UK university class sizes falling, study finds

The Guardian Unlimited - 4 hours 5 min ago

Money committed to areas such as sport, careers services and counselling has increased under coalition government since legislation to increase tuition fees

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The Guardian view on Britain’s choice 2015: science policy

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 19:28
It is not enough to make vaguely encouraging noises: all the parties need a deeper commitment to the value, and values, of science Continue reading...







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Diversity in school leadership: the higher up you go, the harder you have to fight

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 26/04/2015 - 08:00

As a black woman and single mother, deputy headteacher Brenda Neburagho has broken a few glass ceilings. Here she talks stereotypes, role models and childcare

As a deputy head, Brenda Neburagho is among a disconcertingly small percentage of black teachers to have made it into a leadership role. Only 6.7% of the teaching force is from an ethnic minority group compared to 12.8% of the population as a whole. And the number of headteachers who are BME is even lower – just 2.4%.

Neburagho says she has never had someone be openly racist at work, but at times she has encountered prejudice. “The situations that I come across are much more subtle and this can make it harder to confront.”

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'It's not just about performing'

BBC - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 16:01
Top women in the arts offer advice to girls
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Pupils sent to Sikh school in shortage

BBC - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 15:15
More than 20 pupils have been allocated to a Sikh-ethos free school in Leeds that they did not choose, amid a squeeze on places.
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Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist

The Independent - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 11:33

Constant use of technology such as smartphones is making today's children display borderline "autistic" behaviour, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist has warned.









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Are we failing parents whose children are taken into care?

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 08:30
Social services can remove child after child from the same mother, without her being offered the help she needs to become a good-enough parent. The result is heartbreak, and very expensive – but now judges are calling for a new approach Continue reading...







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Smartphones making children borderline autistic, warns expert

Telegraph - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 08:00
Young children today are less able to read human emotions than pupils four decades ago, an expert has said







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Captured: children's playgrounds from around the world

Telegraph - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 08:00
Whether for a privileged pupil in London or a slum-dweller in Nairobi, breaktime is a universal part of the school day - but there the similarity ends, as the photographer James Mollison discovered







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Breaking out of the confines of A-levels with the IB

Telegraph - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 07:00
Supporters of the International Baccalaureate - and there are many - claim it teaches pupils how to think, says Eleanor Doughty







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Secret Teacher: make me education secretary and I'll sort out this mess

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 07:00

Politicians have over-complicated education reform. If I had a week in office, I’d give teachers time and space to do their job and the rest would fall into place

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It’s not rocket science; since the dawn of time people have been teaching and, as a result, mankind has steadily progressed. Yet for the first time in history, I’m worried that we could be de-evolving. I’m worried that upcoming generations will graduate less intelligent than their predecessors because the education system has finally hit crisis point and will crumble under current, ludicrous management.

Let’s be honest, teachers haven’t got a clue about what is going on at the top. We know about our actual job – teaching is the easy bit – but we waste most of our working day trying to jump through hoops we’re not sure still exist, that have been renamed “circular target spaces”, that have been moved and hidden somewhere or that, it was decided today, had to be jumped through last week.

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‘Sponsorship money, raffles and more bloody cakes’: where’s the fun in fundraising?

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 06:59
Clare Mackintosh has had enough of fundraising for her children’s primary school. Can’t she just cut out the middleman and hand over the cash? Continue reading...







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What I’m really thinking: the member of Mensa

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 06:00

‘Relationships were a problem, as there aren’t many men who like smart women. I tried socialising in Mensa. I don’t any more. Being intelligent doesn’t make you empathic or honest’

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From the archive, 25 April 1975: A willing (unofficial) student

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 25/04/2015 - 05:30

Refused a place at her local comprehensive, 14-year-old schoolgirl dons uniform and attends lessons unnoticed

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Drugs regulators warn against giving codeine to children

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 20:03

Evidence suggests side-effects from use of pain killer include breathing problems, says European Medicines Agency

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Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'

The Independent - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 20:01

The working lives of teachers have become “unbearable” because of constant monitoring and as a result they are quitting in such numbers that the profession is heading for a crisis, according to an open letter to The Independent signed by 1,200 teachers.









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If only every child had the quality of education enjoyed at private schools

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/04/2015 - 15:32
In England we have equality but some have more of it than others – just look at education
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