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Drug use: Is Sheffield Students’ Union right to offer advice?

[ad_1] Image copyright Lakeman family Image caption Ray Lakeman with Jacques (left), Torin (right) and their mother, Sarah. Jacques and Torin died after taking ecstasy together in 2014 Ray Lakeman is only too aware of the effect of illegal drugs.His two sons Jacques and Torin died after they took ecstasy together four years ago.Now, the dad is advocating a more open approach to tackle the issue of illegal drug use
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The mums taking legal action over council disability cuts

[ad_1] Mums Alicia McColl and Debbie Butler are among four families from Surrey taking legal action over cuts to services for children with disabilities.They fear Surrey County Council's plan to cut £21m from services for disabled children could hit support their children rely on, particularly transport to specialist schools.Local councils have faced cuts in the funding they receive from central government in recent years.The council says its focus is to
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Gay Zimbabwe teacher resigns after death threats

[ad_1] Image copyright Neal Hovelmeier Image caption He wanted to address the issue of homophobia in the school A gay teacher at a top Zimbabwean boys' school has resigned after death threats and pressure from parents. Neal Hovelmeier, deputy head for St John's College's sixth form, came out to his students last week. He was encouraged to do so as a Zimbabwean newspaper was planning on outing Mr Hovelmeier, the
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How do career dreams really work out?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From dream job to reality: The most typical type of work turned out to be a sales assistant When young people were asked in 2011 about the careers they wanted, the most popular ambitions were for jobs such as doctors, vets, firefighters, police officers, nurses, teachers and actors.But the Office for National Statistics has gone back and found a reality gap with what
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Best friends forever; How friendship boosts pupils’ grades

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Best friends forever? Well, maybe not - but schoolchildren who keep the same best mate as they move to secondary have been found to get better results.A study of 593 found "substantial instability" in their friendships as they changed schools, with only 27% keeping the same best friend.But the ones who did achieved better results and had fewer behaviour issues.The researchers compared what they said
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Strontian: The community that built its own school

[ad_1] Image caption The new school in Strontian A small Highland community decided to build its own school after parents rejected the local council's solution to sorting out their ageing primary.Strontian Primary School in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula has roll of about 30 pupils.It was built in the mid-1970s and the building has seen better days.Highland Council had proposed making improvements to the old school, before the community took it upon
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It’s ‘never too late’ for parenting advice, study says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Parenting programmes for helping children with behavioural problems are just as effective in primary school age children as in pre-school children, Oxford University research suggests.The study challenges a widely held view that, for the best results, help should be given early in life, when children's brain function and behaviour are thought to be more easily manipulated. The research says it's time to stop focusing on