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Claims of drugs and sex at Durham University champagne society ball

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 17:34

Student society placed on probation after police were called to summer party over raucous behaviour

A university champagne society has been investigated after concerns were raised about students taking drugs, openly having sex and jumping naked into a pond during a summer ball earlier this year.

Police were called to Durham University champagne society’s event at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, in June after reports of rowdy behaviour.

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Police in Oxford schoolgirl rape case say she was not abducted

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 15:38

Fourteen-year-old had said two men made her get into car, but officers say evidence indicates she was not snatched off street

Police investigating an incident in which a 14-year-old schoolgirl said she was abducted and raped have now said she was not snatched off the street.

The girl told investigators that two men made her get into a car as she was walking along the road in Summertown, Oxford, on 28 September. She said she was raped in the car.

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MSP asks for inquiry into Scottish exam invigilators' pay

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 12:58

Labour’s Daniel Johnson writes to HMRC after claims that exam authority could be paying less than the minimum wage

HM Revenue and Customs has been asked to investigate allegations that Scottish exam invigilators could be being paid less than the minimum wage.

Daniel Johnson, a Labour MSP, wrote to HMRC after invigilators complained their pay regularly left them earning below the £8.25 an hour national living wage and in the worst cases less than the minimum wage of £7.20.

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Trump, Brexit and the age of popular revolt: 2016 in Long Reads

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:00

Ten big stories to help make sense of a bewildering year in global politics

The political earthquakes of 2016 have shaken the complacent preconceptions of the liberal establishment. But the signs were there. Here are ten stories that tried to reckon with our new era of populist backlash.

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English schools 'may face shortage of 19,000 heads by 2022'

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 07:23

Nearly one in four schools affected by shortage of headteachers, deputies and assistant heads, says report

England could be facing a shortage of up to 19,000 senior teachers by 2022 if action is not taken to plug the gap, it has been suggested.

Almost one in four schools across the country could be affected by a lack of headteachers, deputy heads and assistant heads, according to a report by three education leadership organisations.

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Too flirty? Too fertile? It's tough to be the right kind of woman in academia

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 07:00

Sexism is rife on the university conference circuit, where powerful men treat women with casual unkindness

“I wouldn’t do a session with you,” a colleague said at a conference. CC, we can call him. Prior to this, I had met him at a handful of other conferences in a handful of other UK cities. Which is a lot, really, considering I had not been in the UK long. But I guess that’s what happens when you work in a relatively small field that draws the same crowd to each of its events.

At first, I was confused by his comment.

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Two teenagers arrested after boy stabbed at Birmingham school

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 19:57

Boy, 15, left with serious injuries after group entered City of Birmingham school in Erdington and attacked him

Two teenagers have been arrested after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed at school.

Police were called to City of Birmingham school in Erdington just after 1.30pm on Thursday following reports that group of people had entered the school and stabbed a student.

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Martin Aitchison obituary

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 18:08
Illustrator of Ladybird’s Peter and Jane books and of Luck of the Legion for Eagle comic

Martin Aitchison, who has died aged 96, was one of the chief illustrators of the Key Words Reading Scheme educational series for Ladybird Books that sold more than 80m copies worldwide. The books, which first appeared between 1964 and 1967, created a snapshot of middle-class England through their depictions of a nuclear family of two children, Peter and Jane, and their parents. The images, often set around the new suburban council estates of the postwar era, showed the children undertaking different activities that introduced young readers to new words.

To comics fans, Aitchison is best remembered for Luck of the Legion, a flamboyant series of full-colour Foreign Legion yarns in the centre pages of the Eagle. Written by Geoffrey Bond and originally intended as only a 12-part story, the series proved so popular that it ran for almost 10 years from 1952. Sergeant Luck’s desert adventures were treated with both tension and humour, the tone affected by Aitchison’s introduction to the legion via a film he had watched in order to gain some references for uniforms. Sergeant Luck, Corporal Trenet and Legionnaire Bimberg, the strip’s heroes, became second only in popularity with Eagle readers to Dan Dare.

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Students: is it really a good idea to live with your friends?

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 15:29

Familiarity often breeds contempt, but loneliness isn’t much fun either. So weigh your options before you shack up

As the drains clog and your next-door neighbour watches full-volume TV at 3am, the desire to leave student halls can intensify. But should you take your friends with you? I moved in with a few of my besties, and it’s had its pros and cons.

One of the obvious benefits to living with friends is that you’re rarely lonely. You always have someone around to talk to. It’s good to share your worries or problems with other people.

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Tennessee mother calls for removal of school history book 'promoting Islamic propaganda'

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 15:05

Pearson textbook My World History is subject of formal complaint after parent says child felt assignments on Islam ‘went against her beliefs as a Christian’

A Tenessee mother and founding member of a parents’ group opposed to Islamic “indoctrination” has asked for a history textbook to be removed from her daughter’s social studies curriculum, claiming that it “promotes Islamic propaganda”.

Michelle Edmisten, a founder of the Facebook group Sullivan County Parents Against Islam Indoctrination, first raised the issue in October, after her daughter was given an assignment requiring her to answer questions about the name of Islam’s holy book, and the five pillars of Islam.

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Seven ways to give better feedback to your students

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 12:23

Research shows that constructive comments can bring a huge boost to learning – but they can also backfire. Here’s how to get them right

Feedback can be a difficult business. When it is used in the right way, it can be one of the most effective strategies to improve learning, according to The Sutton Trust. But research also suggests that, if handled badly, it can do more harm than good.

Related: The problem of perfectionism: five tips to help your students

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Jeremy Paxman 'baffled' by students' University Challenge boycott

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 10:56

University of Reading students’ union voted to snub quiz show over claims its presenter made misogynistic and sexist comments

Jeremy Paxman has said he is baffled by students voting to boycott University Challenge over claims he made misogynistic and sexist comments to previous team members.

The University of Reading students’ union this week voted 120 to 105 in favour of boycotting the popular BBC2 quiz show, produced by ITV Studios, over claims relating to a previous appearance by the university’s team. Students felt their concerns over comments made by the presenter were not taken seriously, but the union said it could not disclose details of what was said owing to a confidentiality agreement.

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