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Leamington school sportswear uniform introduced

Image copyright Teresa HugginsImage caption Jordan, seven, is one of a number of pupils already wearing the new uniform A school has replaced a traditional uniform with sportswear and trainers, prompting mixed opinions from parents. Objections were originally raised by nearly 40% of families – about 135 parents – to the plans at Telford Junior […]

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England’s schools ‘worst for cyber-bullying’

Image copyright Getty Images Head teachers in England are more likely to face problems with pupils bullying online and misusing social media than in any other developed country, an international study says. A report from the OECD think tank reported the experiences of more than 250,000 teachers in 48 industrialised countries and regions. It showed […]

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Oxford University accepts £150m from US private equity boss

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Multi-billionaire Stephen Schwarzman is a confidant of President Trump The largest single donation to a UK university has been given to Oxford for a new institute that will study the ethics of artificial intelligence. Stephen Schwarzman, a US private equity billionaire who has advised Republican presidents including Donald Trump, has […]

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Amazon sued over Alexa child recordings in US

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Alexa chief Dave Limp told the BBC that Amazon only profiles children if parents opt in to its terms Amazon is being sued over its smart assistant’s recordings of children. Two US cases allege the firm lacks consent to create voiceprints that could let it keep track of a youngster’s […]

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Record ethnic minority students at Oxford

Image copyright Getty Images Oxford University’s latest admissions figures show the highest ever proportion of places for ethnic minority students – at 18%. There were also rising numbers of state school pupils, up to about 61%. But the figures, for undergraduate entry in autumn 2018, showed more places taken by students from Singapore than from […]

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Sultan of Brunei’s London doctorate revoked

Image copyright STRImage caption Brunei”s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah King’s College London (KCL) have revoked the Sultan of Brunei’s honorary doctorate, after his country made gay sex punishable by stoning to death. Strict new Islamic laws came into force in April in the south-east Asian nation, advocating punishment for theft by amputation. The move has sparked […]

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Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’

Image copyright Getty Images Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials and personal circumstances, research indicates. The study, of 2,270 academics at 24 top UK universities, found the men reached more senior levels than the women, even after parenthood was accounted for. The Cardiff University researchers […]