Give primary school pupils lessons on drugs, says government advisor

Telegraph - Sat, 12/04/2014 - 06:02
Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs says education on substance abuse is lacking in primary and middle schools






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Schools asking parents to pay for basic supplies, survey finds

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 12/04/2014 - 00:05
Parents are being asked to make voluntary contributions for items once covered by school budgets, say teachers

Parents are being asked to pay towards everyday activities and equipment in state schools, including basic items such as pens, paper and books, a survey of teachers has found.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said its members report that schools are asking for voluntary contributions from parents for items related to the curriculum that would once have been covered by school budgets.

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Parents 'asked for text book cash'

BBC - Sat, 12/04/2014 - 00:00
Many parents are being asked to make voluntary contributions to the cost of text or revision books, a survey suggests.
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A quarter of state schools ask parents to buy their children textbooks

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 23:59

Parents at one in four state schools are being asked to pay for their children’s text books and revision materials, according to a report out today.








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Primary school places: warning over admissions 'chaos'

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 21:00
Experts warn Easter Holidays mean first national admissions day for primary schools - when more than 600,000 infants are allocated places - risks descending into chaos






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Intelligent reforms of student loans | @guardianletters

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 21:00

The issue of non-repayment raised by the Sutton Trust and the Institute for Fiscal Studies is just one of the problems with the student loan system (Report, 10 April). By introducing lower monthly repayments as a sweetener when the £9,000 fees were introduced, the government has in fact created something more burdensome for graduates by locking them into an average of 26 years of debt. Add this to the unsustainable cost of unpaid student loans to the government and the scale of the problem falls into perspective. We are looking at intelligent reforms that address the fundamental problems of the system without radical overhaul. It is highly possible indeed, there is an international precedent to design a loan system that reduces the long-term burden of debt for graduates and eliminates the cost to government of non-repayment. Not only would this stop the spiralling cost to government of student loans, but would allow government to invest directly in higher education teaching and learning more strategically.
Libby Hackett
Chief executive, University Alliance

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Pressure on primary school places adds to anxiety on offer day

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 18:48
More than one in five children in areas of greatest demand are expected to miss out on first-choice school

More than a fifth of children in the worst affected parts of the country are expected to miss out on their parents' first choice of primary school next week as pressure on spaces continues to rise owing to the increasing birth rate.

In the first national offer day for primary schools, on 16 April, families of more than 600,000 four-year-olds in England will be told where they have been accepted.

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Danny Alexander refuses to rule out further tuition fees rise

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 18:15
Liberal Democrats' most senior finance minister says party cannot guarantee fees will stay at £9,000 after next general election

The Liberal Democrats' most senior finance minister has said the party cannot rule out raising tuition fees higher than £9,000-a-year after the next election, despite the bitter row that engulfed the party when Nick Clegg abandoned a flagship pledge to oppose the policy in 2010.

In an interview with the Guardian, Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said he did not see at the moment any need to raise them but could not guarantee what Liberal Democrat policy would say going into the next election.

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Lecturers’ pay may be docked for marking boycott

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 17:26

Universities throughout the UK have warned they will dock lecturers’ pay in an unprecedented move which threatens to bring the entire higher education system to a standstill.








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Boycott marking and lose ALL pay, universities tell lecturers as salary row escalates

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 17:26

Universities throughout the UK have warned they will dock lecturers’ pay in an unprecedented move which threatens to bring the entire higher education system to a standstill.








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Fewer international science students come to 'unwelcoming' UK

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 14:41
Enrolments on Stem courses have dropped 10%, says House of Lords report

An "unwelcoming UK" has seen a drop in the number of international students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem subjects), according to a House of Lords report.

The report says the policy on immigration has had a negative impact on international student enrolments on UK Stem courses, which have fallen by more than 10% in the past two years.

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'Grunting teens need speech classes'

BBC - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 12:13
A former speech-writer to Tony Blair says schools need to do more to help teenagers improve their communication skills.
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Head teacher criticised for booking a month off during school term to get married

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 12:03
Primary school head teacher criticised by parents for booking a month off during school term time to get married






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Students: bring your own technology to uni

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 11:39
Asking students to use their own tech in lectures could save money, but will it damage attention spans?

A few years ago, if a student got their phone out in a lecture, this was quite a clear sign that they were no longer paying attention. But today, using a phone or tablet in the lecture hall is actually encouraged by universities, many of which are asking students to use their own technology to access learning resources.

The trend, known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), has swept across countless institutions, including University College London, where a dedicated IT service desk will connect any device to the university's wireless network, Eduroam.

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Classroom teddy bears 'encourage competitive parenting'

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 11:09

The practice of children taking home a classroom teddy bear and recording how they spend their time with the fluffy companion is breeding new levels of competitive parenting.








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My father died when I started university, and I didn't tell anyone

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:05
After my father's death I quietly imploded without anyone around me at university noticing

My father died when I was 18. It still feels very strange to write that, much less say it out loud. One afternoon halfway through my first week at university he suffered a bowel infarction, and died almost instantly.

My dad was not the picture of healthy living he was a chain smoker and a heavy drinker. But you still do not expect a parent to drop down dead with no warning three days after you leave home.

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I didn't practise any German in bilingual Berlin

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:00
Following a trip to Berlin, Anna Codrea-Rado reflects on why she didn't manage to speak very much German

I went to Berlin and didn't speak German. What's even worse is that I didn't really try that hard, either.

It all started to go wrong at the hotel reception. The immaculate staff at the Amano spoke perfect English, I'm not talking the level of English you'd expect in a decent hotel, I mean the kind of English where you can't even place the speaker's native accent.

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How well do you know your grammatical terminology?

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:10
Subject or object, past perfect or present? Recognising grammatical terms in English could make foreign language learning easier. Test your knowledge






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Parents reprimanded for taking children out of school for family funeral

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 07:19
Parents Andrew and Danielle Overend-Hogg say they are disgusted after they were issued a written warning for taking their three children out of school to attend their late grandfather's funeral
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Monosyllabic teenagers 'need speaking lessons' at school

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 06:03
Peter Hyman, a head teacher and Tony Blair's former speechwriter, says that schools need to provide speaking and listening lessons because of concerns that large numbers of teenagers are unprepared for the world of work






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