Employers 'unaware' of April apprenticeship plan

BBC - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 14:47
A third of employers do not know about the new Apprenticeship Levy, a survey says.
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Grammars 'unnecessary distraction', say MPs

BBC - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 13:54
A committee of MPs say there is no evidence that grammars will help social mobility.
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Case for opening new grammar schools is yet to be proved, MPs say

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 13:32

Critics claim government ‘has lost argument’ on grammars after report warns focus on them is unwelcome distraction

The government has “lost the argument” on grammars, it has been claimed, after an influential cross-party committee of MPs published a highly sceptical report saying ministers have yet to prove the case for opening a new wave of selective schools.

After hearing wide-ranging evidence from academics and policy experts, the chair of the Commons education committee, Neil Carmichael, said the focus on opening new grammar schools was an unnecessary distraction.

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Ron Barnes obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 12:56

My father, Ron Barnes, who has died aged 93, was a headteacher and a long-serving Labour district and parish councillor in Ongar, Essex. He was dedicated to helping people who were “less fortunate” than himself and, in 1989, he was appointed OBE for services to education and the community.

Born in Brighton, East Sussex, and raised in Sutton, south London, Ron was the son of Florence (nee Walker) and Bernard Barnes. Florence supported the family by working as a cleaner after Bernard lost his job as a chef due to ill health. He later became a bus conductor and then a market gardener.

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Hi-tech library project spawns book promoting 'new ways to work with readers'

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 08:00

A Place Free of Judgement presents work with young readers in local libraries, and one worldwide broadcast, to encourage the next generation of borrowers

A project to reimagine libraries involving zombies, young people, a group of tech-savvy artists and a nine-hour interactive broadcast beamed around the world, has sparked a book that organisers hope will inspire library authorities.

The book, A Place Free of Judgement, is a collaboration between the performance art group Blast Theory and the writer Tony White, who put together a series of events under the same title in local libraries in Worcestershire and Staffordshire last year. Groups of young people were trained over six months in presentational, audiovisual and writing skills before taking control of their local library for a broadcast to a worldwide audience via an interactive live stream.

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£1m endowment fund for children to take up music

BBC - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 06:24
A new £1m endowment fund to encourage children to become musicians is unveiled by the Welsh Government.
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'Ban children under 10 heading footballs in Wales'

BBC - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 06:08
Under 10s should be banned from heading footballs, former Wales striker Iwan Roberts says.
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Custody battle

BBC - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 03:23
A mother paid thousands of pounds to a man who said he could win her child custody battle.
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US Department of Education gets WEB Du Bois's name wrong in tweet

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 21:40

Tweet erroneously calling African American author and activist ‘W.E.B. DeBois’ is latest Black History Month embarrassment for the Trump administration

The US Department of Education suffered an embarrassment on Sunday, when a tweet published to its official account misspelled the surname of the African American author and civil rights activist WEB Du Bois.

Related: The 100 best nonfiction books: No 51 – The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois (1903)

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Parents on zero-hour contracts 'could miss out on free childcare'

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 20:02

Government confirms that half of families receiving existing 15 hours of free childcare will not qualify for new 30-hour scheme

The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, has warned that parents on zero-hours contracts could miss out on the government’s election pledge of 30 hours a week of free childcare, as it emerged that fewer than half the families who receive the existing 15 free hours will qualify.

David Cameron made the 30 hours a week promise a key thrust of the Conservative party’s 2015 general election campaign, outflanking Labour’s offer of 25 hours a week, as the Tories sought to win over female voters.

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Welsh children 'more likely to try e-cigs than tobacco'

BBC - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 17:42
Children are nearly twice as likely to try e-cigarettes rather than tobacco, Cardiff University research says.
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Andrew Kennedy obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 17:12

Our friend Andrew Kennedy, who has died aged 85, was an academic and writer keen to share his love of literature with students and colleagues. For him what really mattered in life were writing and creativity.

He was born Kárpáti Andor Ödön – with his surname first, in Hungarian style – in Győr in western Hungary. He spent his childhood in Debrecen, where his father was a bank manager. Dark shadows stole across his life in March 1944 when the Nazis invaded Hungary. With his parents, Elemér Kárpáti and Edit (nee Szántó) and his sister, Eva, he was deported to a labour camp on the outskirts of Vienna. There his father died, but he, his mother and Eva survived. Andrew’s retelling of his harrowing journey on the deportation train was published in the Observer in 1961 around the time of the Adolf Eichmann trial for crimes against humanity.

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Yale renames Calhoun College amid controversy over slavery

BBC - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 01:40
The college will now be named in honour of mathematician and Yale graduate Grace Hopper.
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Christians are again Scotland’s oppressed minority | Kevin McKenna

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 12/02/2017 - 00:05
As we proudly welcome the world’s oppressed, a campaign of harassment is being waged at home

In the post-Brexit chaos that has engulfed Westminster, campaigners for Scottish independence have gathered for a feast. A second referendum on independence is now inevitable following the UK government’s determination to pursue a hard Brexit, while ignoring all requests from Scotland that its pro-European aspirations be represented in negotiations.

The attitude and actions of the prime minister since last June, in the eyes of many Scottish Nationalists, indicate that a hard border already exists between England and Scotland in the way each country approaches the plight of vulnerable people from other countries. Thus, Scotland is depicted, arms outstretched, as a benevolent angel seeking to gather up those from war-torn lands who are weary and overburdened, while hard-hearted England pulls up the drawbridge and says: “No More.”

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Yale University to drop name of slavery advocate from Calhoun College

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 21:45
  • University president says college will take name of Grace Murray Hopper
  • ‘John C Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist … conflicts with Yale’s values’

Administrators at Yale University announced on Saturday that a college named for John Calhoun, a former US vice-president who was an ardent supporter of slavery, will be renamed after sustained protest and activism from students.

Related: Yale employee battling for job after smashing stained glass depicting slaves

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Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England

BBC - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 13:56
Schools will help find teenagers who could plug a skills shortage and be the experts of the future.
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Secret Teacher: giving students wifi has made lessons chaotic

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 11/02/2017 - 07:00

Technology is useful for learners, but the school leadership team shouldn’t have introduced wifi without asking teachers

Our school recently started providing in-school wifi access to pupils. Teaching staff were not privy to the logic – but when the leadership team announced the news in assembly, they were cheered to the rafters by grateful children. The schools grounds have poor phone signal, so logging on through 4G had not been an option, and the internet had only been available through school computers until this point.

Related: Secret Teacher: My school is teaching students to plagiarise

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