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Global UN Study finds that giving condoms to secondary school students reduces sexually transmitted diseases

A study from the United Nations Population Fund has reviewed the consequences of giving out condoms in secondary schools. The review concluded that providing condoms to young people does not increase the likelihood that they will engage in sexual activity or lead to them engaging in sexual activity at a younger age. The introduction of condoms was also found to reduce sexually transmitted infections. However, the research also stated that teenage pregnancy rates are unaffected….
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Rural and coastal UK schools struggle to engage with government interventions and can be left feeling educationally isolated

A report from academics at the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marjan University has revealed that rural and coastal schools can feel isolated from government support. Specifically, these schools struggle to access externally-funded educational interventions. The researchers concluded that urban schools having higher levels of connection to national funding schools than rural and coastal schools, which increases disparities in school funding. These schools are more likely to express isolation from initiatives aiming to improve social…
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Children continuously put at risk by American farm work

While the United States has strict rules regarding the type of environments children can work in, agricultural jobs for young people are still common with an estimated 500,000 labourers under the age of 18. A mixture of state and federal guidelines allows children to be employed in this sector as long as their work hours do not interfere with school and they are kept out of harms way. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration agrees, saying children…
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UK teachers becoming overwhelmed by additional tasks and unnecessary stress

Educational Review has recently published findings that highlight problems facing many teachers within the UK today. The in-depth research with 39 teachers from England and Wales found widespread  mental health issues were being experienced amongst the cohort. Demanding workloads, considerable paperwork, reaching academic targets and rapid policy changes were discussed. Many felt that these issues were getting in the way of their primary focus – the children they teach – by making them devote more…
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Tech parents’ views on education and future work

‘Preparing for change: How tech parents view education and the future of work’ is a new report by techUK. The study surveyed over a hundred parents working in tech companies and found that the majority are optimistic about technological job opportunities of the future. Despite public negativity surrounding automation and new technologies, 64% of tech parents were optimistic or very optimistic about the future job opportunities that would be available to their children. Having said…
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Divorce found to affect a child’s mental health more at certain ages

The impact of parental break-ups has been studied by researchers from University College London. Data from over 6,000 children, gathered as part of the longitudinal Millennium Cohort Study, has been analysed to assess children’s mental health at age 3, 5, 7, 11, and 14. A fifth of the sample experienced parental splits during this time. The findings suggest that family breaks-ups in late childhood and early adolescence are most likely to lead to behavioural and…
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Boys and girls learn differently when it comes to virtual reality

Research from the University of Copenhagen has determined that when it comes to virtual reality (VR), adolescent male and female students learn differently. With a study focusing on 66 seventh and eighth grade students from Denmark, it was discovered that if children identified with the avatar seen on screen, their knowledge would improve. Boys were able to concentrate more on a drone figure, due to features that resembled a computer game with characteristics similar to…
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Universities rely on fees to fund outreach activities essential to increase diversity

University tuition fees are said to be making progress possible for UK Universities to increase diversity. The annual £9,000 fee, introduced by the coalition government in 2012, came with the provision to secure gains in access and participation. As a result, higher tuition fees have leveraged £800m into schemes and bursaries for less advantaged students. Entry rates have increased in 95% of parliamentary constituencies since 2006. English pupils receiving free school meals were 83% more…
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Can smartphones passively help to check and detect children’s mental health issues?

Studies are being conducted across the United States to investigate how to use Smartphones as early detectors of mental illness in teens. One of the goals for these studies is to detect the signs of mental illness at a much earlier stage, particularly among young people. The thinking behind it is that as users scroll through social media or watch YouTube videos, they leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being. These…
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Australian study suggests second children worsen parents’ mental health

Data from an Australian national household survey has been used to analyse adults’ mental health after having children. The survey followed 20,000 Australians for up to 16 years. The results show that having a first child increases adults’ time pressure as they are introduced to the role of parenting. However, having more children further increases the demands on parents. Having a second child doubles the time pressure on parents. The effects of which were found…
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