been banned by a chain of children's nurseries because of the "terrible damage" it does to the environment. The art material is washed into the water system and can end up in the food ...

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School counsellors needed to tackle self-harm ‘epidemic’, minister told

November 16, 2017

  Image copyright Thinkstock All young people in the UK should have access to school counsellors to tackle an "epidemic" in self-harm, the government has been been told. Baroness Walmsley said the problem was worse among young women and girls. But instead of hiring more counsellors, who could offer free and non-judgemental support, schools were having to sack them to ...

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School in Theresa May’s constituency seeks £1 for pens

November 16, 2017

  Image copyright Google Image caption Robert Piggott school would like voluntary donations amounting to £190 per family per year A primary school in Prime Minister Theresa May's constituency has asked parents for a £1 daily donation to help pay for stationery and books. Robert Piggott CofE School in Wargrave, Berkshire, said the plea comes after "national changes to school funding". Labour ...

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Flagship tax-free childcare scheme delayed

November 15, 2017

    Plans for the full rollout of tax-free childcare in the UK have been delayed until March 2018 - five years after it was first announced. It comes after parents grappled with technical difficulties on the official website, launched in April, they need to use to access the scheme. In a written statement, ministers said they would be ...

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Universal credit: Children’s commissioner calls for pause

November 14, 2017

The rollout of universal credit to families with children should be paused, the children's commissioner for England has told MPs. Anne Longfield told the Education Select Committee there was evidence families with children were being hit hard by the welfare changes. The impact of universal credit had not been tested on families with children, said Ms Longfield. The ...

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School teachers will need licence for minibuses

November 14, 2017

Teachers in Northern Ireland will no longer be able to drive school minibuses on a car driving licence, according to new guidance. Teachers must now have a full D1 minibus driving licence and driver certificate of professional competence. The guidance is contained in a letter from the Department for Infrastructure to the Education Authority (EA). The body representing ...

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Student loans fraud exposed by Panorama

November 13, 2017

The chairwoman of Parliament's spending watchdog wants a police probe after the BBC's Panorama uncovered evidence of fraud in the student loan system. One education agent was secretly filmed offering to get bogus students admitted into a government-approved private college for a £200 fee. This was to allow the bogus students to fraudulently claim student loans. Then for ...

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