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Rachael Davies is a journalist based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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What is Ofsted? New changes afoot following the death of Ruth Perry

30 Jan 2024
Following the suicide of headteacher Ruth Perry after a critical Ofsted inspection, MPs and the Education Select Committee are advocating for reforms to the grading system used by Ofsted, the UK's education oversight body. The proposed changes aim to eliminate single-word judgments like 'inadequate' and adopt a more empathetic approach. Ofsted's new chief, Sir Martyn Oliver, acknowledges the need for high standards but also the importance of empathy, and is set to implement reforms including mental health training for inspectors. The changes are in response to widespread criticism of Ofsted's inspection methods, particularly after the inquest into Perry's death highlighted the inspection's lack of fairness and sensitivity.

What is Ofsted? Changes on the horizon following death of Ruth Perry

30 Jan 2024
Following the suicide of headteacher Ruth Perry after a stressful Ofsted inspection, the Education Select Committee has recommended that Ofsted stop using single-word judgements like 'inadequate' to rate schools. The committee seeks a more empathetic approach amid strained relationships between schools and Ofsted. The new chief inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver, has acknowledged the need for high standards but also for empathy, and plans to implement reforms including mental health training for inspectors. Ofsted, a non-ministerial department of the UK Government, inspects and regulates education and children's services, reporting directly to Parliament and stakeholders. The changes in inspection practices come after advocacy groups and unions called for a review of the stressful inspection process.

Nine of the best LEGO Star Wars deals at Amazon right now

16 Jan 2024
Amazon UK is offering a selection of discounted LEGO Star Wars sets, including retired and new models. Deals include the 75296 Darth Vader Meditation Chamber, 75192 Millennium Falcon, and 75362 Ahsoka Tano’s T-6 Jedi Shuttle, among others. Discounts range from 7% to 23%, with some sets featuring iconic ships and minifigures from the Star Wars universe. Availability and same-day delivery options are highlighted, with Amazon being noted for its competitive pricing.

Snack lover finds 'world's longest Hula Hoop' and gets £100m eBay bid for it

11 Jan 2024
Adam Potter discovered a 4.72-inch Hula Hoop crisp and listed it on eBay as a joke, which has since received bids exceeding £100 million. Potter, who found the crisp while taking a break from baking, has placed it in an airtight container and hopes the sale will provide a cash injection for his small business. He has also suggested to KP Snacks that they should create a product called 'Hula Tubes' for dipping.

Seven LEGO sets on back order in the US that you can still pick up elsewhere

09 Jan 2024
Several LEGO sets are on back order in the US, but they can be purchased from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes & Noble with next-day or expedited shipping. The sets include the LEGO Star Wars UCS 75355 X-Wing Starfighter, LEGO Icons 10318 Concorde, LEGO Icons 10325 Alpine Lodge, LEGO Star Wars 75328 The Mandalorian Helmet, LEGO Ideas 21336 The Office, LEGO Jurassic World 76964 Dinosaur Fossils: T. Rex Skull, and LEGO Creator 3-in-1 31147 Retro Camera. Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer these sets at standard retail prices with fast shipping options.

Nostradamus' predictions appear to be coming true in 2024

04 Jan 2024
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Ishikawa and its Noto peninsula in Japan on January 1, 2024, killing at least 55 people. This event has led some to draw parallels with Nostradamus' predictions. Nostradamus, a 16th-century French astrologer, is known for his book 'Les Prophéties,' which contains quatrains that some believe predict future events. His prophecies have been linked to historical events like the rise of Hitler and the death of Queen Elizabeth II. For 2024, Nostradamus' predictions include a war with China, the dethroning of King Charles, a large environmental disaster, the potential death of Pope Francis, and the onset of a third world war, with current global conflicts seen as potential confirmations.

Six LEGO January 2024 sets worth grabbing on day one

28 Dec 2023
The article highlights six LEGO sets launching on January 1, 2024, that are considered worth purchasing immediately. These include LEGO Art 31211 Macaw Parrots, LEGO Ideas 21345 Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Camera, LEGO Jurassic World 76964 Dinosaur Fossils: T. rex Skull, LEGO Star Wars 75372 Clone Trooper & Battle Droid Battle Pack, LEGO 40713 Japan Postcard, and LEGO Marvel 76285 Spider-Man’s Mask. The sets are recommended for their value, exclusive availability, and unique features, appealing to LEGO fans and collectors.

Take a closer look at Brick Fanatics’ top 10 LEGO sets of 2023

27 Dec 2023
Brick Fanatics presents a curated list of the top 10 LEGO sets of 2023, highlighting a variety of impressive sets that cater to different price points, including the 10326 Natural History Museum and 31208 Hokusai – The Great Wave. The article invites readers to reflect on the past year's LEGO releases and encourages them to share their opinions and additions to the list.

Windows updates could soon no longer require a reboot

23 Feb 2023
Microsoft is testing a new 'hot patching' method for Windows 11 PCs that allows for rebootless software updates, potentially reducing the number of forced reboots from 12 to four per year. This feature, which is already being tested on some Windows Server editions, could be available for broader use later this year with the release of Windows 11 version 24H2 on x86-64 machines, and expected to roll out to ARM64 devices in 2025. It's unclear if hot patching will be available to all Windows 11 users or limited to specific regions or commercial users.

Trailer drops for new Amy Winehouse biopic starring Marisa Abela

11 Jan 2023
The upcoming biopic 'Back to Black' portrays the life of the late British singer Amy Winehouse, with a focus on her rise to fame and the creation of her album 'Back to Black'. The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, stars Marisa Abela as Winehouse, Jack O'Connell as her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, and Eddie Marsan as her father Mitch Winehouse. The UK release is set for April 12, followed by a US release on May 10. The trailer, featuring the film's namesake song, emphasizes Winehouse's musical talent and personal struggles.
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