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Hundreds of jobs at risk as medical plant faces closure Hundreds of jobs at risk as medical plant faces closure
About 400 jobs are under threat after the US pharmaceutical multinational Johnson & Johnson announced plans to close a factory in West Lothian and transfer work overseas. The Ethicon facility in Livingston makes surgical sutures which are used around the world but demand has fallen, leaving the company with spare manufacturing capacity globally. A 45-day consultation has begun with staff at ...
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Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It
As the presidential inauguration drew near in January, something bordering on panic was taking hold among some scientists who rely on the vast oceans of data housed on government servers, which encompass information on everything from social demographics to satellite photographs of polar ice. In a Trump administration that has made clear its disdain for the copious evidence that human activity is...
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‘The system is failing too many kids’ — text of Education Secretary DeVos’s speech at CPAC ‘The system is failing too many kids’ — text of Education Secretary DeVos’s speech at CPAC
Here are the full remarks Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered Thursday at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference, as provided by the Education Department: Hello! Thank you for that warm welcome. I always love the energy and enthusiasm CPAC brings together every year. I’m Betsy DeVos. You may have heard some of the “wonderful” things the mainstream media has called me la...
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Pace University Names Head of Oberlin Its Next President Pace University Names Head of Oberlin Its Next President
The president of Oberlin College, an Ohio institution known for its music program and left-leaning campus, will become the next head of Pace University, a sprawling private university in Manhattan and Westchester County. Marvin Krislov, a lawyer by training, will arrive in New York in August as the eighth president of Pace, which has historically been a magnet for commuters and minority student...
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Art history A-level saved at last minute
Campaigners for art history A-level say they are "absolutely thrilled" by a late decision to save the subject, which was set to be discontinued. Exam board Pearson has confirmed plans to develop a new history of art A-level for teaching from next September. October's decision by the AQA board to drop the subject provoked an outcry from experts who argued "society had never required its insights ...
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Asbestos claims hit £10m over English schools
Councils in England have paid out at least £10m in compensation to people who developed illnesses because of asbestos in school buildings. Figures obtained by BBC News show that in the past decade 32 councils have settled claims from former teachers, school staff or pupils. The National Union of Teachers says up to 300 adults die each year because of exposure to asbestos while at school. The go...
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National Teaching Service dropped, government confirms
A scheme to recruit good teachers to work in deprived areas has been dropped, the government has confirmed. The National Teaching Service was announced by England's then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, in 2015. The plan was for 1,500 outstanding teachers and leaders to be deployed by 2020 "to the schools that need them most", with a pilot in the North West. But following the pilot "we can co...
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Faith school push will not 'help results'
Plans to allow new faith schools in England to increase the share of pupils they take on religious grounds will not improve standards, a report says. The Education Policy Institute research body also said the move was unlikely to boost social mobility. The proposal is part of a range of measures, including opening new grammar schools, aimed at boosting the number of places in high-performing sch...
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Good and outstanding schools on rise, Ofsted data shows
The proportion of primary and secondary schools in England rated as good or outstanding has increased, figures from the watchdog Ofsted show. At the end of August, nearly nine in 10 (89%) schools were at least good at their latest inspection - up five percentage points on last year. However, the gap between primary and secondary schools is widening. The Ofsted data shows 90% of primary schools ...
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Heads 'disappointed' by Autumn Statement funding omission
Head teachers say it is "disappointing" that Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement failed to address funding pressures faced by many schools and colleges across England. The chancellor did, however, confirm a £50m pot of money to support the expansion of grammar schools. He said the government's education policies had "expanded opportunity". But head teachers said capital investment in g...
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