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Oxford University denies it rejected Stormzy scholarship

Image copyright Getty Images The University of Oxford has denied claims it rejected an offer by Stormzy to fund two black students through a scholarship scheme. It told Radio 1 Newsbeat it “admires” his commitment but it had not “received or turned down any offer or proposal”. It comes after ...

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Where do teachers get the most respect?

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 ...

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Children are being ‘datafied from birth’

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 ...

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Child protection services near crisis as demand rises

Image copyright Getty Images A steep rise in vulnerable children needing protection over the past 10 years is pushing council children’s services in England into crisis, suggests research to be published tomorrow. There has been a substantial increase in calls from the public and professionals worried about a child, according ...

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Uncomfortable ideas part of learning, says regulator

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 ...

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Music education ‘thrown to the wolves’ in the UK

Image copyright David Harrison Image caption Trumpeter John Thirkell: “I could not have started this journey without free music lessons in school.” Musician John Thirkell has called on the government to support music lessons for children. “Music education has been thrown to the wolves in the UK,” said the trumpet ...

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‘Press reset’ to win back overseas students

Image copyright Getty Images Overseas student numbers are “flatlining” and the government must “press reset” to tempt them back, says a cross-party group of MPs and Lords. International students bring huge benefits, but restrictive policies mean they increasingly go to the US, Canada or Australia, says the report. A key ...

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