Police attend several sites in Birmingham, and Met investigates malicious communications targeting London schools
Schools in London and across the West Midlands have been targeted by bomb threats, the latest in a series of incidents prompting pupils to be evacuated from classes.
The Metropolitan police said the London threats were being treated as malicious communications and refused to give any further details. The West Midlands force released a statement saying there was “no credible threat”, although officers were sent to investigate.Continue reading...
Until this week it is doubtful that anyone in New Zealand had heard of the north London comprehensive Acland Burghley, let alone cared about its 50th anniversary. Yet, surprisingly, the story of our petition, signed by around 100 former students, to disinvite the actor Damian Lewis from appearing at the celebrations gathered international traction, and on Wednesday we were invited on to Radio New Zealand. Apparently we have reignited “class war”.
Our argument was that a 50th anniversary event should celebrate what made the school we loved great. Damian Lewis is a fine actor and – according to the many people who have tweeted or blogged about this – a very nice man. He was, however, educated at an exclusive prep school and then Eton, which now charges about £35,000 in fees a year. As such, he was an incongruous choice to celebrate a diverse and politically engaged local comprehensive.Continue reading...
For years I believed that tuition fees promoted inequality. But not only could scrapping fees be a terrible idea, there’s also a far better place to put the money
For a long time I hated tuition fees. I hated them for moral reasons and for selfish ones. I obviously wasn’t too thrilled to pay them. If I’m honest, it felt like a tax on effort, on intelligence, on wanting to make a contribution to society. ‘The country will benefit from me and people like me,’ I smugly and conveniently believed, ‘and so my education should be a taxpayer investment.’
A better reason to hate them was, I believed, the deterrent effect that they would have on poorer people entering university. If you make it more expensive to get a degree then naturally that’s going to favour people with more money. That much seems pretty obvious. It’s certainly obvious to Jeremy Corbyn, who has a whole policy built around the idea: scrap tuition fees completely, and fund the £10bn required by raising national insurance or corporation tax or borrowing money from unicorns or something.Continue reading...
With cheap and fattening food everywhere, there has been a shape shift that means people do not recognise obesity when they see it in the mirror
The Mile End Road in east London is awash with chicken shops – not places to buy fresh poultry but takeaways where the oil is always bubbling and everything comes with chips. One piece of chicken in batter with fries and a can of full-sugar drink for £1.99. Two pieces for £2.79. There are utilitarian tables inside with red and white plastic cloths and large containers of ketchup, but many of the customers eat as they wander home in their school uniform.
In this London borough – Tower Hamlets – one in eight children starting primary school are obese, and that doubles to more than one in four when they leave, at age 11. The borough has the fifth-highest rate of child obesity in London and the sixth in the country.Continue reading...
Two-year course aimed at bosses in the creative industries aims at developing leaders for the digital era
In the week it emerged the creative industries contributed £84.1bn to the UK economy, Oscar-winning film producer Lord Puttnam and Channel 4 have joined forces to help launch a new executive MBA designed to give the next generation of media bosses the business skills needed to operate in the global marketplace.
Corporatising creativity has often been a thorny issue for the British media and arts industries.Continue reading...
The Sutton Trust finds school students need more accurate advice and warns universities to be open about what they want
School students applying to university may be disadvantaged because their teachers’ views on what to write in a Ucas personal statement can be “a world apart” from what admission tutors want, according to the Sutton Trust.
Research, conducted by the trust, found that the views of Russell Group admissions tutors on what makes a good personal statement differed from what teachers believed would impress them. The trust places the blame for this on universities, warning they must provide more information about what they are looking for from students.
The capital’s uncontrolled growth has given it a dominance that damages the rest of the country
It’s annoying when a news story has no obvious villains, isn’t it? Really stops your gallop. There you are, braced to denounce one side or the other as evil, incompetent or both, and then you realise: oh no, wait – it’s the system that’s the problem. As you were.Continue reading...
For national Breakfast Week, food writer Hannah Friend brings you a selection of healthy breakfast recipes to start the day as you mean to go on
It’s national Breakfast Week, the only time of the year when it’s perfectly legitimate to celebrate everything from the humble bowl of cornflakes to the basic but brilliant boiled egg and soldiers.Continue reading...
Study of 2015 results in England shows 75% of pupils in all-girl secondaries received five good GCSEs compared with 55% going to mixed schools
All-girl secondary schools slightly outperformed those for boys, an analysis of results in 2015 by education website SchoolDash said.