Record levels of poverty in working families

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 18:05
More than two-thirds of children in poverty are in working families, according to ONS figures.
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The scheme teaching teens in Scotland to spot bullying in schools

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 17:38
A charity in Scotland is using crowdfunding to create a programme to teach school pupils how to spot bullying and loneliness.
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Never mind free tampons – what schoolgirls need is education about periods | Chella Quint

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 17:29
No other area of school life relies on free samples or branded teaching resources. So why, when it comes to menstruation, have we ceded control to companies?

I woke up this week to the news that we were being urged to buy tampons for a worthy cause again. According to the charity Freedom4Girls, a school in Leeds has reported that girls are missing school because they can’t afford to buy menstrual products. In response, individuals and charities are donating disposable menstrual products, and calling for them to be provided free in all schools.

Donating free tampons for ever is a nice idea, but it’s a short-term solution that benefits multinational corporations as much as it helps kids, if not more so. Austerity and food poverty (including household toiletries poverty, which includes disposable menstrual products) have highlighted a bigger problem that was masked by the relative financial comfort in the UK a decade or so ago. The menstrual taboos were always there, though. It’s time to acknowledge that we need to start working on medium- and long-term solutions, such as improving menstruation education, removing branding from school resources and eradicating the period taboo for ever.

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Student digs in Britain giving first-class returns

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:40

Institutions invested £4.3bn last year in upmarket halls of residence, where room rentals cost up to £650 a week

Forget multimillion-pound luxury flats on the Thames or gleaming towers overlooking Hyde Park, some of the most sought-after property investments are now student halls of residence.

While sipping champagne on superyachts at the world’s largest property conference in Cannes this week, investors have been competing with one another to snap up a particularly popular type of investment: posh student digs that cost up to £650 a week for a room.

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'Our school has cut to the bone. Our teachers are on their knees'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 16:39

Ministers want to distribute funding more fairly around England, but schools say there just isn’t enough cash overall

When Justine Greening outlined plans for a new national funding formula for schools last December, she chose to illustrate the unfairness of the current system by comparing schools in the south Yorkshire town of Barnsley with those in Hackney in east London.

Under this “unfair, untransparent and out of date system”, the education secretary said a school in Barnsley, one of the poorest-funded boroughs in the country, would receive 50% more money if it was simply transplanted wholesale from south Yorkshire to Hackney.

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Scotland's exam body promises living wage after £6 hourly rate revealed

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:59

SQA, which runs state school examination system, faced pressure after it was accused of breaching the law and Scottish policy

Scotland’s examinations agency has promised it will now pay thousands of exam invigilators the living wage after repeated criticisms of its allegedly lax payments policy.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority, which runs the country’s state school exam system, has been under intense pressure after invigilators accused it of breaching minimum wage legislation and Scottish government living wage policy.

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School report: Students read BBC sports news

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:38
With just a little help from presenter Tim Hague.
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What are your experiences of mental health at university?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:09

There’s been an increase in the number of students seeking counselling. We want to hear your stories on this and whether you got the help you needed

Last year studies found that there has been a huge increase in the number of students seeking counselling at university. Heads of university counselling services reported lots of students arriving with existing mental health conditions.

But, universities do not always have the best resources to help. Some counselling services are under-resourced, and getting help – while also trying to finish your degree – can be very challenging. Students face a great deal of pressure in order to secure a good job to pay off their debts from student loans.

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Schools must do more on mental health, say School Reporters

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 13:40
A third of teenagers with mental health issues lack the confidence to confide in teachers, research suggests.
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The joy of stocks:

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 11:22
Challenging the stereotypes and baffling messages of stock photography.
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BBC boss grilled about Dr Who by young reporters

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 11:05
School Report: Tony Hall gets a grilling from young reporters
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Ultra-rich protect wealth with spread of 'family offices'

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 02:44
The role of "family offices" in protecting wealth needs more scrutiny, says LSE research.
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Opening the skies to children in Kenya

BBC - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 01:41
Astronomer Susan Murabana takes a telescope round Kenya to enthuse schoolchildren.
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Pocahontas statue in Gravesend relisted 400 years after her death

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 01:01

Historic England also lists London monument to founders of Jamestown colony, where Native American woman met English settlers

A memorial to Pocahontas, who lost her original name and religion, and in 1617 her life, through encounters with English settlers, is to be relisted by Historic England to mark the 400th anniversary of her death.

Related: DIY cold war nuclear bunker in Norfolk given Grade II listed status

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School funding cuts 'will leave councils unable to meet legal obligations'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/03/2017 - 01:01

LGA says welfare of 5 million pupils is at risk as grants covering criminal records and asbestos checks fall by £600m

Councils have said that funding cuts will leave many local authorities potentially unable to meet legal obligations to schools over issues such as checking staff for criminal records and ensuring buildings are free of asbestos.

The warning from the Local Government Association (LGA) comes amid a wider row about a planned new national funding formula for schools, which prompted concern from a series of backbench Conservative MPs.

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Arts versus sciences

BBC - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 20:01
Is there enough support for students training in performing arts or is all the emphasis on STEM subjects?
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Tommee Tippee probes 'mould' in Perfect Prep machine

BBC - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 19:24
The firm says it suspects a build-up in its Perfect Prep machines is due to "harmless" carbon residue.
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Winning the schools and youth lottery | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 19:16

Fiona Millar writes that the use of ballots in school admissions in Brighton has not necessarily made them fairer (School admissions: is a lottery a fairer system? 14 March). The system we favour is one where half the places in an inner catchment would go to those living nearest the school, using traditional distance criteria. The other half would be allocated by lottery. This would mean children living nearest a school didn’t lose out, while those living within travelling distance had a fair chance to get in. Lotteries are only a solution if they are used in conjunction with outreach work. This is so that low- and modest-income families know which schools they can apply to and where they are entitled to free transport.
Peter Lampl
Founder and chairman, The Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation

• Rafael Behr observes that in her public stance on Brexit, Theresa May seems to have absorbed the views of career rebels, ignoring the opinions of loyal Tory moderates (Opinion, 15 March). In her strong support for the creation of more grammar and free schools, she has done much the same. Heads of government in Europe and many Tory councillors at home must equally be dismayed.
John Bailey
St Albans, Hertfordshire

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'Trojan Horse' governor appeals against school ban

BBC - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 18:48
Lawyers representing the education secretary say Tahir Alam's ban should not be "revoked".
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Sporting school life

BBC - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 18:06
School Report: How does sport impact school life?
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