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Teachers to strike at Essex school facing conversion to academy

the guardian - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 18:25

Waltham Holy Cross at centre of parent-led campaign to keep primary under council control

Teachers at a school which has been at the centre of a parent-led campaign against plans to hand it to an academy trust are to hold four days of strikes beginning next week.

Industrial action at Waltham Holy Cross primary in Waltham Abbey, Essex, was announced as it emerged that the incoming trust, NET Academies, had been referred to the government’s Standards and Testing Agency (STA) over concerns about the administration of recent Sats testing of six- and seven-year-olds at the school.

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Counting calories in a maths test? The exam board should be ashamed

the guardian - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 15:18

Trying to recover from an eating disorder is torturous. Setting a GCSE question about calories shows a profound ignorance of a deadly illness

Pick any item of food and I will tell you how many calories there are in it. It is not a skill I’m proud of; it’s not even a good party trick. It is a product of mental illness, one that I have battled with since childhood, which eventually got me admitted to an eating disorders unit at the age of 31.

This week, students sitting a GCSE maths exam were asked the question: “There are 84 calories in 100g of banana. There are 87 calories in 100g of yogurt. Priti has 60g of banana and 150g of yogurt for breakfast. Work out the total number of calories in this breakfast.”

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Prom parties: Maesteg school gets 200 dresses donated

bbc education - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 10:07
A school has received 200 gowns to help pupils under "massive pressure to look their very best".
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School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap

the guardian - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 08:00

East London primary seeks charity’s help with pastoral care after budget cuts

A cash-strapped school has turned to BBC Children in Need for funding to support disadvantaged pupils.

Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, which has a large proportion of children from disadvantaged backgrounds – 89% of whom have English as a second language – has put in a bid to the charity for funding to pay for pastoral care for three years.

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‘It’s just ridiculous’: why a London school is seeking charity help

the guardian - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 08:00

Downshall primary is a success in a deprived community. But cuts to vital care services are taking a toll

Ian Bennett has been headteacher of Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, for 16 years. In that time he has seen council support and funding ebb away, as poverty and deprivation among the families his school serves has grown. The result is that the needs of his pupils have become greater, but he worries that as cuts bite he will be able to help them less.

Downshall (motto Dream, Persevere, Succeed) is a large, popular primary school serving a mixed, disadvantaged community. On Tuesday morning, the children are playing boisterously in the playground. The rain has held off, toys are scattered and sunflowers are growing apace in their pots.

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Give 16-year-olds more choice - employers

bbc education - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 03:33
Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to A-levels or T-levels, says business bosses.
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Trade war: How reliant are US colleges on Chinese students?

bbc education - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 02:46
American universities enrol hundreds of thousands of Chinese students each year.
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Stateless in Africa: Why 700,000 have their 'dreams ended'

bbc education - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 02:19
Sixteen-year-old Peter is a stateless citizen, which means he won't be able to finish his schooling.
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Education: Wales NHS bill will rise without PE lessons

bbc education - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 02:06
The new curriculum for Wales does not specify a set amount of physical activity every week.
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Universities urged to hire staff to investigate sexual harassment

the guardian - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 02:05

Report commissioned by Office for Students also calls for hate crimes to receive greater focus

Universities should hire specialist staff to investigate hate crimes and sexual harassment against their students, according to a report commissioned by the higher education regulator for England.

The institutions were also urged to encourage greater levels of reporting of such incidents, and hold sessions on consent for undergraduates and postgraduates, along with “bystander training” for students and staff to encourage prevention.

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What's the right age to quit maths?

bbc education - Wed, 12/06/2019 - 01:40
Arts students are protesting their school's academic requirements. Should they have to take maths?
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Financial advice on offer to teenagers

bbc education - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 23:33
A group of teenagers learns about handling their finances.
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Why Corbyn is right to ditch social mobility | Dawn Foster

the guardian - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 18:33
Focusing on raising up a fortunate few is the easy option. Far better to improve life for all

For decades now, social mobility has been feted as the answer to society’s ills. Conservatives have always embraced the idea of grammar schools – that giving a top tier education to bright children from working class backgrounds provides them with the opportunities their middle class counterparts take for granted. And from the mid-1990s, the Labour party shifted its emphasis from equality of outcome to equality of opportunity and raising aspiration.

Social mobility has proven seductive to all sides of politics for two reasons. It is difficult to argue against: shouldn’t smart but disadvantaged kids be offered the opportunity to fulfil their potential? And the beneficiaries of schemes that pluck individuals from impoverished backgrounds and help them climb the social ladder tend to place great stall in their own backstory, and defend the system vociferously.

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P1 assessments to continue with 'important modifications'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 18:11
An independent review of P1 assessments says they should continue if "modifications" are made.
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Ethiopian woman gives birth and sits exams 30 minutes later

bbc education - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 14:03
She took the exams in hospital because she did not want to wait another year to graduate.
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Beano readers vote Sussex school pupils funniest in the UK

bbc education - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 13:31
Having a laugh in the classroom - meet the pupils who came up with the funniest joke, say Beano readers.
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Birmingham anti-LGBT protesters banned from school by injunction

the guardian - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 13:25

Court order bars demonstrators from exclusion zone around Anderton Park primary

Protests against the teaching of LGBT equality at a Birmingham school have been temporarily halted following a high court injunction.

Birmingham city council secured the new injunction to protect Anderton Park primary school. The temporary order, which comes into force immediately, bans protesters from an exclusion zone in the streets surrounding the school in the Moseley area of Birmingham.

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Education : la mixité sociale s’invite dans les débats au Conseil de Paris

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 12:58
Pour lutter contre la ségrégation scolaire dans la capitale, des élus PCF proposent l’instauration d’un « forfait éducatif » qui bénéficierait aux collèges les plus mixtes.
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Ending exclusion: specialist teachers trained to support most vulnerable

the guardian - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 09:15

As concern mounts about ‘zero-tolerance’ in schools, teachers are lining up to learn a different approach

I felt teachers often judged me because of the way I looked. I didn’t get support for my anger management issues. I wasn’t given chances and often left in an exclusion room.” So says 16-year-old Mehdi, describing his experience in mainstream schools.

Mehdi says that his approach to education has been transformed since he arrived at London East Alternative Provision (Leap), in Tower Hamlets. While acknowledging the reasons for his exclusion from his last school, he says he felt unsupported in mainstream schools and that teachers were more concerned with the majority of less needy pupils.

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Universities condemn ‘catastrophic’ plan to link fees to graduate pay

the guardian - Τρίτη, 11/06/2019 - 09:00

Academics say Augar proposals could damage arts degrees and lose Britain its creative edge

Academics are warning it would be “despicable” if the government went ahead with recommendations to cut funding for some arts and humanities degrees on the basis that they don’t net big salaries for graduates.

Last week the prime minister’s commission on post-18 education funding called for a cut in university tuition fees from £9,250 to £7,500 a year. The review, chaired by former equities broker Philip Augar, said the government should make up the funding gap, which vice-chancellors say will amount to around £1.8bn. In addition, it called on the government to adjust support for different subjects to reflect the economic and social “value” of degrees, and how much they cost to teach.

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