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Greenwich University fined £120,000 for data breach

Image copyright University of Greenwich The University of Greenwich has been fined £120,000 ($160,000) by the Information Commissioner. The fine was for a security breach in which the personal data of 19,500 students was placed online. The data included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, signatures and – in some cases – physical and […]

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'Sharenting' puts young at risk of online fraud

Image copyright Getty Images “Sharenting” – where parents share personal information about their children on social media – is the “weakest link” in risking online fraud and identity theft, warns Barclays. The bank says parents are compromising their children’s future financial security with so much online sharing. Barclays forecasts by 2030 it could cost almost […]

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Foreign students: Universities axe 'unusable' survey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2016-17, a total of 19% of students in higher education in the UK were from outside the country, according to official figures University bosses have pulled the plug on research assessing the impact of international students, which academics said was unethical and unusable. The survey, set up by […]

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School delay does not help summer-born, study shows

Image copyright Getty Images Delaying a summer-born child’s entry to primary school has little impact on attainment, research suggests. Children born in England between April and August, whose start in Reception was put back a year, did only marginally better in Year 1 tests, according to a government study. The number of applications to councils […]

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Nigerian students 'tied to cross and whipped' for being late

Image copyright Punch Newspapers Image caption A police spokesman described the punishment as “a barbaric act” Three people have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly tying late students to crosses and flogging them with horsewhips on a Nigerian roadside. The three – including the headteacher – were taken into custody after a police officer stumbled […]

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Exams: How do the new 9-1 GCSE grades work?

Image copyright Getty Images It’s that time of the year again and thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are revising hard as they sit their GCSEs. But, in England, there have been major changes to these exams, with a new 9-1 grading system being phased in to reflect a more demanding curriculum. […]

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Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

Image copyright JCQ Image caption The JCQ exam body is publicising the new rules via an online video Pupils are being told to remove watches from their wrists before taking GCSE and A-level exams, to combat cheating. In most cases, students are being told to place the timepieces on their desks, but invigilators can demand […]

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University racism 'complacency' warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are warnings universities do not see the “day-to-day racism” on campus Universities are being accused of “complacency” over a lack of senior black academics and lower achievement among ethnic minority students. Baroness Amos, the UK’s first black woman university head, says there are “deep-seated prejudices and stereotypes which […]

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Do Sats really matter – and if so, to whom?

Image copyright Getty Images Children in their final year of primary school in England sit their national curriculum tests, often known as Sats, this week – but who is really being tested? Are Sats a test of the school or the child? The tests measure children’s progress, but the results are used to compare schools. […]