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Syrian universities weakened by ‘brain-drain’, says report

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syria has been devastated by conflict and its universities are struggling to play a part in the country's recovery Eight years on from the start of the war, Syria's universities are suffering from corruption, under-funding and a brain drain, a report has found. Syria's higher education system has been devastated by conflict, according to Cambridge University researchers and Syrian academics in exile. An estimated
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Jailed mothers: The ‘terrible damage’ to children

[ad_1] Image caption Katie reads a letter she sent aged 11 to her mother in prison About 17,000 children are separated from their mothers every year by the prison system in England and Wales, which has one of the highest rates of female incarceration in western Europe. Now some MPs say the courts may be denying the human rights of these children.Katie was 11 when her mother was sent to
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School places change for domestic abuse

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When a parent escapes domestic violence, it can be difficult to get their children into another school The school admissions code in England is to be changed to make it easier for families escaping domestic abuse to switch schools, says the Education Secretary Damian Hinds.He wants vulnerable children to get a school place "as quickly as possible".Mr Hinds says more needs to be
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Divorce likely to put weight on children, study finds

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers. The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found. Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002. The authors say their findings back calls for
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Theresa May calls for mental health to be priority

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May, using some of her remaining political authority before leaving office, has called for improvements in preventing mental health problems.The prime minister wants new teachers to be trained how to spot children with mental health difficulties."Too many of us have seen first-hand the devastating consequences of mental illness," says Mrs May.Labour's Barbara Keeley said the prime minister only offered "warm words".The shadow minister for
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Ofsted sounds warning over outstanding schools

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Ofsted has called for the resumption of routine checks on outstanding schools, after 80% of those it re-inspected due to specific issues were downgraded.England's schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding, after concerns were raised about falling standards.It said 256 lost their top-level rating as a result.In 2011, inspectors were stopped from carrying out routine inspections of these top-rated schools.The move, during Michael Gove's
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Secondary teachers ‘want more flexible working patterns’

[ad_1] Image caption Jennifer Hart: 'When I come in, I'm ready to go' Secondary school leaders are being urged do more to accommodate teachers who want to work part-time or flexibly.A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research says there is an "unmet demand" from secondary teachers wanting to reduce or alter their hours. It estimates that one in six teachers would like to reduce their hours - one
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UK one of ‘least family friendly’ countries in Europe

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The UK is one of the worst places in Europe for paid parental leave and affordable quality childcare, the UN's children's charity has said.Researchers for Unicef ranked 31 countries on their length of maternity and paternity leave and the proportions of pre-school children above and below the age of three in childcare.The only European countries below the UK were Cyprus, Greece and Switzerland.UK parents were
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Trade war: How reliant are US colleges on Chinese students?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increasing numbers of Chinese students attend US colleges The United States is the number one destination for Chinese students seeking to study abroad.They make up one-third of the total international body in the US and pay significant sums to study at top institutions. However, there is growing pressure in the US to place restrictions on foreign students, particularly Chinese, amid tensions between the