Could you teach with a child telling you to f-off every five minutes?

The Guardian Unlimited - 14 hours 51 min ago

Headteacher Richard Boyle, who featured in Channel 4 documentary The Last Chance School, on why students in special schools are misunderstood

Richard Boyle is the principal of Muntham House School in West Sussex. The residential special school for boys with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties was recently the subject of a Channel 4 documentary – The Last Chance School.

It was either teaching or working down the pit. My granddad, who was a miner, threatened to break my legs if I followed in his footsteps. My mum wasn’t too happy about it either. So from the age of about 15 or 16 I set my sights on becoming a teacher. I wanted to work with the difficult kids, so after finishing university, I got a job at a big comprehensive in Oxfordshire, working in the special educational needs department and teaching history. I flitted between the two roles until eventually they put me in charge of year 11. Those were the kids that caused a lot of problems and were difficult to work with, but I loved it. I had a good rapport with them. I then got a job at a nearby special school.

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Swamp or success: your school is being racially profiled

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 19:29

Ofsted’s rush to tackle extremism in education is symptomatic of a political frenzy born of hatred.

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Students gaining good degrees with 'little or no work', says Which?

Telegraph - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 08:15
A study from Which? raises major concerns over value for money at British universities following the imposition of £9,000 tuition fees






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Girls world: what teenage girls want to be when they grow up

Telegraph - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 08:00
What can a group of teenage girls from two very different schools teach us about privilege, ambition, feminism and other things besides?






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Half of places at top university 'to go to foreign students'

Telegraph - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 07:45
Edinburgh University says it wants to see 50 per cent of places go to students from outside the UK as figures show institutions are increasingly reliant on foreign fees






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The battle against Islamism should start in schools

Telegraph - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 06:00
Telegraph View: Any potential radicalisation in Tower Hamlets schools needs to be confronted - and it's not C of E schools we should be worried about.






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Teacher recruitment falling short for third straight year

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 06:00
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Call to sanction failing universities

BBC - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 00:07
It should be easier to remove the degree-awarding powers of universities that fail to meet academic and consumer standards, a report by Which? says.
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The Observer view on violence against women

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 00:05
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Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates

The Independent - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 00:00

University students do not believe they are being challenged enough in their studies, according to a new report by the consumer watchdog Which?








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Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls, study shows

The Independent - Sun, 23/11/2014 - 00:00

Bright girls from poor backgrounds are falling behind in class as cash to raise standards is concentrated on boys, it is claimed today. Research into school spending reveals that boys on free school meals make 50 per cent more progress in secondary school than girls.








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The school that's 'too British'

Telegraph - Sat, 22/11/2014 - 07:00
Peter Stanford visits the school that was marked down for being 'too British' by Ofsted






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Texas finally approves history textbooks amid religious and political concerns

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 22:30

Books accepted on eighth attempt after disagreements over portrayal of Moses, Islam, and Ronald Reagan

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'Extremist risk' at Muslim schools

BBC - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 20:16
Pupils at six east London schools are "vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation", Ofsted's Sir Michael Wilshaw says after snap inspections.
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‘Radicalisation risk’ at six Muslim schools in London

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 19:36
Ofsted orders east London schools to change or face closure amid concerns that pupils are not being taught British values Continue reading...
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The Ofsted report about my former school is way off the mark

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 19:31

The Jamiatul Ummah Islamic faith school in Tower Hamlets has been condemned as inadequate – but I did OK after going there

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VIDEO: 'Extremist risk' at Muslim schools

BBC - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 19:29
Pupils at six east London schools are "vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation", Ofsted's Sir Michael Wilshaw says after snap inspections.
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Chinese maths teachers help English pupils make the grade

BBC - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 18:37
Chinese maths teachers brought into English primaries
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Six Muslim schools threatened with closure

The Independent - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 18:35

Pupils at six Muslim independent schools could be “vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation”, Chief Schools Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.








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VIDEO: Dyson: 'Keep engineers in Britain'

BBC - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 17:06
James Dyson tells the BBC it is important to keep engineers in Britain to produce hi-tech exports, as he announces a £1bn investment in research and development.
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