Google’s Eric Schmidt criticises education in the UK

By Torin Douglas26 August 2011 Last updated at 20:49 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14683133 Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said education in Britain is holding back the country’s chances of success in the digital media economy. He made his comments at the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Dr Schmidt said the UK needed to reignite children’s passion for science, engineering and […]

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Porn actor allowed to keep teaching

Anna Davis, Education Correspondent 31 Aug 2011 http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23982710-porn-actor-allowed-to-keep-teaching.do A teacher who moonlighted as a stripper and appeared in pornographic films was today allowed to continue working with children despite being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. Benedict Garrett, 31, was given a reprimand after a two-day disciplinary hearing in front of the General Teaching Council in Birmingham. Mr Garrett, pictured, […]

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Shopping mall bosses shocked at staff who cannot read or write

Jonathan Prynn, Consumer Business Editor 1 Sep 2011 http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-olympics/article-23983067-bosses-shocked-by-hundreds-of-games-staff-who-cannot-read-or-write.do Hundreds of staff at the huge new Olympic shopping mall had to be taught to read and write after bosses found they could not even fill in basic forms. Employees at Westfield Stratford City have been given remedial tuition after Australian director John Burton made the “incredible” discovery that they were […]

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Ofsted: child safety ‘a concern’ in quarter of schools

Almost a quarter of schools are failing to do enough to keep children safe, according to Ofsted. By Graeme Paton, Education Editor 12:01AM BST 02 Sep 2011 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8735819/Ofsted-child-safety-a-concern-in-quarter-of-schools.html Some 21 per cent of state schools in England are no better than satisfactory on child safety, the watchdog said, suggesting they must make “considerable improvements” to stop pupils being injured or […]

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One in four primary schools still has no male teachers

2 September 2011 Last updated at 11:53 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14748273 One in four primary schools in England still has no male registered teacher, statistics show. General Teaching Council for England figures show a slight improvement on last year, with 27.2% schools with no male teachers, down from 27.8%. There are just 48 male teachers in state nurseries. Education Secretary Michael Gove said […]

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Some schools excluding pupils illegally, report says

The government said pupils taken out of mainstream education deserved better 12 September 2011 Last updated at 18:59 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14880542 Some schools in England are “acting illegally or unscrupulously” by excluding pupils by unofficial means, a Centre for Social Justice report says. Some schools encourage parents to remove difficult children, avoiding officially excluding them but providing no support, the think tank […]

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Nick Clegg rules out running free schools for profit

Nick Clegg: “Let me reassure you, yes, to greater diversity, yes to more choice for parents, but no to running schools for profit” 5 September 2011 Last updated at 11:45 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14781392 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said those running England’s free schools will not be able to do so for profit. The first wave of the flagship state-funded, but […]

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Former student sues LSE over its ‘gender bias’ against men

Tony Bonnici 5 Sep 2011 http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23983895-former-student-sues-lse-over-its-gender-bias-against-men.do The London School of Economics is facing legal action after a former student claimed its gender studies course was sexist – against men. Tom Martin, who quit the university after six weeks, claims in papers lodged at the Central London county court that lecturers ignored male issues. He is claiming some £50,000 citing breach […]

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