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Hertfordshire school’s drill dance from the 1800s

[ad_1] Students at a school in Hertfordshire are carrying on a dance tradition dating back centuries.The School Drill dance has been performed at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, in Rickmansworth, since the 1800s.The dance, which is a mix of marching to music with no spoken instruction and callisthenics, is performed three times a year and takes 20 minutes.It involves 180 pupils aged between 11 and 18. [ad_2] Source link
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Pseudonyms to protect authors of controversial articles

[ad_1] Image copyright Pic by John Cairns Image caption Prof Jeff McMahan said there is a need for more open discussion Academics who are frightened to explore controversial topics, in case it provokes a backlash, will soon have a safer route to publish such work.An international group of university researchers is planning a new journal which will allow articles on sensitive debates to be written under pseudonyms.They feel free intellectual
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Bullying: Children point finger at adults

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children want adults to show each other more respect, with four out of 10 seeing grown-ups bullying each other in past six months, a survey says.Research among 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 by the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggests worrying numbers of children see adults setting a bad example.Children in that age group highlighted adults who behaved poorly to each other face-to-face, online or in the
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Stormzy’s scholarship scheme ‘rejected’ by Oxford University

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stormzy says his funding scheme for black students was turned down by Oxford University Stormzy says his offer to fund a scholarship scheme for two black students was rejected by the University of Oxford.The rapper's scholarship, which was announced in August, was instead taken up by the University of Cambridge.At an event on Wednesday, Stormzy reportedly said he approached Oxford with the idea
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Where do teachers get the most respect?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The teaching profession has a high public status in China If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem.But their colleagues in Brazil, Israel and Italy are at the other end of this "teacher status index", based
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Children are being ‘datafied from birth’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The children's commissioner for England is calling on internet giants and toy-makers to be more transparent about the data they are collecting on children. Today's children are the first to be "datafied" from birth and little thought has been given to the consequences, a report for her says.Who Knows What about Me? calls for a statutory duty of care between social media giants and their
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Epilepsy: ‘I’m not daydreaming Miss, I’m having a seizure’

[ad_1] Image caption Olivia was diagnosed with absence seizures at the age of 11 "When I was younger my teachers thought I was naughty and 'away with the fairies'. But I was having absence seizures," says Olivia Salvati, 21."It's not like daydreaming - it's like having a horrendous nightmare that leaves you feeling completely drained."Olivia found that her absence seizures - a type of epilepsy - meant she was often
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Uncomfortable ideas part of learning, says regulator

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Uncomfortable ideas should not be suppressed on campus and students should learn to deal with them through debate, a university regulator says.Sir Michael Barber, head of the Office for Students (OfS), says universities need to be places of "vigorous debate".They should, he says, be places where "the pursuit of truth is not a platitude but a daily quest".He said the OfS, the new main regulator
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Bangor schools: Plan to cut overcrowding set for go-ahead

[ad_1] Image caption A new building could be constructed at Ysgol y Garnedd A £12.7m plan to tackle overcrowding in Bangor primary schools is set to be given the go-ahead. A review found Ysgol y Garnedd school was oversubscribed, with one governor saying pupils were packed into classes "like sardines".Gwynedd council plans to build a new 420-capacity school to replace it and there will be space for pupils at Ysgol
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Finland’s schools ditch traditional classrooms for open-plan learning

[ad_1] Welcome to the school which has ditched traditional classrooms in favour of open-plan learning.It's part of a wider schools refurbishment programme in Finland that's set to take place over the next 10 years, in order to improve building standards.The concept of open-plan learning has been applied to around 100 Finnish schools already, including this one in Oulu.Finns believe it will complement their new national curriculum which was introduced last
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Teaching ban for two salaries Perry Beeches head

[ad_1] Image caption Liam Nolan resigned from Perry Beeches in May 2016 A head teacher who paid himself two salaries totalling £280,000 has been banned from teaching.Liam Nolan was executive head teacher, CEO and accounting officer at Perry Beeches The Academy Trust in Birmingham until he resigned in May 2016.Nolan, who was found guilty of professional misconduct, may apply for the ban to be lifted in 2020, the Teaching Regulation
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Too many students left with debts for ‘too little payback’

[ad_1] Image caption The criticism being levelled at many universities is that they are not providing value for money Too many graduates in England are being left with big debts for too little payback, MPs are warning.Nearly half of recent graduates were not working in graduate roles in 2017, the Commons education committee says.Its chairman Robert Halfon also highlights the excessive pay of some university vice-chancellors, saying that is not
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Views sought on proposed Scottish smacking ban

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A proposed Scottish ban on the physical punishment of children is being put out to consultation.A committee of MSPs is asking for the public's views on whether smacking children should become illegal.The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill has been introduced by Green MSP John Finnie.The Scottish parliament's equalities and human rights committee wants to know what people think about the bill, which is
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Teachers’ pay offer letter ‘misleading’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Thousands of people took part in a march in Glasgow calling for a 10% pay rise for teachers A letter sent to teachers explaining their pay offer has been condemned by Scotland's largest teaching union. The EIS described the communication from the Scottish government and council body Cosla as "misleading" and "duplicitous". But ministers insist that the letter accurately explains its offer. Members of
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Teacher sexually assaulted colleague, panel hears

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Helen Evans worked at Llanishen Fach school A primary teacher sexually assaulted a colleague and called senior staff "dumb and dumber", a hearing has been told.Helen Evans ripped open the shirt of a male teacher and grabbed his testicles, heard the Education Workforce Council on Thursday.The panel was told the alleged incident happened at an event at Cardiff's Llanishen Fach school.Ms Evans "did not
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I never gave up, says school cleaner who prompted back-pay case

[ad_1] Thousands of part-time school and council staff have been awarded hundreds of pounds in back-pay after a cleaner refused to give up the fight. Some 5,000 low paid staff, nearly all women, will share a £4m settlement after a five-year legal battle, backed by public service union Unison.It argued that Greenwich Council treated these part-time workers less favourably than full-time colleagues.Greenwich agreed to revise the formula used to calculate
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Redditch woman’s dream to restore 1959 ambulance

[ad_1] A yoga teacher who fell in a love with a decaying ambulance she spotted in a field is appealing for a specialist mechanic to help get it back on the road.Sarah Bates has christened her 1959 vehicle 'The Buddha Bus' after spending months tracking down the owner, and agreeing a £1,500 price.She's now got the ambulance near her home in Redditch, Worcestershire, but says she needs expert help to
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Parents asked to pay for books and to attend events

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The survey quizzed 1,500 parents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland The average monthly voluntary donation parents are making to school funds rose by £2.45 over the past year from £8.90 to £11.35, a survey suggests.The charity Parentkind found parents being asked to pay to attend events such as concerts and sports days.The findings come after Chancellor Philip Hammond caused offence by offering