Monthly Archives: September 2013

Love has disappeared from state education, says private school leader

Michael Gove’s education department was dubbed ‘the office of the Supreme Goviet’ by the head of Magdalen College school.
Love has disappeared from state-run education and children are suffering from the government’s “long interfering arm and dead restraining hand”, the head of the body representing many of Britain’s most prestigious independent schools has said.
In a wide-ranging assault on the policies of successive governments, Tim Hands, the head of Magdalen College school who takes over

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Edinburgh University ends funding for US drone component maker

University of Edinburgh said it was pulling out of investing in Ultra Electronics, which makes navigation controls for US drones.
A leading UK university is ending its £1.2m investment in a defence company that makes components for lethal US drones because it says the business is not “socially responsible”.
The University of Edinburgh has bowed to pressure from students and campaign groups and is withdrawing funding from Ultra Electronics. The company, headquartered at Greenford in Middlesex,

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UK A&Es seeing ‘drunk children’

30 September 2013 Last updated at 07:14 GMT Professor Sir Ian Gilmore said ”one in ten” children aged 11 have drunk alcohol in the last week
Nearly 300 children aged 11 or under were admitted to A&E units across the UK last year after drinking too much, a BBC Radio 5 live investigation shows.

Revealing UK-wide data for the first time, it said a total of 6,500 under-18s were admitted in 2012-13.
Charities and public health bodies say fewer children are drinking overall, but those who do

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End faith school battle urges bishop

education reporter  Bigger faith schools would take the bitterness out of the admissions debate, says Bishop Pritchard The growth of popular faith schools is often blocked because they are used as an ideological “battleground” says the Church of England’s head of education.

The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard blamed secular campaigners for questioning the legitimacy of faith schools.
Bishop Pritchard was writing in a report on faith schools for religious think tank,

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Teachers ‘may like performance pay’

A poll of teachers suggests more could be won over to performance-related pay, Policy Exchange claims Teachers in England and Wales could be won over to performance-related pay but need reassurance about its fairness and efficiency, a think tank claims.

The right-leaning Policy Exchange has published a poll of teachers on the eve of regional strikes over pay, conditions and pensions.
Members of the NUT and NASUWT unions will strike on Tuesday in the Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire and

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Gove acts to block early GCSE entry

29 September 2013 Last updated at 17:59 GMT By Angela Harrison Education correspondent, BBC News Michael Gove thinks early exam entry “damages” pupils Michael Gove is changing league table rules in England to try to stop schools from “gaming the system”.

The education secretary says schools encourage pupils to take GCSEs early so they can “bank” good grades – simply entering them for retakes if they fail.
Under the changes, only the first attempt will be counted in future league tables.
Mr

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Students with disabilities get a career boost

Greatwithdisability.com aims to help disabled students find meaningful work after graduating.
In the UK, nearly one in 10 university students classes themselves as having a disability, but in 2012 only 2% of graduate job applications came from those with disabilities.
Greatwithdisability.com is a new website aimed at closing that gap, by offering advice and support to students, and a recruitment platform to employers.
“A website like this is a one stop shop to answer all of a disabled

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Editing Wikipedia Pages for Med School Credit

Medical students at the University of California, San Francisco, will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases, part of an effort to improve the quality of medical articles in the online encyclopedia and help distribute the articles globally via cellphones. While professors often incorporate Wikipedia work into classes, hoping that student research can live on online, the university and others say this is the first time a medical school will give credit for

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Scientists discover King Ferdinand had a double infestation of lice

A human head louse, which Ferdinand was familiar with.
Even in the imagined-good old days, the phrase “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” could mean simply that the king had head lice. A medical case report tells in detail the scalpy woes of Ferdinand II of Aragon.
Ferdinand, who became king of Naples, crawled or trod the Earth during the years 1467 to 1496. Head lice crawled or trod the king’s scalp, still, for a time after that.
The mummified remains of the entire community of

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Brazilian journalist accuses Yale university police of ‘extremely violent’ behaviour

Yale University said in a statement that it does not plan to file charges.
Claudia Trevisan had travelled to Yale University in the hope of securing an interview with the president of Brazil’s supreme court. Instead, she found herself writing a very different legal story. Soon after arriving on campus she was arrested, handcuffed and held in a cell for several hours.
In an interview with the Guardian, the 48-year-old correspondent for O Estado de S Paulo accused university police of “extremely

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