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Image copyright Getty Images The number of cases of peer-on-peer abuse in schools reported to a support charity has doubled in four years. And the NSPCC, which has also seen a rise, says such cases are occurring “thousands of times a year”. Mosac, which helps parents and carers of abused…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The most commonly used drug among students is cannabis Drug-using students should be given advice and support instead of being disciplined when no criminal offence is committed, a report recommends. About two in five students are drug users, says the study from the National…

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Image copyright Getty Images More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years. The firms, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design. They have joined the…

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Image copyright Getty Images The number of cars made in the UK during March fell by 13.3% from a year earlier as both domestic and overseas demand for vehicles declined. The Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders (SMMT) said poor weather had affected production. But it said car sales to…

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRufaro Chisango recorded footage of the incident, which contains language that some people may find offensive Two people are to appear in court after a video of apparent racist slurs being shouted in a university hall emerged. Nottingham Trent University student Rufaro…

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Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon has released coloured versions of its Echo Dot speaker to accompany the new features Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa can now be made to encourage children to say: “Please,” and: “Thank you,” when issuing it voice commands. The new function addresses some parents’ concerns that…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new aircraft will eventually replace the Eurofighter Rivals Airbus and Dassault Aviation have struck a deal to develop and produce Europe’s next generation of fighter aircraft. Franco-German Airbus is part of the consortium behind Eurofighter, while France’s Dassault makes the Rafale jet. The…

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Image caption Sam Gyimah faced questions from MPs on support for disadvantaged students The universities minister says he could have been “thrown out of university” as a student at Oxford because he was unable to pay his rent. But Sam Gyimah says his college converted the rent into a loan,…

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Image caption Is time up for the traditional clock face? Do young people really struggle with traditional analogue clocks with hands? That’s the claim in a debate between teachers – with suggestions that digital clocks are being installed in exam halls for teenagers. It follows a report in the Times…

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