News at a glance

18th April 2014 at 01:00

Breaking bread and a world record

Chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver is working with TES to get schools involved in an attempt to hold the world's largest ever live cookery lesson. Teachers and their classes are invited to take part in a lesson that will be streamed live through the TES Connect website on Friday 16 May at 2pm, and will be available as a pre-record on TES Australia. Oliver will be preparing a healthy rainbow wrap, and students can participate in a normal classroom. The lesson is the centrepiece of Food Revolution Day, an initiative run by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation that is aiming to bring nutrition educationalists, campaigners, parents and teachers together to campaign for healthy eating. To register to take part or for more information, including an ingredients list, a lesson plan and a recipe, visit www.tesconnect.comjamieoliver

DNA hunt for rapist at French school

Pupils and staff at a French Catholic school have been asked to give DNA samples to police after a teenager was raped in the toilets. In an attempt to find the rapist after months of fruitless investigations, detectives are taking mouth swabs from 475 pupils, 31 teachers and 21 other staff at a private Fenelon Notre-Dame lyce in La Rochelle. The victim was unable to identify her assailant because the lights were out during the attack, but the DNA of a man believed to be the rapist was recovered from her clothing.

Coalition aims to get 57 million into education

United Nations general secretary Ban Ki-moon has helped to launch a new worldwide campaign to get 57 million children into school. The establishment of the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action follows the news that the international community will likely fall short of the UN Millennium Development Goal to get all children into education by 2015. The coalition, which includes singer-songwriter Shakira and actors Jude Law and Goldie Hawn, plans to speed up progress towards ensuring that all children attend school. The coalition was convened by the UN special envoy for global education, former UK prime minister Gordon Brown.

Crime more likely in teens who think life is short

Teenagers with a pessimistic view of how long they will live are more likely to offend over time, a study claims. The research from the University of Texas at Dallas shows that young people's perceptions of how long they will live also affect how they view the consequences of crime. Teens who anticipated early death were more likely to focus on "the here and the now", said Dr Alex Piquero, author of the study. "They're impulsive; they don't think about the risks of their behaviour," he said. He added that the research, based on data from a seven-year study of young offenders, showed that young people needed to be made aware of how education and employment could lead to long-term rewards.

Detention fee scrapped after parental complaints

A network of independent US charter schools has dropped a $5 (pound;3) fee charged to students who receive detention. The Noble Network of Charter Schools dropped the controversial aspect of its strict discipline policy after parental complaints, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper. In a letter to parents, Noble's superintendent Michael Milkie acknowledged that the fee had over the years "attracted attention, and as a result been a distraction".


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