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Bill Gates announces UK teacher in global top 10

Image copyright Getty Images A teacher from north London, named as a top-10 finalist in a global teaching award, has warned of the poor living conditions of her pupils. Andria Zafirakou says some pupils at her Brent secondary school have to do their homework in the bathroom, because their housing is so overcrowded. The nominations […]

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Times table check trialled ahead of rollout

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England’s primary schools will take a new times tables check this spring. Some 7,250 pupils in 290 primaries, are expected to take part in the trials of the new multiplication check. The five-minute test, taken by children in Year 4, will then be fully rolled […]

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Shared parental leave take-up may be as low as 2%

Image copyright Getty Images A new publicity drive is aiming to encourage higher take-up of shared parental leave. Around 285,000 couples are eligible every year for shared parental leave, but take-up “could be as low as 2%”, the Department for Business said. Around half of the general public are still unaware the option exists, nearly […]

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The everyday lives of the non-monogamous

The Open Photo Project aims to reduce stigma about consensual non-monogamous relationships. In one recent study from the US 21% of the study’s participants reported having had some kind of non-monogamous relationship – but that number could be higher, owing to people not willing to share their personal circumstances. The founder of the project and […]

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Lucas Warren: Baby with Down's becomes face of Gerber

Image copyright Gerber Image caption Lucas’ father said he hoped his son’s win could help people with disabilities become more accepted An 18-month-old boy with Down’s syndrome has been named as this year’s “spokesbaby” of the US baby food brand Gerber. Lucas Warren from Georgia is the first child with Down’s syndrome to be named […]

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Graduate loses bid to sue Oxford over 2:1 degree

Image copyright PA Image caption Faiz Siddiqui sued Oxford University for £1m in damages A graduate who sued Oxford University over his failure to get a top degree has had his claim dismissed by the High Court. Faiz Siddiqui claimed “inadequate teaching” contributed to his low mark in a final year history paper in 2000. […]

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'Creeping censorship' in universities warning

Image copyright Getty Images Sam Gyimah, the Universities Minister, has warned of a “creeping culture of censorship” on university campuses. Mr Gyimah told the Human Rights Committee inquiry into free speech that a culture of intolerance was spilling over from social media. He said that “mollycoddling” students so they did not discuss controversies was another […]