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Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill

NYTimes - 1 hour 39 min ago
As school districts struggle under the burden of unpaid lunch debt, many of them resort to tactics that stigmatize children.
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Reform 'high stakes' primary tests, MPs urge

bbc education - 2 hours 3 min ago
High pressure tests narrow the curriculum in England and cause stress in pupils, say MPs.
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UK researchers lead effort to design climate-proof refugee housing

the guardian - 3 hours 30 min ago

Bath University staff head an international team working on shelters capable of withstanding extremes of temperature

Researchers will today begin a three-year project to design housing for refugee camps in extreme climates where temperatures range from 45C to -10C. The international team behind the Healthy Housing for the Displaced project, led by Bath University, aim to improve living conditions for refugees by creating low-cost and easy-to-construct housing.

Their 20 shelter designs will moderate extremes of temperature and ensure the privacy, comfort and dignity of residents. The research will be the largest global study into thermal, social and air-quality conditions in camps housing displaced people.

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More primary school children suffering stress from Sats, survey finds

the guardian - 3 hours 30 min ago

Eight out of 10 school leaders say fear of academic failure has lead to increase in mental health issues around exam time

Primary school children sitting national tests are showing increased signs of stress and anxiety around exam time, with some suffering sleeplessness and panic attacks, according to a survey of school leaders.

Eight out of 10 primary school leaders (82%) who took part in the survey, seen exclusively by the Guardian, reported an increase in mental health issues among primary school children around the time of the exams.

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Jeremy Corbyn pledges to plug 'school funding black hole'

bbc education - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 16:55
Labour's Jeremy Corbyn tells head teachers he will plug a £3bn gap in school funding in England.
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Sybille Steinbacher tritt erste Holocaust-Professur an

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 11:20

Die Historikerin Sybille Steinbacher übernimmt die bundesweit erste Holocaust-Professur an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt.

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Free Tuition in New York Adds Powerful Pull at Decision Deadline

NYTimes - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 07:01
The new Excelsior Scholarship, for use at the state’s public campuses, is “huge” for qualifying in-state families when weighed against the costs of private colleges.
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School funding: Shorter school week should be considered, say head teachers

bbc education - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 05:34
Introducing a four-and-a-half day week in England would be a last resort, head teachers say.
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Goggles give Charlie new sight

bbc education - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 02:07
Charlie, now eight, started losing his sight aged four, and has only been able to see close up until now.
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If May really does mean what she says, she should put it in writing | Andrew Rawnsley

the guardian - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 02:05

The PM has been long on rhetoric, short on action and the Tory manifesto should contain some real promises

On the night of Theresa May’s announcement that she was calling a snap election, she addressed a private meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. She rehearsed to them the Brexit-related arguments for going to the country that she had already offered to the public, but witnesses report that she did so without much animation.

In the words of one in the audience, there was only one passage of the speech when “she really came alive”. That was when the Tory leader talked about her domestic agenda. Mrs May told her fellow Conservatives that she needed her own mandate to ensure that she could realise her ambitions to change Britain.

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Teacher knows best? Not any longer as parents muscle in on the classroom

the guardian - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 02:05
Abusive emails, letters to Ofsted: teachers face harassment

When Geoff Barton started teaching in 1985, parents’ evening – a brief five-minute chat – was the only time teachers saw most mums and dads. If families had a concern, they might write a letter, or call the school office.

Fast-forward three decades and the dynamics between schools and parents have changed dramatically. The voice of parents is louder, their expectations higher – and it’s much easier to instantly broadcast a complaint.

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Theresa May: the fruits of Brexit - cartoon

the guardian - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 02:05

Chris Riddell on what the Tories are really thinking

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Sats tests: Exam results 'manipulated for political agenda'

bbc education - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 17:38
Head teachers express concerns that exam results can be manipulated by politicians and their agencies.
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English secondary schools 'facing perfect storm of pressures'

the guardian - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 10:46

Headteachers say cuts, changes to exams, problems recruiting teachers and Brexit could have severe consequences for children

Secondary schools in England are facing a “perfect storm” of pressures that could have severe consequences for children, headteachers have warned.

Budget cuts, changes to exams, problems recruiting teachers and Brexit are causing major upheaval, according to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

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Secret Teacher: Fidget cubes need kicking out of class

the guardian - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 09:00

The popular fidget aids are supposed to help individual pupils concentrate, but instead they are distracting my entire class

I was relieved to find the bottle-flipping phenomenon had passed when I returned to school in January. Having already endured many teenage fads (I still find the “let’s try to stab in between our fingers with a compass” trend the most traumatising to reminisce about) we were beginning to hope that we could make it to the end of the academic year without another craze. Then came the fidget cube and its malignant spawn: the fidget spinner.

The brainchild of Kickstarter go-getters Matthew and Mark McLachlan, the fidget cube has graced many classrooms across the country since February. It is a small plastic device around two cubed-inches which features a variety of clickable, twistable, rub-able and flick-able surfaces. The makers claim the cube channels disruptive fidgeting such as biros being irreparably deconstructed and rulers being wobbled (and snapped) on the edge of tables. They also claim it increases memory capacity and boosts creativity.

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2 Choate Life Trustees Resign Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

NYTimes - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 04:49
The former headmasters left their emeritus positions after a report detailed allegations that teachers at the elite Connecticut boarding school had abused students.
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D.C. Vouchers Are Found to Bring Lower Test Scores but Higher Safety

NYTimes - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 03:47
An Education Department study found that students who switched to private schools under the system had lower results than their peers, but found their new schools safer by a large margin.
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Most New York City Schools Had High Lead Levels, Retests Find

NYTimes - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 03:13
In a second round of water testing, 83 percent of school buildings had at least one outlet with levels above the E.P.A.’s threshold for action.
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'I don't feel blessed'

bbc education - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 03:09
Parents of disabled children are often positive about the situation - but one mother says her children's autism has left her with "dark thoughts".
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Heads urged 'to vigorously oppose grammars'

bbc education - Sat, 29/04/2017 - 02:14
Heads will be told grammar school expansion in England is "for the few at the expense of the many".
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