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Birmingham’s Jamia Islamia Islamic school books ‘promoted extremism’

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Inspectors from Ofsted visited boys' school Jamia Islamia Birmingham, based in Sparkbrook, last month Books found in the library of an Islamic private school promoted extremism, inspectors found.Ofsted rated boys' school Jamia Islamia Birmingham in Sparkbrook "inadequate" after visiting last month and finding books that "promoted support for an Islamic State".The materials were "actively undermining fundamental British values", the regulator said.The BBC has contacted
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Special needs ‘breaking county council budgets’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The explosion in demand for special educational needs (SEN) support is threatening English county councils' ability to meet their legal duties.The number of support plans they have to meet by law has risen by a half since 2014, the county councils say.The 27 that responded to a County Councils Network survey of the 36 English councils overspent their 2018-19 SEN budgets by a total of
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Mental health: Primary school head teachers speak out about lack of support

[ad_1] Some primary school pupils are being repeatedly rejected for mental health support, BBC News has learned.There's been a near 50% increase in referrals to child health services from pupils aged 11 and under, over the past three years. But some children are on a waiting list for years before being offered help.Three head teachers spoke to the BBC about the lack of support for children in their schools.If you
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University of East Anglia student raps 10,000-word dissertation

[ad_1] A hip-hop loving student who submitted a 21-track album instead of a 10,000-word dissertation for his final coursework has earned himself a first class honours degree.Nicholas Uzoka, 22, was studying English and creative writing at Norwich's University of East Anglia."It was an opportunity to express myself in my favoured form," he said. "My future will be about music, music and more music. I want to give it my absolute
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New qualifications to boost teacher career progression

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Department for Education has set up a panel of experts to develop new professional qualifications for teachers in England, to help them progress their careers.The panel will advise on the scheme, which is to be introduced during the academic year 2020-2021.The focus is on those who want to progress in non-leadership roles.But unions said there was a lack of transparency about how the experts
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Chimps bond after watching movies together

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Chimpanzees watching a video together get the same sense of bonding and closeness that humans can feel from watching a movie or TV show together, say US university researchers. Pairs of chimps were monitored as they watched videos - and psychologists found an increased sense of closeness between them in a way previously thought to be unique to humans.Researchers say it shows the "deep evolutionary
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Moon landings: Apollo 11 celebrated in Cambridge University maps

[ad_1] Image copyright Cambridge University Library Image caption A map dating from 1742 comes from the Atlas Coelestis (atlas of the sky) Old maps of the Moon and stars are being shared to mark 50 years since the first manned lunar landing.Some will feature in a series of tweets by Cambridge University Library during the eight days coinciding with the dates of the momentous voyage in 1969.They include a "rare"
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Norfolk disability benefit cuts is ‘robbery’ says mum

[ad_1] Image caption Marilyn Heath is the main carer for her daughter Sara Disabled people will be "locked indoors" due to increases to social care costs, a mother has claimed.Marilyn Heath cares for her disabled daughter Sara whose income will fall by a third because of changes imposed by Norfolk County Council."To take money from disabled people in 21st Century Britain is unbelievable," said Mrs Heath. But the council said
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‘Grade inflation’ means 80% more top degree grades

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The proportion of students in England awarded first-class degrees continues to increase - rising by 80% since 2010-11, the university watchdog says.The Office for Students, warning of grade inflation, says for almost three-quarters of universities such increases in top grades are "unexplained".The University of Surrey increased its proportion awarded first-class degrees from 23% to 47% of students.Education Secretary Damian Hinds warned against "unfair practices"."Worries about