‘Privilege to have a child trust you to share their story’

 Image copyright NSPCC Image caption Marnie works four hours a week as a counsellor “It’s a way to give something back, to feel in that moment that you’re making a difference, you’re there to listen to children, you’re there to help them.” For Marnie, 27, giving up four hours a week to volunteer as a… Continue reading ‘Privilege to have a child trust you to share their story’

University admissions

The half-term holiday is almost over and, for many students in their final year of school, university applications are high on the agenda. So, you’ve chosen your preferred courses and universities and started to fill in your personal details, education, qualifications and details of any paid jobs. So far, so straightforward – but here comes… Continue reading University admissions

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… Continue reading The children in care left without a school place

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