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Young highly sceptical of social mobility

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Young people are highly sceptical about social mobility being a reality, according to a survey from the relaunched Social Mobility Commission.It found many young adults expected to be worse off than previous generations and believed opportunities depended on social background rather than talent.The previous commissioners resigned over a lack of progress.The new chair, Dame Martina Milburn, said she wanted "to create a fair system where
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Oxbridge ‘over-recruits from eight schools’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Oxford and Cambridge are being accused of being so socially exclusive that they recruit more students from eight top schools than almost 3,000 other English state schools put together.The Sutton Trust social mobility charity says the leading universities are failing to attract a wide enough range of talent.Trust founder Sir Peter Lampl said all young people needed a "fair chance".Oxford University said they "very aware"
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YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube/Dan osi Image caption YouTube has a ban on all essay-writing adverts YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation.The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making money from adverts for these companies. All the social media companies say
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Girls more likely to face loneliness, study says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The worry about being seen as lonely becomes another pressure in itself Young women are more likely than young men to have feelings of loneliness, according to a study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).About one in 10 young people in the UK often feel lonely, says the first such analysis from the ONS.The study found a "stigma" attached to loneliness, with
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US buyers to protect ethos of AC Grayling’s London college

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The London college founded by philosopher AC Grayling has been bought by the Boston-based Northeastern University The New College of the Humanities, founded in London by the philosopher AC Grayling, is being bought by a US university, Northeastern.In the college's Bloomsbury building, the pennants of both universities are flying side by side, and their two leaders are planning their joint future.Joseph Aoun, president
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No you Kant: Russians reject German thinker’s name for airport

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paint was hurled at a statue of Kant in Kaliningrad A Russian vice-admiral has denounced the 18th-Century German philosopher Immanuel Kant as a "traitor", calling for him to be rejected in a vote to rename Russia's Kaliningrad airport. Vice-Admiral Igor Mukhametshin's rant to sailors came after anti-Kant protesters had thrown paint at a statue of the great thinker in Kaliningrad.Kant was easily beaten
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Oxfordshire school introduces £50 cap for teacher presents

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption St Helen and St Katharine School in Abingdon said extravagant gifts were putting staff "in an awkward position" An independent school has introduced a £50 cap for presents to teachers.St Helen and St Katharine School, in Oxfordshire, said extravagant gifts and cash-equivalent vouchers were placing staff "in an awkward position". A letter to parents at the £5,490-a-term school in Abingdon said students could
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‘Shortcomings’ in half of Welsh secondary schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The school reports are in - and it is a case of "could do better" for Wales' secondaries, according to inspectors Estyn. The education body said only half of secondary schools were judged good or excellent.Wales' Chief Inspector of Schools Meilyr Rowlands said those schools "causing concern" needed more help.But Estyn's annual report said it had seen "encouraging" improvements in primary schools.The Welsh Government said