Does Cambridge University need to widen a ‘whitewashed’ reading list?

A group of 100 Cambridge students have called for the university to include more black and ethnic minority writers in its English Literature curriculum, leading to a row over race. But the university has condemned the backlash and says it supports debate over its reading list.The literary row started with a letter written in June… Continue reading Does Cambridge University need to widen a ‘whitewashed’ reading list?

The children in care left without a school place

Image copyright Shutterstock They are some of society’s most vulnerable children – those taken into care.And yet some schools are failing in their responsibility to give them places when asked.These disadvantaged children are meant to be placed before all others when it comes to school admissions.But politicians and officials from Oxfordshire are highlighting how more… Continue reading The children in care left without a school place

‘We couldn’t get our adopted son to school’

The pressures of school life can be tough for a lot of kids, but for a child who’s experienced abuse, neglect and years in care, the strain can be even greater.When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special educational needs were not immediately apparent. Ryan is smart, bright and eager… Continue reading ‘We couldn’t get our adopted son to school’

Transgender girl says it was change sex or die

Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMedia captionEllen says she knew she was different from an early age One week she went to school dressed as a boy, the next she returned in a dress. Ellen was one of the first primary school children to transition in the UK. But her story runs far deeper… Continue reading Transgender girl says it was change sex or die

Talking to children about sex and relationships

Social media and the ease of access to explicit material on the web means the tricky topic of sex is even more of a minefield for parents.Last week, a 24-year-old teacher’s concerns about teenagers’ sexual activity highlighted the need for parents to engage with their children – so what’s the best approach?Tolerate the awkwardness For… Continue reading Talking to children about sex and relationships

‘I didn’t say no, but I regret that’

A 24-year-old secondary school teacher told the BBC she was shocked by the stories she heard from teenage pupils about their sexual activity. Her frank account prompted many readers to share their concerns. Catherine: I’m shocked by what I read. The exact thing happened to my 15-year-old daughter two years ago. The teacher could be… Continue reading ‘I didn’t say no, but I regret that’

Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher

Are children turning to pornography to educate themselves about sex? Are boys coercing girls to do things they later regret? A 24-year-old secondary school teacher tells the BBC she’s shocked by the stories she hears from her teenage pupils. Warning: This personal account contains some frank language.“The language boys use to discuss sex and sexual… Continue reading Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher