Schools engines of social cohesion, says Ofsted boss

Schools in England are the glue that holds communities together, says Ofsted's Sir Michael Wilshaw.
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Up to £112,000 is being offered for information about drones that disrupted flights at a Chinese airport.
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The humanoid robot Jia Jia had an awkward Skype interview at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei with Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine.
The assistant warden at a private Islamic school allegedly beat the boy, who later died.
Cancer Research UK said standardised packaging would mean 257,000 fewer smokers in Britain if smoking prevalence declined at the same rate as that in Australia, where the same law is in effect.
'Coca-Cola Plus' has shipped in white bottles in Japan. The no-calorie beverage contains five grams (0.2oz) of indigestible dextrin – a source of dietary fibre – per 470ml bottle.
While Microsoft Word struggled to come up with a fix, hackers used the bug to send spying and banking-fraud software to millions. Criminals even used the bug to spy on soldiers in Russia.
The Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after diving in between Saturn's rings and cloudtops.
A photograph of a horned owl with its feathers lifted up to reveal legs almost half the length of its body has left Reddit users in a flap. The before and after shots have been upvoted over 80,000 t
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A new £6 million Black Country free school could be based on the site of another school which is controversially due to close down this year.
Scottish Fold cats are increasingly popular, but vets are concerned about irresponsible breeding.
A schools project is launched to fill the gap in creating a new generation of designers.
Georgia Tech researchers found that all mammals take an average of 12 seconds to relieve themselves, and apply the same amount of pressure to do so, regardless of size differences.
Artist and author Hannah Rothstein based the posters on classic, retro National Parks posters produced between 1938 and 1941. By doing this, she hopes to make climate change feel closer to home
The study, conducted by researchers at Duke University, suggests that rainbow trouts have a detection system connected with or inside the eyes that detects the magnetic field of Earth.
Tragically, since the 1940s more than 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost as a result of urbanisation and intensive agriculture. One of their remaining havens are roadside grass verges.
NASA’s James Webb Telescope has bloomed just in time for spring. Technicians used a crane to lift the device and while upright, the device's golden mirror looked like a flower in full bloom.
The plan to roll back Obama-era rules may set off a fierce fight over how to regulate internet traffic in the US.
BMW recently showed off a prototype of the colour changing concept car to staff at a secretive event at a Munich test track.
DARPA revealed it is funding eight separate research efforts to determine if electrical stimulation can safely be used to 'enhance learning and accelerate training skills.'
A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than has previously been suggested, has run into controversy.
The finds at Caesarea were the result of 'one of the largest and most important conservation projects ever undertaken in Israel,' the Israel Antiquities Authority said.
It seems people are flocking to Instagram - the firm has added 100 million more monthly users in the past four months. The Facebook-owned app now boasts a user base of 700 million.
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