I had the call every parent dreads - student's dad

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The father of a university student who took her own life has called for young people to be more open if they're struggling with their mental health.

"Ten days ago I had the call every parent dreads, the one from the police.

"My beautiful daughter, a student at Leeds Uni, had been found in her flat in Leeds by her flatmates.

"She had taken her own life."

Dean Taylor tweeted these words to share the devastating loss of his daughter, Melina.

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UK universities see boom in Chinese students

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The number of Chinese students at UK universities has soared - rising by 34% in the last five years.

It means China now sends more students than any other country, inside or outside the EU, to the UK.

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Pisa rankings: Why Estonian pupils shine in global tests

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Estonia is Europe's newest education powerhouse.

It outperforms the major European economies, including the UK, in influential global education tests.

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Poor GCSE passes for one in eight teens, figures show

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Asher Cecil-Wright sat five GCSEs when he was 16, but didn't get a pass grade in any of them.

"What effect did it have on me? Really bad. I couldn't do nothing."

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French and German GCSE in 2020 to get 'easier grading'

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French and German GCSE exams will be marked less severely from 2020 in England, after a review of grading.

It could mean a boost of between a quarter and a half of a grade for some pupils.

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Student rape survivor - 'It felt like I was being interrogated'

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Reports of rape, sexual assault and harassment at UK universities have trebled in three years, a BBC investigation suggests.

Universities told the BBC they recorded 1,436 allegations of sexual harassment or sexual violence against students in 2018-19 - up from 476 in 2016-17.

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Allergy death mum's plea to schools to save lives

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The death of a boy after a severe allergic reaction at school is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive, the BBC has learned.

At the inquest, the coroner called the school's emergency response to Karanbir Cheema's anaphylaxis "inadequate".

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'£3.8bn needed to reverse school cuts'

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A one-off increase of £3.8bn would be needed to reverse 8% cuts in per pupil school spending, new analysis shows.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says a further £1.1bn would be needed each year up until 2023 to maintain spending in real terms, once rising costs were taken into account.

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Teenagers given updated advice on A-level choices

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The top research universities in the UK are changing their advice for young people choosing A-levels subjects.

An interactive website from the Russell Group has just been launched to replace a controversial list of traditional academic subjects said to help entry.

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CBI calls for extra year of education

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The Confederation of British Industry wants young adults in England to be entitled to an extra year of education.

Director general Carolyn Fairbairn says this move could benefit further education colleges, but any cut to university tuition fees to compensate would cause them "profound harm".

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