Uni chief's £60K rise a 'disgrace'

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 17:33
An overall pay rise of nearly £60,000 for Falmouth University's vice-chancellor taking her wage close to £300,000 angers staff.
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Hundreds of UN schools in Middle East attacked, damaged or closed

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 14:08

Almost half of schools in Syria, Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Jordan have been disrupted by conflict, says report

More than 300 schools run by the United Nations have been attacked, damaged or rendered inoperable by armed conflict and violence in the Middle East over the past five years, disrupting the education of thousands of children, a new report says.

In Syria, more than half of schools run by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, have ceased to function due to damage, access restrictions or the need to use the premises as shelters for displaced families.

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At last, the UK has a black studies university course. It’s long overdue | Kehinde Andrews

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 14:07

Until now, academic staff and interests have remained overwhelmingly white. Our course will change not only the face, but the nature, of university education

Applications will open next week for the first UK undergraduate degree in black studies, which will begin enrolment in September 2017 at Birmingham City University (BCU). While those of us running the course are proud that it is the first of its kind, the fact that it has never been done before demonstrates the crisis at the heart of British academia.

Black studies is an interdisciplinary subject that focuses attention on the experiences, perspectives and contributions of people from the African diaspora. It emerged in the US in the 1960s, when a more diverse student body insisted that their experiences and traditions be included on the curriculum. Dr Nathan Hare, who was one of the pioneers of black studies at San Francisco State College, explained that the “battle” for black studies was “a mass struggle based on the notion that education belongs to the people”. After protests, boycotts and occupations across the nation, black studies earned its rightful place on campus and has become embedded into the fabric of US higher education ever since.

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Are real families at all like the cliches of TV and advertising?

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 13:30
Is there any research to show that men like Top Gear and sex more than women do?

Despite my best intentions, I have found it virtually impossible to escape middle-class cliches. From Farrow & Ball paint, organic veg deliveries, Gap briefs and Ray-Ban sunglasses to a Smeg oven, I am thoroughly hackneyed.

Families are also cliches – if we are to believe advertising, fiction and most TV drama. The father is well meaning but incompetent, likes watching football, drinking beer and retreating to his man cave with his PC and iPod. He is an emotional idiot. If there is abuse in the relationship, he is the abuser. He likes Top Gear and gadgets. He earns most of the money. He wants sex as often as possible. He cooks, but poorly. He has friends, but they are social rather than intimate. He hates shopping.

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New boss for failed children's service

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 11:27
Sunderland's children's services department which was rated inadequate recruits a new boss and takes on more frontline staff.
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Up to 200,000 students could miss vote on EU referendum, poll shows

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 08:28

One in five students are only registered to vote where they study, but many will be away or are unaware of date of the vote

Up to 200,000 students face missing out on a vote in the EU referendum because they do not know it is taking place in the holidays and are registered to vote in the wrong place, a survey has found.

University chiefs issued the findings as they promoted a push to ensure young voters are able to have their say on 23 June by registering at home addresses or requesting postal votes.

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How can we nurture the next generation of school leaders? – live chat

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 08:00

Join us on Wednesday 25 May, 5.30-7.30pm, to discuss how the senior teachers and heads of tomorrow can best be supported to progress

It’s been hard to miss headlines about the recruitment crisis in teaching. Research published earlier this year from the National Audit Office – which reported missed recruitment targets and more teachers leaving the profession – made for sober reading.

Significant attention and resource has been focused on recruiting new teachers – with the government spending £700m every year on training. But less action has been taken to retain the growing number of teachers who are leaving the profession or seeking early retirement.

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Dear student, I just don't have time to mark your essay properly

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 07:00

In an ideal world, your work would be read by an engaged, enthusiastic professional – but the reality is very, very different

Dear student,

I have just read your essay, and I must apologise – I have absolutely no idea what it said.

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Six of the best sex education programmes around the world

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 07:00

Poor sex education leads to STIs, unplanned pregnancies and even death. But grassroots projects are teaching young people about sexuality and empowerment

“We cannot achieve gender transformative change by focusing only on health outcomes. We must equip young people with information about health as well as positive aspects of sex and sexuality,” said Tewodros Melesse, the director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), recently on the release of a report about delivering comprehensive sex education for young people across the world.

In the absence of formal policies, grassroots projects and individuals around the world are stepping in to plug the gaps. Here are six programmes working to teach young people in developing communities about their sexuality and their rights.

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Students risk missing referendum vote

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 00:48
UK university students believe the EU referendum will affect their futures, but almost two-thirds do not know when it is happening, suggests research.
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Clumsy teenage boys 'can blame brain'

BBC - Fri, 20/05/2016 - 00:44
Scientists have come up with an explanation for why some teenage boys go through a clumsy phase during a growth spurt.
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Students will lose out in for-profit universities | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 19:06

The white paper Success as a Knowledge Economy narrowly views higher education as an investment in human capital and contributor to economic growth (Editorial, 17 May). Though UK universities are world-leading in teaching and research, it falsely asserts there is a problem of quality. Its solution? To open the sector to private for-profit teaching providers.

The proposed “Office for Students” is not about supporting students. “Ofstud” is there to ensure market competition, to enable private providers to have access to high tuition fees. Its board members will have “the experience of fostering choice and competition, and of robust financial control”.

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Science and languages 'marginalised'

BBC - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 16:57
Sir Michael Wilshaw warns pupils are leaving primary school unprepared for science and languages at secondary level.
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America's schools are still segregated by race and class. That has to end | Bobby Scott

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 16:42

I was one of the congressmen who asked the Government Accountability Office to examine racial and class integration in schools. The results were shocking

Related: Mississippi city ordered to desegregate schools 60 years after landmark ruling

This week marks the 62nd anniversary of the landmark supreme court ruling in Brown v Board of Education, which concluded that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal”, and compelled states to provide for educational opportunity that is “available to all on equal terms”.

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Extreme distance learning: a look at home-schooling in the wild

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 16:18

From biology lessons in Montana to jungle classrooms in Papua New Guinea, we meet parents who teach their children in remote locations

In 2001, Brooke Tartaglia and her husband Joey, originally from Arizona, US, moved to Mibu, a remote village on an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. It was a two-day hike to the closest shop, and a three-hour speedboat ride to the nearest town, from which the family would have to take a helicopter ride to get home.

It was here that Brooke began home-schooling their three children then aged five, three and one. “My children learned local games and we spent a lot of time outside. They learned to use a bush knife, they picked coffee beans and played in local streams, catching small wildlife. They built huts and treehouses and explored the nearby jungle,” she says.

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Why are so many children around the world out of school? – podcast

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 15:29

As the world humanitarian summit approaches, Lucy Lamble looks at why 65 million children can’t access adequate education

This month’s podcast looks at why we still have so many children out of school globally. According to the Overseas Development Institute, 65 million children aged 3-18 years, living in 35 crisis-affected countries, are not getting adequate schooling.

At the world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, a new initiative is to be formally launched to raise funds to deliver education for all children, especially those whose learning is being disrupted by emergencies.

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Spy service sets school challenge

BBC - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 14:54
For the first time France's foreign spy service, the DGSE, sponsors a code-breaking competition in schools.
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Number of pupils taking unauthorised term-time holidays rises by 12%

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 14:04

DfE figures show 270,220 pupils took unauthorised breaks during autumn term last year compared with 241,290 in 2014

The number of pupils missing school for unauthorised family holidays has increased by 12% in a year, statistics reveal.

Figures from the Department for Education show that 270,220 pupils skipped school during the autumn term last year to go on a family holiday that had not been agreed. Over the same period in 2014 there were 241,290 such absences.

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Why air pollution in schools is such a big deal – and what to do about it | Ian Colbeck

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 13:14

About 3,000 British schools are in areas where air quality is poor, with those in poorer communities suffering more

Former London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of holding back negative findings from a 2013 report on the city’s air pollution.

The report stated that 433 of London’s 1,777 primary schools were in areas where nitrogen dioxide concentrations breached EU limits. Nitrogen dioxide, or NO2, is an air pollutant that when inhaled can aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. It has been estimated that in 2010 there were 5,900 deaths in London associated with long term exposure to NO2.

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Letter: Maurice Peston gave me an ‘academic’ home

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 19/05/2016 - 13:06

I first met Lord Peston in a corridor in the autumn of 1968. Recently appointed as a library assistant at the then Queen Mary College (University of London), after a few weeks at the main building, I was asked to look after the economics departmental library, which was affectionately known as Spratt’s, as it was housed in a former dog biscuit factory.

His first question to me was unexpected: what did I do for tea and coffee? My answer appalled him. I was very welcome to join him and his colleagues in the department’s senior common room, he told me. For one who was not an economics student and whose undergraduate career had been diverted firmly into the sidings, this was something of a shock. Other things soon followed: invitations to staff parties; occasional evenings in East End pubs, with staff gossip and wild imaginings; an invitation from the students to their annual economics society dinner.

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