Will Ofsted be less independent without Wilshaw?

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Image caption After Sir Michael Wilshaw steps down will Ofsted have a less independent voice?

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills - otherwise known as the head of Ofsted - is in the process of changing identity.

Rather like the arrival of a new Doctor Who, the role is the same, but it will look and sound completely different with someone else playing the part.

Apart from some rubber stamping - or an unforeseen political earthquake - the next Ofsted head will be Amanda Spielman, who has been formally recommended by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

It will also mean the departure of Sir Michael Wilshaw, who has become the dominant figure in England's education landscape.

Outspoken and independent, he outlasted the previous education secretary, Michael Gove, and often outgunned the current incumbent Mrs Morgan.

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What happens in a university run by IS?

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Image caption There were fears that IS has been using the university to develop weapons

Almost exactly two years ago, Iraq's second biggest city, Mosul, was overrun by the forces of so-called Islamic State (IS).

But since then, the city's university has remained open most of the time.

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From boomers to stay-at-home boomerang generation

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Image caption Not moving out, moving back. Record numbers of young US adults are living with their parents

Parents might worry about the day when their children leave home - but they might worry even more if they kept coming back.

Not just for a few recuperative months now and then - but for years and years, into their mid-30s.

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Iran's teachers' leaders warn of jail threat

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Image caption Iranian teachers' leader Hashem Khastar says he has been imprisoned three times

A teachers' union leader in Iran has warned of an intensifying campaign of harassment and imprisonment by the Iranian authorities against teachers' union representatives.

Hashem Khastar, from Mashhad in north-east Iran, says there have been hunger strikes staged by teachers in protest against jailings and the denial of human rights.

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University reveals suicide attempt callouts

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Image caption The university has revealed its ambulance callouts for suicide attempts and self harming

Half of all ambulance callouts to the University of York this year have been for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts.

Those stark figures are included in a report from the university's student mental ill-health task group.

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Why do women get more university places?

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Image caption A majority of young women in the UK are now entering higher education

Why are women getting so many more university places than men?

This isn't just a slight difference. Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year.

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Third time unlucky for primary school tests

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Image caption Parents organised a protest against "over-testing" in primary schools

This has been an accident-prone year for primary school tests - and the amount of attention given to this latest leak is a reflection of a cumulative build-up of mistakes and controversy.

The day before hundreds of thousands of pupils were due to take part of their English Sats paper, it was mistakenly uploaded on to a website for test markers.

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Should the corrupt be banned from first class travel?

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Image caption Hitting them where it hurts? Would a first class flight ban be a deterrent for corruption?

An international anti-corruption conference is being held next week in London, hosted by the Prime Minister David Cameron.

It's a toxic problem, corroding trust in everything from politics to sport to international aid.

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Graduates stuck in pay freeze permafrost

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Image caption Graduate earnings have been stuck for a decade - even without taking into account rising fees

If graduates are feeling like they never get any better off, despite having a degree, maybe that's because they really are getting poorer.

The latest official statistics show that the long ice age of wage stagnation is grinding on - and that graduate earnings have been in a deep freeze stretching back for the past decade.

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Tory academy rebels set their conditions

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Image caption Education Secretary NIcky Morgan faces opposition from her own backbench MPs

If the government is going to push through its plans to force all schools in England to become academies, it will need to persuade its own Conservative backbenchers, many of whom seem deeply unenthusiastic about the proposals.

The prospect of an embarrassing parliamentary defeat will have focused the minds of ministers on a compromise.

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