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We put today’s school pupils through an old tech challenge

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Young people can no longer tell the time using the big hand and the little hand, and some schools are even replacing standard clocks with digital ones in exam halls, according to some teachers.We asked School Reporters from Catmose College, Rutland, what they thought - and we added a few extra questions to test whether they could recognise other types of old-style technology, Some of
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‘My teacher saved me from suicide’

[ad_1] Image caption Hati Sparey-South is now a trainee teacher By 16 Hati Sparey-South had already tried to kill herself. And she would have tried again and maybe succeeded if it hadn't been for a teacher who noticed how unhappy she looked. Hati says she owes her teacher her life. And now, aged 26 and a trainee teacher herself, she is determined to help today's pupils. "I would have kept
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‘It’s not just women who sometimes regret parenthood’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Interviews with mothers who regret having children hit the headlines earlier this month - but, as one man tells BBC News, it's not just mothers who feel this way. "The stereotype is that your life isn't complete without a child," says Martin (not his real name), a father of four. He says that as a young man, having children was expected - but the reality
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‘I had no choice but to be split from my sister’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'I was split from my siblings while in care' At least 5,000 children currently in care have been split from their siblings, a Freedom of Information request to councils in England and Wales has found. Two sisters tell the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme what it was like to be separated from as young as nine. Vicky Willis still clearly remembers the
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Primary school places – not got what you wanted?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of parents in England are finding out which primary school their children will go to later this year. If the school on offer is unsuitable for some reason, there are a number of things you can do. Think carefullyFirst, read the letter from your local authority very closely.It will provide instructions about how to proceed if you do not wish to accept
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‘My pupils all know someone who’s been stabbed’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images What's it like to teach in an area where many young people carry knives and have seen the victims of stabbings? Teachers describe their first-hand views of the knife culture among some young people in London."It's not a shock anymore. It's not a surprise anymore," says Angela. "If something happens in the area, you hope it's not somebody you've taught."She has been a teacher for
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Have youth service cuts led to more crime?

[ad_1] The claim: The Labour MP published a tweet suggesting rising violent crime could be linked to cuts in young people's services.Verdict: Youth services have seen big cuts in their budgets over the past few years. However, it's impossible to make a clear link between that and a rise in violent crime. Youth service spending by local authorities in England is down by a third compared with three years ago,
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Free school meals are changing but will children lose out?

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters New analysis of how many children will benefit from free school meals under the government's Universal Credit system has been published. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that 50,000 more children overall will be entitled in future. But the IFS also warned that 160,000 children across the UK, who would have qualified under the old system will be ineligible when the rules change. So what are
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The mothers who regret having children

[ad_1] Most parents will acknowledge that children are hard work, but are likely to say the rewards outweigh the challenges. To feel differently is almost unspeakable, but there are women who regret having children. Three women tell the Victoria Derbyshire programme what it is like to secretly wish they had not become mothers. Rachel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'I wish I'd not had children' "If I
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How parents’ arguments really affect their children

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. What can parents and carers do to limit the harm caused by their rows?What happens at home really does affect children's long-term mental health and development. But it is not only the relationship between the parent and child that is important. How parents get on with each other also