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Month: July 2019

Cheese Education Geometry puzzles Mathematics Science

Did you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

The solutions to today’s problems – with cheesy pics!Earlier today I set you the following four puzzles:1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 x 1 inch cubes, as shown below. If you h…

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Academies Amanda Spielman Education Education policy Ofsted Politics Schools UK news

Head of Ofsted calls for greater scrutiny of multi-academy trusts

Amanda Spielman says evaluation system gives only partial view of performanceThe chief inspector of schools has called for increased powers to scrutinise multi-academy trusts (Mats), warning that parents and policymakers currently have only a partial v…

Class issues Conservatives Education Inequality Politics Social mobility Society UK news

The Conservatives look like the party of privilege. We must invest in social mobility | Justine Greening

Emergency funding could tackle unequal access to education and opportunity, ending the bias against poorer young peopleThe Conservative party can only succeed if it’s in the centre ground of British politics and offers an antidote to Jeremy Corbyn’s ha…

Birmingham Education LGBT rights Primary schools Schools UK news

Ministers too slow to react to LGBT lessons row, says adviser

Sara Khan likens protesters outside Parkfield school in Birmingham to a ‘mob’Headteachers dealing with protests over LGBT lessons should have been given more support, the government’s chief adviser on countering extremism has said.Campaigners held bann…

Cheese Education Geometry puzzles Mathematics Science

Can you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

The party snack is perfect brain foodToday’s puzzles all concern cubes of cheese. You’ll need to be as sharp as a cocktail stick to skewer them.1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 …

Education Higher education Universities

I worried my dyslexia would hold me back, until I started a degree apprenticeship | Vida Nicholls

A new report warns that few students even know what a degree apprenticeship is, but it was a lifeline for meWhen I first heard about apprenticeships, I thought they were only offered at college level, or in more practical jobs. But then my younger brot…

Education Higher education Renting property Students Universities

Students struggle to support themselves as university rent costs rise

Survey suggests that students feel they lack support from their universities in managing their financesStudents are suffering high levels of financial stress as they struggle to support themselves during term time following a real terms decline in the …

Boris Johnson Education Higher education Politics UK news University of Oxford

‘Meritocrat v toff’: Johnson’s losing battle for the Oxford Union

Neil Sherlock recalls a sense of entitlement from his rival in race to become society presidentBoris Johnson seemed convinced his charm alone would be enough to secure him the prize, but ultimately he was thwarted by a rival who sought to portray him a…

Schools to teach children about fake news and 'confirmation bias', government announces

Proliferation of false information sources can ‘destroy trust, damage learning culture, and sap curiosity’, Department for Education says