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Go vegan and have a digital detox, suggests the DofE

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) has published a list of 25 experiences for young people to try before leaving school. Among the recommendations are trying a vegan diet and having a digital detox. (By Jessica Carpani, The Telegraph)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) has said that teenagers should try veganism and go on a digital detox.

The youth awards programme has today published a list of 25 experiences that young people should tick off before leaving school in order to build character, which includes trying veganism and putting down their mobile phones.   

It comes as new research by the charity, which surveyed 1,000 14 to 18 year olds, showed that 52 per cent of 14 to 18 year olds have never volunteered for their community, 51 per cent have never worked a part-time job and 20 per cent have never been for a walk or hike in the countryside.

In turn, 72% of employers surveyed, as part of their wider research, think school leavers are not equipped with the right skills to succeed in employment.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/16/duke-edinburgh-award-says-teenagers-should-try-veganism-go-digital/


Oxford University admits highest proportion of state school pupils in its 900 year history

According to Oxford University's latest admission figures, two state school pupils were offered a place for every privately educated student this year. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.


Oxford University now offers two state school pupils a place for every privately educated student, the latest admission figures show. 

This year, 69 per cent of offers went to state school pupils while just 31 per cent went to their privately educated peers.

This is the highest proportion of state school offers in the university's 900 year history, and the first time it has been more than double that of private schools. 

Cambridge is due to publish its latest admission figures later this month, but last year 68 per cent of its undergraduate intake was from state schools. 

The country's top universities have been under immense pressure to admit more students from deprived backgrounds. 

The higher education watchdog has previously said that poor pupils with one B and two Cs at A-Level should be considered for places at Oxbridge. 

The Office for Students claimed so-called contextual offers give bright students from deprived areas a route into university, without risking a fall in academic standards.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/15/oxford-university-offers-two-state-school-pupils-place-every/