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‘Trojan Horse’ school ruling hush ‘exceptional’

Image caption Tahir Alam was chairman of governors at Park View School in Birmingham from 1997-2014 A decision not to publish details of a tribunal involving a “Trojan Horse” school governor has been described as “exceptional”. Tahir Alam was chairman of governors at a Birmingham school embroiled in an alleged ...

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New Year Honours: Knighthood for adult education pioneer

Image copyright University of Wolverhampton Image caption Prof Tuckett established Adult Learners’ Week 25 years ago A pioneer of adult learning has been knighted in the New Year Honours for services to education. Prof Alan Tuckett, from the University of Wolverhampton, established Adult Learners’ Week in 1992 and is a ...

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New Year Honours: MBE for carer who fostered more than 100 children

Image copyright Stella Tomkinson Image caption Stella and Bill Tomkinson (pictured bottom centre) with some of the children they looked after, who are now grown up A great-grandmother who looked after more than 100 children in 50 years has been appointed an MBE for services to foster care. Stella Tomkinson, ...

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MBE for author of ‘instruction manual’ for autism

Image copyright Deborah Brownson Image caption Deborah Brownson says her experiences caring for Jake (second left) inspired her campaign A woman who gave up her job to care for her autistic sons has been made an MBE for a campaign to boost support for autistic children and their families. Deborah ...

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Brexit could mute Great War centenary

Image copyright Getty Images Sensitivities around the Brexit negotiations could mean the centenary of the Great War is not given due recognition, a historian has warned. Sir Anthony Seldon said there is a danger that “the fear of offending one side or the other on Brexit will lead to the ...

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Winning a Duke of Edinburgh gold award in prison

Image caption Jon Watts says the award scheme gave him a “template” in prison to change his life When Jon Watts was camping out for his first Duke of Edinburgh award, it wasn’t on a mountainside. He spent the night in a tent on the artificial grass of a prison ...

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Universities could face fines over ‘no-platforming’

Image copyright Getty Images Universities must protect free speech and “open minds, not close them,” Universities Minister Jo Johnson will say in a speech in Birmingham later. Addressing the Limmud Festival, Mr Johnson will reaffirm his concerns over “no platforming” and “safe spaces” stifling debate in higher education. It comes ...

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Free boarding school places for care system pupils

Image copyright Getty Images Boarding schools in England are to offer free places to children with links to the care system, the Department for Education has announced. Local authorities will work with children’s charities to put forward pupils for bursaries and scholarships. It is part of a government pledge to ...

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‘Urgent action’ needed on new school curriculum rollout

Image caption There is more emphasis on digital skills in the new curriculum Teachers will not be ready for a new school curriculum without “urgent action” by Welsh ministers before its introduction in 2022, AMs have warned. Their report calls on the education secretary to prepare a detailed plan to ...

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Christmas party envy ‘provoked by social media’

Image copyright Getty Images For anyone who has quickly checked their Facebook account at a party only to see friends having considerably more fun – don’t worry, you’re not alone. A fifth of 1,010 13- to 17-year-olds surveyed for The Children’s Society who looked at social media at Christmas said ...

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Born in the wrong place for good schools?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The report warns that regional gaps in good schools have grown wider in recent years There is a widening geographical divide in access to high-performing schools in England, says a report from the Education Policy Institute. Between 2010 and 2015, London took an increasing ...

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Sesame Street to help Syrian refugees

Image caption Sesame Street will be used to rebuild trust among millions of displaced children from Syria Characters from the children’s television programme Sesame Street are going to be used to help teach children displaced by war in Syria. The Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee have won a ...

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