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Young people don't think they have chance of social mobility.

Just one in seven young people think they have the best chance of moving up in society, a new poll has found.

Younger people are the most pessimistic about their future and only one in eight believe they will have better finances and living standards compared to older generations.



The survey, of more than 5,000 people, reveals that only 15 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds think their generation – born in 1980s and 1990s – has the most opportunity to move up in society.

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils become depressed from the age of 10.

Young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, research has found.

LGB 16- to 21-year-olds are four times more likely to have felt depressed, harmed themselves and thought about killing themselves, according to a study based on interviews with 4,800 young people from in and around Bristol.

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'One in five Primary 1 school pupils at risk of obesity', claims shock figures

The report said there are “substantial inequalities in child unhealthy weight across Scotland.” Scottish Lib Dem health spokesman, Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “Fostering healthy habits at a young age has real long-term benefits for families and our health service.”

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The problems of sexting.

Sexting among young people has become a hotly debated topic over the past few years. Over the same period, our understanding of sexting has evolved. What was originally understood as sending naked or semi-naked images has now expanded to also include videos and text messages of a sexual nature.

Statistics are extremely varied but generally indicate that sexting is pretty widespread among young people. Reports estimate that between 15% and 40% of them participate in this sexual behaviour.

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Three D grades get you into UNI.

Among university applicants who got three D grades at A-level, 80% were successful in getting places in 2018, according to admissions figures.

This was a year with fewer 18-year-olds, which saw universities competing to attract students.

The Ucas admissions data shows Northern Ireland had the highest entry rate among the UK's four education systems.

But London was by far the highest region for university entry - a third more than elsewhere in England.

The Ucas annual report on university admissions shows this was a particularly good year for applicants.


A demographic dip in 18-year-olds and financial pressure to recruit saw many universities taking a generous approach to applicants, including those who did not reach their predicted grades.

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Should private schools carry out more background checks on pupils' families?

Britain’s most senior financial policeman has urged private schools to carry out more background checks on pupils' families – even if it's just a quick "Google check".

Donald Toon, head of economic and cyber crime at the National Crime Agency (NCA), said criminals were targeting private schools across the board and bursars needed to be more aware of the risks.

“There is an overarching responsibility here to do more,” he told Tes. “We have a number of areas where I am identifying very, very high-risk individuals, suspect individuals, who have children in public schools."

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School tells parents not to spend more than £50 on present for teacher.

St Helen and St Katharine school in Oxfordshire issues guidance to parents

  • It tells staff they can't accept cash or gifts worth more than £50 from a pupil
  • Also banned from accepting vouchers worth over £100 from group of students
  • Good Schools Guide's senior editor says it could make parents feel pressured

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Dyslexic students achievements at Uni.

The proportion of UK university students who are dyslexic has increased markedly in recent years, rising to around 5%. Yet there remains a significant dyslexia attainment gap: around 40% of dyslexic students achieve a 2.1 or above, compared to 52% of non-dyslexic students. Dyslexia is unrelated to intelligence, so why does this gap persist?

Unfortunately, outdated attitudes towards dyslexia among university staff prevail. Too many view it as something made up by middle-class “helicopter parents” to gain unfair advantages for their children entering university, and not the valid medical diagnosis that it actually is. Even where it is accepted as a condition rooted in an inability to match spoken sounds with their written forms, the accommodations made to level the playing field for dyslexic students are often inadequate.

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Young women more likely to face loneliness.

Young women are more likely than young men to have feelings of loneliness, according to a study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

About one in 10 young people in the UK often feel lonely, says the first such analysis from the ONS.

The study found a "stigma" attached to loneliness, with young people fearing it would be seen as "failing".

There were young people who used social media to "cover up" their feelings and pretend their lives were not lonely.

The study from the ONS looks at the extent of loneliness among people aged between 10 and 24.

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A million children under 10 in poverty.

A million children under the age of 10, in England and Scotland, are facing "Dickensian" levels of poverty as they prepare for Christmas, a charity says.

Action for Children drew on government figures for the number of low-income families with children of that age that are experiencing material deprivation.

The charity also highlights a 30% rise in the demand for financial advice over the past three years.

The government said since 2010, 300,000 fewer children were living in poverty.

The charity will be running unofficial food banks over the Christmas period for families it says lack fresh food, suitable clothes and, in some cases, money to pay for heating.


'Prices going up'

It blames the "double blow" of government austerity and problems with the introduction of universal credit.

Chief executive Julie Bentley said: "While the government tells us austerity is at an end, every day at Action for Children we see first-hand the impossible choices that families living in practically Dickensian levels of poverty have to make."

Parents of four, Paul and Donna Maund, from near Norwich, said the family had to rely on benefits to cover the weekly basics, despite Paul working full time in a sandwich shop.

Donna said: "It won't be long before we'll have to start using food banks, as I've noticed prices going up and up.

"By finding the bargains at discount supermarkets, I've worked hard to get my weekly food bill for the whole family down to £45 - but the only way we can afford Christmas dinner and all the treats for the kids this year is by going to my parents.

"Finding the money for our oil heating is the worst.

'Warm bed'

"I always have to borrow the money from my dad and then pay him back every week.

"I've only just paid for one refill and it looks like at this rate I'm going to run out again just before Christmas."

Ms Bentley said: "Our youngest children should be waking up in a warm bed after a visit from Santa on Christmas morning - but the shocking truth is that in 2018 many will be cold and hungry in the fifth richest country of the world.

"No parent should be forced to face the appalling choice between 'eating or heating' at Christmas - but this is the reality for far too many in the UK today."

'Best chances'

The charity is calling for the chancellor to end the freeze on children's benefits so that rising prices do not push more families into poverty.

A government official said it wanted every child to have the very best chances in life.

"There are now one million fewer people living in absolute poverty since 2010, including 300,000 children.

"With this government's changes, there are fewer children in workless households than ever before, boosting their prospects in life.

"Household incomes have never been higher, income inequality has fallen and taxes are down for families and businesses."



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