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When I joined my father on the building site, I saw a different side to him | Nell Frizzell

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 15:00

Teachers laughed and agencies told me to keep it off my CV, but my summer job taught me about hard work, family and class

Sitting on a bag of sharp sand, I watched a group of three men pull out plastic boxes of sandwiches, packets of rolling tobacco, small newspapers and bars of chocolate. This was years before smartphones and so, during our mid-morning tea break, as my father squeezed the lukewarm bag of PG Tips between fat, dust-encrusted fingers, wringing out the last drops of caffeine, the group of builders around me chatted idly about traffic, the cost of petrol, a new one-way system, pubs, music, trips to the woodyard and their morning’s work.

During my school holidays, or if I ever wanted some quick money for a haircut, holiday or new dress, I would spend a day or two working on a building site with my father. As a former labourer turned surveyor, he had been made redundant during the 90s recession and gone back to labouring. His jobs tended to be small, local and fairly eclectic - putting in a new fireplace, laying a floor, building a kitchen extension, converting an attic. From about April to September he worked in bare feet as much as he could; he listened to Radio 4 or compilation tapes of west African, blues, Pacific guitar, reggae, rock and roots music; he would take on several jobs at once and never once wore a hi-vis shirt.

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Jo Grady: the miner’s daughter preparing for university picket lines

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 09:15

The incoming general secretary of the University and College Union warns of autumn strikes over pensions, pay and job security

Jo Grady could hardly be better qualified for her new role. She was born in 1984 into a striking miner’s family; she studied industrial relations at university, and she is a leading expert in trade unions and pension disputes.

This week she will become the new general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), whose members last year went out on strike over sweeping pension changes, causing two weeks of disruption on campuses across the country. Grady was on the picket lines, with her Glastonbury wellies and her homemade flapjacks.

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Let's judge universities for their social impact, not graduate salaries | Vincent Straub

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 09:00

The government wants to link university funding to graduate pay. But why not reward work with local communities instead?

We have drifted into a university system in which economic growth is valued over everything else. In many universities, I would argue that this has overtaken the focus on achieving a positive impact on society. This marketised system risks becoming further entrenched if the Augar review of post-18 education is implemented, particularly through the focus on graduate salaries as a measure of a university’s success. It’s been suggested that to remedy this we should overhaul the university system entirely, but that’s not the only solution.

Universities are autonomous institutions in which academic freedom is the fundamental principle. In today’s world, in which half the nation attends a university, it is also clear that they carry a civic responsibility to engage with society – yet it’s hard to argue that either is the case in the UK anymore.

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‘Symbolically posh’ Bristol University expanding to wrong side of tracks

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 08:45

Proposed campus aims to pull in students from areas where only 8.6% of school leavers go on to higher education

In the well-heeled district of Clifton in Bristol, with its Georgian crescents and French brasseries, 100% of school leavers go to university. Yet in the southern suburb of Hartcliffe, the figures are the lowest in the country: only 8.6% make it there. This is the divided face of Brexit Britain.

Bristol University, part of the Russell Group and a favourite among private school students, has long been at the privileged heart of Clifton. But it has radical plans to pull in the deprived communities to the south and east: starting with a campus on what its management calls “the wrong side of the tracks”.

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Is Gavin Williamson going to offer children a ‘superb’ education? I very much doubt it | Fiona Millar

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 08:45
Paltry sums won’t stop schools having to cut teachers or close early, the new education secretary will soon find

At one point last week there was a rumour that the last education secretary, Damian Hinds, would stay in his job. This seems comical now.

In fact, it is ludicrous to think that the affable but low-energy Hinds could have survived the shock and awe of Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street. Instead the new education secretary – the fourth since Michael Gove was pushed out for being too toxic (NB aided by the new PM’s backroom boy Dominic Cummings) – is the man sacked barely three months ago for allegedly leaking sensitive security information to the press.

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Three Peter Lanyon artworks acquired in lieu of inheritance tax

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 08:00

Two gouaches and landscape allocated to settle £900,000 owed on Cornish artist’s estate

Three works by Peter Lanyon, one of the most important postwar British painters, have been acquired for the nation in lieu of inheritance tax.

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that an important abstract landscape painted in the last year of Lanyon’s life and two large gouaches had been accepted, settling just under £900,000 owed on the estate of Lanyon’s widow, Sheila.

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It’s Easy to Forget, but a Program to Forgive Student Loans Already Exists

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 06:35
Democrats are campaigning to fix an issue that is already starting to resolve itself for many teachers and other public servants.
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Disadvantaged pupils 'stuck 18 months behind'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 03:56
Poorer pupils show few signs of catching up in their achievements at school, say researchers.
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Unconditional university offers on the rise for 18-year-olds

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 02:01

Ucas figures show that 38% of would-be undergraduates received offers with unconditional component

Nearly two fifths of 18-year-old applicants to university received an unconditional offer this year, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

The Ucas figures show a rise from last year, with 97,045 (38%) of would-be undergraduates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving an offer with an unconditional component in 2019, compared with 87,540, or 34%, in 2018.

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Attainment gap widens for disadvantaged GCSE pupils, study finds

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 02:01

Persistently disadvantaged pupils are almost two years behind peers by the time they finish GCSEs

Progress in closing the GCSE attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier classmates has come to a standstill, signalling “a major setback for social mobility”, according to a report.

The study by the Education Policy Institute thinktank found the gap, which has been gradually closing since 2011, widened slightly last year, with the most persistently disadvantaged pupils now almost two years (22.6 months) behind their peers by the time they finish their GCSEs.

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How Has Fortnite Affected Your Family?

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 23:32
We want to hear how parents and young players perceive the video game’s positive and negative impacts.
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Anti-racism activists end Goldsmiths occupation

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 21:50

University will introduce ‘race awareness’ training for staff, among other measures

Anti-racism campaigners have ended a long-running occupation on a university campus in London, saying the institution has met their demands.

The activists took control of Deptford town hall on the campus of Goldsmiths, University of London in March and demanded a series of measures be taken. Relations between the two sides became severely strained as the university sought and won a high court order against the occupation.

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Did you solve it? The enduring appeal of Venn diagrams

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 19:00

The solutions to today’s puzzles

Earlier today I set you these four Venn diagram teasers:

1) Think of a fraction that could belong in each of the regions marked A to D below, or say that it is impossible. (Each circle represents the set of fractions described by its rule.)

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Under-fire Northamptonshire council 'failing to keep children safe'

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 13:12
Northamptonshire children's services has been rated "inadequate" after its latest Ofsted inspection.
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Oxfordshire parents' court challenge over Christian assemblies

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 12:11
An Oxfordshire couple say "harmful aspects of evangelism" are spreading into their children's school.
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'Cass's ex is a gang member and child trafficker who hit her': my job in social work

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 09:30

Supporting women who have been caught up in the drugs trade and gang culture is exhausting but rewarding

I make my way to the back of the police station where I can hear shouting coming from across the courtyard. The police officer looks at me knowingly: “She’s unmanageable, this one.”

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Can you solve it? The enduring appeal of Venn diagrams

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 09:10

Where pictures and puzzles intersect

John Venn – the British logician who around 1880 devised the ‘Venn diagram’ – celebrates his 185th birthday this week.

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Overseas students face ‘unacceptable’ visa costs after outsourcing

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 08:01

Universities fear chaos in September as private company struggles with workload

International students and staff at British universities are facing “unacceptable” difficulties and costs in applying for visas, after parts of the application process were outsourced to a company charging up to £200 for appointments.

Universities say that the system, run by the French IT services company Sopra Steria, is already struggling to cope with the numbers renewing their student visas within the UK, and fear that it will be chaotic in September when more than 40,000 students are expected to use it.

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Ken Burns on America: 'We're a strange and complicated people'

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 08:00

Through war, baseball and music, Burns’ monumental TV documentaries have told the story of the USA – a mission he says is even more urgent in the age of ‘alternative facts’

Many birthday presents are rapidly discarded or forgotten, but a gift given to a 17-year-old Michigan high-school student, on 29 July 1970, changed American television. Ken Burns received an 8mm movie camera, the first step on a path that made him such a revered figure in documentary film-making that, five decades later, his birthday this year will be celebrated with a whole day of his work on the PBS network.

If 66 seems an odd birthday to be so honoured, it is because, on the more conventional landmark last year, Burns was locked away editing his latest eight-part, 16-hour series, Country Music, which airs in September. That work forms, with Baseball and Jazz, a loose trilogy about emblematically American sports and culture. Those series are a peacetime balance to another thematic trio: The Civil War, The War and The Vietnam War, grippingly authoritative revisitings of the conflicts in which America was engaged between 1861-65, 1941-45, and 1954-73.

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Fix "woeful" overseas student visa service, say universities

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 29/07/2019 - 02:45
Students "pay through the nose" for inadequate document checking service, says Universities UK.
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