Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance: News

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Assistant principal jailed over teaching exams scam

An assistant principal in the US has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of helping people to cheat on exams to gain a teaching licence. Clarence D. Mumford Sr, who worked for the Memphis City Schools district in Tennessee, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to enlisting teachers to impersonate people who had paid him thousands of dollars for a licence. A federal investigation found that Mr Mumford's scheme lasted 15 years, involved 36 people and saw him pocket about US$120,000 (Pounds 79,000).

St Trinian's inspiration opens its doors to boys

The private English girls' school that inspired the fictional St Trinian's is to break with tradition and open its doors to boys. After 132 years of accepting only female students, the Stephen Perse Foundation Junior School in Cambridge will be open to boys for the first time next year, while the senior school will admit boys from 2018. The school inspired Ronald Searle's cartoons, which featured schoolgirls drinking, smoking and gambling. The cartoons eventually led to a film franchise in the 1950s and 1960s, and to more recent films in 2007 and 2009. Boys and girls are expected to be taught separately in the majority of classes.

Young children spurn fictional fat characters

Children as young as 4 have learned to reject fictional storybook characters who are obese, new research has shown. A study, led by the University of Leeds in England, shows that perceptions and attitudes towards obesity have deteriorated and that young people appear to be more likely to dismiss characters who are overweight than those who are disabled. The research, which surveyed more than 100 children, found that they were less likely to choose a fat person as a friend than a child of normal weight or in a wheelchair.

TV star teacher turns attention to troubled children

A teacher who starred in hit British television show Educating Essex is making a new TV series, which will follow his attempts to turn around the lives of children with behavioural problems. …

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