School work and social media blamed for rise to 13,500 patients from 7,300 in 1997
The number of girls under the age of 18 being treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS figures.
The figure reached 13,463 last year against 7,327 in 1997. In comparison, the figure for admissions of boys who self-harmed rose from 2,236 in 1997 to 2,332 in 2017.Continue reading...
Comedian and broadcaster praises rise in geography entries at GCSE and A-level
The comedian and television presenter Michael Palin has praised the study of geography as a force for broadening the mind as fresh figures show a spike in take-up for the subject at schools in England.
The man behind travel shows including Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle says studying geography is key to understanding the world and “helping us to realise that we all share the same planet”.Continue reading...
Die Hildesheimer Professorin Marianne Kneuer wurde soeben an die Spitze des Weltverbandes der Politikwissenschaftler gewählt. Ein Gespräch über Bedrohungen der Wissenschaftsfreiheit und Publikationsdruck.
Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm: Sich gesellschaftlich zu engagieren, gehört mittlerweile zum Selbstverständnis der Hochschulen in Deutschland. Doch manche Wissenschaftler sehen diese "dritte Mission" durchaus kritisch.
In Schweden siezt man nur den König, in Kanada siezt man überhaupt niemanden. Und in Deutschland? Jeden Lehrer, spätestens nach der Grundschule. Schade, findet unsere Autorin.
Charles Moore wrote an article last week about the historic over-representation of Etonians in government. It was headlined: “With Etonians shunned in the modern cabinet, where will the new talent come from?”
Oh how we laughed, the sad bitter laugh of a broken system. Here are some of the places I would rather pull talent from over Eton: my local Harvester, the inpatients of my local maternity ward, my brother’s Narcotics Anonymous group. Also I’d like to speak up for the fellow I met yesterday at Heathrow who piled so many bags on to a trolley and drove it masterfully through a crowd of angry, tired travellers without even a furrowed brow. Put him in charge of the trains.Continue reading...
Last year the chief economist at the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, gave a fear-inducing speech that warned of Armageddon in the jobs market. Robots threatened 15 million UK jobs, he said.
This dystopian picture of busy machines and queues of jobless Britons was replaced this month by a rosier view from PwC, which made the opposite claim: robots and artificial intelligence could create as many jobs as they destroy, which happens to be around 7 million.Continue reading...
Heading off to university offers many students their first taste of adult life: their first adult relationships, the trials of flatsharing, budgeting, managing workloads, as well as drinking to excess and failing to adequately feed themselves. But for some it’s not as simple as mere growing pains: the university culture and student finance system can entrench existing inequalities at every step, with students from wealthy backgrounds able to rent superior accommodation, while students from less affluent backgrounds struggle with money, and students estranged from their families are left without accommodation during the holidays. As if that wasn’t bad enough, now the Student Loan Company has been accused to have been spying on vulnerable students.
A number of students who reported estrangement from their parents when applying for student finance reportedly had their social media monitored, with staff at the SLC searching for proof that the students had disproved their claims by made contact with their parents to disprove their claims. Several students had their loan payments stopped and then some are said to have dropped out of university despite no findings of fraud against them.Continue reading...
We’re not only patronised and harassed. I attended a venue in a rough neighbourhood, where delegates were physically threatened
I had looked forward to our association conference for months. I would be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting a new city, and hearing about exciting work in my field. In many respects, the event exceeded my expectations, with the kind of warm, collegial atmosphere that one hopes to find at every conference but seldom does. Yet anyone could see that something was wrong.
At the end of the day, the atmosphere was tense. Clusters of women huddled together in the hotel lobby, planning their routes home together, ordering taxis and sharing anecdotes of the street abuse they’d faced during the day.Continue reading...
Trussell Trust raises alarm about shortage of donations
Calls have been made for the public to donate to their local food bank during the summer holidays owing to increasing demand from families who rely on free school meals during term time.
The Trussell Trust, an anti-poverty charity, said an increase in food bank use over the summer was driven by a rise in demand by children, as it released figures from its network of more than 420 food banks across the country.Continue reading...
Gap in school meals provision means demand spikes during summer just as donations dry up
It was around January this year that Sid Taylor first began to notice that children attending the youth club where he worked in Salford were going hungry. “They’d tell us they hadn’t eaten all day and we realised that it was a need in the local area,” he said.
Staff at the club, in Little Hulton, started offering the children eggs or beans on toast, often paying for it out of their own pocket. “I got my slow cooker out and started making stews and they loved it,” said Taylor. “I realised we were getting them to eat really healthy things, things 12-year-olds would normally turn up their noses at.”Continue reading...
A fraud investigation has left students estranged from their families in extreme poverty. We need an understanding system
For many of us, the idea of not having a family to depend on is unimaginable.
But for some young adults studying at university, this is their everyday reality. The struggles they face go beyond lacking support and unconditional love – they can be penalised by the student loan system for their estrangement.
The size of the student loan given to young adults aged 18-24 is based on the household income of their biological or adoptive parents. Although it doesn’t make this explicit, the government expects parents to top up the loan. Yet there is no legal statute for young adults to claim the finance it is expected they should receive from family. This places them at the mercy of familial goodwill to provide it.Continue reading...
Zehntausende junge Menschen würden aus der Förderung herausfallen, kritisieren die Grünen. Opposition und Studentenwerk fordern eine radikale Reform des Programms.