Education secretary asks headteachers to consider using sustainable alternatives
Schools are being encouraged to set themselves the target of eliminating their reliance on single-use plastics by 2022.
The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has urged headteachers in England to consider using sustainable alternatives instead of non-recyclable plastic for items such as straws, bottles, bags and food packaging.Continue reading...
In seeking to explain the phenomenon of grade inflation in some of our higher education institutions (Universities watchdog threatens fines over grade inflation, 19 December), the Office for Students might reflect on just how the “value” and meaning attaching to a first-class degree has been impacted by the incremental shift of emphasis imposed upon the HE sector by policymakers. There is a fundamental tension within the sector between market principles and scholarly values: a tension which will inevitably be handled differently by different institutions.
In an environment where students and teachers alike are ever more instrumentally driven by the dynamics of competition, judgments about how to differentiate between the results of hard work and intellectual competence (warranting a 2:1) and originality and intellectual agility (warranting a first) are ever more difficult to make. There is no easy balance to be struck between, on the one hand, the demand that we optimise the employment prospects of undergraduates and the “competitiveness” of our institutions, and, on the other, sustaining the ideal that HE is about promoting the inherent value of human understanding.
Professor of social policy, London School of Economics
Researchers explore whether genes and early eating habits may trigger disordered eating
Eating disorders, which often arise before adulthood, have been increasing in recent years and about a quarter of young people report having symptoms, according to MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a research charity.Continue reading...
All I remember from my relationship and sex education in school is phallic objects, condoms and everyone being terrified of pregnancy. Looking back it’s clear how disjointed and inadequate this was at a time when I was struggling with the complexity of being a black, queer, working-class boy navigating life inside and outside school.
If I had been given information about the kind of relationships I would later come to be in and given the space to think critically about my gender it would have made my road to self-acceptance a less bumpy one. It was also a missed opportunity to address toxic elements of masculinity such as suppressing emotion or objectifying women. Modernising the sex and education curriculum wouldn’t just make LGBT+ people safer, but would benefit the wellbeing of all students.Continue reading...
Warum boomen Privatschulen gerade im Osten? Ein Gespräch mit dem Bildungsforscher Marcel Helbig.
An den Hand-in-Hand-Schulen in Israel sitzen jüdische und muslimische Kinder in einer Klasse.Dieses Miteinander, so die Hoffnung, sollen sie eines Tages in die Gesellschaft tragen.
An der Uni Marburg experimentiert der Anglist Jürgen Handke mit Robotern in der Lehre. Der Gipfel der Digitalisierung - doch Handke und sein Team besteigen ihn allein.
After watching her students battle the odds to find work, journalism lecturer Wendy Sloane is taking action to help level the playing field
Julia Johnson isn’t your typical journalism trainee. She didn’t prepare for her career through stints at her local newspaper or writing a blog; she did it running pubs and clubs in Hackney. But she sees the experience as an asset: “You listen, and you hear gossip. Just like a good journalist.”
As a black, working-class woman, Johnson doesn’t conform to the journalist mould in other ways. It’s a notoriously homogenous profession. Recent figures published by the National Council for the Training of Journalists show that journalists are more than twice as likely to come from the wealthiest socio-economic backgrounds than the overall population (39% compared to 15%). Just 5% of journalists working in the UK are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, compared to 9% in the wider economy. And according to the Sutton Trust, 51% of top journalists in the country went to private schools – more than seven times the national average.Continue reading...