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University of Reading tells refugee plan critics to ‘jog on’

[ad_1] Image copyright @UniofReading/Twitter Image caption The university used Twitter to reply to critics of its new scheme A university has told people unhappy with its plans to offer scholarships to refugees to "jog on" on Twitter.The tweet from the official account of the University of Reading explained that they had received negative feedback since announcing the scheme.It added: "To these people, we would like to say: Tough."The university is
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Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid, says parenting charity

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of parents falsely claim domestic abuse in order to access legal aid and stop estranged partners from seeing their children, a shared parenting charity claims.Families Need Fathers says parents are being encouraged by some solicitors to file for non-molestation orders - injunctions used in urgent abuse cases.New figures show a 30% rise in orders made after legal aid was axed in everything but abuse
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Funding cuts put schooling for Gypsy children ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright Thinkstock Gypsy and traveller children could be taken out of school by their parents if specialist support services are cut, a charity has claimed.Tros Gynnal Plant says families rely on the services to keep their children in mainstream education.Caramia, a Romany Gypsy student, said their education would "go back 30 years" without the support.The Welsh Government said it had listened to concerns and issued temporary funding for
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Shakespeare rewrite means six-figure fine for exam board OCR

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption OCR's GCSE version of Romeo and Juliet departed from the text The exam board OCR faces a six-figure fine for an error in last year's GCSE English exam which rewrote Shakespeare. The paper confused the family of a key character, Tybalt, in The Bard's Romeo and Juliet, suggesting he is a Montague when in fact he is a Capulet. At the time, students
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The worst end-of-term gifts for teacher

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A thong, a stolen car radio and a part-drunk bottle of wine feature in a list of the worst end-of-year gifts received by teachers.As the school year draws to a close, parents will be familiar with the circulation of collection envelopes for teachers and their assistants.Amid the end-of-term shows and pupil reports, emails will be flying with suggested donations and gift ideas.And some terrible gifts
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Oldham phone porn head teacher banned for life

[ad_1] Image copyright Manchester Evening News. Image caption Catherine Jones also pocketed £350 from a Christmas fair to "pay her mortgage", a conduct panel ruled A primary school head teacher who had a stack of porn images on her phone has been given a lifetime teaching ban.Catherine Jones, 42, inflated pupil grades, took her partner on a paid-for school trip to Manchester United and bought computer kit with school funds,
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Drop ‘misleading’ school statistic, government told

[ad_1] Image caption The government makes frequent use of a statistic showing a substantial rise in pupil numbers at good or outstanding schools The government should drop a "misleading" statistic that suggests substantially more pupils in England attend good or outstanding schools than in 2010, a former minister says. The Department for Education often uses the figure in media statements. But former schools minister David Laws says it "is simply
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Belgian boy Laurent Simons heads off to university aged 8

[ad_1] A Belgian boy has graduated secondary school aged eight after completing six years' study in just a year and a half.Laurent Simons, whose father is Belgian and mother Dutch, and has an IQ of 145 according to his parents, collected a diploma with a class of 18-year-olds.Speaking to Belgium's RTBF radio, Laurent said his favourite subject was maths "because it's so vast, there's statistics, geometry, algebra".After a two-month holiday
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‘Mansplaining’ advert for University of Adelaide draws criticism

[ad_1] Image copyright ShitAdelaide Image caption The poster allegedly portraying a "mansplaining" scene. A "mansplaining" advertisement for a master's degree at an Australian university has drawn mockery and criticism from social media users. The poster, for the University of Adelaide, shows five women listening while the only man holds forth. The university said it had not supplied or approved the image, which came from an agency of the regional government.
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Mum’s worries over Northamptonshire library closures

[ad_1] New mother Rachael Ball says she worries for other parents over plans to close 21 libraries in Northamptonshire.Children's play sessions at Kingsthorpe library are "vital" for her to get out of the house, meet new people and get advice, she said.Community groups have registered their interest in running 17 of the libraries. But four in Far Cotton, St James, Finedon and Wollaston attracted no bids.Northamptonshire County Council will not