The new year saw yet another round of tube and rail strikes, and figures show millions of working days lost to UK industrial action – but in historical terms, this is small beer
It’s too early to say how many days of work were lost as a result of these strikes, but it is possible to look at the sectors that have experienced the most disruption in recent years.
I’m responsible for two children, a research team and my own career in a competitive field. Is it any wonder I lie awake at night worrying?
Two years ago, my life took an unexpected turn: I became a single parent. Until that point, my career had followed a fantastically upward trajectory. I was more than a decade out of my PhD and was leading my own research group. Children had always featured in my life plan, alongside (I’d hoped) a flourishing career. Divorce had not. But just a few weeks after finally getting a permanent academic position, I discovered that my partner, with whom I had two children, had been having an affair. A long affair. A marriage-ending affair. Just as I thought I was coming out on top after years of juggling a young family with a fledgling career, I suddenly found myself in a newly disadvantaged position.Continue reading...
Students must repay their borrowed marks with even higher scores on a future exams or earn credits with extra work
Many of us have been there: hopelessly unprepared for an exam, wishing we had studied more and certain of a failing mark. Now for students at one school in China, success is guaranteed, but it comes at a price.
A high school in eastern China has set up a “grade bank”, where students who would normally fail a test can borrow points to push them over the line into a passing mark.Continue reading...
Banned Russians | Chief inspector’s job | Prolonged breastfeeding | Changing language | BBC ‘back-office’ staff
Rather than refusing entry to Andrei Lugovoi, Dmitry Kovtun and others on the Magnitsky list (Litvinenko ‘poisoners’ on banned Russian list, 11 January), western immigration officers should be waiting to welcome them – and hand them straight to the police for prosecution under the principles of universal jurisdiction.
Michael Ellman (solicitor)
• “My job isn’t to have views. My job is to make sure we do the right thing,” says Amanda Spielman, the new chief inspector of schools (Interview, 10 January). How strange; I always thought there was an intimate relationship between the two, particularly in the field of education.
Stokesley, North Yorkshire
Arwel Hughes blames school budget cuts and calls for more to be done to ensure children learn to sing and play instruments
A renowned conductor has claimed that cuts to school budgets mean Wales is at risk of losing its reputation as a land of song and has called on the Welsh government to do more to ensure that children learn to sing and play instruments. Addressing assembly members, Owain Arwel Hughes, the founder of the Welsh Proms, warned that music in Wales was at a crisis point.
He said: “We are supposed to be a musical nation, but something is radically wrong. We are at a crisis point. No question at all. Schools don’t have instruments, so that in itself is a crisis. Playing is going down, singing is going down, choirs are going down. That’s a crisis.”Continue reading...
Having difficulties with the leadership at your school? You’re not alone. We asked some teachers what they’re really thinking
It is vital to have a strong relationship with the headteacher at your school – from both a professional and emotional perspective. The best heads nurture and support staff, while also trusting them to succeed in the classroom. But as in any work scenario, the power dynamic can sometimes cause friction and disagreements – and ironing out such conflicts can be a challenge.
We asked teachers to share their personal experiences of difficult relationships with their heads, and what they privately wish they could tell them.Continue reading...
Proportion getting a first rises from 17% to 24% in five years, but degree classification becoming less important to employers
The proportion of students leaving university with top honours has risen in the last five years to reach record levels, figures show.
Almost one in four (24%) students who gained a degree graduated with a first last year, compared with 17% in 2011-12, according to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).Continue reading...
Matthew Brown, 38, denies professional misconduct over alleged attempt to stop eight-year-old fidgeting
A teacher taped a child’s hands and ankles to his desk and chair to stop him fidgeting, a misconduct hearing has been told.
Primary school teacher Matthew Brown, 38, is also accused of sticky-taping one girl’s hand to a rugby ball, although he claims this was an accident.Continue reading...
Don’t let career anxieties stop you delving deeper into what interests you most, says TheLitCritGuy. Bosses love enthusiasts with problem-solving skills
The announcement that you’re thinking of pursuing a master’s degree is almost certain to be met with some variation on a familiar question: “What are you going to do with that?”
Given the pressures – financial and otherwise – that come with studying at postgraduate level, the question is understandable. However, the suppositions behind it are a little misguided. Having a career plan is nowhere near as important as doing a master’s course that you truly enjoy.Continue reading...