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Plastic waste – what Neath pupils think

Given that recycling rates in Wales are already among the best in the world, the Welsh Government says local councils and the public need to consider carefully whether new UK-wide proposals to tackle plastic waste would work here. Ministers are urging people to take part in a series of consultations – including on the introduction of a so-called deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. At the moment Welsh councils pick up plastic bottles as part of recycling collection from people’s homes. But a deposit return scheme would put the onus…

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We’re not lazy, we just need more sleep, say pupils

Image caption People weren’t awake enough for their GCSEs, remembers sixth former Leah As MPs prepare to debate a petition for schools to start at 10:00, teenagers tell the BBC about their own experiences with early school starts. It takes 100,000 signatures to trigger a Parliamentary debate and this one, saying early school starts make pupils “so tired”, has gained 180,000. “I remember how miserable I was from waking up early,” says sixth form student Leah. Her college is experimenting with a later start for classes. But Leah recalls the…

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Government to fund 2,900 school exchanges for poorer pupils

Image copyright Getty Images Secondary schools in England will be able to apply for money to take poorer pupils overseas on school exchanges The £2.5 million government scheme will enable pupils aged 11 and over “to experience other cultures and go to places they wouldn’t normally visit”. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “As Britain leaves the EU, it’s more important than ever to show how much we value international opportunities.” It is estimated the scheme could support trips for 2,900 pupils. The exchange programme will be run in partnership with…

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Dingwall Pupils fall ill after drinking vaping fluid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption NHS Highland and Highland Council have issued warnings about the liquid inside electronic cigarettes Pupils at a school in Highlands became seriously ill after drinking vaping fluid contained within electronic cigarettes. Dingwall Academy has sent letters home with its students warning that the liquid is “highly toxic and can be fatal”. NHS Highland has issued a wider warning about the potential risks of the behaviour. Signs someone has drunk the fluid include vomiting and dizziness. Highland Council said letters went out to pupils’ parents and…

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Primary school tables: Poor pupils won’t catch up for 50 years

Image copyright Getty Images As new primary school data is released, BBC analysis suggests it will take 50 years to close the achievement gap between England’s rich and poor pupils. If the pace of change remains the same as it has done since 2011, poor pupils will not catch up until 2070, it shows. This year, 51% of the poorest pupils reached the expected level in their national end-of-primary school tests. This compares with 70% of their better-off peers, leaving a gap of 19 percentage points Readers can check how…

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Are teachers the key to their pupils’ mental health?

Dozens of schools are giving students lessons in mindfulness to improve behaviour and health. Academics say the new curriculum in personal, social and health education could have a positive impact. The government is being urged to incorporate life skills into the curriculum of English secondary schools, after a pilot study found it substantially improved teenagers’ mental and physical health. Source link

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Special needs pupils ‘spend years out of school’

Image copyright Boston Globe Image caption Children with special educational needs are more likely to be taken off the school roll, experts say Julie becomes tearful when she starts talking about her autistic son’s struggle to stay in school. “He has been taught that he’s not worth anything,” she says. Sam, 14 – who loves animals and rebuilding computers – was temporarily excluded from secondary school in December 2015. Julie expected her son would be back in a matter of days. But he didn’t go back to school for almost…

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‘Hundreds of pupils spend week in school isolation booths’

Image caption Casey says he spent three months at school on his own in a room “The windows, the bare walls. It was that every day. Every single day. They put me in a room on my own, I was in isolation,” says Casey, 16. More than 200 pupils spent at least five straight days in isolation booths in schools in England last year, a BBC News investigation has learned. Casey’s school disputes the length of time he spent on his own and said he was “regularly disruptive”. The teenager…

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Eleven teachers sent home after refusing to teach ‘unruly pupils’

Image caption The teachers were sent home from the Kaimes School in Liberton Teachers at a school in Edinburgh have been sent home without pay after refusing to teach pupils they claim are violent and abusive. A union has accused the city council of “bullying and intimidating” staff at Kaimes School in Liberton, a school for children with additional support needs. Eleven teachers have refused to give lessons to eight pupils following physical and verbal assaults. The council said it was wrong for staff to pick and choose who to…

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Newspaper headlines: Mental health checks for primary pupils

Newspaper headlines: Mental health checks for primary pupils By BBC News Staff Image caption The Daily Mail reports that pupils in both primary and secondary schools will receive routine mental health checks, as part of a £1.9bn plan for mental health services in schools. The paper says teachers will be trained to carry out “well-being” assessments at a time when one in 10 children are now deemed to have a diagnosable mental health condition. Image caption Alcohol consumption among the under-25s has hit a “record low”, according to the lead…

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