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Equality watchdog launches inquiry into racial harassment at universities

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 21:34

EHRC move follows a string of high-profile racial incidents on UK campuses

Britain’s equality watchdog has launched an inquiry into racial harassment at universities amid mounting evidence of students and staff from minority groups facing abuse.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said on Tuesday it was aware of claims from some student groups that universities were “brushing incidents under the carpet unless they go viral on social media”.

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Ofsted warns teachers against 'gimmicks' such as Brain Gym

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 21:00

Ofsted chief says schools must get back to basics and not rely on an ‘elixir’ to raise standards

The chief inspector of schools in England has warned teachers and policymakers against resting their hopes on the latest educational gimmicks and urged them instead to focus on getting the basics right.

Launching her second annual report as head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman advised against the likes of Brain Gym, a controversial programme of exercises favoured by some schools that claims to improve children’s cognitive ability.

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Contra: Bildungsföderalismus: Schämt euch, Länder!

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 19:56

Der schulpolitische Flickenteppich ist eine Qual für Lehrer, Eltern und Schüler. Das Lamento der Ministerpräsidenten über den Digitalpakt ist ein Lamento über ihre eigenen Defizite.

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Pro: Bildungsföderalismus: Traut euch, Länder!

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 19:56

Deutschland braucht keine Einheitsschule von Kiel bis Konstanz, sondern einen Wettbewerb der Ideen. Die Länder sollten sich im Ringen um den Digitalpakt vom Bund keine Kompetenzen abkaufen lassen.

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No you Kant: Russians reject German thinker's name for airport

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 19:51
Russians are told it is unpatriotic to name Kaliningrad's airport after philosopher Immanuel Kant.
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Potty-training shaming – why blaming the parents is a political act | Zoe Williams

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 19:02
Demonising parents for not getting kids out of nappies is part of a wider class agenda at the heart of the austerity programme

Potty training is a parent’s job, according to Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, interviewed earlier this week. It’s such an uncontroversial statement – who could think otherwise? Even on a practical level, if you left it to a teacher, you’d run the risk of a child who was only potty-trained during school hours. Yet the statement fails a basic authenticity test: it does not mean what it appears to mean.

Related: Potty training gets messy. But I wouldn’t pay anyone else to do it | Fran Taylor

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Oxfordshire school introduces £50 cap for teacher presents

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 18:59
The private school in Oxfordshire says extravagant gifts are putting staff "in an awkward position".
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Meet the Brighton 'resource goddess' putting waste to good use

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 18:13

Brighton and Hove’s first ever reuse manager, Cat Fletcher, says there’s nothing hippyish about repurposing second-hand scrap

Many people think waste is smelly, rotten and useless. But Cat Fletcher, the self-styled “resource goddess”, doesn’t see it that way. In fact, she’s keen to get her hands on it. “To me there’s no such thing as waste – there’s just stuff in the wrong place,” she says. Fletcher, who runs several reuse programmes in Brighton and whose own home has “absolutely nothing new in it”, says we all need to reuse old things. And she says every business and council should employ someone like her to help them do it.

Fletcher, 55, founded Freegle UK, where thousands of people give their old things away online. “It’s a lovely social activity,” she says. For example, if you’re giving away a tennis racquet you might meet someone else who plays tennis. She also built the award-winning Waste House, along with architect Duncan Baker-Brown, on the University of Brighton’s campus in 2014. The house is filled with repurposed rubbish, such as old duvets, cut-off jeans and CDs. And it looks surprisingly stylish, too.

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Headteacher leaves primary school after tests investigation

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 17:34

Three Harris academy staff forced to leave after suspected tampering with Sats tests

The headteacher and two other staff members have left a London primary school after an internal investigation found that Sats papers had been systematically altered and missing answers added.

A letter to parents with children at the Harris primary academy Philip Lane in Tottenham, north London, said the headteacher, Emma Penzer, the deputy head and another teacher would not be returning to the school, after the year 6 national test results were cancelled.

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« Gilets jaunes » : le point sur les blocages et les interpellations

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 17:15
Mardi, de nouveaux incidents ont éclaté devant des lycées de la région parisienne, et Marseille reste particulièrement touchée.
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'Shortcomings' in half of Welsh secondary schools

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 12:13
Inspectors Estyn praise primaries - but say there is not enough pupil progress in secondary schools.
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La « fièvre jaune » s’invite à la porte des lycées

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 11:50
Des blocages, suivis de manifestations, ont été relevés lundi dans près de deux cents établissements.
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Michelle Obama: What's behind the former first lady's appeal?

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 11:44
Newsnight looks at the former first lady's appeal - especially to women and girls - around the world.
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Thousands of hard-to-teach pupils removed from schools - Ofsted

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 11:24

Inspectors say pupils are dropping off rolls as schools appear to be trying to boost exam performance illegally

Thousands of difficult-to-teach pupils are being removed from school rolls in an illegal attempt to boost exam performance, Ofsted has said.

Related: Schools can’t be substitute parents, Ofsted chief warns

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Racism at university: Inquiry launched by UK's equality body

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 09:16
Levels of racism seen in UK universities are "concerning", says Britain's national equality body.
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Smart Christmas presents for children – as chosen by teachers

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 09:15
A coding robot for early IT skills; a doll for making friends – and don’t forget a chess set. What teachers would put under the tree

Anastasia Boreham, deputy head of Maryland primary school in east London, recommends a light prism (£8.99) for children under three: “This enables children to study colour and light by making light patterns on the wall. Even babies and infants will enjoy this.”

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‘The will of the people’ is wrecking British universities

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 09:00

If Brexit makes the UK less welcoming to those from abroad, UK higher education will be looking into the abyss

I managed to go about 30 minutes without thinking about Brexit. Might be a new record for me. But if I can stop shaking my head long enough, I want to ruminate on what this expression of the will of the people means for universities.

First off, politicians claiming to know what “the people” voted for, whether leaving the single market, wanting a level playing ground for non-EU immigrants, or something about fish, are deluding themselves. I once witnessed a student society unanimously vote to fire an employee, even though no one really wanted him gone. They intended to send him a message to watch his step, by engineering a vote in which he would squeak through with a tiny majority. They badly miscalculated. Brexit morning brought this memory flooding back.

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Missing special needs support 'a national scandal'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 08:01
Ofsted chief paints a "disturbing" picture of the thousands of children left without special needs help.
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Britain’s skills failure shows the hollowness of May’s immigration pledge | Polly Toynbee

the guardian - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 08:00

A prime minister with a real plan for Brexit would have poured resources into training, answering the cry of the left behind

Could any good come from Brexit? Remainers in despair search in vain in these dark days for any shred of hope. What possible gain can come from this morass of fantasy and rightwing myth-making? But if controlling our borders swung most Brexit voters, could there be one upside to that instinctive xenophobic reflex?

Theresa May has always been adamantine in her insistence on cutting net immigration to less than 100,000, defying business and the cabinet. She has been willing to lose essential skilled workers and turn away valuable students to keep Britain hostile to allcomers.

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Water bill 'too expensive' to flush toilet

bbc education - Τρίτη, 04/12/2018 - 02:29
A report on poverty says water bills are now the most common arrears for poorer families.
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