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Daily News Summary
23 October 2019

image 'Labour's plans for private schools will have the most impact on home counties'
image Special needs failings "a major social injustice"
image Study reveals impact of social media apps on teenagers' sleep
image Report suggests schools should teach more life skills
image Number of pre-teens suffering from anorexia 'double the previous estimates'
image Children's flu vaccines 'may not reach Scotland before winter'
image Racial harassment "a common occurrence" for many university students
image Independent boarding school to open a Chinese campus

'Labour's plans for private schools will have the most impact on home counties'

 

Research shows that Surrey, Hertfordshire and Kent are the English counties with the greatest number of students enrolled in independent schools, suggesting these areas are most at risk from Labour's policies for private schools. Kevin Fear, head of Nottingham High School, argues urban areas may be more affected, adding 'in many of the major urban cities the independent schools are not only the strongest academic schools in the region, but they also provide really important bursaries to children in the most deprived areas of these cities'. IE Today.

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IE Today

Special needs failings "a major social injustice"

 

According to a report from the Commons Education Committee, parents face 'unlawful practices and buck passing' in their pursuit for support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News.

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BBC

Study reveals impact of social media apps on teenagers' sleep

 

Findings from a new study suggest "very high" users of social media sites are 70 per cent more likely to fall asleep late, and report having trouble getting back to sleep after waking during the night. By Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Report suggests schools should teach more life skills

 

The Welsh Youth Parliament has called for schools to teach more life skills, such as dealing with grief and arranging a mortgage. By Bethan Lewis, BBC News.

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BBC

Number of pre-teens suffering from anorexia 'double the previous estimates'

 

New research by King's College London has found the number of eight to 12-year-olds suffering from anorexia is 50 per cent worse than previous estimates. By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Children's flu vaccines 'may not reach Scotland before winter'

 

Children's flu vaccines, which were due to arrive in Scotland next month, may be delayed by extra testing. By Craig Paton, The Times.

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The Times

Racial harassment "a common occurrence" for many university students

 

A report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found around a quarter of university students from minority ethnic backgrounds have experienced racial harassment, prompting Universities UK to call for "urgent steps" to address the issue. By Judith Burns, BBC News.

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BBC

Independent boarding school to open a Chinese campus

 

Gordonstoun, in Scotland, will open its first Chinese campus in 2022, with plans to establish more in the future. By Lizzie Roberts, The Telegraph. The article quotes Lisa Kerr, principal of Gordonstoun.

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The Telegraph

 

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