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Critical window for learning a language

Image copyright Science Photo Library There is a critical cut-off age for learning a language fluently, according to research. If you want to have native-like knowledge of English grammar, for example, you should ideally start before age 10, say the researchers. People remain highly skilled learners until 17 or 18, when ability tails off. The […]

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Primary school’s Friday lunchtime closure plan scrapped

Image copyright PA/Dave ThompsonImage caption Ashby Fields Primary in Daventry considered closing early on Fridays from September A school’s proposals to adopt a four-and-a-half day week to prevent staff “burning out” have been scrapped. Head teacher Jacqui Johnson had suggested closing Ashby Fields Primary in Daventry after lunch on a Friday. A consultation had been […]

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University promises ‘first drug-free campus’

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Buckingham University has not yet set a date for when it will introduce the contracts A university is to ask students to sign contracts promising not to take drugs on its property in a bid to become Britain’s first drug-free campus. Buckingham University vice-chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon said institutions were “failing […]

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Paris 1968

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Student protests 50 years on: echoes of Paris 1968 but on a smaller scale In France, protest is theatre. And as the half-centenary of May 1968 approaches, it looks like the props are out, the stage-set is getting the final touches, and the actors are once again learning their lines. The […]

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‘Landmark’ childcare funding deal agreed

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Free provision for three, four and some two-year-old children will almost double The Scottish government has struck a funding deal of almost £2bn with councils to fund a flagship policy to boost early learning and childcare. Ministers have pledged to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to […]

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Teacher banned for watching porn at Roman Fields School

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Mr Barrett worked at Roman Fields School from September 2014 until July 2017 A teacher who watched porn while pupils were in the classroom has been struck off. Julian Barrett, 53, was caught on CCTV viewing “explicit sexual footage” at Roman Fields School in Hemel Hempstead. On one occasion, a disciplinary […]

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Elbow’s Guy Garvey to be songwriting professor

Image caption Garvey received an Ivor Novello award in 2009 for the lyrics for Elbow’s hit One Day Like This Singer Guy Garvey is to become a professor of songwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The Elbow frontman, described as “the foremost lyricist of his generation”, said he would pass on what he had learned […]