Police and crime commissioner links growing number of exclusions with knife crime surge
Violent crime is being fuelled by schools that are increasingly using expulsions to protect their league table status, the police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands has said.Continue reading...
Nach der Ablehnung der Grundgesetzänderung durch die Ministerpräsidenten mahnt die SPD-Chefin zur Einhaltung des Koalitionsvertrages.
Etudiants étrangers : « L’augmentation des droits de scolarité heurte les fondements de l’université française »
Report finds 27.5% of children who received free school meals said they were often lonely
One in 10 children aged 10 to 15 in Britain are often lonely, according to the first official figures on child loneliness, described by the Children’s Society as heartbreaking.
Children who received free school meals, lived in a city and reported low satisfaction with their health or with relationships with friends and families were more likely to often feel lonely, according to analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Continue reading...
Damit wird der Bund voraussichtlich auch nicht von Januar 2019 an in die Digitalisierung der Schulen investieren können.
Lady Lumley’s school told students the festive season had become ‘commercialised’
A school that threatened to ban Christmas has been persuaded to reinstate it after receiving hundreds of “thoughtful” letters and emails from pupils.
Lady Lumley’s school in Pickering, North Yorkshire, cast itself as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge when it told pupils that the true meaning of Christmas had been “buried under an avalanche of commercialisation”.Continue reading...
Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal müssen Zündhölzer verschoben werden.
The humanities subjects do not benefit from the research excellence framework. They need a better system
The government’s research excellence framework (Ref) is perhaps the ultimate in bureaucratic exercises. It aims every seven years to assess, department by department, every “research active” academic in the UK. The aim is laudable: to ensure that a stream of research funding (known as QR) is distributed to universities fairly and transparently. But for the humanities, the Ref does nothing but harm.
Few would quarrel with the principle of a system of assessment for the humanities based on reading and judging work submitted, rather than one using citation indexes and other bibliometric data. But the scale of the task makes meaningful or honest assessment impossible. There are too few assessors to provide competent, specialised judgement on the range of work submitted. The workload imposed on them requires superhuman capacities: along with their normal teaching and research, panel members must read the equivalent of a full-length book every day for nine months.Continue reading...
A growing number of parents and guardians are paying for children as young as four to receive additional tuition. What is fuelling this booming industry?
As dusk falls in the Girlington district of Bradford, a trickle of cars begin to arrive in front of a small parade of shops. Parents who have just collected their children at the end of the school day are dropping them off at the Explore Learning tuition centre for extra maths and English coaching. The children sit at a cluster of computer terminals, where they log in to begin their evening studies. The atmosphere is relaxed and lighthearted. The children stay for an hour to work through their lessons, helped where necessary by a member of staff, with 15 minutes’ playtime at the end.
Located next to a Domino’s and a Subway, the Bradford branch of Explore Learning is a tiny window into Britain’s booming private tuition sector, now worth an estimated £2bn. At one time, private tuition meant a weekly one-to-one session at home with a tutor, the preserve of the privileged few. It is still not cheap – Explore Learning’s standard membership costs £119 a month, plus a £50 registration fee – but it is now on offer on our high streets, in supermarkets and increasingly online, with tutors offering their services from as far afield as India and Sri Lanka. Tutees include children who are little older than toddlers, pupils at prestigious private schools and undergraduates struggling at university. All are caught up in an educational arms race, which experts say is exacerbating social inequality.Continue reading...
This is a story about democracy in Britain, how badly it is broken and how it might be fixed. It is about people battling arrogant bureaucrats and highly paid company executives. Yet it is a world away from television debates, trade negotiations or legal small print. It concerns instead something far more fundamental: the schools our children attend. And it begins 30 miles from Westminster, in an Essex market town on Monday night this week.
While outside is drizzle and dark, inside Waltham Abbey town hall are almost 200 people worried about the future of a primary school. This meeting has been pulled together on a shoestring by parents living in a part of Essex where politics is usually about working out which candidate is wearing the blue rosette. Only tonight this hall looks like the setting for a suburban mutiny.Continue reading...