Should you splash out £1,000 on a MacBook, or can you get away with a £229 Chromebook? Do you really need a top-end smartphone or will a budget alternative do? The right tools can make everything easier – from note taking to dissertation writing. So here’s a quick guide to what might help you get the most out of the academic year
iPad mini – £399
Tablets can be a handy addition to any student’s toolset, often lasting far longer on a charge than a computer or phone, with a big enough screen to get things done or catch up on the latest episode of The Expanse.
After so many school shootings, I’m not worried my kid won’t fit in – I’m praying he won’t be carried out
I have always loved the end of summer’s lazy promise of infinite possibility, the late August back to school buzz of limitless potential. Instead of shopping for school supplies and first day of school outfits, though, I’m online looking at Kevlar hoodies and bulletproof backpacks. This year, I’m not worried my kid won’t fit in – I’m praying he won’t be carried out.
After so many school shootings, I’m scared. Scared of what happens when that student who seems a little off or angry or cruel, whose parents don’t notice or take it seriously, whose issues the school is “dealing with”, finds access to a gun. Terrified because I know I can’t protect my child – and the government won’t. Confused because these students need help and not stigma, and it’s oddly the guns who have the stronger lobby.Continue reading...
As a former student of Filton Technical College in Bristol, I am determined we treat further education colleges with the seriousness they deserve.
College – and my economics teacher Charalambos Stamboulieh – helped make me who I am today, the first FE chancellor of the exchequer. I attended a comprehensive school in Bristol; my eldest brother, Tariq, had left school at 16 and gone straight into work. Nobody in my family had attended university. But then I started hearing about university from my cousin it sounded pretty appealing, and I wanted to keep my options open.Continue reading...
Figure is in line with leaked draft education strategy that included behaviour crackdown
The government has announced a £14bn cash injection over three years for England’s schools, setting out a key aspect of the chancellor’s plans before next Wednesday’s spending review.
The funding boost is in line with the new education strategy leaked to the Guardian this week, with £2.6bn for schools in 2020/21, compared with £2.8bn in the draft document. The additional funding will then increase to £4.8bn in 2021-22 and £7.1bn in 2022-23.Continue reading...
Multigenerational building would also include care home for older people
The UK’s first car-free school is being planned in Leeds as part of a multi-generational building that includes a care home for older people.
The developers hope many children will walk to the 420-place primary school, which will have no parking spaces for staff or visitors and will discourage drop-offs.Continue reading...
Flyers also accuse schools of promoting ‘transgenderism and homosexual lifestyles’
Leaflets suggesting that relationship education lessons will encourage primary school children to masturbate have been handed out in London.
Other material seen by the BBC said parents “will be questioned on the day of judgment” if they do not challenge the lessons on compulsory relationships education in primary schools in England and relationships and sex education (RSE) in secondary schools from September 2020.Continue reading...
A teachable moment: educators must join students in demanding climate justice | Jonathan Isham and Lee Smithey
We risk losing credibility with young people if we cannot take action in support of the defining cause of their generation
Sometimes it’s the students who teach. This week, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City in a zero-emissions yacht, en route to the United Nations climate change summit. The purpose of the trip? Let’s call it a teachable moment.
Over the past year, Greta and more than 2 million teens around the world have led school strikes for climate justice, demanding that their leaders end the age of fossil fuels. Now these young people have declared 20 September 2019 a historic day for a global climate strike by all people, young and old.Continue reading...
Leaders urge government to boost funding for struggling schools ahead of review
Furious last minute lobbying for additional funding for schools, colleges and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is under way in the run-up to next week’s spending review.
Leaders of the biggest teaching unions had an hour-long meeting with the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, on Thursday, and made their case for more money for struggling schools as part of a long-term funding plan.Continue reading...
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