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Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service

Row over Muslim scholar's invitation to preach at Anglican service

An invitation to a distinguished Muslim scholar to preach at a eucharist service in an Oxford church on Sunday has triggered complaints from traditionalists. Monawar Hussain, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours last year for...

Guardian, today, 08:42
 
Children's authors welcome Ofsted's move to lighten stress on testing

Children's authors welcome Ofsted's move to lighten stress on testing

Children’s writers including Frank Cottrell Boyce and Piers Torday have hailed Ofsted’s plans to judge schools on the broad range of their education as “great news”. “Anything that moves away from making humans fit the demands of algorithms instead of...

Guardian, yesterday, 15:02
 

The myth of meritocracy: who really gets what they deserve?

Michael Young was an inconvenient child. His father, an Australian, was a musician and music critic, and his mother, who grew up in Ireland, was a painter of a bohemian bent. They were hard-up, distractible and frequently on the outs with each other....

Guardian, yesterday, 06:27
 
‘The wolf of racial bias’: the admissions lawsuit rocking Harvard

‘The wolf of racial bias’: the admissions lawsuit rocking Harvard

A trial that could eventually decide the fate of affirmative action programs in the United States is playing out in Boston as a lawsuit that alleges Harvard has intentionally and systematically discriminated against Asian Americans brings the ivy...

Guardian, Thursday, 16:50
 
Graduation blues: how to handle the move back home

Graduation blues: how to handle the move back home

Three years of study, plus a year as a sabbatical officer on the students’ union, and here I am. A part of me never considered that this moment would actually come: after four long years at university, I’m living back at home. Returning after such a...

Guardian, Thursday, 16:24
 
What does a rock look like? Oxford tests prospective students

What does a rock look like? Oxford tests prospective students

How you listen to music, what a rock looks like, and what historians cannot know about the past are among this year’s list of sample interview questions published by Oxford University. The annual release of interview questions and suggested ways of...

Guardian, Thursday, 14:25
 
Let’s abolish school holidays. It’ll save you feeding the children

Let’s abolish school holidays. It’ll save you feeding the children

Before we get going let’s accept that we all love our kids and wish only the best for the little darlings. Agreed? Good. With that established, let’s move on. Isn’t having to find something, dammit, anything to feed them across school holidays of the...

Guardian, Thursday, 12:30
 

Call for school maintenance deadlines to be met in wake of near misses

Building materials have collapsed or fallen 20 times at Edinburgh schools in the past two years, including three incidents at Liberton High where a pupil was tragically killed after a wall fell on top of her in 2014. Conservative councillors have...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 06:10
 
Principal closes college for staff and students to march on Westminster

Principal closes college for staff and students to march on Westminster

In his tailored navy suit and tortoiseshell spectacles, Gerry McDonald looks an unlikely rebel. Yet on Wednesday this well-mannered college principal will make history when he shuts the college doors and heads for Westminster. He is urging staff and...

Guardian, Tuesday, 07:22
 

Hundreds of teaching roles in Scottish schools unfilled

Almost 100 key leadership positions in Scotland’s schools were still vacant at the start of the current school term, according to figures published yesterday. A total of 92 headteacher or deputy headteacher jobs were still being advertised when pupils...

Scotsman, Monday, 06:35
 

Catholic church may give its blessing to priests who father children

Priests who father children while serving in the Catholic church in Scotland may be able to continue their religious work, the organisation representing Catholic bishops has said. The general secretary of the Catholic National Endowment Trust,...

Scotsman, Saturday, 23:15
 
National Trust criticised for evicting a forest school from its woods

National Trust criticised for evicting a forest school from its woods

“Set your children free,” urges the National Trust’s campaign to get children outdoors. “Let them feel the wind in their hair, smell food cooking on an open fire, track wild animals and eat a juicy apple straight from the tree.” But young children...

Guardian, 13 October 2018
 
Tech suffers from lack of humanities, says Mozilla head

Tech suffers from lack of humanities, says Mozilla head

Technology companies need to diversify their hiring practices to include more people from backgrounds in philosophy and psychology if they want to tackle the problem of misinformation online, the head of one of the biggest internet charities has...

Guardian, 12 October 2018
 
Practice arguing and don't rehearse: how to survive a law school interview

Practice arguing and don't rehearse: how to survive a law school interview

For students invited to attend a law school interview, it can be a daunting prospect. Especially as knowledge of the subject is generally not a requirement for undergraduates. So what should candidates expect? Imogen Goold, admissions coordinator at...

Guardian, 12 October 2018
 
The more books in a house, the brighter your child's future, study finds

The more books in a house, the brighter your child's future, study finds

Do you have more books than an Estonian teenager? If you live in an English-speaking country, the answer is probably no. A new study from researchers at the Australian National University and Univeraity of Nevada in the US has revealed which countries...

Guardian, 12 October 2018
 
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