UK schools fail to climb international league table

The government’s ambition to make Britain’s schools among the best in the world in teaching core subjects by 2020 appears to have been foiled, after international comparisons published on Tuesday showed few signs of improvement. The OECD’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa) found a little-changed performance in reading, maths and science among 15- and…

'Spy' toys face complaints from EU, US watchdogs

EU and US consumer watchdogs announced Tuesday they are filing complaints against a clutch of smart toys that can “spy” on children and their homes, for allegedly breaching privacy and data protection laws. The complaints target smart toys My Friend Cayla, i-QUE Intelligent Robot and Hello Barbie, according to the European Consumer Organisation BEUC and…