Monthly Archives: August 2015

Ucas is harming social mobility by blocking data on poor students, says senior MP

A senior MP has joined the growing number of critics of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), the body that handles university applications, for refusing to disclose important data it holds on students from poor backgrounds.












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Akram Khan: Choreographer says dance is ‘as important as maths and being a doctor’

Akram Khan, one of the most-acclaimed choreographers in the UK, has called for the Government to put dance in the curriculum saying it is as important as studying maths or medicine.












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University to mark down students who say ‘illegal immigrants’ in class

Professors at a US university have told students that they risk failing their assignments and even their semester if they use offensive or hateful language in class or submissions.












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University of Tennessee switches gender-specific pronouns ‘he’ and ‘she’ for ‘xe’ and ‘ze’ to promote inclusivity

Gender-neutral pronouns for transgender and queer-identifying people – such as “xe” and “ze” – are being encouraged at a second university in the US.












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London company’s ‘Solar Classroom in a Box’ project aims to change the face of education in Africa

You’d be surprised at what some cables, four batteries, a set of solar panels, and a 3G satellite connection could achieve, but that’s exactly how one UK-based computer company will be changing lives in one of the world’s poorest nations.












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Shortening the school week to 4 days has a ‘significantly positive impact on student academic performance’, say US researchers

Shortening the school week to four days would have a significantly positive impact on pupils’ academic performance, particularly in maths, according to a new study.












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School bans Wonder Woman lunchbox for being ‘too violent’ in sensational letter which has gone viral

With her bullet-repelling bracelets and unbreakable golden lasso which forces villains to tell the truth, she has been a force for good for over 70 years.












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Jamie Oliver: I failed on school dinners because eating well is a ‘posh and middle class’ concern

Jamie Oliver has admitted that his campaign to improve the diet of Britain’s poorest children failed because eating well is considered a “posh and middle class” concern.












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Schools should be ‘fined’ if pupils fail get C at English and maths GCSEs, think-tank says

Schools should be “fined” if their pupils fail to get at least a C grade in English and maths at GCSE, an influential think-tank says.












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Why do we hear the work of so few female classical composers?

“I once thought that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose – not one has been able to do it, and why should I expect to?”












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