Modern mothers 'watched and judged', say researchers

BBC - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 02:25
Intrusive "policing" of lifestyle choices begins in pregnancy, say researchers.
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Canadian wins $1m Global Teacher Prize for work with Inuit students

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 19/03/2017 - 20:50

Maggie MacDonnell praised for ‘transforming her community’ in village of Salluit, which has a high rate of suicide

A Canadian who teaches at a school in a fly-in-only village in the Arctic has won a $1m (£800,000) Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai.

Maggie MacDonnell, praised for “changing the lives of her students and transforming her community”, was among 10 finalists chosen from 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries.

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Teacher from Canadian Inuit school wins $1m global prize

BBC - Sun, 19/03/2017 - 18:04
The winner of the Global Teacher Prize speaks of the problem of youth suicide among Inuits.
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Opposition MPs join forces to oppose grammar schools

BBC - Sun, 19/03/2017 - 17:15
A cross-party campaign threatens to derail Theresa May's plans to expand English grammar schools.
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We must help poorer pupils, but not through selection | Nicky Morgan, Lucy Powell and Nick Clegg

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 19/03/2017 - 01:05
More grammar schools are not the answer to improving social mobility and preparing Britain for the future

Politics is often defined by what people disagree on. However, some issues are above party politics and it’s time that tackling social mobility became one of them. As politicians from three different parties, we sparred across the despatch box but now we’re coming together to build a cross-party consensus, focused on looking at the evidence of what works, to tackle inequality in education and boost social mobility.

Successive governments have made progress in boosting attainment and tackling poor performance across the schools system, but with the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers stubbornly persistent it is clear more needs to be done.

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The demons that haunt Theresa May's dreams – cartoon

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 19/03/2017 - 01:05

Chris Riddell on the mounting pressures facing the prime minister

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Cross-party alliance takes on Theresa May over grammar schools

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 23:00

Critics say selection won’t help social mobility crisis, as former Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan adds voice

Theresa May’s personal crusade to expand the number of grammar schools is in serious jeopardy today as senior Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs unite in an unprecedented cross-party campaign to kill off the prime minister’s flagship education reform.

In a highly unusual move, the Tory former education secretary Nicky Morgan joins forces with her previous Labour shadow Lucy Powell and the Liberal Democrat former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to condemn the plans as damaging to social mobility, ideologically driven and divisive.

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Don't forget us, says Chibok schoolgirl as third year of captivity approaches

BBC - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 21:04
A schoolgirl who escaped abduction by Boko Haram calls for the rescue of classmates still in captivity.
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Migrants have raised school standards in London, says Gove

BBC - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 20:58
Immigration is a key reason behind London's high achievement in schools, says former education secretary.
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'Girls relied on me for sanitary towels': teachers on child poverty in schools

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 16:13

After news of low-income families struggling to afford sanitary protection, we asked teachers about other indicators of child poverty they encountered

Girls from low-income families across England are struggling to afford sanitary protection, the Guardian has been told.

In many cases teachers themselves are stepping in to help, buying supplies for students. We asked teachers whether there were other items they had to buy for children whose families could not afford essentials. Here is what they told us.

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Sandbach school funding protest by parents

BBC - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 15:57
A protester said it was "wonderful to see parents coming together to make sure our voice is heard".
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Gillian Beer: ‘I’m a historical remnant from the great days of free education’

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 12:00

The critic on her new Lewis Carroll book and going from poor village girl to professor

There are some successful literary careers that rest on mountains of books and others that don’t. Gillian Beer’s is one that doesn’t. It’s not that she hasn’t published, during more than half a century in academia; just that much of her writing has been essays, which have been collected into scholarly anthologies spanning the humanities and sciences.

So to describe her recently published study of Lewis Carroll’s thought as long-awaited is an understatement. A 2003 book of essays published in her honour referred excitedly to her forthcoming work on Carroll, while a 2004 Guardian interview declared the book imminent. When I draw this to her attention, she does a passing imitation of the White Rabbit: “Oh dear! I was hoping you wouldn’t notice that.”

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Secret Teacher: My school sees pupils as a funding formula – we're failing them

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 08:30

We help students to cheat and ignore threatening behaviour, because keeping them in class brings in more money

A student in my class attempted to assault me recently, and would have succeeded if others hadn’t restrained them and thrown them out into the hall. We locked the classroom door and the student stood outside, screaming threats.

I made a formal complaint to my manager, as did those who had helped calm the situation. But it was decided they wouldn’t be expelled, because that would mean we were unable to receive full funding for them.

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Fighting ‘unfairness’ is no justification for this school funding disgrace | Deborah Orr

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 08:00

The Conservatives’ ill-considered plans for changing the school funding formula gloss over the fact that all schools face a funding crisis

When the full glory of “the London effect” became majestically obvious, back in 2013, people fell over themselves to explain how it had been achieved. London schools, which in the 80s and 90s had declined to a point where it seemed impossible for them to decline any more, had become the best in the country – even the world – on any measure one cared to apply.

Related: Ministers can no longer ignore protests over the school funding crisis | Geoff Barton

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Government under fire for 'cash for cabs' school transport plan

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 07:00

Chancellor’s plan to provide transport to selective schools for children on free school meals could cost up to £5,000 per pupil

New grammar school pupils could be ferried up to 15 miles by taxi to their schools, at a cost of up to £5,000 per pupil every year, despite cuts to last year’s general school transport budget for disabled and disadvantaged pupils.

The government has said it would invest £5m a year to fund transport for the poorest pupils to reach grammar schools so costs were not a barrier to a selective education for pupils who received free school meals or whose parents claimed maximum working tax credits.

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Schools should teach pupils how to spot 'fake news'

BBC - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 01:39
Young people need the skills to navigate the digital world, says the OECD's education director.
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Teach schoolchildren how to spot fake news, says OECD

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 18/03/2017 - 01:01

Thinktank’s education lead raises concerns over social media ‘echo chamber’ and says ability to discern fact from fiction is vital

Children should be taught in schools how to spot fake news, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education lead has said.

Andreas Schleicher said the ability to distinguish fact from fiction was essential in the modern age and teachers were well placed to provide guidance.

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'Outrageous': expert slams White House for denying school meals' link to learning

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 17/03/2017 - 19:07

Author of groundbreaking study of school meals’ impact on class achievement said proposed cuts to programs reflects ‘lack of knowledge or … dishonesty’

The author of a groundbreaking 1988 study demonstrating the link between school meal programs and classroom achievement has denounced as “outrageous” the Trump administration’s assertion that no such link exists.

When Mick Mulvaney, director of Donald Trump’s office of budget management, told press on Thursday that the administration’s attack on school meal programs because they “don’t work”, he did not mean that they don’t feed hungry children.

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