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Fortnightly News Roundup 25th November – 9th December 2018

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Being well informed isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. In this feature, The Yorker is bringing you a fortnightly roundup of politics free national and international news. From the stories you’ve seen to some you might not have, this is everything you need to know from the past two weeks.

Provisions for children with special educational needs and disabilities ‘disjointed’

Thousands of children are missing out on the vital support they are entitled to according to Ofsted’s annual report. The report called the provisions for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) “disjointed and inconsistent.” It said there is a gap between performance and outcome between the best and worst local areas, and that gap is widening. Diagnoses are often inaccurate and take too long. Also, mental health needs are also not adequately supported. The report also said that in secondary schools, pupils with SEND are five times more likely to be permanently excluded than children without SEND. However, the report found that in many cases, the schools did not have the capacity to change.

Survey showed Britons have a ‘worrying’ attitude to rape

A third of people in Britain think that if a woman is pressured into having sex, but there is no physical violence, then it isn’t usually rape. A third of men and 21% of women think if a woman has flirted on a date, it generally wouldn’t count as rape, even if there isn’t explicit consent. A third of men also believe a woman can’t change her mind after sex has started and almost a quarter of people think that sex without consent in long-term relationships is usually not rape. Over 65s have attitudes that are furthest away from the law, where under 25s’ attitudes are closest aligned to the law. The End Violence Against Women Coalition, the commissioners of the survey, said there was cause for concern because while younger women are more inclined to report rape, the older people that make up the juries might not share the same views.

What else do you need to know?

At least two killed in flash floods that hit Sydney. Receiving its average monthly rainfall in two hours.


The UN released figures showing an average 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day.


A new low-calorie diet of 800 calories is being trialed on 5,000 NHS patients with type 2 diabetes. The aim is to put it into remission in those recently diagnosed with the condition.


Experts have told MPs there’s not enough evidence for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children, but societal worries might be enough to justify a ban.


Britain’s biggest gambling companies have agreed to stop showing TV adverts during live sporting programmes.


For the first time since 2016, SpaceX lost a rocket booster during landing.


In other space news, NASA successfully landed another robot on Mars. Named InSight, it will study the planet’s interior. It is the 5th robot on Mars.


Reggae has been added to UNESCO’s list of international cultural treasures.


Harry Redknapp won this year’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

And finally

I hope you’re not being distracted while revising.