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‘Dumbed down’ courses ‘take advantage’ of students

Image copyright Getty Images Universities in England have been accused by the universities minister of recruiting too many students for courses which do nothing to help their career chances. “Quite frankly, our young people have been taken advantage of,” said Michelle Donelan, at a widening access event. She warned of universities “dumbing down” and questioned the value of…

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Cardiff youth offending service ‘inadequate’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some young people were at risk of exploitation by drugs gangs Every part of Cardiff Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been rated “inadequate” by inspectors. It was given the lowest possible performance rating by HM Inspectorate of Probation and told to improve every aspect of its work. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin…

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Ombudsman report: Boy with special needs failed by council twice

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ombudsman said the boy spent months without full-time education A mother and her son who has special educational needs has twice been failed by a local authority, the Local Government Ombudsman has said. In 2018, Norfolk County Council was accused by the ombudsman of not ensuring the boy received suitable education…

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Coronavirus: Kate Silverton on her fear for children’s mental health

Image copyright Mike Heron Home schooling is causing stress in millions of homes across the UK. BBC newsreader Kate Silverton, who is also a trainee child psychotherapist and a mother-of-two, has like most parents found lockdown a very challenging time. After speaking to other parents about their own stresses and fears, she warns about the damage the pandemic…

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