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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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A-level maths standards down on 1960s but not on 1990s A-level maths standards down on 1960s but not on 1990s
Students who achieve a B in A-level maths today would only have secured an E in the 1960s, suggests research. However standards have been stable since the 1990s, with no evidence of any further fall since then, says the Loughborough University paper. The researchers compared the level of mathematical knowledge needed to tackle today's maths A-level papers with those from the 1960s and 1990s....
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Trojan Horse scandal: Teachers banned indefinitely Trojan Horse scandal: Teachers banned indefinitely
Two teachers who worked at the school at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" scandal have been banned from the classroom for life. Inamulhaq Anwar, 34, and Akeel Ahmed, 41, had denied stepping up religious influence in education at Park View Academy in Alum Rock, Birmingham. A professional standards panel handed the men interim teaching bans in 2015. Mr Anwar and Mr Ahmed can apply to have t...
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Warning over plan to extend nursery free hours Warning over plan to extend nursery free hours
Fewer than half of nurseries will be able to offer extended free childcare planned by the government, the National Day Nurseries Association has warned. The NDNA said underfunding of the scheme meant many nurseries in England would struggle to provide the extended free care for pre-schoolers. Early years education for three- and four-year-olds is to be doubled from 15 to 30 hours for each we...
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Talented low-income students belong at top colleges. Why aren't Talented low-income students belong at top colleges. Why aren't
Across our nation, outstanding students from families with low incomes approach college on a very different path than students from wealthier families. And in most cases, the bright low-income students are being kept out of America’s top colleges and universities by almost insurmountable obstacles. A recent study by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, where I serve as executive director, is the fir...
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