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England’s pupils stuck in classroom as cuts put paid to end-of-term school trips

the guardian - 1 hour 57 min ago
Figures show that the traditional group summer outing, aimed at widening horizons and building character, is now in steep decline

The end of summer term is traditionally a time for children to escape the classroom on a school trip. But increasing numbers of teachers say they have had to cut back on such outings because of rising costs and falling staff levels. Some of the country’s leading cultural venues have also reported a fall in the number of educational visits.

“Cutting back on school trips or abandoning them altogether is yet another example of the detrimental impact the crisis in school funding is having on the lives of children and young people who are being denied access to enriching experiences they might not otherwise get,” said Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union.

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Weeding, writing and arithmetic… why green fingers are good for our children

the guardian - 2 hours 57 min ago
Schools should teach pupils gardening skills to instil a passion for the environment in future generations, says horticultural chief

From the water vole to the Scottish wildcat, the dwindling numbers of Britain’s most at-risk animals are well documented. But now the alarm bell is sounding over a rather more overlooked endangered species: green-fingered children.

Young people are so rarely spotted in gardens across Britain nowadays that the Royal Horticultural Society is warning that the country is facing a green skills crisis unless more learn to garden.

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Condemning poor children to a life without culture is a form of cruelty | Barbara Ellen

the guardian - Sat, 20/07/2019 - 18:30
From music to sport, too many kids are losing out on vital life-enhancing activities

Disadvantaged children in England are being priced out of a cultural hinterland. A Social Mobility Commission study, from the University of Bath, reports that children aged 10-15 from low-income families are three times less likely than wealthier peers to engage in out-of-school musical activities, such as learning an instrument or joining a choir or orchestra.

There were also differences according to race – 4% of British Pakistani children took part in music classes, compared with 28% of Indian children and 20% of white children – and regional divides: 9% of children in north-east England played a musical instrument, compared with 22% in the south-east.

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Primary school children 'should learn about FGM'

bbc education - Sat, 20/07/2019 - 04:44
Experts fear that for some vulnerable girls, secondary school lessons on the issue will be too late.
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Morehouse College Investigates Sexual Misconduct After Students’ Videos

NYTimes - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 23:05
In widely shared videos, several students accused a staff member at the all-male, historically black school of sexual harassment. The college has expanded its investigation to other employees.
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Exzellenz-Unis: Willkommen im Zwei-Klassen-System

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 19:53

Die Politik will Spitzen-Unis, aber bitte in der Breite. Der Exzellenz-Wettbewerb hat sich damit ad absurdum geführt. Besser hätte man es bleiben lassen.

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Damian Hinds signals extra funds for special needs education

the guardian - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 19:05

Education secretary says the government recognises need to ease pressure on local councils

Spending on children with special educational needs and disabilities is expected to be increased after the education secretary said the government recognised the urgent need to relieve pressures on families, councils and schools.

Although Damian Hinds declined to put a figure on the announcement to be made as early as next week, he said discussions between the Department for Education and the Treasury recognised the “particular pressures” caused by the rapid increase in children and young people with Send.

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Exzellenzstrategie: Elf Hochschulen ausgezeichnet - das sind die deutschen Exzellenz-Universitäten

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 17:22

Die Entscheidung ist gefallen: Elf Universitäten dürfen sich künftig mit dem Exzellenz-Status schmücken. Acht gehen leer aus. Studierende übten im Vorfeld Kritik am Wettbewerb.

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Unions criticise 'selective' public sector pay rises

the guardian - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 16:37

Increase of £2bn unlikely to benefit essential workers from civil servants to refuse collectors

Unions have criticised Theresa May’s proposed public sector pay rises as “selective handouts” that are unlikely to benefit essential workers including teaching assistants, care workers and refuse collectors.

A £2bn public sector pay rise, the biggest in six years, is expected to be announced by the Treasury on Monday as one of May’s last acts as prime minister.

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Münster statt Ulm: Karliczek ignorierte angeblich Expertenvotum

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 16:28

Ein 500-Millionen-Forschungsprojekt soll nahe dem Wahlkreis der zuständigen Ministerin entstehen. Einem Bericht zufolge hat sich Anja Karliczek dabei über die Empfehlungen eines Expertengremiums hinweggesetzt. Das Ministerium widerspricht.

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Love Islander Zara McDermott: Apprentice or university choice

bbc education - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 15:34
Why did former Love Island contestant Zara McDermott choose an apprenticeship over university?
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Merseyside special needs school to close at short notice

the guardian - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 15:28

Firm that runs Crossley Manor school says it has too few pupils to keep it open

Families of children at a special needs school were given just weeks to find new places for them after the company running it announced it would close at the end of the summer term.

Crossley Manor school near St Helens, in Merseyside, caters for children with complex social and mental health needs including autism and ADHD from across the north-west. It was set up two years ago by Elysium Healthcare, a company funded by a private equity firm, BC Partners, which runs more than 60 mental healthcare clinics and schools in the UK, many for the NHS.

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Birmingham's Jamia Islamia Islamic school books 'promoted extremism'

bbc education - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 13:02
Inspectors said materials found in the library are "actively undermining fundamental British values".
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Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think

NYTimes - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 12:00
Making a tuition-free college education available to everyone who wants one is an immensely worthwhile — and realistic — goal, a Harvard economist says.
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Parcoursup : 60 000 candidats toujours en attente de places à quelques heures de la fin de la phase principale

lemonde_edu - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 10:08
Selon le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, 88,6 % des candidats lycéens avaient reçu une proposition jeudi.
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Schools 'desperately need' cash injection, MPs say

bbc education - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 02:34
Schools and colleges urgently need billions more in funding, a committee of MPs says.
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Special needs 'breaking county council budgets'

bbc education - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 02:34
County councils are warning growing demand for special needs support could mean statutory duties may not be met.
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‘Anything but inclusive’: No school places for three disabled sisters

the guardian - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 02:01

Couple find that in practice they have less support than when they were foster parents

Special educational needs breaking our budgets, warn councils

Jan Ansell has three disabled daughters whom she adopted with her husband Kevin because, as foster carers, they could not bear the pain of handing back children they had loved and cared for.

They cherish their daughters, but are struggling to cope. As well as dealing with the challenges of adoption, they are at the sharp end of a funding and provision crisis affecting thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send).

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Special needs education breaking our budgets, warn councils

the guardian - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 02:01

Sharp rise in pupils requiring special support leads to £100m overspend in England

Anything but inclusive – no place for three sisters

County councils across England are warning that the cost of covering special needs education is breaking their budgets, with local authorities overspending by more than £100m last year to meet the sharp rise in demand.

Research by the County Councils Network found that some councils had recorded a 90% increase in young people being given care plans requiring special support, with 27 county councils overspending by a total of £123m in 2018-19 at a time when local authority purses are under severe pressure.

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Parents of sick and premature babies should get more leave - PM

bbc education - Fri, 19/07/2019 - 00:30
Theresa May says "it's not fair" parents have to return to work before their baby leaves hospital.
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