Teaching students that the world is flat… in the name of science

Recently, our Project Director Michael Marshall visited King Alfred’s Academy in Oxfordshire on an unusual mission: to highlight proofs that the Earth is actually flat, and to encourage students to question the shape of their world. In front of a packed audience of King Alfred’s Academy students, Marshall ran through the ten most common and …

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2018-2019 UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge Results

The Top-Top Set Maths Project aims to stretch good maths students by establishing top-top sets that are more challenging that a standard top set. Three of our school have been running top-top sets for almost three years, so this year we received our first set of data from Year 9 students entering the UKMT Intermediate …

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Homeopathy prescribing set to be blacklisted under NHS England plans (Pulse)

NHS England has said it is going to ‘formally request’ that the Government ban GPs from prescribing homeopathy. In 2017, NHS England published guidance to stop prescriptions for 18 low clinical priority treatments including homeopathy given the lack of ‘clear or robust evidence’.

Journey to the edge of the earth! It’s as crazy as it sounds, an expedition by the Flat Earth Society to prove the world ISN’T round (Daily Mail)

For most people, a trip to Antarctica would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a chance to see one of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. But early next year, there could be a journey to the bottom of the Earth with a very different purpose. Its mission could not be more startling: to prove the …

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NHS still spending £55,000 a year on homeopathy, despite ban (The Telegraph)

The NHS is still spending more than £55,000 per year on homeopathic remedies – despite doctors being told to stop prescribing them. Last night health officials said they would be asking the Government to “blacklist” such drugs, so that NHS funds could never again be spent on them.

GoFundMe bans donations for controversial cancer treatments (The Hill)

The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is banning fundraising campaigns for a controversial cancer treatment clinic in Germany, according to the Financial Times. The Hallwang clinic in Dornstetten charges up to thousands of euros for what it claims is a “cutting-edge, next generation medicine.” But medical professionals have criticized the clinic for offering treatments such as “ozone therapy” and …

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Why is a German clinic using a dead British mother as a SUCCESS story? (Daily Mail)

Woman who died of cancer and sparked fundraising campaign by Kate Winslet is listed as a testimonial by private doctors ‘who charge thousands of pounds for unproven treatment’

Truth detectives: the know-it-all skeptics railing against fakery (The Observer)

The Observer, 29th January 2019

Misinformation is everywhere, but a grassroots movement has rallied to the defence of the facts

Good Thinking Supporters January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter: Charity Commission releases new guidance on CAM charities; UK maths competition winner to compete in US final

Charity Commission releases new guidance on CAM charities

There are a number of charities who should take this as a clear sign that they need to review whether their actions align with this new guidance, and ask themselves what evidence they have to demonstrate that the therapies they promote and provide actually have the benefits they claim. If they find they cannot meet these new guidelines, they should refocus their activities and then amend what claims they make to patients and the public, to ensure that they are not in breach of charity law.

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