‘Trojan Horse’ hearings against teachers and governor cost £1.27m

Image copyright BBC/PA Image caption The alleged, so-called “Trojan Horse” plot was to oust some Birmingham head teachers and make their schools adhere to more conservative Islamic principles Misconduct hearings – most of which collapsed – against teachers accused in the so-called “Trojan Horse” inquiry cost £884,055, the BBC can reveal. The case to ban from education the ex-chair of governors for three Birmingham schools that were investigated, Tahir Alam,

NYU offers free tuition for all its medical students

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All present and future students qualify for the scheme, regardless of need or merit The New York University School of Medicine will provide free tuition for all present and future students, the university announced. Citing the risk of “overwhelming” debt, it says every student will qualify regardless of merit or financial need. NYU said financial worries were driving graduates to more lucrative specialities, pushing doctors

A-level results 2018: Teenagers achieve rise in top grades

Image copyright PA A-level students have been awarded the highest proportion of As and A*s since 2012, amid changes toughening the exams in England. Some 26.4% of exams have been awarded these top grades this year – but the proportion gaining A* to C dropped to 78.4% from 79% last year. England’s exams regulator has said the results show a steady national picture at a time of significant change. Pupils

A-level results 2018: What was new about this year’s exams?

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A and AS-level results. There have been some changes to A-level qualifications recently – the BBC News website sets them out. What changes have there been to A-levels in England? New AS and A-level syllabuses have been phased in across schools in England since September 2015. The change was brought in by the then

A-level results: Why clearing is ‘not the end of the world’

Image copyright University of Derby Image caption Ellie says it’s important to stay calm What are the options when A-level grades are not what you were expecting for your next step? Teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland find out on Thursday whether they have got into the university of their choice – but not all will be successful. “I didn’t intend to apply to university through clearing, I just

Phone etiquette

Image copyright EPA They’re the first thing many of us look at in the morning and the last thing at night. Our phones are never far from our side and we’re checking them every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom. It’s a love affair that looks set to last so we’ve come up with five rules of phone use worth observing – from no phones at dinnertime to turning it off

A to Z of Google

Image copyright Getty Images Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too. Most of us simply go back and try again. But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture. So, we went for

Charging ahead

Image caption Sushila Devi and her e-rickshaw From battery-powered delivery trucks and rickshaws, to Formula E racing cars, electric vehicles are entering the mainstream. But will a lack of investment in charging infrastructure hold the market back? In 2015 single mum Sushila Devi was struggling to make ends meet and didn’t even have the money to send her three kids to school. However, thanks to low-cost electric vehicle technology, the

Art alive

Image caption Digital images of boats interact with a real world scene in New York’s Times Square Augmented reality (AR) – adding a digital overlay to a real-world image – is giving artists and galleries opportunities to create more interactive artworks and exhibitions, providing more exciting experiences and reaching new audiences. But until AR headsets become widespread – and fashionable – will this remain a niche technology? Imagine holding your

Sky farmers

Image copyright Hylio Image caption Drones can apply pesticides and fertilisers more accurately, proponents say Something unusual is happening on farms in the small Central American nation of El Salvador. Many fields, mainly of sugar cane, are now being tended by drones. Large unmanned hexacopters fitted with 20-litre tanks for carrying fertiliser or pesticides follow pre-mapped routes and spray crops accordingly. This isn’t a case of new tech replacing old