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Cardiff youngsters sent 200 miles to Liverpool for care

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some children have been sent to the north of England and north Wales Looked-after youngsters are being sent up to 200 miles from Cardiff to Liverpool for care, a council has said.An inquiry into out-of-county placements showed 244 of 800 cared-for children are based outside of the city.As a result a Cardiff Council scrutiny committee has suggested building new children's homes.A council spokesman
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Pupils find spellchecker ‘cheat’ in literacy test

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Schools are to be given advice on how to disable a glitch that allows pupils sitting online spelling tests to right-click their mouse and find the answer.It follows the discovery by teachers that children familiar with traditional computer spellcheckers were simply applying it to the tests.The Scottish National Standardised Assessments were introduced to assess progress in four different age groups.The government said the issue had
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WW1 trenches recreated for Scottish pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright PETER JOLLY NORTHPIX Image caption P7 pupils from schools around Ullapool are involved in the project A World War One trench system has been recreated near Ullapool as part of a school history project.P7 pupils from Ullapool, Lochinver, Achultibuie, Badcaul and Scoraig primaries in Wester Ross are involved.The trenches were dug in a farmer's field before features such as wooden boards, steps and sandbags were added.The pupils,
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Exams: How do the new 9-1 GCSE grades work?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images It's that time of the year again and thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are revising hard as they sit their GCSEs. But, in England, there have been major changes to these exams, with a new 9-1 grading system being phased in to reflect a more demanding curriculum. So what's the new grading system all about? What are the new grades?The new
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Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

[ad_1] Image copyright JCQ Image caption The JCQ exam body is publicising the new rules via an online video Pupils are being told to remove watches from their wrists before taking GCSE and A-level exams, to combat cheating.In most cases, students are being told to place the timepieces on their desks, but invigilators can demand they are left outside of the exam hall.The new rule was introduced to prevent pupils
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University racism ‘complacency’ warning – BBC News

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are warnings universities do not see the "day-to-day racism" on campus Universities are being accused of "complacency" over a lack of senior black academics and lower achievement among ethnic minority students.Baroness Amos, the UK's first black woman university head, says there are "deep-seated prejudices and stereotypes which need to be overcome"."Not even 1% of UK professors are black," she will tell a
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Colombia’s ex-fighters taught skills for peace

[ad_1] Image caption Social enterprises are working to re-train not just soldiers but civilians displaced by the long war When Sebastian Cadavid was recruited to join the Farc guerilla group in Colombia he had little idea of how it would shape his future. Lured with promises of cars and money the 12-year-old didn't hesitate to sign up. Sebastian spent four years fighting with the guerillas, receiving intensive ammunition training -
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Do Sats really matter – and if so, to whom?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children in their final year of primary school in England sit their national curriculum tests, often known as Sats, this week - but who is really being tested? Are Sats a test of the school or the child?The tests measure children's progress, but the results are used to compare schools. They started on Monday with tests for 11-year-olds in English grammar, punctuation and spelling and
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Boarding school ‘sorry’ for ‘blacked up’ slave photo

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The Oratory School says it condemns racist imagery and has apologised A boarding school has apologised after a group of boys "blacked up" and dressed as slaves for a photograph.Sixth-formers at the Oratory School in Oxfordshire, wore the make-up and costumes for their leaving pictures, which were published on social media.The pupils were stopped from taking part in an "informal" photo shoot, but took
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Cuts put deaf children’s education at ‘breaking point’

[ad_1] Image copyright Emma Bishop/PA Image caption Emma Bishop finding a secondary school for Tom help has been tougher than if specialist support had been in place Tom Bishop is 11 and deaf. The specialist teacher he had was a "life-line", say his family.But two years ago her post was cut, leaving his family "lost and worried," about their son's future His mother Emma described impact of the cut as