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Gyimah's own student rent debt bailout

Image caption Sam Gyimah faced questions from MPs on support for disadvantaged students The universities minister says he could have been “thrown out of university” as a student at Oxford because he was unable to pay the rent. But Sam Gyimah says his college converted the rent into a loan, …

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Food bank charity gives record level of supplies

Image caption The Trussell Trust food banks provided 1.3 million packages of three-day supplies of food last year The biggest network of food banks in the UK says it provided record levels of “emergency food supplies” last year. The annual figures from the Trussell Trust charity show a 13% increase, …

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Extreme haircut ban school cuts staff

Image caption The Inspiration Trust which runs this school wants to stop teaching design technology and computer science An academy trust is looking at closing its design technology and computer science departments, which will “disadvantage non-academic students”, unions say. Documents seen by the BBC show the Inspiration Trust is consulting …

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Welsh language row over Anglesey school closures plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The council has said it wants schools of the correct size and in the correct locations led by inspiring head teachers Proposals to close rural schools are being rushed through before new rules come into force that will give them more protection, a Welsh …

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£6m pledge for children of alcoholics

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJon Ashworth MP in 2017: ‘Dad would pick me up from school drunk’ The government has announced £6m of funding to help children with alcoholic parents get support and advice. Plans include fast access to mental health services for children – and …

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Two-child benefit limit lawful, court rules

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Families can only claim benefits for their first two children Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child limit on some benefits. Lawyers representing three families had argued that the policy was incompatible with human rights law. But a judge has …

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Poorest families 'going without food or power'

Hundreds of thousands of the poorest families in Britain are going without basic necessities, according to two separate surveys. Citizens Advice said as many as 140,000 households are going without power, as they cannot afford to top up their prepayment meters. And the Living Wage Foundation – which campaigns for …

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School denies charging pupils for water in heatwave

Image copyright Google Image caption Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made national headlines over claims it was charging children for water A school criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the hottest day of the year has denied claims children had to pay for water. …

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Should twins be taught separately?

Image copyright Getty Images Should twins automatically be put in different classes at school? New research suggests not. A study from Goldsmiths, University of London, finds no strong evidence that putting twins into different classes at school is better for them academically. And this is the case for both identical …

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