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      Age curbs on sex education topics risk making some children vulnerable

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 23:00

    One-size-fits-all guidance will lead to some children accessing information via internet searches

    When it comes to sex education in schools in England, teachers and experts agree on one thing: using age alone to determine what topics to cover and what to avoid risks leaving some children more vulnerable.

    Headlines announcing the new guidance, to be published under consultation this week, focused on its bar on teaching sex education in primary schools to children earlier than year 5, when they are aged 9.

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      UK free school meal allowances too low for healthy lunches, study finds

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 19:00

    Researchers also find lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in schools and say portion sizes sometimes not enough

    Free school meal allowances are not enough for students from lower-income backgrounds to buy healthy school lunches, research suggests.

    The study, presented at the European Congress of Obesity (ECO), involved 42 pupils aged between 11 and 15 at seven schools across the UK.

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      Curbs on sex education use pupils as ‘political football’, school leaders say

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 08:40

    Conservatives criticised over plans to ban sex and relationship lessons for children under nine in England

    School leaders have accused the government of using children as “a political football” over its proposals to restrict sex education lessons in England.

    The guidance, expected to be announced this week, would outline what topics could be taught to specific age groups, allow parents access to teaching materials used and further restrict how teachers address gender and sexuality, including transgender and non-binary status, after pressure from Conservative MPs.

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      Vulnerable children in England ‘safer at school’ than being educated at home

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 23:01

    Review of serious safeguarding failures finds young people from abusive environments ‘less visible’ to agencies

    Children who grow up in neglectful or abusive environments are safer attending school than being educated at home, according to a review of serious safeguarding failures in England in which six children died and 35 were harmed in one year.

    The report, by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel , emphasised that while home education was not a safeguarding risk, it found that vulnerable children were “less visible” to safeguarding agencies than those regularly in school.

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      Sex education in English schools set to be banned before children are nine

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 22:59

    Education secretary Gillian Keegan to announce guidelines for phased discussion of topics depending on pupils’ age

    Sex education in England’s primary schools is to be limited to those aged nine and over, with “explicit” discussions on topics such as contraception to be delayed until the age of 13, according to new guidance to be proposed by the government.

    The revised guidance on relationships, sex and health education is expected to be published this week by the education secretary, Gillian Keegan, and is likely to contain further restrictions on teaching about gender and identity, with teachers told to instead explain “biological” facts, according to reports.

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      US students, once again, have led the way. Now we must all stand up for Palestine | Osita Nwanevu

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 10:05 · 1 minute

    Campus protests in solidarity with the people of Gaza have braved abuse and police raids but history will be kinder

    The student left is the most reliably correct constituency in America. Over the past 60 years, it has passed every great moral test American foreign policy has forced upon the public, including the Vietnam war, the question of relations with apartheid South Africa, and the Iraq war. Student activists were at the heart of the black civil rights movement from the very beginning. To much derision and abuse, they pushed for more rights, protections and respect for women and queer people on their campuses than the wider world was long willing to provide. And over the past 20 years in particular, policymakers have arrived belatedly to stances on economic inequality, climate change, drug policy and criminal justice that putative radicals on campus took up long before them.

    They have not always been right; even when right, their prescriptions for the problems they’ve identified and their means of directing attention to them have not always been prudent. But time and time and time again, the student left in America has squarely faced and expressed truths our politicians and all the eminent and eloquent voices of moderation in the press, in all of their supposed wisdom and good sense, have been unable or unwilling to see. Straining against an ancient and immortal prejudice against youth, it has made a habit of telling the American people, in tones that discomfit, what they need to hear before they are ready to hear it.

    Osita Nwanevu is a Guardian US columnist

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      UK universities report drop in international students amid visa doubts

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 05:01

    Creative UK and Universities UK urge government to reject plans to abolish or restrict graduate visa route

    Universities are reporting a steep drop in international students applying to come to the UK, amid warnings that further restrictions on student visas would torpedo a vital flow of talent for Britain’s creative industries.

    University and industry leaders fear that the graduate visa entitlement, which allows international graduates to work in the UK for up to three years, could be axed or curtailed, depending on the findings of a report by the migration advisory committee (MAC) due to be delivered to the government on Tuesday.

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      The story of the northern California college that inspired campus protesters across America

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 12 May - 14:00

    It was supposed to be a celebration of graduation, but instead students are taking stock of a historic week of activism

    The week at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, was supposed to be a celebratory one. In other years, the campus would be buzzing with activity around finals and commencement. Final-year students would be preparing to salute their alma mater goodbye.

    Instead, the Cal Poly campus on this rugged part of California’s coast sat empty. Classes were held remotely, with students and professors unable to come on to campus. On Wednesday, graduating students were taking photos on the edges of campus, smiling in their caps and gowns. Just out of frame were the orange barriers and police cars blocking entrances.

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