In Baden-Württembergs Schulen entfällt viel Unterricht. Von Gegenmaßnahmen der Kultusministerin ist die Lehrergewerkschaft GEW aber wenig begeistert.
By taking up a scholarship at the elite school, the 16-year-old is not being a traitor to his leftwing principles
When I picture an Etonian, a distinct image comes to mind. I think of a foppish, fair-haired boy, with a country house in one of the more fake-sounding “shires” (“Oh, you must visit our manor in Pompoushire”).
I don’t imagine a boy like Hasan Patel. The 16-year-old’s background is seriously unconventional for a prospective Etonian. He grew up on a council estate in east London, sharing a two-bedroom flat with his parents and brothers. His father lived in “abject poverty” in India before moving to the UK. He has spent his young life fighting for change; last year he became the youngest person ever to speak at a political party conference.Continue reading...
Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal geht es um Wahrscheinlichkeiten am frühen Morgen.
Watchdog calls for tough sanctions to punish trusts guilty of poor governance and misuse of public funds
The education of tens of thousands of children has been damaged by academy failures and the misuse of public funds, a parliamentary watchdog has concluded.
In a report published on Wednesday, the public accounts committee (PAC) said governance of academy trusts must be strengthened, and that the Department for Education’s (DfE) oversight must be more rigorous.Continue reading...
Hasan Patel, 16, accepts place despite criticising school’s ‘absurd and corrupt’ charitable status
A teenage supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who has been accused of hypocrisy on social media for accepting a scholarship to Eton has told his critics that he will use his education to “go out and tackle injustice”.
Sixteen-year-old Hasan Patel, a self-described socialist and avid supporter of the Labour leader, has accepted a £76,000 scholarship to study at Eton College, whose former pupils include Princes William and Harry, Boris Johnson and David Cameron.Continue reading...
- Union leader expects teachers approve deal on Tuesday
- Educators struck on 14 January for first time in 30 years
Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union reached a tentative deal on Tuesday that will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike against the nation’s second-largest district, officials said.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced the agreement at City Hall a few hours after a 21-hour bargaining session ended before dawn.Continue reading...
Forget hard hats and overalls – level 7 apprenticeships in financial services appeal to senior staff wanting to upskill
Back in 2015, when level 7 apprenticeships first launched, there were just 30 places on offer – and few companies had heard of them. Three years, and a further 4,500 starts later, these apprenticeships, which offer the equivalent of a master’s degree while you earn, are becoming big news.
The range on offer has increased, too. The digital and technology solutions specialist apprenticeship, for example, takes in leadership skills and how to transform the workplace, as well as designing complex IT systems. It was developed with employers including Accenture and and Capgemini.Continue reading...
The space industry is resurgent, and it needs qualified people. Rachel Hall speaks to Thais Russomano, who has made space physiology and social impact her life
“Ever since I was four years old I wanted to be an astronaut. Growing up in the south of Brazil in the 60s, nobody took me seriously. I was raised by two very strong ladies – my mother and grandmother. I was expected to work, make money and support myself. But the idea of me wanting to be an astronaut or astrophysicist was difficult for them to understand.
“Space is as much a part of my life as my arm; I can’t imagine life without it. But I had to study something, so I chose medicine. When I visited an uncle in the US, a professor at John Hopkins University, he took me to the world’s biggest private library. My uncle said: ‘Come on, you have seven floors of medicine and you’re sitting there watching videos about planets and stars? You have to do something related to space or you’ll be a very frustrated woman.’Continue reading...
As video and data skills change the face of journalism, universities must keep pace with their postgrad offerings
Back in the day, if your shorthand didn’t stretch to 100 words a minute, your chances of landing a journalism job were sketchy. These skills are now pretty much redundant – better to know how to whip up a frenzy on social media, build an interactive graphic, or number-crunch data. And with Cisco forecasting more than 1m minutes of video shared every second by 2021, understanding images has never been so important.
“Keeping up to date is a challenge for universities,” says former BBC journalist Lisette Johnston, now head of school at ScreenSpace in London, sister to MetFilm School, where postgraduate numbers are rising. “But the most impressive master’s programmes are those that replicate real working life – industry deadlines, working with others and so on.”Continue reading...
If we are to retain a first-rate higher education sector, we need to focus on whole-person building
Modern work – the reason most of us embark on the costly and challenging task of earning a higher degree – increasingly demands mindsets and skills centred on our personal attributes.
These include the so-called “soft skills”: trust and self-discipline, the ability to build and sustain networks, compassion and empathy, a curiosity about and awareness of the world, and to be able to collaborate as well as compete. In this complex environment, who you are is as vital as what you do – not only in the upper edges of leadership but in every role.Continue reading...
For cracking clubs and vegan cafes, glorious architecture and green spaces, students should look no further than Glasgow
Choosing which postgrad course to study is a big decision, but where to do it is almost as important. Glasgow ticks a lot of student boxes with its vibrant cultural scene and world-class nightlife. Is it right for you?
The University of Glasgow is based in the city’s bohemian West End, your first port of call for student nights out, whichever uni you’re at. Byres Road is an atmospheric strip of charity shops and cute cafes such as Kember & Jones. For something stronger, Dukes Bar serves keenly priced cocktails and hosts a great open mic night. Nearby is hipster haven Finnieston: for drinks, try the chic Kelvingrove Cafe, laid back Lebowski’s or the Ben Nevis for whisky, or sample Ox and Finch’s creative small plates for a perfect post-exams celebration. On the city’s south side, Pollokshaws is an up and coming area; highlights include Rum Shack, a raucous Caribbean cocktail joint, and Ranjit’s Kitchen, an inexpensive Panjabi cafe. For a slice of traditional Glasgow, try the Old Toll.
If you want to reskill, a tech-related postgraduate course could future-proof your career
We are in the middle of a fourth industrial revolution. The first saw the world move from rural societies to industrial urban centres; the second introduced mass production; and the third brought the digital revolution. The fourth is changing how we integrate technology into our lives, thanks to advances such as artificial intelligence (AI), nanotechnology and robotics. But what will this mean for humans as workers?
Retraining will be an essential feature of the new employment landscape, in which many jobs will be automated. Opportunities to reskill should be offered across the whole economy and supported by tax relief to ensure the UK is prepared for the changes ahead, a recent Social Market Foundation report suggested.Continue reading...
They don’t come cheap, but the blend of business skills offered by an MBA will pay for themselves many times over
An MBA can change your life – propelling you into a well-paid executive position, helping you change careers into a new industry, or enabling you to start a budding business empire.
Take Jaclyn Anderson’s example. Since enrolling on the online MBA at Warwick Business School in 2018, the mother of three has switched from an operational role to become head of strategy and founded a coffee roasting business as a side hustle – all without taking time off work or sacrificing her salary.Continue reading...
An exhibition in Cambridge shows how poems have been taught to GCSE students down the decades – with pupils’ own textbook annotations included
“This bum is the property of the Education department. Parents are asked to cooperate in seeing that the bum is kept clean and in good repair.”
You can almost hear the gleeful sniggers with which an unknown pupil at Grange Academy in Ayr neatly and repeatedly replaced the word “book” with “bum” in a poetry textbook in the 1970s. The defaced book, Here Today, is one of dozens of anthologies used by GCSE students over the decades that have been collected by former teacher Julie Blake, some of which are now on display at Cambridge University library.Continue reading...