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African children's choir join forces with Welsh pupils

A group of schoolchildren in Cardiff have been given a unique masterclass from their African counterparts.

The African Children's choir is made up of children from Uganda. Currently on one of their final stops of a 12-month international tour, they've come to Cardiff to perform, and will be singing with hundreds of pupils from south Wales.

Our Education reporter Megan Boot has been given a sneak preview.

Pupils return to fire-hit Cwmbran school

A group of children from Cwmbran have finally been able to go back into the classroom today for the first time since part of their school was destroyed by a fire on New Year's Day.

More than 500 pupils from the Coed Eva Primary School were forced to take an extra week off after the blaze gutted the building.

Extra classrooms have now been set up thanks to space in the junior school.

Our Education Reporter Megan Boot was there for the first day back.

Teachers struck off for "sexual or inappropriate" relationships with children

Thirteen teachers have been struck off over the last two years in Wales for having "sexual or inappropriate relationships" with children.

Thirteen teachers have been struck off over the last two years in Wales.

Cases included a female teacher who made pupils mime sex acts in class and a teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old on study leave for his GCSEs.

Education Workforce Council figures showed 13 of 34 teachers barred between August 2013 to August 2015 were guilty of engaging in sexual relationships with children in their care.

David Evans, secretary of National Union of Teachers Cymru, stressed the inappropriate relationships were "by no means a common occurance."

We have to be mindful when reviewing these figures that this is a very small number of teachers across the whole profession over a period of a few years.

– David Evans, National Union of Teachers Cymru

Donald Findlater, of child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, blamed the "changing online environment and social networking" for the ways in which teachers had been caught contacting pupils.

However, child abuse charity NSPCC Cymru said that schools needed to do more to tackle the problem.

Schools need to be rigorous in their recruitment and checking processes and provide regular training about appropriate behaviour, making it absolutely clear that crossing the line will never be tolerated.

– NSPCC Cymru spokesperson


Concerns student loans system isn't working

The student loans system in Wales isn't working, according to some of the major players in the education sector.

As part of Professor Sir Ian Diamond's Independent review of higher education funding and student finance arrangements, more than 166 responses were received.

The Welsh Government will receive his final report in September 2016.

Megan Boot has been looking at some of the concerns:

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