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University of Southern California president quits in gynaecology scandal

bbc education - 1 hour 29 min ago
The resignation follows allegations of sexual misconduct by a university doctor and a cover-up.
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Secret Teacher: the emphasis on British history is depriving students of balance

the guardian - 3 hours 1 min ago

A curriculum that teaches one side of the story risks creating a nationalistic generation with little interest in international issues

The wedding of two people who ostensibly have nothing to do with most people in the country has been the hot topic in playgrounds and classrooms over recent weeks. Despite Prince Harry and Meghan being wholly unrepresentative of the schoolchildren in my area of the UK, pupils have been transfixed by the details. They want to talk about the dress Meghan wore, the car Prince Harry drove to the reception. They’re proud this glamorous, confident American is becoming part of British history.

It’s as if teachers are expected to protect this image of Britain rather than facilitate real learning

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Bristol University faces growing anger after student suicides

the guardian - 4 hours 32 min ago

Backdrop to exam season is mounting concern about student mental health

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Stabbed GCSE student refused exemption by exam board

bbc education - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 18:29
The 16-year-old lost part of his lung in the random attack in a London park earlier this month.
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Tories’ academies policies are failing primary age children | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 18:18
Andrea Ives laments the closure of a much-loved school, while Philip Kerridge writes that academy primary schools do worse than average in the SATs

Michael Rosen questions the success of school academies (Education, 22 May) but does not mention the worst case scenario that can occur – closure. Burnt Yates school, in north Yorkshire, a small jewel of a rural primary school with excellent buildings, fields and woodland and an active and generous trust, must close at the end of this academic year. When it was backed into a corner it could not find an academic chain to take it on; amalgamation came to nought and now the school must close.

Burnt Yates school was founded and endowed in 1760; over 250 years of excellent education have taken place since then, supported until recently by one of the very best education authorities in the country.

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'Handmaidens no more': what is the future for nursing?

the guardian - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 15:15

Nurses were once seen as bedside helpers – now, they perform a complex variety of medical roles vital to the NHS

Today’s nurses run their own clinics, diagnose patients and prescribe drugs and can be found leading cutting-edge medical research. Others are in high-level management roles, and it’s not unusual to find nurse academics training junior doctors alongside student nurses in university medical schools.

The responsibilities they carry, and the contribution they make to every part of the NHS – spanning the whole cycle of life from pre-conception to death – could never have been imagined by their predecessors 70 years ago.

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Brexit, waiting times, funding: Generation Z on threats to the NHS

the guardian - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 11:13

Students engaged with the health service discuss what can be done to ensure it survives and thrives

‘The NHS is a national treasure and we should be proud of it,” says Will Adams, a business studies student at Lancaster University. “But we’ve got to make sure it’s fit for the next generation because the pressures it’s under are absolutely ridiculous.”

Will, 20, is a member of the NHS Youth Forum, which gives young people a say on the future of health services. Like all the young people we spoke to, he thinks change is inevitable.

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Brightlingsea parents consider removing children from school

bbc education - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 10:43
One parent said his daughter had experienced "nothing but trouble" since joining the school.
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When I admitted I was HIV positive, my fellow academics excluded me | Anonymous academic

the guardian - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 09:30

After disclosing my diagnosis, colleagues called me ‘reckless’ and cut off contact. I felt stigmatised and alone

When I was diagnosed with HIV, I had no idea that new drugs had transformed the virus from something life-threatening to little more than an inconvenience. Today, a daily pill gives me an average life expectancy and makes it impossible to pass the virus on. But there’s one last major health barrier: the social stigma, and the mental health issues it causes. Worryingly, this is so prevalent that it can even come from those who claim to be experts on the topic. In my case, this happened when I disclosed my status to academic mentors.

Related: We need a bigger conversation about bullying in academia | Anonymous academic

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Poor wi-fi means Conwy valley pupil does homework in lay-by

bbc education - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 03:36
A 12-year-old is so frustrated by no broadband - she has to do homework in the car a mile from home.
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Mineurs interpellés au lycée Arago : « Ils m’ont mis dans un bus avec les autres… J’ai eu très peur »

lemonde_edu - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 03:03
Sur la quarantaine de jeunes de moins de 18 ans arrêtés à Paris, mardi, vingt-sept ont été déférés devant la justice, et quatorze devraient être présentés à un juge des enfants aux fins de mise en examen. Leurs familles dénoncent des « mesures disproportionnées », l’institution assume.
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Poor white schools 'destroyed' by rankings

bbc education - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 02:37
Exam league tables are stigmatising white working-class schools, head teachers say.
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Mary Patchett obituary

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 20:17

After a decade as a schoolteacher in Leeds and Hampshire, in 1976 my friend Mary Patchett enrolled as a postgraduate student in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, with a passion to bring about change. She became a vociferous campaigner for nuclear disarmament, active in CND and in ad hoc campaigns against nuclear weapons, and at Greenham Common women’s peace camp.

Mary, who has died aged 91, continued her peace activism and political campaigning in the grassroots of the Green party and Friends of the Earth. She was a staunch advocate of the feminist movement. She supported displaced Vietnamese refugees and, in later years, asylum seekers and detainees at what became Haslar Immigration Removal Centre in Hampshire.

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Oxford, elitism and how to really tackle diversity | Letters

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:42
Readers respond to a report that showed one in four Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017

I’m a parent of two girls who attended Oxford University between 2009 and 2015. They are northern, from state schools and women of colour (white Irish mum, black African dad). I want to see an increase in the numbers of students from similar backgrounds at Oxford but the debate around this needs to be sensible and based on a true understanding of the issues (Oxford faces anger over failure to improve diversity among students, 23 May).

First, students apply to colleges for a variety of reasons. My younger daughter studied English so she applied to a college with a good reputation for English. Oxford’s record on attracting students from her background should not be reduced to a number for each college but viewed as a whole – what is the overall intake? Once the numbers are up we can quibble over the distribution across colleges.

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Tens of thousands of pupils in rural areas 'denied free school transport'

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 18:14

Funding cuts in England mean children are losing out in rural areas where the costs of transport are much higher

Tens of thousands of pupils living in rural areas of England are being denied free school transport because of cuts to services due to inadequate funding, council leaders claim.

More than 22,000 pupils in 20 county council areas have lost free travel to school in the last three years, according to council leaders who are warning that further cutbacks will follow without additional funding from government.

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New-style exams may distort A-level and GCSE results - Ofqual

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 17:56

Regulator warns schools of more variation than usual after reforms in many subjects

The head of England’s exam regulator has warned schools to expect volatility in their pupils’ results this summer, as new figures showed the impact of government reforms in the subjects being studied.

With hundreds of thousands of pupils in England sitting their A-level and GCSE exams, the regulator Ofqual signalled that results could be distorted by the new-style exams, especially at GCSE level, with grades now more dependent on exam marks than coursework.

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How to revise like a University Challenge winner

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 14:35

From using flashcards to cramming with purpose, the 2018 champions share their study tips

This year’s University Challenge final saw St John’s College, Cambridge win the series trophy after impressing Jeremy Paxman with its knowledge of organic chemistry, bird poets and Anselm of Canterbury. But this isn’t merely a team of endearing nerds. Students sitting exams have much to learn from the work ethic of the St John’s squad. We asked Rosie McKeown, Matt Hazell, John-Clark Levin and James Devine-Stoneman for their revision tips.

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Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 12:01

Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk

Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health problems, a new study has revealed.

Scientists studied five primary schools and one nursery in the capital as part of research into levels of air pollution indoors. The research shows that outdoor air pollution from diesel vehicles and other sources – both of nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution – is affecting the lives of children inside schools.

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I’m against private education but the local Steiner school looks the best option for my son. What should I do?

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 10:15

In this series Poppy Noor discusses an issue concerning how we can build happy, well-run communities. But what do you think? Send us your thoughts and responses

I’m considering sending my son to a Steiner school. Normally, I’m minded towards doing things in the community, fixing what is broken, and otherwise getting involved to make things better, but when I consider my son’s interests – deliberately isolated from my own politics, projects and community – I conclude that our local state schools won’t serve him as well as a Steiner school that is about half an hour away from our house.

I don’t feel I can undo the damage the government is doing to schools. The Steiner school fees are a proportion of income, so by definition we can afford it. The case to send him there is compelling, but I feel conflicted because I don’t generally approve of the idea of private education. It seems elitist and intentionally insulates children from those who can’t afford to go – and yet I recognise and value the fact that this school is insulated from the standards state schools have to abide by.

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Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet

bbc education - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 07:41
A severely disabled boy, 11, says Flambards Theme Park in Cornwall is discriminating against him.
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