Entries by Lucy Sherriff from 12/2011

Foreign Office Asked Oxford University To Admit Gaddafi's Son Saif al-Islam

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The Foreign Office "lobbied" Oxford University to accept Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the recently deposed dictator, in the hope of improving relatio...

Student Emlyn Evans-Loude Guilty Of Killing Friend And Hiding Body In Airing Cupboard

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A student in London who beat fellow his friend to death using a dumb bell bar and hid his body in an airing cupboard has been found guilty of murder. ...

Pupil Reduced To Tears As 'Wildfowling' Trip Turns Into Duck Shoot

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

As Ray Poolman packed his 10-year-old daughter Danielle off with a little chair and binoculars to go on a birdwatching trip, little did they know what...

Hazeley Academy Teacher Hospitalised After Clothes Set On Fire During Science Experiment

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A teacher at a Buckinghamshire school has been hospitalised after her clothes were set on fire by a "ball of flame" during a "tried and tested" scienc...

Jack Whitehall To Star In Bad Education Comedy Series

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Comedian Jack Whitehall has been given his own BBC comedy series 'Bad Education', where he will take centre stage as a schoolteacher "Alfie". Descr...

Primary Schools Pupils Could Face Calculator Ban, Nick Gibb Says

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Primary school pupils could be banned from using calculators until they have learned basic sums, ministers have said. The move comes amid concerns ...

Millions Of Adults Lack Basic Maths Skills, Study Shows

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost 17 million adults have basic maths skills that are no better than children aged nine to 11, as numeracy levels worsen, Government-commissioned ...

Schoolgirl To Sleep Rough For Homeless Charity St Basil's

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK

Schoolgirl Rachel Claringbull is spending a night on the streets to raise awareness - and money - for a homeless charity, with just a cardboard box fo...

Exam Reforms 'Could Force Students To Sit Three A-levels In A Day'

Posted 12.01.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Plans to reform the university admissions system could see students sitting up to three A-levels in one day, a senior examiner has warned. Chief ex...

School Transport Under Threat As Campaign Warns Councils May Cut Services

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost three in four English councils are reviewing or making cuts to school transport, according to newly released figures. The data relates to 81...

Leighton Andrews: My Reaction To Welsh School Criticism Was Not Over The Top

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews hit back at claims his reaction to international criticism over Wales' school standards was knee-jerk, sayin...

Head Teacher Sylvia Stronach Bans Pupils From Talking During Lunch

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A head teacher has refused to apologise to a father accusing her of "bullying" pupils after they were subject to "humiliating" punishments if they wer...

Almost Fifth Universities To Lower Tuition Fees

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost a fifth of English universities are to lower their tuition fees to below £7,500 in a bid to take advantage of extra student places, it has bee...

University Lecturer Brian Dodgeon Receives Eight Month Suspended Sentence After Schoolgirl's Death

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Universities & Education

University lecturer Brian Dodgeon has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence for two years after a schoolgirl died at his home when she took a ...

Rebecca Leighton, Stepping Hill Nurse Wrongly Accused Of Saline Contamination, Is Sacked

Posted 12.02.2011 | UK

Rebecca Leighton, the nurse wrongly accused of contaminating saline solution, has been sacked by her employers at Stepping Hill Hospital. The 27-ye...

Third Of UK Children 'Do Not Own A Book' National Literacy Trust Says

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Almost four million UK children do not own a book, research has suggested. It raises concerns that the numbers of children without books is rising,...

Poor Children 'More Likely' To Attend Weak Schools, Think Tank Finds

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A child's chances of attending a weaker school may depend on where they live, according to research. A study has found that the likelihood of atten...

RSA: Coasting 'Satisfactory' Schools Let Down More Students Than Failing Institutions

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Schools which fail to improve after three inspections should be subject to a "three strikes and you're out policy", a think tank has recommended. S...

Teachers 'Awkward' At Receiving Christmas Presents From Pupils

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Universities & Education

One in 10 teachers have admitted to feeling "awkward" when they are given Christmas presents by their pupils, a survey has found. Staff who took pa...

Durham Police Hand Out Sweets To Students To Silence Late-Night Noise

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Durham police are handing out sweets to students in order to silence late-night noise, which included messages inscribed on them such as "Shush" and "...

Charity Commission 'Must Scrap Private School Guidance'

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Guidance on how private schools justify their charitable status must be partly scrapped following a court ruling, it has been revealed. The Charity...

Michelina Lewandowska, Young Mother, Is Buried Alive By 'Bored' Lover

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK

A young mother was shot with an electric stun gun, bound and gagged, and then buried alive in a cardboard box after her partner got "bored" with her, ...

Stephen Lawrence Murder Trial: Gary Dobson's Jacket 'Had Fibres From Teenager's Clothing'

Posted 12.05.2011 | UK

Blood and fibres linked to the jacket of one of the men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence provide "extremely persuasive evidence" that the wearer ...

Roland Wright, Former Head Of Caldicott, Charged Over Sex Assault On Boys

Posted 12.06.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The former head teacher of a prestigious prep school attended by Nick Clegg has been charged with indecently assaulting boys more than 50 years ago. ...

Cardiff University To Offer Free Tuition For Life

Posted 12.06.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A leading university has announced it is to offer one student free tuition for life. Cardiff University has launched an "ultimate scholarship" wort...