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School seeks to block critical Ofsted report School seeks to block critical Ofsted report
A school has gone to the High Court to try to prevent a highly critical Ofsted report from being published. The report is understood to criticise the school for a policy of teaching boys and girls separately and segregating them at mealtimes. Reporting restrictions mean neither the name nor the location of the school can be revealed. The school has the backing of its local education authority i...
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University of Texas Students Find the Absurd in a New Gun Law University of Texas Students Find the Absurd in a New Gun Law
On the first day of classes at the University of Texas in this city that revels in its own oddball creativity, students protested a law allowing concealed handguns on state college campuses by carrying something they thought was just as ridiculous and out of place: Thousands of sex toys. “These laws won’t protect anyone. The campus doesn’t want them,” said an organizer of the protest, Jessica J...
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2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice 2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice
Last year’s law school graduates landed fewer jobs in private practice than any class in the last two decades, according to the National Association for Law Placement, which tracks developments in the legal profession. “You have to go back to 1996 to find a comparably small number of private practice jobs,” said James G. Leipold, the association’s executive director. Private practice includes f...
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Obama Foundation makes it official: Presidential library will go Obama Foundation makes it official: Presidential library will go
President Barack Obama and the first lady are "thrilled" that his presidential library will go up in Jackson Park, "in the heart of Chicago's South Side, a community we call home and that means the world to us," according to a statement issued Friday. The foundation charged with developing the Obama Presidential Center on Friday made official the choice of Jackson Park for the library, museum a...
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Farnborough teacher struck off for sex with student Farnborough teacher struck off for sex with student
A teacher who had sex with a student has been banned from the profession. Simon Bickford-Smith, 39, began a relationship with the girl when she was 17, while he was a teacher at Sixth Form College, Farnborough in Hampshire. A National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) panel found he engaged in sexual activity with her on at least one occasion. In its report the NCTL found him guilt...
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Obama launches a kid science advisors' campaign Obama launches a kid science advisors' campaign
President Obama on Thursday launched a kids’ science advisory campaign seeking innovative ideas from the nation's young minds. The campaign, announced at a ceremony awarding national science medals, invites children to submit ideas about what they think can shape the future of science, discovery and exploration in the country. Ideas for the kids advisory campaign can be submitted on the White H...
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Ministers could ease way for councils to run academies Ministers could ease way for councils to run academies
In an attempt to avert a backbench rebellion, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has signalled she will consider making it easier for councils to form their own multi-academy trusts. Under draft plans published last month, all England's state schools must become academies, run by trusts rather than councils, by 2022. Councils would have to set up non-profit companies to become trusts. But t...
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'Grave risk' over academy plans, warns County Councils Network 'Grave risk' over academy plans, warns County Councils Network
There is a risk plans to turn all state schools in England into academies will not raise school standards, a group representing 37 largely Conservative local authorities has warned. Councillor Paul Carter, from the County Councils Network, said the government was pursuing change with "undue haste". Under draft government plans, all state schools in England will have to leave the oversight of...
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Stephen Hawking remembers best teacher Stephen Hawking remembers best teacher
Scientist Stephen Hawking has paid tribute to the teacher who inspired his early steps into scholarship. He says Dikran Tahta at St Albans School opened his eyes to maths, which he describes as the "blueprint of the universe". "My handwriting was bad, and I could be lazy. Many teachers were boring. Not Mr Tahta," said the physicist. Prof Hawking was speaking ahead of this weekend's award ...
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Warning over England's 'teacher brain drain' Warning over England's 'teacher brain drain'
Thousands of teachers are being lured abroad with lucrative pay packages as England's schools grapple with a recruitment crisis, Ofsted warns. Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says elite public schools have been opening up branches abroad, leading to a boom in international schools. More people left the UK (18,000) to teach than trained (17,000) on English post-graduate routes, he adds. ...
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