My middle son received an email from the local Labour party, regarding the scrutiny of new membership applications. It’s not about his application – he joined six months ago, and appears to be considered something of a senior figure in the party – but about those of two boys in his year at school. One, the party suspects, is actually a Conservative supporter, and therefore faces expulsion “under clause 2.I.4.B of the Labour party rules”. The other, well, they’re just suspicious. Could my son please confirm that his classmate is a secret Tory, or provide assurances that his other classmate is as Labour as he claims?
Let us put aside for a moment the fact that everyone concerned in this micro-witchhunt is 17 (I’ve got a feeling the sender of the email isn’t long out of school himself) – an age when your track record as a supporter of anything is liable to be brief or non-existent, and precisely the time of your life when you might experience a genuine change of heart. And let’s forget about the muddy nature of loyalty and how it might colour any answer to that email.Continue reading...
Severest shortages are in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands where 20 primary schools are without head teachers, and nearly 190 teaching posts remain vacant
Council leaders across northern Scotland have called for urgent action to deal with a shortage of teachers after failing to fill nearly 300 teaching and head teacher posts.
The severest shortages are in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands where councils now have 20 primary schools without head teachers and nearly 190 teaching posts vacant in primary and secondary schools.Continue reading...
School pupils who suffer from hay fever do worse in their end of year exams and may be less likely to go to a top university than classmates who do not suffer from the condition, according to new research.
Home schooling in the US is steadily increasing and out west there’s now the added allure of being exempt from a law mandating vaccines for schoolkids
With the passage of a new law this summer mandating vaccines for schoolkids in California, home school advocates and organizations say they are seeing surging interest in off-campus education options that would exempt them from the requirement.
“The word on the streets is that, yes, people are coming to home schooling,” said Sarah Ford, membership director for Sonoma County Homeschoolers Nonprofit in northern California.Continue reading...
If you missed out on a place at university and you’re taking a year out, use the time to gain valuable experience
Not every school leaver will have the confidence to chat about teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases to young people. But that’s exactly what Tegan Morgan did for a year as a volunteer before applying to university.
“Torfaen, where I’m from, has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Wales. A lot of my friends are now parents,” says Morgan, who worked for the organisation Volunteering Matters, which trains and accommodates volunteers to work in community projects in the UK and abroad.Continue reading...