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  1. Hannah Richardson

    BBC News education reporter

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    Hannah Richardson

    BBC News education reporter

    Academics are thronging to university counselling rooms to seek help for mental health problems and stress, a report suggests.

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  2. Sean Coughlan

    Family and Education correspondent

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    Sean Coughlan

    Family and Education correspondent

    Some 60% do not choose their local secondary school as their first option, shows major study.

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    Video caption: Hospital staff 'abused' vulnerable patients in Durham, BBC's Panorama reveals

    Undercover BBC filming shows staff swearing, mocking and taunting patients with learning disabilities.

  4. MPs are told women are being driven into "survival sex"

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    Video caption: A Commons inquiry is told that sex is traded for somewhere to sleep or food.
  5. What access can you expect at the polling station?

    Beth Rose

    BBC Ouch

    It may not have escaped your notice that it's polling day tomorrow for the European Parliamentary elections, and you might have plans to venture out and cast your vote.

    But what kind of accessibility can you expect when you arrive, to fill in the ballot paper and place your vote?

    According to the Electoral Commission, each polling station should:

    • Provide clear signage to the main entrance and an accessible entrance, if they are separate
    • If the Returning Officer provided information about the election in Braille or pictorial formats, these should be displayed, as should a large-print version of the ballot paper
    • Pace the ballot box on a chair, rather than a table, so everyone can reach it
    • Provide a low-level polling booth
    • Place a white strip around the slot of the ballot box to highlight its opening
    • Provide a tactile voting device (TVD) to enable someone who is visually impaired to mark the ballot paper themselves once details on the ballot paper have been read out
    • Provide chairs for anyone who needs a rest
    Entrance to a polling station
    Image caption: Entrance to a polling station

    If you have a vague recollection about a recent High Court ruling making the use of the aforementioned tactile voting templates (TVD) "unlawful", you haven't been imagining things.

    TVD's are plastic sheets that fit over ballot papers and guide visually impaired constituents where to put the cross - but it doesn't provide information about candidates so someone has to read that information out. Some people have reported the device isn't always placed over the ballot paper accurately so they have to check with someone they've put the cross in the right place, making the process less than secret.

    Mr Justice Swift made the ruling earlier this month but did not remove the legal requirement for TVD's to be provided at elections.

    Their use is prescribed in law so the UK Government will now have to consider how it moves forward.

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    Video caption: PMQs: Corbyn and May on funding for schools in England

    The prime minister says the government is putting a "record level of funding".into schools, after Jeremy Corbyn asks about some closing early on Fridays.

  7. Academy criticised over cuts threat

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A primary school in Greenwich is the latest to come under criticism from anti-academy campaigners as details emerge of potential cuts.

    Maritime Academy Trust, which runs Brooklands Primary School in Kidbrooke, has come under fire for placing jobs at risk.

    It follows strikes at The Halley Academy and the ongoing saga at The John Roan over forced "academisation".

    The MAT has been criticised for placing a pair of office staff at risk of redundancy, with a special needs assistant having already left.

    Tiffany Beck, the trust’s chair of trustees, said: “As is prudent for any employer, we are reviewing how as an organisation we deliver key services to ensure consistency, compliance with statutory requirements, and realise better ways of working.

    “We are currently consulting with administrative staff on proposals to centralise key finance and HR functions across the trust. Affected staff are being fully engaged in this process as are their Trade Union Representatives.

    “It would be inappropriate to comment on details or implications for any individual members of staff as the proposals have not yet been finalised.”

    The MAT runs schools across London and Kent, having taken on Brooklands Park in 2013.

    Academies are funded by the government, not the local council, and have more control over curriculum, admissions and pay.

    The day-to-day running of the school is with the head teacher or principal, but they are overseen by charitable bodies called academy trusts.

    Simon O’Hara, spokesman for the Anti Academies Alliance, said that examples such as this show academisation as a “failed experiment.”

    He said: “Schools are caught between the hammer of austerity and the anvil of privatisation.

    “Academisation is part of this and where a trust ‘toploads’ its staffing structure with senior managers, the inevitable consequence is what is happening at Brooklands – redundancies and a contraction of provision for all the children.

    “We need a full and open debate across society about how we can build a comprehensive, inclusive and democratic national education service – one that pledges to replace the failed experiment of academisation.”

  8. No confidence vote planned for pay board

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey deputy has called for a vote of no confidence in the board that oversees public workers' pay.

    Teachers in the National Education Union are striking this week, in an ongoing dispute with the States Employment Board (SEB) over their latest pay offer.

    Teachers' strike last month
    Image caption: Jersey's teachers also went on strike in March

    Head teachers and deputy head teachers have accepted the three-year pay offer negotiated with the island's government

    The SEB said it will make a better offer to teachers next month.

    Deputy Geoff Southern's vote of no confidence in the board is due to be debated on 4 June.

    The strikes are still going ahead today and tomorrow.

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    Video caption: 'People should love who they want to'

    'People should love who they want to'

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    Video caption: The mothers fighting to get their children back from Lebanon

    The BBC met three mothers who have all had their children taken to Lebanon by their former partners.