Edinburgh school wall collapse report highlights 'lack of scrutiny'

BBC - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 16:58
A report into safety failures that forced 17 Edinburgh schools to close highlighted a lack of proper scrutiny of the construction work.
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The church’s strategy on protecting the child is designed to protect itself | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 16:36
The bishops are in denial that there is a connection between the caning of young men and a theology of the atonement

It was towards the end of the bishop of Guildford’s statement that the main purpose of his press conference appeared to become clear. Rt Rev Andrew Watson said he had been “drawn into the Smyth circle” on elite Christian holiday camps, and beaten by him once. It was “violent, excruciating and shocking”. But – and here comes the key bit – “absolutely nothing that happened in the Smyth shed was the natural fruit of any Christian theology that I have come across”. That, of course, is what the evangelicals are most afraid of: people making a connection between their theology and John Smyth’s beating of the children in his care. Yet the connection is obvious – and at the very core of the evangelical story: that God the father violently punishes his son for the salvation of the human race. To reference Isaiah: “He was whipped so we could be healed.”

Related: C of E bishop: I was given 'excruciating' beating by John Smyth

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I would never wear a body camera while teaching in school. Here’s why | Lola Okolosie

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 14:15
Introducing surveillance would transform classrooms from spaces cultivating inquiry into centres wary of being caught out by an all-seeing eye

Ask most teachers and you’ll hear us admit, on occasion, that we’ve wished for a tool that could record the poor behaviour of a student. What could give sweeter satisfaction than watching little Joshua squirm at seeing his repeated whispering replayed for mortified parents? How pleasurable it would be to freeze on the moment of shoddy subterfuge where a hand slips out of a pocket and glides swiftly to the mouth. No longer would you need to wonder if the slow-moving jaw was a sign of chewing. You could rewind and pause, catching the moment a Juicy Fruit packet is brandished under the table with a pipeline of hands ready to receive contraband. Proof would be only a click away. If this sounds too strong a reaction for what is essentially kids being kids, then you’re not wrong.

We might like to imagine that this scenario is a touch too close to George Orwell’s vision of a draconian totalitarian state; a possibility only in the distant future. But perhaps it’s as good a time as any to remind people of that motivational aphorism: the future is now. This week it was announced that two UK schools are trialling teachers using body cameras in classrooms, so “fed up with low-level background disorder” have they become.

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Why I taught myself to code – and why you should too

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 14:02

Our computer education is lagging far behind society’s needs. I took matters into my own hands by teaching myself to code

I was born in 1999, around the peak of the dotcom bubble. But like most other young people out there, by the time I got to secondary school, my ICT lessons still just consisted of creating a presentation on PowerPoint and writing about it on Word – hardly the best training in the world. Our computer education is lagging far behind society’s needs, and the consequences will affect everyone. This is why I taught myself to code.

Related: I wish I weren't the only girl in my computer science class

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First-born children have better thinking skills, study says

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 08:51

Eldest siblings score higher in IQ tests than younger brothers and sisters because they get more mental stimulation from parents

They may be jokingly referred to as PFBs – precious first borns – on popular parenting websites, but a study says first-born children really do reap the benefits of being number one.

Research by the University of Edinburgh has found that first-born children have superior thinking skills to their younger siblings because they get more mental stimulation from their parents.

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Government appears to row back on grammar school plans

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 01:17

Meeting notes suggest new institutions won’t open until 2020 and will only cater for 10% of pupils

The government appears to be dampening down expectations over building a new wave of grammar schools, telling the policy’s supporters that any new selective schools would not open until 2020 and would only cater for about one in 10 secondary school pupils in England.

It also appears to be backing away from its claim that grammar schools improve social mobility, after supporters were told there was a “move away from focusing on social mobility to social reform” and that focusing too much on disadvantaged pupils would be replaced by “a determination to address the needs of Jams” (just about managing families) instead.

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'Waste of talent' as poor pupils lag behind richer peers

BBC - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 00:53
Report warns of "huge waste of talent" as bright poor pupils in the UK fall behind.
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'Bright but poor' pupils years behind better-off peers, study claims

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/02/2017 - 00:01

Research suggests large gaps in educational achievement between the brightest students from poor and more wealthy backgrounds

“Bright but poor” children in Britain are lagging years behind their better-off peers in educational achievement, a report has found, despite producing world-leading performances in certain subjects.

An analysis of the OECD’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa) found that pupils in the top 10% for attainment but bottom 10% by income – classed as “bright but poor” – in England did better than those in most other countries in science tests.

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'New grammars by 2020' reveal heads after meeting ministers

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 23:56
The first of a new wave of grammar schools could open by 2020, head teachers reveal after meeting the education secretary.
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Use of body cameras in schools 'risks turning students into suspects'

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:56

Government adviser on classroom behaviour warns against use of devices by teachers in mainstream schools

The school behaviour tsar has warned against the introduction of body cameras for teachers in mainstream classrooms, saying that it risks turning students into suspects.

Tom Bennett, a teacher, was responding to reports that a three-month pilot scheme is taking place in two secondary schools to test the use of body cameras as a way of helping teachers to tackle low-level disorder in classrooms.

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Universal credit may 'take decades to perfect'

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:13
As fresh claims emerge that universal credit delays are leading to repossessions, its architect defends the system.
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Rotherham head teacher banned for falsifying students' progress records

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 16:12
Simon Pringle encouraged staff to "err on the side of generosity" when assessing pupils' progress.
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UK youth suffer low 'mental wellbeing'

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 14:47
Young people in the UK have some of the lowest levels of "mental wellbeing", according to a global survey.
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Baverstock Academy head called for closure of 'broken' school

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:17
Closing a failing school will remove 'jaundiced' and 'fatigued' staff, a letter from the head says.
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£9m Oldham 'poor performing' technical college to close

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:34
The Greater Manchester University Technical College is ranked among the lowest 10% of schools in England.
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Body cameras on trial in English schools

BBC - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:23
Police-style body cameras are being worn by school teachers to stop unruly pupils.
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