Education

Primary schools give free food to hungry families

Image caption Schools are going to have “community fridges” where parents can take home food The biggest primary school academy trust in England is to give food to parents to prevent “family hunger”. The Reach2 trust is going to put “community fridges” in its schools to provide food for families who otherwise would not be […]

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Child, four, among pupils taking weapons to school

Image copyright PA Media More than a thousand children were caught with weapons in school last year, according to a survey of 29 police forces in England and Wales. The weapons included knives, blades, knuckledusters and a Taser stun gun, the Press Association survey found. The children included a 14-year-old with a sword and a […]

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Child gambling a ‘growing problem’ – study

Image copyright Getty Images Two-fifths of 11- to 16-year-olds have gambled in the past year, research suggests. Playing fruit machines was the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and scratch cards. Placing a private bet among friends and buying Lotto tickets were also among the top gambling activities. […]

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Career ambitions ‘already limited by age of seven’

Image copyright Getty Images By the age of seven, children are already facing limits on their future aspirations in work, according to a report from the OECD international economics think tank. Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s director of education and skills, says “talent is being wasted” because of ingrained stereotyping about social background, gender and race. […]

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More families needed for children awaiting adoption

Image copyright Getty Images More than twice as many children in England are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt, campaigners are warning. There are 4,140 children who have been recommended for adoption, the latest figures, from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board, show. By comparison, there are about 1,700 […]