Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

News at a Glance

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Iranian teacher's act of kindness goes viral

A teacher in Iran has become an internet sensation after shaving his head to show solidarity with a student who lost his hair as a result of illness. Ali Mohammadian decided to shave his head when he noticed that students at Sheikh Shaltoot elementary school in Marivan were bullying eight-year-old Mahan Rahimi. He posted a picture of himself with the boy on Facebook and, overnight, hundreds of Iranians shared the post. Soon, the entire class had shaved their hair, too. "When I logged on to my Facebook the next day, I couldn't believe the number of people who had liked it and shared it," the teacher said.

Bankers back call to widen access to sector

Bankers are backing a campaign to encourage more state-educated people to pursue careers in financial services. The call comes after a report from UK social mobility charity the Sutton Trust found that more than half of leaders in the sector were privately educated. The trust is now joining forces with Barclays, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Lloyds Bank to try to improve access for state-educated workers, through activities such as mentoring and training.

Woman abused by principal wins landmark case

A woman from the Republic of Ireland who was sexually abused by her school principal has won a landmark lawsuit against the state for failing to protect her. Louise O'Keeffe took the case to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that she had suffered inhuman and degrading treatment while a student at Dunderrow National School in County Cork in 1973. …

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