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Are you in with the in crowd? | Mitch Prinstein

the guardian - 2 hours 5 min ago

The way we deal with popularity at school stays with us for life. But, asks Mitch Prinstein, is it our true self?

At an early point in childhood, we all worked out how popular we really were. Either we knew we were admired and began to worry about maintaining our special influence over others, or we recognised that others were more popular than us and began to seek more attention.

Our positions in the social hierarchy seemed so important back then, and for good reason: popularity is the most valuable and easily accessible currency available to youth. But there’s something about our popularity in youth that seems to remain a part of who we are.

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Theresa May begins Britain's withdrawal from the EU – cartoon

the guardian - 8 hours 17 sec ago

Chris Riddell on the start of Brexit negotiations, one year on from the referendum

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MPs are exploiting young people like me through unpaid internships | Meg Kneafsey

the guardian - 8 hours 18 sec ago

For too long, politicians and businesses have taken advantage of young hopefuls. This scandal must end

Two years ago, then Labour leader Ed Miliband promised to end the scandal of unpaid internships. Yet unpaid internships in MPs’ offices are still being advertised.

Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton, was forced to apologise and remove her advert last year following widespread public criticism, but this has not deterred other politicians. Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, has offered no more than expenses for a London-based internship to support his senior parliamentary assistant. On the other side of the House, Dominic Raab recently advertised for a “volunteer” to work in his office for four to six months. As the post-election Westminster recruitment drives heat up, MPs will recruit teams of people to help run their London offices, and an alarming number of these positions will not be paid.

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Schools teach chess to help ‘difficult’ pupils concentrate

the guardian - 9 hours 35 min ago
Game takes off in primaries as a way to lure pupils away from their phone screens

The year 3 pupils at Park End Primary School in Middlesbrough are a bit of a rowdy bunch. Headteacher Julia Rodwell describes them as “a complex and difficult group”. Put them in front of a chess set though, and silence descends.

“The first time I saw them playing chess, I was absolutely gobsmacked. Their concentration is incredible – I’ve never seen anything like it in any other lesson,” says Rodwell.

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Candidats, copies, coût… Le bac 2017 en chiffres

lemonde_edu - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 16:19
Les épreuves écrites du bac 2017 terminées, voici un retour en images sur les chiffres marquants de cette session, nombre de candidats, de copies, et son coût.
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Striking out on their own – the challenges facing new students

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 14:30

It’s not just tough on the parents when uni starts – not every student copes with their new life

Will your student child sink or swim at university? Independent study, time management, personal hygiene and maintaining a healthy diet are just some of the challenges they will face. Although dropout rates have risen slightly, they’re still only at 6%, according to the Social Market Foundation – most students have a happy, successful time at university.

Mental health is high on university radars, with the number of students seeking counselling having doubled at some institutions and a quarter of students saying they’ve experienced depression, anxiety or similar conditions, according to YouGov.

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Off to uni? Leave the kitchen sink behind

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 14:00

It’s not just your offspring off to university – it’s also your towels, pillows, pens ...

If you’re eyeing up your Ford Fiesta and wondering how you’ll fit in your daughter’s vintage clothes collection, duvet and pillows, books and toiletries, to drive 100 miles up country, then now might be a good time to think about packing.

When planning what your teenager needs to take with them, it is worth considering the following:

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Your relationship is changing – and conflict is par for the course

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 13:30

Celia Dodd, author of The Empty Nest – How to Survive and Stay Close to Your Adult Child, offers some advice on parenting university-goers

Visiting your child at university can be unexpectedly challenging. You look forward to it for ages, but after the high of the initial hugs, it can all feel a little bit … well, unnatural. There’s so much resting on one or two precious days.

It doesn’t help that you have to meet in halls or a coffee shop, rather than on familiar home turf. Too often parents go back to their empty nest feeling they could have handled things better. Should we have stayed so long/longer? Why didn’t we get to meet their friends?

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How to make your university money last

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 13:00

With discounts and deals aplenty – plus some costs you need to swallow – budgeting students need to be on their toes to make their funds go the distance

Cash is often tight for students – and with a pint of beer setting them back three or four quid, it’s important to have a handle on the bills that have to be paid. Rent is by far the greatest expense for students, whether they choose catered, self-catered or private accommodation. In Manchester, one of the cheaper student cities, accommodation will cost just under £4,300 for the 40-week year, but catered will cost an extra £1,257. The price of most university rooms includes gas and electricity. Private accommodation, which students usually take after the first year, may be cheaper up front, but the price of utility bills, the internet and so on needs to be factored in to give a real idea of the cost. Students may also have to rent for a calendar year, rather than just the academic term.

Figures from savethestudent.org put average expenditure at £735 a month, with £365 of that spent on rent – although plusher accommodation could cost nearly double that in some cities. Typically, students spend over £100 a month on food, £64 on social, £58 on bills and £44 on travel. On top of that, there’s more than £20 a month each on books and photocopying, clothes, mobile and other expenses – even £5 a month on illegal drugs, according to respondents. London living costs an extra £1,300 a year, the National Union of Students (NUS) estimates.

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On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus

NYTimes - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 13:00
At Smith College and many other institutions, new programs are there to help students used to achievement and recognition cope with basic setbacks.
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How to choose the uni – and the life – that suits you

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 12:30

The degrees our offspring take affect not just their uni experience, but the paths open to them afterwards

The first thing prospective students should bear in mind when it comes to applying for university is the course itself. However, this is easier said than done, as a course’s name can’t tell you everything – course structure and content can vary quite significantly between one university and the next. Some universities even include work experience or international placements. So, how do you find the right one?

“Higher education is a fantastic opportunity, but it really is about making sure the course choice is right,” says Victoria Azubuine, admissions manager at the University of Bedfordshire. “The search tools on the Ucas website make it a great place to start. Once you’ve made that choice, look at the university, to make sure that is a good fit too.”

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‘Pick a subject you love’

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 12:00

Students should think of university as an opportunity to broaden knowledge, debate with others and think about the kind of society they want to live in

I’m not a university boy and I always rather regretted that – I trained in drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and becoming the new chancellor of Bath Spa University is an adventure for me. I am a strong advocate for going to university – it’s a valuable way to fast-track the kind of experience that took me years to pick up.

There is value in studying – honing your knowledge – in a particular subject, but students need to graduate poised to take advantage of a fluid job market too. Things are moving so fast that students will change career maybe two or three times in their lives, so they need agility and a breadth of knowledge to move with the times.

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Leaving for university: ‘I did get homesick, but I didn’t linger on it’

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 11:00

Leaving home is a wrench – for child and parent. But Norah Lovelock and her mum used it as a catalyst to branch out

Norah Lovelock, pictured above right, is in the first year of a BSc in computer science at Sheffield Hallam University.
University is amazing; it’s changed my life. It’s really nice to be able to walk to the supermarket or go out to meet friends whenever I want to. It’s also really good to meet a wide range of people. Not being able to recognise everyone on the street is weird, but nice.

It was really hard leaving Mum and I did get homesick. Perhaps three or four times I felt bad because I missed home so much, but I didn’t linger over it. I reminded myself of why I came to university and that homesickness was, unfortunately, inevitable. It wasn’t a constant thing and it really didn’t last long, perhaps two or three weeks. I don’t drink alcohol, so I thought I might find it harder to make friends, but if you are willing to put yourself out there – to smile and chat to people – you will make friends really, really easily. Everyone in Sheffield is ridiculously friendly anyway.

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Get it right together – how parents can help pick the right university

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 10:00

It’s not an easy balance to strike – between wanting to help your child choose the best degree possible and meddling in their life. Here’s some tips for both parties

What to study and where is the first big decision that many young people have to make in their lives. It’s a choice that could shape their future career prospects, their friendship groups and their interests, so naturally they turn to their parents for advice.

Luckily, there is plenty of information for parents who want to support their children. So where to start? The course is number one. “My advice would be to encourage students to do what they love,” says computer science student Norah Lovelock, who chose the “wrong” subject and will swap to English literature next year. “They can always do other things to enhance their career prospects, such as volunteering or gaining work experience.”

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Secret Teacher: my school is an echo-chamber for leftwing views

the guardian - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 09:00

Most of the parents and teachers vote Labour and don’t do enough to help students understand other points of view

I teach in a mixed comprehensive in a constituency where on 8 June over two-thirds voted Labour, where an overwhelming majority voted Labour in the most recent mayoral vote, and where Labour has been the largest party on the local council for decades. A large majority of staff at our school vote Labour.

As a Labour supporter, this thrills me; as a teacher, it makes me question whether my school is doing enough to help our students appreciate other viewpoints.

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Classes de CP à douze élèves : une réforme à marche forcée

lemonde_edu - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 07:34
Manques de locaux, professeurs difficiles à trouver : l’application, dès la rentrée, de cette promesse de campagne du candidat Macron tourne au casse-tête.
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Does It Matter Who Runs New York City’s Schools?

NYTimes - Sat, 24/06/2017 - 02:38
Mayoral control of education in New York City is in limbo. Experts say school boards can also be effective, but may be less accountable in a city challenged by poverty.
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Preaching the Value of Social Studies, in a Second Career

NYTimes - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 23:13
As a principal, Anna Switzer believed children learned best by diving deep into topics like the Brooklyn Bridge. Now she is taking her method to other schools.
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Grenfell Tower: Pupils share 'happy memories' of lost friends

bbc education - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 21:50
Avondale Park Primary School pupils share happy memories of friends lost in the Grenfell Tower fire.
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Exeter school’s uniform resolve melts after boys’ skirt protest

the guardian - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 20:56

Isca academy in Devon to ditch policy that boys must wear trousers even in a heatwave after ‘box-pleat rebellion’ caught global attention

The US constitution has long guaranteed the right to bear arms – but now the schoolboys of Exeter have gone one better and won the right to bare legs.

Britain’s heatwave this week sparked open rebellion at Isca academy in Devon, with boys wearing skirts in protest at rules that insisted male pupils wear long trousers even as temperatures soared into the mid-30s.

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