Female genital mutilation: Children to be taught dangers

Secondary school pupils in England will be taught about the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2020. The new guidelines, to be announced on Monday, form part of the introduction of compulsory relationships and sex education classes in secondary schools. The new guidance says secondary schools should address the physical and emotional damage caused…

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An education system rigged against the poor

It is understandable that parents, heads, teachers and governors are angry about the increasing pressure within their school budgets (Schools urge parents to protest over funding cuts, 8 March). This is an important issue of national significance – a good society invests in its young people. However, the current debate is confusing two separate aspects of…

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What next after GCSEs? A guide to apprenticeships, BTECs and NVQs

GCSE Results Day has arrived. On August 25, thousands of students across the country, will be considering their options for the future. Although A-levels remain the traditional route taken for post-16 education, there are several alternatives that students can consider. Here is our guide to apprenticeships, BTECs, NVQs, and traineeships. Apprenticeships combine study with practical training on the job, and provide an excellent…

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