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Healing young and old with a singalong

[ad_1] Image caption Sheila and Zach are all smiles when the music starts A care home is bringing children with special needs together with older people with dementia for a therapeutic singalong."I don't really belong here you know," says Sheila, who is 85, and has dementia."I don't! Really! But the staff seem to know me and they're always so nice."Sheila knows she is waiting for something to happen in the
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Coatbridge’s Buchanan High teachers strike over health fears

[ad_1] Image caption NASUWT members at Buchanan High are on strike Teachers at a Lanarkshire school at the centre of chemical contamination fears have started a week-long strike.NASUWT union members at Buchanan High School in Coatbridge have walked out after four teachers developed cancer.The union is calling for the entire campus - built on a former landfill site - to be tested and its two schools to be closed early
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Cyber-bullying ‘worst in England schools’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Head teachers in England are more likely to face problems with pupils bullying online and misusing social media than in any other developed country, an international study says .A report from the OECD think thank reported the experiences of more than 250,000 teachers in 48 industrialised countries and regions.It showed particular problems with cyber-bullying in England's schools."It's the dark side of the modern age," said
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Exeter University: Man held after students threatened with gun

[ad_1] Image copyright Beth Mahoney Image caption Officers are now investigating if a weapon seized was genuine or a replica A man has been arrested after students were threatened with a gun at a university.Police were called to Exeter University just after 12:00 BST to reports of a man "making threats to other students, whilst in possession of a handgun".Devon and Cornwall Police said no-one had been injured and the
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Hundreds of special needs pupils ‘squeezed’ out of school

[ad_1] More than 1,500 children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are without a school place in England, with some waiting up to two years for provision.The figures, collated by Newsnight, cover 46 English councils (25%), which suggests the real figure may be higher.One mother told the programme her son had been "squeezed out" of school as a "quick cost-cutting solution".The government said responsibility lay with local authorities.Local authorities
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Computer ‘geek’ stereotype puts girls off subject

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The research said stereotyping was one of the main barriers to more girls participating in computing Cultural stereotyping of computer users as "male, socially awkward and intense" has led to a low number of girls in NI studying computing.That is according to a report from the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).Computing is seen as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social
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Ben Quartermaine: Mum hopes pupils learn lesson of sea death

[ad_1] Image copyright Vicky Gentry Image caption Vicky Gentry said her son Ben Quartermaine could not swim The mother of a teenager who died after being swept out to sea says she hopes school water safety lessons will save others from going through her anguish.Ben Quartermaine, 15, got into difficulty while swimming with a friend near Clacton Pier, Essex, on 26 July.He was swept out to sea by a current
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Further maths A-level paper replaced following leak

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A further maths A-level paper due to be sat by about 7,000 candidates on Thursday has been replaced following the leak of an earlier exam last week.Two questions from the Edexcel A-level maths paper were shared on social ahead of it being sat on Friday.Pearson, the exam board's parent company, says it is replacing the latest paper and an unnamed centre is being investigated for
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Beechwood: ‘I can’t believe the evil that happened there’

[ad_1] Image caption Survivors of the regime at Beechwood have described an environment in which sexual abuse was rife For decades, young people at a Nottinghamshire children's home were subjected to a regime of sexual and physical abuse. Boys and girls were watched while washing, groomed and assaulted in their beds.Laura was one of those children. One of the witnesses at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), she
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Children’s speech therapy: Call for wider support in Wales

[ad_1] Image caption Flying Start provides dedicated therapists to help with speech and language Speech and language support should be more widely available for children in Wales, according to therapists.One in 10 children in Wales can struggle with speaking, according to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.It said a programme for children under four should be "rolled out further" than targeted areas.The Welsh Government said it was working