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What do most artists have in common? A second job

1 hour 29 min ago

There’s no way to make ends meet in the arts, where part-time work is the new normal. But how best to manage the side-hustle?

A short video was recently posted to Twitter showing a dancer performing outside Hamleys toy store in London dressed as an elf. The slightly snippy caption reads: “‘Leading role they said. West End location they said.’” The post prompted a flurry of supportive tweets, including one from Irish actor Nicola Coughlan, who wrote: “When I finished drama school I was incredibly broke. Things I did in jobs included: dressing up as a cow and walking around Covent Garden, making bath bombs at birthday parties for wealthy kids, handing out Froyo. Acting is really hard to break into, more power to you Mr Elf.”

‘Leading Role they said. West End location they said.’ pic.twitter.com/10xkvpSaLh

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Crime victims can find it healing to meet offenders – but too few know it

3 hours 50 min ago

Awareness of restorative justice can give victims a sense of closure – and makes the criminal justice system more efficient

Related: Restorative justice 101: Meeting the man responsible for my sister's death | Sean Gorman

Restorative justice consists of a meeting between a criminal offender and their victim or a representative. This meeting challenges offenders to confront their crimes and fully realise the consequences of their actions in order for them to make positive changes. The encounter only takes place if both parties agree and if it is carefully mediated by a third party. In 2015, the Victims Code gave victims a right to be informed about restorative justice. However, this is only a reality for less than than 5% of victims, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2016.

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What stopped you applying to Oxbridge?

9 hours 20 min ago
Why are high-flying state school pupils less likely to apply to Oxford or Cambridge than their private school peers? We asked some

New research from the Sutton Trust has shown that high-flying pupils from state schools are far less likely to apply to Oxbridge than their peers in the private sector and, if they do apply, are less likely to be successful. We asked talented A-level students what stopped them applying.

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Child abuser in our midst: ‘He was like the Pied Piper, children flocked to him’

10 hours 35 min ago
Marilyn Hawes, a teacher whose sons were sexually abused, is working to change how schools warn children about grooming

Marilyn Hawes vividly remembers the first time she met Jeff Carney. It was 1981, and she and her husband were at church in Wokingham with their one-year-old son. “He was in a pew behind me tapping me on the shoulder saying: ‘You’re a lovely mum. Where’s your little boy going to go to school?’” Carney explained that he was the new headteacher of the local Church of England primary school, telling her: “A boy really needs a man on the staff.”

Thus began a friendship that was to have devastating consequences. Every week, Carney would talk to Hawes after church. Eventually her son became a pupil at his school, followed by his younger sister and twin brothers, born in 1986.

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Degrees for the rich, apprenticeships for the poor – that’s not a world of parity | Laura McInerney

11 hours 4 min ago
The education secretary wants to end snobbery over vocational qualifications. Tell that to the wealthy

Somewhere, right now, a 17-year-old is afraid to tell her family she wants to go to university. At £9,000-plus a year it feels like a luxury, a thing for other people. Even though she achieved the highest results in her school, and has spent her whole life wanting to be an engineer, she knows her parents are terrified of university debt and that attending the best institutions, in far-flung cities, would mean moving away.

Now imagine this 17-year-old was listening earlier this year as the education secretary – the guardian of aspiration – announced that poorer young people would be better off studying near to home through a “commuter degree” in order to save pennies. That would be the education secretary, Damian Hinds, by the way, who studied at Oxford University, 153 miles away from his hometown near Manchester.

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Daily Mile gets £1.5m to boost fitness in English primary schools

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 19:54

Sport England funding to pay for major expansion of back-to-basics child exercise scheme

The Daily Mile, the back-to-basics fitness initiative for schoolchildren, has received a £1.5m cash injection from Sport England, which hopes to spread the word about it to every primary school in England.

The national lottery money represents the biggest expansion of the scheme which began six years ago with children at a primary school in Stirling running five laps round the playing field. It is now a regular fixture at 3,500 schools in England and for 1.25 million children worldwide.

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Did you solve it? Can you speak Twitter?

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 19:00

The solutions to today’s quiz and puzzle

Earlier today I set you a quiz about Twitter slang, and a maths puzzle. Here are the answers, with discussion and workings!

The following ten words and phrases emerged in Twitter communities, and are beginning to cross over to general users. Under each word or phrase are two possible definitions. Which is the correct one?

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Student essentials: apps to make university life easier

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 14:17

Here are students’ favourite apps for managing uni life – from note-taking and revision to sharing a flat

Use your phone wisely and there are loads of apps out there to help you stay on track with revision and timetabling studies, health, mindfulness, and money-saving. Here are some of the best apps to to help manage life at uni.

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Protesting about poor intake into grammar schools is middle-class entitlement | Melissa Benn

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 13:15
Tinkering with this fundamentally flawed education system always leads to trouble, as this petition in Birmingham shows

“Middle-class families protest at their exclusion from grammar schools.” Not your usual headline, but news nonetheless of a petition signed by thousands of parents objecting to a plan by Birmingham’s six grammar schools to boost the number of poorer children gaining entry. The parents say they are concerned at the possible dilution of high academic standards, but not far beneath is a clear worry that changes to admissions will mean fewer places for middle-class kids.

The situation reveals just how fraught the politics of entry to selective schools has become. Theresa May’s ill-judged decision to expand grammar schools is possibly her sole flagship domestic reform. Yet only a tiny number of poorer children gain entry to these schools: nationally, grammars accept only 3% of children on free school meals, and families in the Birmingham area pay up to £5,000 to coach their primary-age children for the 11-plus test.

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Student loan shake-up puts £12bn hole in public finances

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 13:06

National deficit increases after ONS says student loans count as government spending

Philip Hammond is facing a £12bn hole in the public finances this year after changes to the way student loans are treated on the government’s books, reflecting that many will never be repaid.

In a stroke of the pen from the Office for National Statistics, student loans will now be treated as part financial asset in the national accounts, because some will be repaid, while part will be classified as government expenditure, as some loans will never be paid back in full.

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Can you solve it? Do you speak Twitter?

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 09:10

Test your knowledge of Tweet-speak, plus a social media maths puzzle

This week, two puzzles about social media. The first is something new for this column, a language quiz, and below it is the usual fare, a mathematical conundrum.

In the 1990s, I used to write a weekly column in the Guardian about language. Were I to write the column today, one of my first subjects would be Twitter slang. Tweet-speak is a form of constrained writing: necessarily brief, and with a distinctive holler.

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Many pupils in England hungry and badly clothed, say teachers

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 02:01

Union says schools overwhelmed by funding cuts and increasing child poverty

Teachers have warned that growing levels of poverty across England are having a devastating effect on pupils, with more children going hungry and being unable to afford warm clothes this winter.

The findings from the National Education Union paint a harrowing picture of day-to-day poverty in schools. Teachers say that a lack of food, poor housing and unsuitable clothes are overwhelming pupils and cash-strapped schools.

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Two-thirds of teachers think of quitting over bad behaviour, survey finds

Δευτέρα, 17/12/2018 - 00:57

Many also fears disruptive pupils discourage newcomers to profession, claims thinktank

Three-quarters of teachers frequently have to deal with disruptive behaviour in school and many have considered quitting as a result, a survey has suggested.

Almost two thirds of teachers are considering or have previously thought about leaving the profession, while 71% said would-be teachers are being put off by concerns around poor pupil behaviour, the Policy Exchange thinktank said.

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Change in student loan accounting could add £10bn to national debt

Sun, 16/12/2018 - 17:38

Possible decision by ONS would reopen question of funding of students in England

The government faces an extra £10bn being added to its borrowing as the result of a radical shake-up in the accounting for student loans, with experts warning of increased uncertainty over the outlook for university funding.

The Office for National Statistics is due to announce its plans to change provisions for student loans in the UK’s national accounts, with any change likely to both affect the government’s public sector deficit policies and throw open questions of how students in England are funded.

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Children in special needs education face £1.6bn cash shortfall

Sun, 16/12/2018 - 02:05
Crisis looms despite £350m boost as court appeals by parents for vital funding surge

A crisis in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities could result in a £1.6bn funding shortfall and a surge in parents resorting to legal action for help, the Observer can reveal.

The latest figures come as the government announces that it is providing an extra £350m to ease the crisis over the next two years, amid growing demand for specialist support and facilities for children with complex needs.

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UK university tells Iranian student: go home and get tuition fees in cash

Sat, 15/12/2018 - 16:00

Undergraduate at Reading hit by Trump’s sanctions fears ‘economic blockade’ against students

Iranian university students in the UK are facing suspension from their courses because of President Trump’s newly reimposed sanctions on the country.

Law student Parsa Sadat of the University of Reading is among those Iranians who risk being unable to graduate, and possibly having their student visa removed, because they are unable to pay tuition fees.

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We’ve got the degrees, so why do Muslim women struggle to get jobs? | Aina Khan

Fri, 14/12/2018 - 15:00

Austerity is partly to blame, but racism and Islamophobia are still holding us back

For the last decade, more Muslim women than men are going into higher education. Armed with the professional gold dust of a degree, these women should be on the way towards a blossoming career.

However, a new report by the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR) highlights that for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim women like me, this glowing success vanishes as these women struggle to enter the labour market.

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Frontline gave me a practical, creative education in social work

Fri, 14/12/2018 - 09:56

The fast-track training programme is accused of lacking a focus on social justice, but university courses prioritise this too much

I remember my mum completing her social work training when I was in secondary school. We would pore over the books together. I always shared her commitment to working with others to support those who needed it.

My mum’s work led me to consider social work as a career that would suit my values and aspirations. I was part of the first cohort of Frontline, the fast-track training scheme for children’s social workers. I have benefited from the programme and been privileged with where it has taken me in my career. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have a different perspective to that offered in the recent piece by Anna Gupta and SocialWhatNow.

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Why do so few university graduates start their own businesses?

Fri, 14/12/2018 - 09:00

Entrepreneurship education in universities could be deterring young graduates from starting up companies

Entrepreneurship education has been around for more than 50 years, and is vital for the future economy. Yet data shows that 4.7% of recent graduates are self-employed or freelance, with only 0.6% having actually started their own business. This compares with 8.7% of the general population who have started a business in the last three years. So why are bright young graduates deciding against setting up their own companies?

At first glance, all seems to be going well: entrepreneurship activities have never been so prevalent at universities, with modules for students both on and off business courses. Extracurricular activities include boot camps, inspirational speakers, workshops and business plan competitions, with finance, mentoring and incubator space on offer to the winners.

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'Racist' Gandhi statue removed from University of Ghana

Fri, 14/12/2018 - 08:26

Monument installed two years ago taken away in middle of night amid controversy over Gandhi’s views about Africans

A Mahatma Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana after protests from students and faculty who argue the Indian independence leader considered Africans “inferior”.

The statue was unveiled at the university in the Ghanian capital Accra two years ago but has been the subject of controversy and was removed in the middle of the night on Tuesday, leaving just an empty plinth.

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