Festival organised in honour of disabled teenager

A music-loving teenager whose disability leaves her unable to attend mainstream festivals has had one organised in her honour. Willow Bush, 16, from Greenwich, has a rare genetic condition called Aicardi syndrome, which has resulted in learning and mobility disabilities and uncontrolled epilepsy. With the help of charity Make-A-Wish her mother, Viv, organised “WillowFest” in […]

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University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit

Image caption Experimenting for a post-Brexit future: Students at the Technical University of Munich will be joined by UK colleagues A top UK university is planning a “unique” post-Brexit arrangement with a German university in which staff will be appointed jointly by both institutions, with the aim of keeping access to EU research funding for […]

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Loneliness threatens young as well as old

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The loneliness strategy will be aimed at all age groups, not just the elderly Loneliness should be recognised as a problem for all age groups, says Tracey Crouch, the minister about to reveal England’s first loneliness strategy. It needs to be tackled as much as smoking or obesity, says the […]

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Sport used as a weapon against Essex gangs

A PE teacher has set up a sports project in Essex to discourage children from joining gangs. David Simmons began Changing Lives in Harlow to provide after-school activities and workshops for young people. He started the project after being threatened with a knife by a six-year-old in London and after seeing a child being bullied […]

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Young people anxious from terror coverage

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Young people had high levels of worry about the risk of terror attacks Media coverage of terror attacks and extremism can leave young people anxious and with an exaggerated fear of becoming victims, say researchers. A study of the attitudes of 11 to 16-year-olds found that terrorism was seen as […]

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Head teachers criticise Northamptonshire education cuts

Image caption The government ordered a review into the county council’s finances earlier this year Two hundred head teachers and education leaders have signed an open letter to a county council criticising cuts that will hit child and education services. Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council is facing a potential budget shortfall of between £60m and £70m. […]

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