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Divisions in society leading to 'sour mood'

bbc education - 43 min 9 sec ago
Divides in British society are unsustainable, the Social Mobility Commission warns.
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Cuomo Calls Special Session to Address de Blasio’s Expiring Control of City Schools

NYTimes - 5 hours 5 min ago
The special session, which the governor has the power to call under the state constitution, comes at the end of a fractious eight months.
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'Near full-scale riot'

bbc education - 6 hours 7 min ago
A former teacher reveals what it was like to work at a school given Ofsted's lowest rating.
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GCSE pass levels causing confusion over university entry

bbc education - 6 hours 11 min ago
There are warnings of confusion over university admissions as changes to GCSEs create two different pass grades.
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UK support is rising for higher taxes to fund NHS, schools and police

the guardian - 6 hours 12 min ago

Social attitudes survey finds tolerance for austerity collapsing as people want more spending on health, education and security

Public tolerance of austerity is collapsing as support for higher taxes to enable more spending on health, education and policing increases, according to the latest British social attitudes survey.

Eight in 10 people surveyed for the annual barometer of public attitudes said they wanted more cash pumped into the NHS, while seven in 10 supported more investment in schools, and 60% wanted higher spending on the police.

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Labour and Tories have both failed on social mobility, report finds

the guardian - 6 hours 12 min ago

Government commission’s damning study says successive governments have not done enough to tackle a fragmented society

Social mobility policies have failed to significantly reduce inequality between rich and poor despite two decades of interventions by successive governments, according to a highly critical new report.

The study by the government’s Social Mobility Commission warns that without radical and urgent reform, the social and economic divisions in British society will widen even further, threatening community cohesion and economic prosperity.

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A-level problem was a crime, not a cock-up | Letters

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 21:53
Pearson executive Rod Pearson defends the company over a leak of maths exam papers

Your report (Exam board makes last minute change to two A-level papers after leak, 26 June) explains the measures we were forced to take this week to ensure that this year’s maths A-level was fair to all students. Contrary to some of the comments in the article, this was not an example of the exam board getting it wrong. This incident arose from criminal behaviour, which is now the subject of a police investigation. We acted swiftly, working with the regulator and the police, to tackle malpractice and to ensure fair exams with the minimum possible inconvenience to schools. The examinations system rests on trust; it is a team effort between exam boards and schools. We all have to protect the integrity of exam papers in the interests of students.
Rod Bristow
President, UK and core markets, Pearson

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For too long, Pakistani schools have been a means to provide jobs, rather than education

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 16:04

Pakistan is trying to spend its way out of its education crisis. It can’t. But the government can learn about accountability and efficiency from private schools

With more than 20 million children out of school, Pakistan has, at last, begun talking about its education crises. Our media and civil society routinely grill politicians on a lack of funding for public schools. Opinion sections of national newspapers usually publish a few articles a week on how the lack of quality education is becoming an existential threat to Pakistan’s social cohesion. Foreign aid funded projects take primetime television ads to tell parents about the importance of educating their children.

It has had some impact; education has become a key talking point in political debates. The government regularly boasts about the growing education budget with promises to provide an “excellent environment” to students. But what is lacking in this increasingly noisy debate on Pakistan’s education crisis is the experience of parents and students on the ground.

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Eleven sketches inspired by the university mental health crisis

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 16:03

The number of students dropping out from degree courses due to mental illness has increased significantly in recent years. Illustrator and student Ella Baron captures the experiences of 11 undergraduates

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All secondary schools in London to be offered knife detectors

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 15:38

Schools to be able to apply for ‘wands’ to screen students as part of mayor’s package to fight knife crime in capital

All secondary schools in London are to be offered knife detectors to check pupils for weapons as part of a major crackdown on growing knife crime in the capital.

Secondary schools across the city are being invited to apply for a metal detecting “wand” to screen students. In addition every school will get its own “safer schools” police officer as part of a package of measures announced by London’s mayor on Tuesday.

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OED serves up volley of new definitions from tennis

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 15:05

The dictionary’s latest online update has added a clutch of ‘new’ terms describing the game, some dating back to the 16th century

Tennis lovers will have more than the quality of their champagne and strawberries to contemplate between matches at Wimbledon this year. The game is the source of more than 80 new words and senses, the bulk of the new definitions added to the Oxford English Dictionary in its latest online update.

Some well-known terms make their debut in the venerable reference work, including “superbrat” (players prone to on-court outbursts), “changeover” (a pause in a match when players swap ends of the court) and “forced error” (a mistake in play generated by an opponent’s skill).

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We cannot compromise safety in schools. Asbestos must be removed| Lola Okolosie

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 13:43
If the government is serious about learning lessons from Grenfell, then it needs to rid schools of asbestos. Otherwise its toxic effects could prove a health timebomb

Here’s a sentence that I never expected to make it into print: “School buildings do not need to be sprinkler-protected to achieve a reasonable standard of life safety.” It comes from what have been called “controversial government proposals” watering down safety standards for new school buildings to help cut costs. Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the proposals have been quietly dropped. But why has it taken a preventable disaster to awaken the Tories, and more broadly the nation, to a simple fact that when we are discussing the “standard of life safety” – in this context that’s children’s lives – adjectives such as “reasonable” set the bar too low. Parents would like to know that when they send their children to school, their lives are not “reasonably” safe, but totally so. Forgive us if that’s too much to ask.

It’s an example of how truly flimsy or empty – take your pick – the Tory refrain is of improving schools by giving parents increased choice. More choice in the form of free schools and academies that are no longer expected to have sprinklers is, frankly, bullshit. I think it’s safe to say that most people would rather children didn’t go to schools with fire safety measures that have “potentially devastating consequences”. That’s how London fire commissioner Ron Dobson put it in a letter to the schools minister, Nick Gibb, when these proposals were first announced.

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Immer mehr Studierende müssen nebenbei arbeiten

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 12:01

Sonst könnten sie ihr Studium kaum finanzieren, zeigt die aktuelle Sozialerhebung des Deutschen Studentenwerks.

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Education Disrupted: How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 12:00
Code.org, a tech-backed nonprofit, is pressing schools to teach computer science. But are tech firms swaying education to serve their own interests?
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'On brand': Helen Dale accused of plagiarising tweets

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 10:59

Author of The Hand that Signed the Paper, who penned the controversial novel under the name Helen Demidenko, embroiled in fresh row over Mark Zuckerberg comment

A controversial Australian novelist has been called out by a popular US podcaster for plagiarising their and other posts on social media.

Helen Dale – or Helen Demidenko and Helen Darville, as she has been variously known – came to prominence in Australia in the early 1990s for The Hand that Signed the Paper, her debut novel that was apparently informed by her Ukrainian ancestry.

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As a trans teen, I know the fight against LGBT bullying in schools must continue | Aimee Challenor

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 10:30
A new report shows 64% of trans pupils are bullied for their sexual identity. But some small actions can help change lives

Bullying and hate speech daily affects how pupils perform – it seems obvious, right? So why are we still failing LGBT+ pupils? During my time at secondary school I felt anxious, isolated, lonely and depressed; there were no adults at school I felt like I could talk to about being trans. Turns out I’m not alone.

According to the School Report, released today by LGBT charity Stonewall, 53% of LGBT young people said the same. In fact, more than 40% of trans students said that teaching staff at their school don’t even know what the word “trans” means. This is a huge issue, particularly as 64% of trans pupils are bullied for being transgender. For lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren’t trans, this bullying figure is 45%.

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Government ‘reneging on promise to fund 10,000 extra nursing places’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 09:15
Scrapping nursing bursaries was supposed to expand training places – but that pledge has been quietly dropped, universities say

Universities are warning that the government is quietly reneging on its promise to provide 10,000 new nursing degree places, intended to relieve pressure on the NHS.

Student nurses must spend 50% of their degree working under supervision, usually in a hospital. But universities have told Education Guardian that not a single extra nursing training place has been funded or allocated for the future. It would cost £15m over five years to fund training placements for 10,000 new nurses, according to the Council of Deans of Health, the body that represents university faculties of nursing.

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How do we explain to our children the ‘British values’ of the DUP? | Michael Rosen

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 09:00
Parents need help in answering the question of why the Tories are still in government and what the DUP believes

You’re back!

Did you enjoy the Queen’s speech? It was good to hear her reaffirm the “British values” you are responsible for “delivering” in schools. This raised a question in my mind, though, about an arrangement your party was trying hard to make with the DUP.

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'Less homophobic bullying' in Britain's schools

bbc education - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 02:02
Bullying against gay pupils has reduced, a study suggests, but many still face victimisation.
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Half of trans pupils in the UK 'tried to take their own lives', survey finds

the guardian - Τρίτη, 27/06/2017 - 02:01

Stonewall survey shows eight out of 10 trans young people bullied at school or college have self-harmed, despite instances of LGBT bullying decreasing

Eight out of 10 trans young people have self-harmed and almost half have attempted to kill themselves, according to a significant new study looking at the experiences of LGBT pupils in schools and colleges across the UK.

The survey of more than 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people revealed that while LGBT bullying has decreased in the last five years, its impact on young people’s wellbeing and education is profound.

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