Ringo Starr given knighthood while others from the arts, business, sport and the community are also recognised Darcey Bussell, the former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, has been made a dame for services to dance. Photograph: Alastair Muir/REX Shutterstock …

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Universities must protect free speech and “open minds, not close them”, the universities minister has said in a speech in Birmingham. Jo Johnson said “no-platforming”, the policy of banning controversial speakers, is stifling debate. From next April, a new regulator …

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A woman who gave up her job to care for her autistic sons has been made an MBE for a campaign to boost support for autistic children and their families. Deborah Brownson says caring for her boys can be relentless …

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A pioneer of adult learning has been knighted in the New Year Honours for services to education. Prof Alan Tuckett, from the University of Wolverhampton, established Adult Learners’ Week in 1992 and is a Unesco adviser on lifelong learning. The …

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High demand for online academic writing services begets high supply. Unfortunately, although there are hundreds of agencies offering assistance of this kind, most of them don’t deserve much attention. Which is why it is so pleasant to stumble upon such …

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It isn’t racism – middle-class families are deserting schools based on class prejudice. Julie Szego – Last weekend I went out with a friend who, like me and my ilk, is a professional middle-class parent, healthily invested (subtext: is a …

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François Crépeau – Children represent around a quarter of all migrants worldwide. While in June 2015, one in ten migrants reaching the Macedonian border from Greece was a child, in October 2015 it was one in three. Without regular status …

Any detention of migrant children is a violation of their rights and must end Read more »

Parents in Finland are told to actively encourage their children to pursue hobbies and interests that require physical exertion for at least three hours a day. Children should spend at least three hours a day performing physical activities, according to …

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As children across England and Wales go back to school, it’s worrying to think that in many classrooms, teachers will be starting the new term believing in teaching “methods” that have been debunked by research evidence. One of the most …

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It’s saddening to see so many answers left blank and illegible handwriting – what’s going wrong? I cannot help but think teachers are partly to blame A detailed but incorrect answer appears beside every question on an exam sheet. The …

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