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19th September 2014 at 01:00

A word to the Wise on global innovation awards

Educational projects around the world are set to receive prestigious awards for innovation and collaboration. This year, the World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) Awards will be presented to the organisers of six schemes, including an Australian initiative that runs arts-based activities for disadvantaged young people and an Egyptian project that educates street children. Projects in Finland, India, Jordan and Peru will also receive awards after being selected from a list of 15 finalists. The winning projects will be celebrated at a gala dinner during the sixth Wise event, which will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 4-6 November.

Loopholes allow `questionable practices' in academies, MPs find

Academies are paying large sums of public money for services provided by their sponsors and members of their trust boards, a report finds, and the system for regulating conflicts of interest is too weak. The study, commissioned by the Commons Education Select Committee, uncovers weaknesses throughout the system and claims "questionable practices" are being signed off within the existing rules. Education secretary Nicky Morgan will be questioned about the "loopholes" in academy regulation when she appears before the committee next month. The research, by experts from the University of London's Institute of Education, shows that the system for regulating England's academies has improved since 2010, but problems remain. The report says that cases of deliberate fraud are "rare", but that there is the "general sense" that checks and balances are "still weak".

Course eases path to teaching in Scotland

The Scottish teaching watchdog is to accredit a master's-level education course at an English university. The General Teaching Council for Scotland will recognise the University of Northampton course in order to make it easier for teachers in England to move north of the border for work - whatever the implications of yesterday's independence referendum. At the moment, tens of thousands of teachers who qualified in England are not allowed to work in Scottish state schools because they completed their initial teacher training in schools, rather than following traditional postgraduate courses in universities. Teachers on the Northampton course will be expected to complete two master's-level modules and undertake classroom-based research projects.

Ireland opens first new Catholic school in 30 years

A new Catholic secondary school has opened in the Republic of Ireland for the first time in 30 years. Le Chile Secondary School in west Dublin is located in one of the most diverse areas of the country. About 10 per cent of pupils come from Irish families, while the rest have parents who originate from other countries, newspaper The Tablet reports. Admission to the school will not be based on religious affiliation, according to principal Aine Moran.

Armed US teacher accidentally shoots herself

A teacher at an elementary school in Utah, US, was seriously injured after accidentally shooting herself in the leg in a school toilet. The gun went off shortly before class started at Westbrook Elementary in Salt Lake City last week. Officials said the teacher was carrying the weapon legally with a concealed-firearm permit. Earlier this month, an Idaho State University instructor was wounded after a gun fired in his pocket during a chemistry lab session.

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