Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

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Consent issue overlooked in sex education

Nearly a third of young people say they were not taught about consent during sex education classes, a poll in England has revealed. The Sex Education Forum, which carried out the research, said the findings showed that formal teaching on the issue was "woefully lacking". The organisation, which represents groups working to improve children's knowledge of sex and relationship issues, added that consent was "integral" to good sex education. "This survey confirms that the quality of sex education children receive is a lottery," said Lucy Emmerson, the forum's coordinator.

Schools close as US is struck by 'polar vortex'

Freezing temperatures caused by the "polar vortex" sweeping across the US this week left the country's education system in chaos, forcing thousands of schools to close. Arctic conditions resulting from a freak weather front meant that wind-chill temperatures plunged to record lows, with some areas of the country feeling as low as -54 degsC. One of the worst-hit areas was Chicago, the third largest school district in the US, where all 681 schools were closed until Wednesday.

Science teacher arrested on terrorism charges

A science teacher at a UK school has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack in Syria. Jamshed Javeed, who taught at Sharples School, a secondary in Bolton, was arrested by police counter-terrorism officers during the Christmas holidays. The 29-year-old, who lives in Levenshulme, Manchester, was arrested on 22 December and has been bailed until 5 March. …

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