Amnesty International has announced the launch of this year's Amnesty Youth Awards, in partnership with TES. The competition for students aged 7-19 opens for entries on 8 September and the closing date is 30 January. There are five categories linked to human rights: reporter, songwriter and performer, photographer, campaigner and fundraiser. Amnesty will provide resources to help teachers assist students with their entries and link the competition to the curriculum. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories: 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 16-19. Key dates for the competition are detailed on the free wall planner accompanying this issue of TES. For more information, visit www.amnesty.org.ukyouthawards
Police to carry semi-automatic rifles in US schools
A school board in California has voted to arm campus police officers with military-grade sub-automatic rifles. The Compton school board backed the move to equip officers with the guns - which can fire 800 rounds in a minute - in order to defend pupils against armed intruders. The state's police union supported the decision, highlighting the fact that the rifles would be able to pierce body armour, which could be worn by an intruder. The union added: "If we encounter an active mass murderer on campus with a rifle or body armour, our officers may not adequately be prepared to stop that suspect."
Tuition fees could double if cap were lifted, experts say
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