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Meet Belfast’s young climate change protesters

[ad_1] Inspired by Greta Thunberg, young people all over the world are walking out of school in protest of climate change and Northern Ireland is no different. Gathering on a monthly basis in the Cornmarket area of Belfast these young people are hoping to make their voice heard on the issue. The UK Government declared a climate emergency at the beginning of May with the current target being to reduce
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Universities told not to ‘scaremonger’ ahead of fee cut

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Education Secretary Damian Hinds has told England's universities not to "scaremonger" over their finances, ahead of a review which is expected to call for a cut in tuition fees. There have been warnings that lowering the fees to £7,500 per year could put some at risk of going bust.But Mr Hinds accused universities of "distorting the picture" and said the sector was in good financial
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Hertfordshire’s Katherine Warington School to open on ‘alternative site’

[ad_1] Image caption Building delays mean pupils will be bussed ten miles away for the first two weeks of term Children due to start at a new school in September will be bussed to another site nearly 10 miles away for the first two weeks as the building will not be ready.The Katherine Warington School near Harpenden was due to open for the start of term on 5 September.Instead, 180
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University counselling services ‘inundated by stressed academics’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Stressed out academics are inundating university counselling services as they grapple with heavy workloads and oppressive management, a report says.Referrals to such services had risen by three-quarters between 2009 and 2015, the study for the Higher Education Policy Institute indicated.Author Dr Liz Morrish said academics were facing unmanageable workloads in university "anxiety machines". University bosses say they are working to improve wellbeing in institutions.But they
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Most parents reject nearest school

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Most families do not choose to send their children to their nearest school, shows the biggest ever study of state secondary school choices in England.More than 60% opt for a school that is further away - usually because it is higher achieving."Contrary to a widely-held belief, only a minority of parents choose their local school as their first option," say researchers.It also debunks the idea
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Emeli Sande named as Sunderland University chancellor

[ad_1] Image copyright Jason Richardson Image caption Vice-chancellor Sir David Bell said Emeli Sande "breaks the mould of university chancellors" Sunderland-born Emeli Sande has been named as the new chancellor of the city's university.The multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter will follow in the footsteps of Olympian Steve Cram, who is stepping down after 11 years in the role.Her parents met while studying at the then-polytechnic, and her birth in 1987 coincided with
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Grime over Mozart? Better music lessons ‘changed my life’

[ad_1] Image copyright Youth Music A new study has shown that changing how music is taught in schools could boost attendance for struggling students.In the study, 974 pupils aged between 11 and 15 took part in a new project to teach electronic, grime and hip hop music in schools instead of classical.Pupils who'd been at risk of being expelled from school when the study began had attendance records of more
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We Are Middlesbrough: Pregnant teenagers tell their story

[ad_1] Middlesbrough has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in England and Wales. But for two teenagers it changed their lives for the better.Robyn used to "get mortal" and "end up at random parties". But on discovering she was pregnant at 16, she vowed to change.She stopped drinking and smoking marijuana, saying: "I used to be pretty crazy. Being pregnant has calmed me down."We also spoke to Megan, who was