Education

‘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 […]

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Sheffield universities probe ‘racism’ reports

Image copyright Maisie BithellImage caption Maisie Bithell said she had been shocked to see what had been written on a whiteboard in the library A series of allegations of racism involving university staff and students in Sheffield are being investigated. Four separate reports are being probed, including claims a security worker at Sheffield Hallam University […]

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School could close early to ease workload

Image copyright PA/Dave ThompsonImage caption Ashby Fields primary in Daventry could close at lunchtime on Fridays from September The headteacher of a school in Northamptonshire is proposing adopting a four-and-a-half-day week to prevent staff “burning out”. Jacqui Johnson wants to close Ashby Fields Primary in Daventry after lunch on a Friday to give teachers more […]

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Abbas Edalat: British-Iranian academic ‘arrested as spy’

Image copyright Abbas EdalatImage caption Abbas Edalat was reportedly detained on 15 April An Iranian-British academic detained in Iran was arrested for spying, according to Iranian news agencies, quoting an “unidentified informed source”. Abbas Edalat, a professor at London’s Imperial College, was reportedly detained on 15 April while attending an academic workshop in Tehran. The […]

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Isn’t that a walkboy?

Image copyright Getty Images Young people can no longer tell the time using the big hand and the little hand, and some schools are even replacing standard clocks with digital ones in exam halls, according to some teachers. We asked School Reporters from Catmose College, Rutland, what they thought – and we added a few […]

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Drugs ‘used by two in five students’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The most commonly used drug among students is cannabis About two in five students are drug users, says a study from the National Union of Students. But the students’ union argues that students should not be disciplined for “drug-related behaviour that does not constitute a criminal offence”. The most widely […]