Two state Steiner schools face possible closure or takeover

Schools in Bristol and Frome receive termination warning notices after being rated as inadequate by OfstedTwo Steiner state schools in the west of England face possible closure or takeover after the Department for Education said it intended to cut off their funding later this year.The trusts...

‘Gossip and secrecy’ fuel Oxford row over suspended dean

Christ Church college and cathedral divided by ‘cruel accusations’Prominent clergy linked to Oxford’s Christ Church cathedral are in revolt over a complaint against its dean which they say is “surrounded by secrecy and fuelled by gossip”.In a row that has convulsed one of the...

Knife crime and school exclusions are symptoms of a wider malaise

More and more children are being excluded, as the system gives up on young people – with dire consequencesIf a playground had a faulty swing that was regularly injuring children, what would be the right response? Line up a row of ambulances to wait on standby or...

Award-winning teacher among staff needing charity to scrape by

Teacher poverty is now so acute that the Victorian charity helping them is running on its reservesIt was winning a national Teaching Award and getting a pay rise in recognition of her outstanding work that, paradoxically, inflicted the final blow to Sarah Wilson’s* finances and put her under threat...

Virginia high school students pose with Confederate flags during ‘spirit week’

A rural Virginia school faced backlash this week after pictures emerged showing students posing on school grounds with Confederate battle flags during “Spirit Week.”The school district told parents in an email it would investigate, but did not apologize.The pictures, which were shared on social media over a thousand times, showed several students...

Indiana superintendent accused of committing insurance fraud to help student resigns

The Indiana school superintendent who was arrested for allegedly using her own insurance to help a sick student resigned on Friday.Casey Smitherman, superintendent of Elwood Community Schools, reportedly resigned at a school board meeting and said she was "embarrassed" by the situation."I have dedicated my entire professional career to children and...

Chief medical officer to become first female Trinity College master

Prof Dame Sally Davies to step down to take up new role at Cambridge University collegeProf Dame Sally Davies is to leave her post as England’s chief medical officer to become the first female master of one of Cambridge University’s most prestigious colleges, it has been announced.

Study English, and learn the ways of the world

Readers discuss the benfits that can be gained from studying the artsHow I agree with Susanna Rustin (Why study English? We’re poorer in every sense without it, 11 February)! A retired teacher, I hear the arguments for studying Stem subjects frequently put forward as self-explanatory. But are...

Ben Shapiro to speak at Christian college after it initially spurned him, Young America’s Foundation says

After receiving significant backlash for canceling a speech from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, Grand Canyon University (GCU) decided to reverse its decision.Still, it was a complicated set of arrangements. The Christian university's administration went back and forth with Young America's Foundation (YAF), the organization through which Shapiro speaks, in a "contentious" days-long...

Universities need to promote more women to professor

Women are still underrepresented in leadership positions in universities – this has to change“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” Those were the words uttered by pioneering British scientist Rosalind Franklin, who firmly believed that the pursuit of science should be accessible to all.

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