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Debt projection puts almost half of NI schools in the red

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Almost half of NI's schools are in budget deficit, according to new figures obtained by BBC News NI.The Education Authority (EA) has analysed the financial position of about 1,000 schools for 2018/19.Its figures show 446 schools are projected to be in the red in 2018. Out of those 446, exactly 352 have seen their deficits increase since 2017/18.All schools are expected to submit their financial
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School funding: Why it costs £73,000 to educate a child

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The amount spent on schools is a source of frequent controversy. So, where does all the money for educating the country's children go?It's a fact that spending on schools in England is much higher than it was 20 years ago. But that's not the full picture in a country which has seen a population boom coincide with a squeeze on public spending.Spending per pupil is
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Parents struggle to handle children’s tech habits

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many parents let younger children use their tablets unsupervised in their bedroom Parents worry about how excessive mobile use is affecting their children but struggle to tame their tech habits, suggests a survey.It found that 43% of 7,000 parents across Europe who were surveyed were concerned that using gadgets meant their children slept poorly. Others feared what tablet and phone use did to
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Special needs pupils ‘spend years out of school’

[ad_1] 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
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Akli Tadjer: French writer to meet students in school race row

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Akli Tadjer was due to meet 25 pupils from the school (file picture) A novelist whose book was rejected by French teenagers because of its Algerian theme is due to visit their school and meet them face to face.Akli Tadjer, a French writer with Algerian roots, says he is going to the Somme region school to "understand how young people can think like
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Integrated school to use transfer tests

[ad_1] Image copyright Google MAPS Image caption The all-ability post-primary school has been open since 1997 An integrated school in County Down wants to use academic selection tests to admit some of its pupils.Strangford Integrated College currently admits 35% of Year 8 pupils to a "grammar stream".They use evidence of academic ability for this, including primary reports and other tests, but not necessarily results from the transfer tests.However, they now
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Rick Astley sings with Nottingham schoolchildren

[ad_1] Pupils at a primary school have met 1980s singer Rick Astley - and even performed a track with the singer.Students at Nottingham's Netherfield Primary School wrote to the star after picking his hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" as their anthem.Teacher James Payne had tweeted Astley since September, with the pupils writing letters.The children joined the singer on stage ahead of his concert in Nottingham and he led them
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‘Offensive’ student T-shirts are ‘hate speech’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A students' union officer who leaked photos showing students wearing "offensive" T-shirts says what was written on them was "hate speech".Members of a Lancaster University sports club were pictured wearing outfits with slogans which referenced child abuse and rape.The officer says she leaked the photos because an investigation by the uni's students' union was taking too long.The union says it "takes allegations of this kind
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Children In Need: ‘You mourn the child you would have wanted’

[ad_1] Two-year-old Thomas suffered brain damage which has left him with life-limiting disabilities.But thanks to Nottingham-based charity Footprints, he gets therapy to help him improve his mobility and communication skills.His mother Helene, from Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire, said they had to work out "how to get him stimulated and interested in things".She said: "You mourn the child that you would have wanted but you kind of have to get on with