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Social media means British expats feel closer to home than ever before


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16 May 2014

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 The widespread use of social media means that British expats never feel far from home, with 89% saying they enjoy a better life abroad thanks to new technology, according to a new study.  

79% feel social media apps improve their life abroad, with some 90% of British expats owning three or more personal devices....

Head teachers to consider scrapping six-week summer break


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7 May 2014

Head teachers are to investigate the benefits of scrapping the six-week summer holidays.

Proposals to spread holidays more evenly through the year were discussed at the NAHT union conference.

Its leader Russell Hobby questioned whether the current 13-week term structure was healthy for staff, arguing changing it could reduce stress and cut holiday prices for families....

Students could be paying loans into their 50s


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11 Apr 2014

Most students will be paying back loans from their university days in their 40s and 50s, and many will never clear the debt, research finds.

The study commissioned by Sutton Trust, written by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), assessed the impact of the new student loan system for fees and maintenance, introduced in England from September 2012 to coincide with higher tuition costs of up to £9,000 a year....

Students urge universities to be more green


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31 Mar 2014

80% of students want their universities to try and prevent further climate change. But many of them aren’t demonstrating that they can go the extra mile themselves.

A report by SITA UK on behalf of the National Union of Students (NUS), found that 73.7% of non-recyclers in the UK are students.

75% of the general public no consider themselves to be recyclers, compared to just 54.8% of the student population....

One in six parents 'do all the homework'


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22 Jan 2014

Homework is traditionally the bane of every school child’s life. However, new research has found that in one in six families, it is the mothers and fathers who actually do all the work.  

The poll, of 2,000 parents with children aged between five and 15, was conducted by the organisers of the Bett educational technology trade-show in London next week.

The study found that in two thirds of cases, parents were willing to help out, but also that in many instances they then found themselves doing the lot. ...