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US university in Scalia law school acronym blunder

US university in Scalia law school acronym blunder

George Mason University in Virginia said its law school would be called the Antonin Scalia School of Law. The eagle-eyed immediately took to Twitter to point out that the acronym would be ASSoL. The university has since renamed it as the Antonin Scalia Law School. Image [email protected] Image [email protected] In a statement to students, the [...]

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Too many school libraries ‘face cuts or closure’

Too many school libraries ‘face cuts or closure’

One head teacher decided “all reading can be done on iPads,” a delegate told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference. The union voted to lobby for libraries to be included in Ofsted inspections. A Department for Education spokeswoman said that school libraries “played a vital role”. Cathy Tattersfield from Derbyshire quoted international evidence [...]

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Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

This copy of the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, was found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute Academics who authenticated the book called it a rare and significant find. About 230 copies of the First Folio are known to exist. A copy owned by Oxford University sold for [...]

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State School Boards Feel New Urgency to Flex Muscles

State School Boards Feel New Urgency to Flex Muscles

State boards of education are seeking to reassert their influence in the advent of the Every Student Succeeds Act, as much of the decisionmaking around standards, assessments, and accountability devolves back from federal to state control. Yet those boards—many of them a blend of retired educators and business leaders who take office by appointment or [...]

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U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

U.S. Math, Science Achievement Exceeds World Average

The math and science achievement of U.S. students continues to surpass the global average for nations taking part in a prominent assessment, results issued Tuesday show, but several East Asian countries and jurisdictions far outpace the United States, especially in mathematics. The most striking contrast comes in the 8th grade, where nearly half of all [...]

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Government’s Prevent strategy means pupils ‘too scared to talk in case they’re branded radical’

Government’s Prevent strategy means pupils ‘too scared to talk in case they’re branded radical’

Fears of being branded an extremist are preventing pupils from engaging in debate in the classroom, teachers have warned. Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference voted to urge the Government to withdraw its “Prevent” strategy – which puts a duty on teachers to report any signs that pupils may have been “radicalised”. [...]

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Minimum £30,000 salary would force half of overseas teachers to leave Britain, union warns

Minimum £30,000 salary would force half of overseas teachers to leave Britain, union warns

Government proposals which could see half of overseas teachers forced to leave the country will increase the teacher recruitment crisis to record levels, the NASUWT teachers’ union has warned. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is currently considering plans to raise the minimum salary for all skilled migrants from outside the EU from £20,800 to £30,000. It [...]

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Sevenoaks School Science & Innovation Week – Gerald High explores STEM learning

Sevenoaks School Science & Innovation Week – Gerald High explores STEM learning

Most schools have special weeks of some kind – arts, science, technology. Not many, I guess will play host to the De Lorean car from ‘Back to the Future’, the ‘Bloodhound’ Supersonic Car project, ‘Star Wars’ characters and a host of spectacular science and engineering presentations, all available free to schools across the South East [...]

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Teachers consider taking industrial action with junior doctors over Government academy plan

Teachers consider taking industrial action with junior doctors over Government academy plan

Teachers may take joint action with the junior doctors as part of their campaign against the Government, National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower has said. In her farewell speech to the NUT conference Ms Blower said she had received a letter of support from Yannis Gourtsoyannis of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ [...]

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Parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, claims report

Parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, claims report

Too many parents are underestimating their children’s ability to learn language, according to a report. A poll of parents by charity Save the Children revealed nearly half of those polled (47 per cent) had low expectations of their children’s ability to learn  reckoning they would know 100 words by their third birthday – just half [...]

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Sexist bullying leading to girls keeping quiet in the classroom to avoid being labelled ‘swotty,’ claims teachers’ leader

Sexist bullying leading to girls keeping quiet in the classroom to avoid being labelled ‘swotty,’ claims teachers’ leader

Brainy girls are keeping quiet in the classroom to avoid being labelled as “swotty”, a teachers’ leader has warned. They fear that if they show themselves to be clever they will be seen as unattractive to the boys in their class. Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers will draw attention to the growing [...]

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Ucas Clearing system should be abolished, majority of students tell survey

Ucas Clearing system should be abolished, majority of students tell survey

More than half of students want to see Ucas Clearing completely abolished and, instead, be replaced by a system that enables them to reapply in September with their actual grades, according to a recent survey. Forum and wiki, The Student Room, spoke with just over 6,300 students to find almost 60 per cent want to [...]

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