Exclusive: Support workers say estranged students lost funding despite no finding of guilt of fraud
The Student Loans Company (SLC) has been accused of spying on the social media accounts of vulnerable students as part of an anti-fraud drive that resulted in some losing funding and dropping out of university despite no finding of guilt against them.
SLC made a random selection of 150 estranged students, part of a group recognised as vulnerable because they have no relationship with their parents and tend to be financially disadvantaged, and asked them to provide evidence that they no longer had contact with their families.Continue reading...
Watchdog criticised for ‘ludicrous’ downgrading of Little Ducklings in Brighton
A nursery in Brighton had its Ofsted rating downgraded after the watchdog found that staff did not know how to protect children from adopting extreme views and potentially being radicalised.
The decision provoked anger among parents and a local councillor who criticised it as “absolutely ludicrous” and called for the state to “let children be children”.Continue reading...
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Universities need to adopt strategies that focus on the perpetrator – and the role of power – rather than the victim
Throughout history, and around the world, rape has been used as a weapon of war – a way to demonstrate and maintain power. But when it comes to addressing sexual violence on university campuses, we seem to have forgotten the role of power. Too often, we focus on teaching women how not to get raped, rather than teaching perpetrators not to rape. This strategy significantly misrepresents the problem of sexual violence.
Examining the role of power in sexual violence would help us more effectively address and eradicate sexual violence from university campuses.Continue reading...
Can summer work be life-enhancing? Writers, politicians and musicians share what they learned in the laundrette, behind the bar – or cleaning earwax off hearing aids
Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, believes young people taking a summer job is “connected to having a successful future … They can help people develop their customer service and problem-solving skills, build their resilience and attitude to work, as well as improve time management and the ability to juggle different priorities.” Last week, she launched a campaign “to make the case for part-time, Saturday and summer jobs”. She fondly recalled her own student holiday job as a waitress, and said it had directed her away from the law and towards a job in the media.
McVey has been under a cloud recently, accused of misleading parliament on the rollout of universal credit, so may be hoping for some good publicity. Unfortunately, her Telegraph article announcing her jobs-for-students campaign is, rather like her initial statement on universal credit, disingenuous. She says that “the percentage of young people working while studying has more than halved, falling to 18% in 2014 from 42% in 1997”. Readers would probably take this to include university students, but it is only the proportion of 16- and 17-year-olds holding down a part-time job that has halved. By contrast (and not mentioned by McVey), the proportion of university students who work while studying has risen, and is now almost eight in 10.Continue reading...