Education news from Australia and the United Kindgom
- Parents fear 11-year-olds too young to leave home
Wheatbelt parents are making a last-ditch bid to keep their children at home for longer, arguing 11 is too young to send them away to boarding school, but the Education Minister is standing firm.
- 'You Vixen': Private school mothers sue for defamation over social media chats
Allegations of fake designer handbags, attempted murder and adultery on the social media app WeChat spark a defamation case between two private school mothers — and it's going all the way to trial.
- Would you pay someone to help you find a good private school for your child?
Australian parents navigating the pressures of private school waiting lists are turning to education consultants to ease the process and increase their child's chances of getting a place.
- Grease? Not for us high-school musical duo says
Fed up with traditional high school musicals, two Mount Gambier teachers are penning their own highly individual productions, inspired by world events.
- Qld police released CCTV footage of a 25-year-old man they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries
Qld police have released CCTV footage of a 25-year-old man they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries over a stabbing of a security guard at Somerville House girls' boarding school in Brisbane.
- Victoria to let schoolgirls ditch dresses and wear shorts
Victoria's public schools will have to allow female students to wear shorts or pants instead of dresses and skirts, and some parents say Catholic and independent schools should be forced to follow suit.
- Security guard at elite Brisbane girls' school stabbed in 'robbery gone wrong'
Queensland police release a photo and CCTV footage of a man they are searching for over the stabbing of a security guard inside the elite Somerville House girls' boarding school in Brisbane.
- Four in 10 parents 'asked to give to school funds'
Schools are asking parents to dip into to their pockets to boost their funds, a survey says.
- Students in Wales taking out loans to afford 'luxury' flats
They are taking out pay day loans to live in luxury flats instead of substandard housing, it is claimed.
- Loneliness: The cost of the 'last taboo'
Loneliness costs £6,000 per person in ill-health, says a study, with calls to end the "stigma".
- Great Yarmouth Charter Academy: Parents remove children
Parents say 20 children have left Charter Academy over concerns about its teaching methods.
- Transgender pupils 'leaving schools over rights breaches'
Families are starting to take transgender children out of schools over human rights, it is claimed.
- Quarter of 14-year-old girls 'have signs of depression'
The findings come from 10,000 young people's views and make worrying reading, say UK researchers.
- Young people 'face debt epidemic'
A quarter of 18- to 30-year olds in England and Wales borrow to make ends meet, a survey suggests.