MenACWY vaccine will be introduced for 14-18-year-olds as well as students under age of 25 attending university for the first time this autumn
Students and teenagers across Britain will be offered a new meningitis vaccine to protect them against an outbreak of a highly aggressive variant of the disease.
Cases of meningitis W (MenW) have been on the rise since 2009, and in February the government’s joint committee on vaccination and immunisation declared an outbreak in England and Wales.Continue reading...
As the summer break is in full swing for most UK pupils, we’ve swapped this month’s teaching resource for a brief look back at how previous generations of children enjoyed their freedom from the classroom - as captured in images from the GNM Archive.Continue reading...
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has failed to impress with her tips on reducing bureaucracy in teaching – but what if teachers followed the example of how government keeps its workload at bay?Continue reading...
Demands for times table tests on the first day of school, Yale applications for six-year-olds – pushy parents are making my students’ lives a misery
As teaching goes, I have little cause for complaint. I work with sparky, engaged students in a small independent preparatory school. My classroom was once a grand family dining room. I read the tales of English author Julia Donaldson beneath its original cornices as the breeze comes through the French doors. PE lessons take place on rolling fields and small class sizes come as standard. I enjoy teaching as much as my enthusiastic students enjoy learning.
But in my five years in this luxurious setting, I have witnessed an often incomprehensible level of competitiveness from parents. When we begin a new topic, I am besieged by young voices informing me that they have already done this, read that or learned all about it. This, of course, is because many parents employ tutors to pore over class newsletters and teach 90% of the term’s listed objectives in advance (albeit in the solitary confinement of their kitchen island).