Die Familien sind arm, die Eltern oft getrennt, viele Kinder haben Förderbedarf: Die Stimmung könnte mies sein - und trotzdem ist der Umgang an der Grimm-Schule freundlich. Wie haben sie das geschafft?
Morgens bringt Kai Schmidt 30 Schülern Mathe bei. Abends schauen dem "Lehrerschmidt" Tausende auf Youtube beim Rechnen zu. Dabei hatte er anfangs Gewissensbisse.
Disadvantaged children end up paying the price when parents are fined for their non-attendance at school
When it came to power in 1997, Labour picked up and ran with the Tories’ individualistic reforms to the school system. Along with school choice, league tables and academies, in came parental responsibility for absences. So I was disappointed, but not surprised, to be given a fixed penalty notice of £60 per parent as a result of taking our six-year-old out of school for two weeks during term time to visit Jamaica.
The fact that my son will have the chance to engage with world renowned scholars during that time (as I’m going for work on a writing retreat) meant nothing to the local authority. It is deemed less valuable than sitting in his classroom, thinking about next year’s Sats. This is a reminder that we have replaced education with schooling, putting a premium on the state-mandated curriculum rather than the much wider world of learning. But as annoying as it is to be penalised for taking my child out of school, it’s not really parents like me who are the targets of the non-attendance punishment industry.Continue reading...
Postdoc researchers like me aren’t considered university employees, even though we do all the work. This must change
Behind most of the technological advances we take for granted are brilliant researchers working long hours to complete experiments and advance our understanding. The backbone of this labour is made up of junior university researchers, or postdocs, who suffer poor progression opportunities, low job security and a dependence on their line managers for continued employment. This leads to bad science, bullying and discrimination, while driving a brain drain of our best and brightest away from academic research.Continue reading...
Bereits unmittelbar nach den Prüfungen hatten zahlreiche Schüler dagegen protestiert. Nun räumt die Schulbehörde ein, dass manche Aufgaben zu schwer waren.
Wer ein Gymnasium besucht, wird auf das Leben in einer Demokratie besser vorbereitet als Jugendliche anderer Schulen. Die Folgen, warnen Forscher, können brisant sein.
‘I don’t shirk change’ says the UCL provost. But many of his staff are not happy about his big expansion plans
University College London, founded nearly 200 years ago, was inspired by Jeremy Bentham, the philosopher who believed that rulers should aim for “the greatest happiness of the greatest number”. Today, UCL has grown to 42,500 students with plans to recruit a further 4,000, making it the largest UK university apart from the Open University. For the past six years, Michael Arthur, the softly spoken son of a cabinet-maker and a probation service assistant, who went to a state comprehensive in Harlow, Essex, has presided over this success story as UCL’s provost (vice-chancellor). But he has not achieved Bentham’s goal of the “greatest happiness” among UCL’s 6,500 academic and research staff.
All university leaders encounter hostility, but few can have attracted quite as much as Arthur. Some UCL academics feel such a “frenzy of hatred” against him that they would prefer “a blind, three-legged elephant” as provost – and that judgment, in a privately circulated note last year, came from his press officer (since departed). “He’s been a disaster,” one academic tells me. “This was once an egalitarian, collaborative place. It has become a Stalinist institution. The whole ethos has changed.”Continue reading...
John Bird says Chapter Catcher will do for illiteracy what the Big Issue did for homelessness
Almost 30 years after founding the Big Issue, John Bird is launching a new magazine that aims to do for illiteracy what his first publication did for homelessness.
The peer, who only learned to read while in prison as a teenager, says Britain needs to become a “cognitive democracy”, and that a “revolution in reading” is the best way to bring this about.
The proposals are significantly regressive, increasing total payments made by lower earners, such as teachers and nurses
As Sir Humphrey would have said, taking on the job of reviewing post-18 education, and especially its funding, is a courageous decision. The system is so grim, and the possibilities for significant change so limited, that even those who benefit from changes will complain that not enough has been done, while those who expect to lose will not hold back their anguish.
Nevertheless, the man who agreed to serve when called, the banker Philip Augar, assisted by a highly eminent and respected team, has finally reported. Pencils, nay swords, had been sharpened in advance, for we knew that hope must be abandoned by all who entered here.Continue reading...
A measles outbreak at three London schools has reopened the debate about vaccination
A measles outbreak at three London schools has prompted Public Health England to issue an urgent warning to headteachers, asking them to encourage staff, parents and children to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Measles cases worldwide rose by 300% during the first three months of 2019 and annual vaccination rates in the UK have fallen below the target of 95% of the population for several years.Continue reading...
It would take an extra £48.6m a year to meet pledge of spending £5,000 per pupil
Given that he has a bit of form with such pledges, Boris Johnson’s promise that he would ensure every secondary school in England would spend £5,000 per pupil per year was bound to raise an eyebrow or two.
The first – and most obvious – question to be raised by the promise made by the frontrunner to replace Theresa May as prime minister is whether the money is there to fund it. The Treasury has been squeezing schools’ spending since 2010 as part of the government’s austerity drive, so would Philip Hammond (no big fan of the former foreign secretary) simply say no?Continue reading...
Youtube ist wichtig für die Schule, sagen viele Schüler. Die Plattform bietet kostenlos Nachhilfe - birgt aber auch Gefahren. Autoren einer Studie rufen die Politik zum Handeln auf.