Thousands of historical medical reports compiled by London doctors over the past two centuries have been publicised by the Wellcome Library
726 schools across the capital are closed today because of joint industrial action from two unions.
Researchers say the prestige of a UK degree is still recognised by employers around the world.
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Speaking to ITV News, the Harris Academy in south London said it opened last month, replacing a secondary school that was in 'special measures', and had long been failing.
– Harris Academy STATEMENT
In addition to giving students the teaching they need to thrive academically, we want them to develop the soft skills they will need to compete for jobs and university places.
"This particular initiative is just one of the many ways in which we are building the vocabulary of our students and giving them the skills they need to express themselves confidently and appropriately for a variety of audiences.
A school in south London has banned common slang words in an attempt to improve standards of English. The Harris Academy Upper Norwood has put up signs around the building reminding pupils of the words it wants them to stop using.
The full message on the school's website from Dr J J Saxton, director of education at Future Academies, said:
I am writing to let you know that having successfully set up and opened Pimlico Primary, Annaliese Briggs has decided to leave Future Academies to pursue other opportunities within primary education.
A new principal of Pimlico Primary has been appointed. Coming from within the group, our new principal is already known to you and your children, and brings over 10 years experience in both early years and leadership.
We are delighted that Annaliese will continue to support Pimlico Primary as it grows by becoming a governor.
Annaliese Briggs used to work on education reform and the curriculum for the Civitas think tank, and studied English at Queen Mary, University of London. She was controversially appointed as head of the central London school in March.
- It is believed that at the time she had no formal teaching qualifications, but spent time working in primary schools in Wandsworth
- Pimlico Primary, which began admitting pupils for the first time last month, is sponsored by Future, a charity set up by Lord Nash - a minister in the Dept for Education
A headteacher appointed to run a free school despite having little experience or teaching qualifications has left the job just weeks after it opened. Annaliese Briggs is leaving "to pursue other opportunities within primary education", according to a notice to parents on Pimlico Primary's website.
Twenty per cent of London's children are destined to fail at school after falling behind by the time they are seven, according to Save the Children. The charity's report predicts around half a million youngsters could struggle with reading after two years of compulsory schooling by 2020.
It says pupils should not be written off if they are struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, showing many children who struggle at school come from poorer families.
– Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings
There are still concerns for our world-leading 'brand name' institutions: Imperial College London, University College London plus the universities of Manchester and Bristol have all slipped to varying degrees.
Although other institutions have risen, and some significantly, such global brands act as flagships for the rest of the UK, so this is a worry.
The London universities in the top 40 are:
- Imperial College London (ranked 10)
- University College London (ranked 21)
- London School of Economics and Political Science (ranked 32)
- King's College London (ranked 38)