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Michaela school will keep its prayer ban – but as a Muslim teacher I know it doesn’t have to be this way

Today at 18:40 PM, via The Guardian

Kids pausing their football so a friend can pray; theology chats over lunch – I’ve seen the richness that religious diversity brings to school life

A Muslim student at Michaela community school in Brent, north-west London, has lost a high court challenge to the school’s ban on prayer rituals. As a Muslim secondary schoolteacher, I have to say I am disappointed – but not surprised.

The appeal...

Tunisia: Tunisian AI Institute to Be Set Up Next Academic Year (Minister)

Today at 17:25 PM, via AllAfrica

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis — “The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is working to set up Tunisia’s first artificial intelligence (AI) institute at the University of Tunis, covering all training fields, at the start of the next academic year if the necessary preparations proceed as planned,” Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Moncef Boukthir said on Tuesday.

Liberia: U.S. Embassy Dedicates ‘American Shelf’ At AMEU

Today at 17:04 PM, via AllAfrica

[Liberian Observer] The United States Embassy near Monrovia has inaugurated a new educational resource called the “American Shelf” at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) near Monrovia. This initiative, launched on April 11, 2024, aims to promote knowledge sharing, cultural exchange, and innovation between Liberia and the United States.

Top London school’s ban on prayer rituals not unlawful, high court rules

Today at 11:54 AM, via The Guardian

Michaela community school, run by former government social mobility tsar Katharine Birbalsingh, introduced ban last March

A ban on prayer rituals at one of the highest-performing state schools in England, famous for its strict discipline code and high-profile headteacher, was not unlawful, a high court judge has ruled.

The case against Michaela community school in Brent, north-west London, was...

Farewell, and Thanks, to a Man Who Kept Kids Safe

Today at 11:01 AM, via New York Times

When they lost their beloved crossing guard, the students at Avenues of the World School — Spider-Man, Wilder, Miss Seattle and the rest — paid tribute in cocoa and chalk.

Tuesday briefing: How much of a difference will the new childcare provision for two-year-olds make?

Today at 07:30 AM, via The Guardian

In today’s newsletter: Government-funded care was extended to younger children this month, but a study that looked at international examples says the system needs a wholesale overhaul

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Good morning. If you want to make a toddler’s parents furious – and they’re always on a pretty short fuse, let’s be honest – ask them how much of...

Multi-academy trusts have higher secondary-level teacher turnover than local authority schools

Today at 06:00 AM, via The Guardian

Teacher retention problems particularly acute in larger Mats, analysis finds

Multi-academy trusts (Mats) in England have significantly higher annual turnover of classroom teachers at secondary level than schools maintained by local authorities, analysis has found.

Teacher recruitment and retention is a challenge facing all schools but the problem is particularly acute in larger Mats where...

Did you solve it? Art thou smarter than Shakespeare?

Yesterday at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

The answers to today’s problems

Earlier today I set you these puzzles, set by the author of Much Ado About Numbers, a new book about mathematics in Shakespeare’s day.

1. Hours and hours

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‘She wants to go to school’: parents of unwell child fear truancy prosecution

Yesterday at 17:54 PM, via The Guardian

The Beaks are among the families in England and Wales who have faced fines over health-related school absences

Chloe Beak lives with chronic, debilitating migraines that leave her unable to attend school for days at a time. But instead of receiving support from her school, her parents have been fined by the local authority for her truancy.

The family’s current fix is to send their daughter in...

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