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  • Birmingham Islamic school sues Ofsted after being failed for leaflet January 26, 2020
    Birchfield girls’ school rated inadequate after inspectors find ‘inflammatory’ leaflet from 1994An Islamic school in Birmingham has mounted a legal challenge against Ofsted after it was failed by the watchdog over a 25-year-old leaflet.Ofsted rated Birchfield independent girls’ school in Aston as “inadequate” after inspectors found an “inflammatory” leaflet about a 1994 Islamic conference in […]
    Nazia Parveen
  • Behind TV drama Ares is chilling reality of student fraternities January 26, 2020
    As the Netherlands-set Netflix series shows, initiation rituals lie at the heart of secret societies“Have you ever wondered how a country as small as the Netherlands became so rich and powerful?” The question is posed in the first episode of Ares, the first Dutch original series made for Netflix, released earlier this month. The show […]
    Naomi O’Leary
  • No history, no languages… the end of humanities only deepens divides | Kenan Malik January 26, 2020
    Sunderland University is offering only career-focused courses to its next student cohortSunderland University wants to become more “career-focused”. So it is to shut down all its language, politics and history courses and promote instead degrees that “align with particular employment sectors”. It’s an illustration of what happens when universities turn into businesses, and their ethos […]
    Kenan Malik
  • Top universities ‘not being chosen by low-income students’ January 26, 2020
    The disadvantaged with good A-levels more likely to pick lower-ranking institutions than richer pupilsPoorer students with good A-level grades are significantly more likely to opt for less prestigious universities than those with similar results from more advantaged backgrounds.This is the standout finding from major research that throws into question how effective higher education is in […]
    Jamie Doward
  • Has physicist's gravity theory solved 'impossible' dark energy riddle? January 25, 2020
    Prof Claudia de Rham’s ‘massive gravity’ theory could explain why universe expansion is acceleratingCosmologists don’t enter their profession to tackle the easy questions, but there is one paradox that has reached staggering proportions.Since the big bang, the universe has been expanding, but the known laws of physics suggest that the inward tug of gravity should […]
    Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
  • What will Brexit mean for your money? Key questions answered January 25, 2020
    From pensions to studying, here’s what will happen after the UK leaves at 11pm on FridayIt finally happens at 11pm on 31 January. The UK will no longer formally be a part of the European Union, a moment that is likely to prove emotional for many, whichever side of the debate you are on. But […]
    Lisa O'Carroll, Patrick Collinson and Miles Brignall
  • Dutch schoolchildren make video appeal amid teacher shortage January 24, 2020
    Amsterdam primary among many schools in Netherlands suffering from a lack of staffParents of children at a primary school in the Netherlands have responded to a national teacher shortage by making a short video of their offspring asking for candidates to come forward and help make their dreams come true.In the film the children talk […]
    Daniel Boffey in Brussels
  • Zero-carbon hydrogen injected into gas grid for first time in groundbreaking UK trial January 24, 2020
    Blend of hydrogen and natural gas is being used to heat homes and faculty buildings at Keele UniversityZero-carbon hydrogen has been injected into a UK gas network for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.The 20% hydrogen and natural gas blend is being used to heat 100 […]
    Jessica Murray
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