VIDEO: Do children go hungry in the holidays?

BBC - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 07:50
The absence of free school meals during the summer holidays means some children are going hungry, according to a leading academic and a government adviser on child health.
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Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a Japanese schoolchild?

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 07:17

Area Maze is the a-mazing new game from prolific puzzle inventor Naoki Inaba. For the solutions to today’s puzzles, follow this link

Hello Guzzlers.

It is with huge pleasure that I introduce today’s puzzle, which is already a big deal in Japan. It’s called Menseki Meiro, or Area Maze, and I hope you find it as brilliant as I do.

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Reading 'boosts social relations'

BBC - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 00:58
A new study says reading for pleasure can help people relate to each other and increase their empathy.
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Schools teaching 'pro-Palestinian extremist agenda'

Telegraph - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 00:02
The National Union of Teachers is accused of 'spreading political propaganda' in classrooms to children as young as three









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Exam stress: Is 'clearing' fair to Scottish students?

BBC - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 00:01
Spare places may go to students from rest of UK
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Teenagers and students advised to take new meningitis vaccine

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 00:01

Vaccine introduced in response to rapid increase in cases of aggressive group W strain

Health officials are calling on teenagers to come forward for a new vaccine against meningitis and septicaemia, particularly if they plan to go to university in September.

From Monday, GPs will be inviting all 17- and 18-year-olds to take part in the MenACWY vaccination programme. They said first-year university students were particularly susceptible to meningococcal disease because they are likely to mix with a lot of new people.

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Ancient hillfort to be excavated

BBC - Mon, 03/08/2015 - 00:01
Little is known about Dun Deardail, which sits on a hill overlooking the River Nevis in Lochaber.
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A-level results: System ripe for reform following 'shambles'

Telegraph - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 09:34
The Department for Education is looking into reforms in response to increasing pressure on exam boards to deliver A-level and GCSE results on time









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The innovators: the personal rape alarm with a fast track to the police

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 09:00

Personal Guardian device fixes to clothing and alerts police to exact location of attack via monitoring station

When a woman was raped in the apartment complex where Rebecca Pick lived, the Strathclyde University student felt scared – and angry. The victim had screamed for help but failed to attract the attention of passers-by.

“It was terrible,” says Rebecca, 22, who has recently graduated in marketing and enterprise. “I thought then that we should have some way of being certain that we can get a response.”

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The 'granny cloud': the network of volunteers helping poorer children learn

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:00

At the School in the Cloud, volunteer ‘grannies’ use Skype to help some of the world’s poorest children teach themselves. Could mainstream education learn from them?

Every week Lorraine Schneiter, a former Open University tutor, sits down in front of her computer, opens up Skype, and calls a group of children in India. And then they chat.

What about? “It depends on them. I have some suggestions up my sleeve but I always try to wait and see what they want to talk about. And then I’m always trying to make sure it’s relevant to their lives. I don’t like the idea of us zooming in from the west and trying to wave some wand over Indian children.”

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Science of stress: how neuroscience can help teachers switch off this summer

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 07:00

Don’t let worries about the upcoming school year ruin your break. Instead, take the time off to develop a positive mindset by setting yourself achievable goals

Weeks into the summer holiday, many teachers are still experiencing the stressful fallout of last term. For some, this is the exhaustion of burnout. For others, worries about the upcoming school year are already on the horizon. But there are simple steps you can take to build a positive mindset, strengthen your stamina and approach the new year with less anxiety and greater expectations of success.

The approaches I offer here come from my background as a neurologist and teacher. The methods I suggest have been helpful for my own students in overcoming exam and work stress, and they are useful for teachers who face similar challenges.

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