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David Cameron is a 'sphinx without a riddle', says Michael Gove's closest ally

Dominic Cummings, who worked for six years with Education Secretary Michael Gove, says David Cameron has repeatedly prevented radical school reforms<p>David Cameron has failed to prioritise education and has repeatedly prevented radical school reforms, Michael Gove’s closest ally has claimed.<p>Dominic …

Primary school entrepreneur, age 11: 'Earning a profit from my classmates is ever so sweet'

As David Cameron encourages schoolchildren as young as five to be taught how to set up their own businesses and make a profit, 11 year-old primary school 'entrepreneur' Ishrath Uddin explains what she's learned from starting her own 'pic 'n' mix' mini-business<p>People in my school are always saying …

Bill Bryson: the great failure in education is a lack of excitement

Having delivered the recent PTI lecture at the Royal Institution, Bill Bryson tells Josie Gurney-Read about the value of curiosity in education<p>Sitting in the Royal Institution in London, in the iconic lecture hall that has played host to the Christmas Lectures since 1825, it is hard to imagine a …

The Great Arctic Melt Opens Up A Lot Of Questions

Can we answer them before it's too late?<p><i>The Great Melt: This animation of images taken over time by NASA satellites shows Arctic sea ice declining for the past 30 years. The year to year rate of decline 11.5 percent per decade. Via The Bridge. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization</i> …

How Teacher Prep Programs Are Failing New Teachers -- And Your Kids

As education policymakers untangle the implications of last week's California court ruling that declared teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, an education think tank says its comprehensive survey of college teacher preparation programs shows they rarely provide new teachers with solid skills for …

Estyn: Welsh pupils behind rest of UK in English lessons

<b>Pupils in Wales are being taught how to write stories but not how to fill out application forms, inspectors found.</b><p>A report by Estyn found pupils continue to lag behind the rest of the UK in English lessons despite improvements.<p>There were concerns about the standards of spelling, grammar and …

Education

Queen's official birthday triggers shower of honours

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated her official birthday, which is also an occasion for the famous Trooping the Colour in London, and the bestowing of birthday honours on members of society. This year over 1000 were awarded, notably including Angelina Jolie, who was made a Dame for her …

Tories plan new anti-strike laws for 2015 election

Sweeping measures being considered for inclusion in next year's Tory manifesto would put an end to rolling strike campaigns by forcing union bosses to re-ballot their members every three months<p>The Conservatives are drawing up radical anti-strike laws to stop trade unions bringing Britain to a …

Fees cut as part of emergency passport backlog measures

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/politics/1084000/1084087_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522689697_96ee3cd971ed22d50741473d9bf41eeb<p><b>Home Secretary Theresa May has announced measures to help clear the backlog in passport applications - and scrapped charges for urgent …

United Kingdom

Earth may have underground 'ocean' three times that on surface

Scientists say rock layer hundreds of miles down holds vast amount of water, opening up new theories on how planet formed<p>After decades of searching scientists have discovered that a vast reservoir of water, enough to fill the Earth’s oceans three times over, may be trapped hundreds of miles beneath …

There's a Huge Underground Ocean That Could Explain the Origin of Seas

Geologists have long mused about the origin of earth’s seas. Did water, for example, arrive from somewhere else — like on icy comets that struck the …

Earth Science

Hidden 'Ocean' Discovered Deep Underground Near Earth's Core

We may have another "ocean" to add to the world map -- only this one is hidden hundreds of miles beneath our planet's surface.<p>A new study suggests that a hidden "ocean" is nestled in the Earth's mantle some 400 miles beneath North America. The hidden reservoir, apparently locked in a blue …

This Sprawling 'Mud Mural' Is Helping Change The Lives Of Indian Schoolkids

Recently we came across photos of a schoolroom in India, painted in swirls of mud:<p>The work of the Japanese artist Yusuke Asai, the room-sized mural vanished soon after Asai completed it. It came out of the Wall Art Festival, a remarkable cross-country partnership. Started in 2006, the festival is …

11 Endangered Animals You Should Get To Know Now

Do you like belugas and goats but don't know anything about the pudu or goral? It's OK — you will soon enough.

Passport fiasco: Concern as frontline staff drafted in to tackle backlog

Exclusive: Risk of summer queues at airports as frontline immigration officers asked to volunteer to work on passport backlog<p>Britain’s frontline border staff have been asked to abandon their normal roles for up to six weeks to help cut the passport office backlog, <i>The Telegraph</i> can disclose.<p>A leaked …

Set course now for a university place

It’s tempting for sixth-formers to party after their AS-level exams, but they should be planning their post-school options, says Nick Morrison<p>As AS-level exams draw to a close, students in their first year of sixth form could be forgiven for thinking they are due a break: a couple of days spent in …

The primary school children with criminal convictions

New figures reveal how thousands of children in England and Wales are trapped in a cycle of reoffending<p>More than 120 primary school children were convicted of a crime last year, including 40 who had been in trouble with the law at least once before, new figures from the Ministry of Justice have …

First look at the new generation of 'borstal'

Ministry of Justice releases artists' impression of new secure college which will house child criminals<p>The first images have been released of a new type of “fortified school” which will house criminals as young as 12.<p>A construction firm has been named the selected bidder for the £85 million secure …