Free childcare plan faces places pinch, warns lobby group

BBC - 10 hours 55 min ago
Ministers underestimated number of children eligible for free childcare, says lobby group
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British universities employ no black academics in top roles, figures show

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 17:18

Figures record zero black academics in the elite staff category of ‘managers, directors and senior officials’ for third year in a row

No black academics have worked in senior management in any British university for the last three years, according to employment records.

Figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency record no black academics in the elite staff category of “managers, directors and senior officials” in 2015-16 – the third year in a row that this has happened.

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Davos 2017: Teens' virtual reality challenge

BBC - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 15:12
A group of Swiss teens has been invited to take a virtual reality challenge at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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Smashing it! YouTuber Korean Billy's vocab guide for non-UK students

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 14:25

British English is a language that’s hard to get spot on. With Korean Billy’s help, you’ll absolutely smash it

If you’re not from the UK but studying here as an international student, you’ll probably hear some words that you didn’t learn in the classroom. And if you are only familiar with American English, you may be even more confused.

Here are 10 weird phrases that British people use – and you’d better remember them if you want to understand what they’re talking about.

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Boycott birth census, civil rights group urges parents

BBC - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 13:28
The civil rights group Liberty is urging parents in England to boycott Thursday's school census.
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Denise Lesley obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 13:00

My wife, Denise Lesley, who has died of ovarian cancer aged 65, started her professional life as a teacher. When head of geography at Hurlingham school in Fulham, south-west London, she was seconded in 1979 to the Inner London Education Authority’s television centre in Battersea, where teachers were trained in educational broadcasting, and where she learned the trade over the next two years.

Dee went freelance in 1981 and soon became a researcher on the live children’s Saturday morning TV show No 73, made by TVS for ITV, working with Sandi Toksvig and Andrea Arnold. She was an early member of the Production Managers’ Association, which was devoted to raising professional standards. She served on its committee and for a number of years was deputy chair.

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League tables: New targets see 282 secondaries underperforming

BBC - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 10:53
As new school league tables are published, the government says 282 secondaries are underperforming.
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Grammar schools lose top spots after league table shakeup

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 09:30

DfE’s latest tables, ranked using new Progress 8 measure, show schools that made greatest advances in pupils’ grades

The government’s new performance measure has upended the traditional pecking order of England’s secondary schools, knocking grammar schools out of the top spots and boosting schools that dramatically improved results among their pupils.

The Department for Education’s latest performance tables, published on Thursday — including 2016’s GCSE exams and ranked by its new Progress 8 measure — reveals that the best schools in England are those which make the greatest advances in their pupils’ grades.

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Bomb teams sent to schools 600 times in chemical alert

BBC - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 00:22
Warnings about a potentially hazardous chemical sparks a flurry of calls to the Army.
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