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Half of university tuition fees spent on teaching

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Less than half of the tuition fee paid by students in England can be spent on the cost of teaching, says research from a university think tank.The Higher Education Policy Institute says the rest is spent on buildings, IT and libraries, administration, or welfare such as mental health support.It comes as a review is scrutinising the cost of student fees and loans.A separate public spending
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Payout over schoolboys’ sex assaults on girl, 6

[ad_1] The parents of a girl sexually assaulted at the age of six by boys in her school playground have won compensation from the local authority. The council has not accepted liability but the undisclosed five-figure settlement could set a precedent. The BBC understands this is the first time the High Court has approved a settlement in a case of sexual assaults involving primary school pupils. The child's mother says
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Colchester junior parkrunner takes on food bank charity challenge

[ad_1] An eight-year-old girl from Essex has been collecting dozens of donations during her Saturday parkruns to help people in poverty.Isla Chandler said she likes helping others and obtained items for the Colchester food bank as part of her Brownie charity badge challenge."I chose the food bank because I like collecting items and helping other people," said Isla.Michael Beckett, from Colchester food bank, said: "When Isla decided to support us
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Friends build beauty boxes for women spending Christmas in refuges

[ad_1] Women fleeing domestic violence or crises at home often leave with very little - and two friends are hoping to help them this Christmas.Lynette Page-Collin and Rachel O'Hare are collecting beauty products for women who will be spending the holiday season in refuges across north-west England.Ms O'Hare, from Birkenhead, said though people may think the beauty boxes were "superficial", she believes each one will help rebuild the confidence of
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Iraqi university rebuilds after IS ‘dark age’

[ad_1] Image caption Mosul University is still carrying the scars of war and occupation Mosul University in Iraq is rebuilding its campus and its community after surviving its own "dark age".The university was occupied for more than two years by the so-called Islamic State group - and kept open in a state of persecution and terror.After such a traumatic experience, and the destruction caused in the battle for the city,
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Parents ‘not wholly to blame for child weight gain’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Pointing the finger of blame at parents for children's weight gain may be unfair, research suggests.It has been thought that parents' feeding patterns are a major factor in whether a child is under or overweight.But a study suggests parents adapt their feeding styles in line with a child's natural weight and size, which is largely genetically influenced. The study was carried out by researchers at
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Debt projection puts almost half of NI schools in the red

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Almost half of NI's schools are in budget deficit, according to new figures obtained by BBC News NI.The Education Authority (EA) has analysed the financial position of about 1,000 schools for 2018/19.Its figures show 446 schools are projected to be in the red in 2018. Out of those 446, exactly 352 have seen their deficits increase since 2017/18.All schools are expected to submit their financial
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School funding: Why it costs £73,000 to educate a child

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The amount spent on schools is a source of frequent controversy. So, where does all the money for educating the country's children go?It's a fact that spending on schools in England is much higher than it was 20 years ago. But that's not the full picture in a country which has seen a population boom coincide with a squeeze on public spending.Spending per pupil is
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‘My husband ran up a £58,000 debt in my name’

[ad_1] Image caption Annie says her husband abused her both physically and financially When she had her first baby, just before she turned 29, Annie had been married for eight years, managed 19 staff, and earned more than her husband. She knew he could be rude and aggressive in company but she says she had always "stuck up for him", at the cost of becoming estranged from her own family.