PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

Image copyright Getty Images The education secretary is calling on payments firms such as PayPal to block transactions for essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats. Damian Hinds says it is “unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business”. He also suggests UK universities should consider US-style “honour codes” where […]

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LGBT lessons row: More Birmingham schools stop classes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLGBT classes protester: I am not homophobic Four more schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching about LGBT rights following complaints by parents. Leigh Trust said it was suspending the No Outsiders programme until an agreement with parents was reached. Earlier this month the city’s Parkfield Community School […]

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Fund to boost female and black physicist numbers

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell donated her prize money to help others follow in her footsteps The Institute of Physics is launching a bursary scheme to help female and black students to become physics researchers. The scheme is funded by one of the world’s leading astronomers, Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. […]

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Revision tips: Sniffing lemons and squeezing ears

A study suggests “positive triggers” like smelling lemons and squeezing your ears could help revision. Neuroscientists looked at how teenage brains work to help optimise learning. After working with Queen Anne’s School, near Reading, for around five years they came up with what they call “the ultimate revision guide”. It advises pupils not to study […]

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Heads warn of £5.7bn school funding gap

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Heads say that inadequate funding for schools is adding to the pressure on teachers Head teachers say England’s schools face a £5.7bn funding shortfall. Without an injection of extra cash, head teachers’ leaders say many schools will have to make “deeper cuts” or “face insolvency”. The funding warnings were made […]

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