Babies with involved fathers learn faster, study finds

BBC - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 14:53
The findings highlight the importance of encouraging fathers to get involved, researchers say.
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Some Yale teachers are refusing to eat in protest of the university. I'm one of them | Lukas Moe

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 14:43

We are exploited graduate teachers who voted to unionise. Until Yale sits down with us to negotiate, we will go as long as we are medically able without food

I have not eaten for two weeks. I’m one of eight graduate teachers fasting at Yale in protest of our university’s refusal to negotiate with us since we voted to unionize.

When you think of college teachers, there’s probably an image that comes to your mind. Someone with a job for life, summer vacations, sabbaticals every few years. Someone with a roomy office, a flexible schedule and few cares in the world.

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Labour hints that it will pledge to abolish university tuition fees

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 14:25

Jeremy Corbyn says he has ‘some stuff in his pocket’ for higher education but refuses to reveal contents of manifesto

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The Labour party has hinted that it will pledge to abolish university tuition fees, with Jeremy Corbyn saying he has “some stuff in his pocket” for higher education, but that it would not be revealed before the manifesto launch next week.

Speaking at Leeds City College on Wednesday, the Labour leader and the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, refused to rule out honouring a commitment made by Corbyn in his 2015 leadership race to scrap tuition fees.

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UK's best-paid primary headteacher suspended amid fraud inquiry

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 13:47

Sir Craig Tunstall, who was knighted for services to education, embroiled in investigation involving members of staff

Britain’s highest-paid primary school headteacher, who was knighted three years ago for his services to education, has been suspended from work amid an investigation into allegations of fraud.

The suspension of Sir Craig Tunstall, the £374,000-a-year executive headteacher at the Gipsy Hill federation of eight primary schools in south London, was confirmed in a letter to parents.

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Pity our children – they’re being turned into grammar robots at school | Gaby Hinsliff

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
From adverbials to digraphs, the damage done by the government’s imposition of grammatical techniques is now there for all to see

If you have no idea what fronted adverbials or split digraphs mean, beyond thinking that they sound unpleasantly medical, then you almost certainly don’t have a small child. For along with expanded noun phrases and the present perfect, they’re all grammatical terms that children aged 11 and under are required to identify and master as part of a new English curriculum seemingly designed to strangle at birth any love of writing.

Related: Battle on the adverbials front: grammar advisers raise worries about Sats tests and teaching

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Welsh schools mental health scheme to 'tackle stigma'

BBC - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 06:36
The Big Lottery-backed scheme will pilot at nine schools across Wales.
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Schools told not to plan for budget deficits

BBC - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 06:24
Schools have been told that they "must" avoid planning to go into budget deficits.
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#PMfortheday: Teens on voting, tampon tax and farming

BBC - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 02:01
We asked teenagers what they would do if they were in charge of the country.
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'Mesearch' - when study really is all about me

BBC - Wed, 10/05/2017 - 00:06
Can academics really base studies on their own experience? Or is this intellectual narcissism?
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Labour pledges £6bn annual boost to school budgets

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 22:30

Jeremy Corbyn to unveil plans to raise corporation tax to relieve pressure on school funding, while also creating a National Education Service

A Labour government would raise corporate taxes to fund a £6bn-a-year boost to schools budgets by the end of the next parliament and create a National Education Service to equip Britain’s workers for the post-Brexit economy, the party will announce.

After Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour’s campaign with a rousing speech to activists in Manchester on Tuesday, promising to “transform Britain”, Labour hopes the tax-and-spend policy will draw a clear dividing line with the Conservatives, by underlining its determination to relieve the pressure on cash-starved public services.

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Time to get real about grammatical terminology | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:26

How sad to see the waste of time that is grammatical terminology making a comeback (Experts on the frontline in fight over ‘fronted adverbials’, 9 May). I spent years as a head of English and then as a head of teacher training trying to dissuade teachers from inflicting pointless knowledge of grammatical terminology upon children. That, sadly, is how many view grammar, not as something that can help understanding of how language works but as a way of pointlessly labelling passages of writing. That kind of grammar teaching is as useful as pulling fruit cake to pieces and naming all the dried fruit, peel and cake mix constituents without mentioning how enjoyable and tasty the cake is.

More talk in the classroom and more encouragement to use language clearly and accurately is what is needed not the parlour game of name this grammatical construction.
John Fullman
London

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Professor Abby Cathcart from the Queensland University of Technology spends a week with the Higher Education Academy

Higher Education Academy - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:27
Tuesday, 9 May, 2017

The Australian higher education sector has “clear opportunities” in promoting great teaching by working closely with the Higher Education Academy.

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My degree couldn't prepare me for the harsh realities of work in law

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:41

As a law trainee with cerebral palsy, I’ve come across some unexpected challenges – from nervous tutors to heavy lifting

Law is a demanding subject for anyone, but there are specific challenges – including some I hadn’t expected – that disabled lawyers face both during and after their training.

I did my law degree in Scotland, before moving to London to complete the graduate diploma in law (GDL) and the legal practice course (LPC). I have severe cerebral palsy, so I use a wheelchair and dictate most of my work. It can also make my speech difficult to understand – especially when compounded by my Scottish accent. Here’s what I learned along the way.

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Britain’s brutal asylum rules allow a little girl to be uprooted with a day’s notice | Jess Phillips

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:26
During the London terror attack, trapped pupils from Birmingham represented all the good in the world. Now a 10-year-old from the same school has been forced to move

Kids Trapped In Terror” read one tabloid headline trailing the story of the children from Holy Family primary school kept inside parliament during the terrorist attack in March.

Nine children from this little primary school in my Birmingham constituency, who had been visiting the palace of Westminster that day, caught the nation’s attention. They added colour and humanity to a bleak news story. These nine children were written about in almost every newspaper, their resilience and bravery celebrated around the world. We all need a touchstone when things are tough, and those children gave us that.

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Lib Dems to provide free sanitary towels at school to fight 'period poverty'

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:15

Party says proposal would end hidden problem where teenage girls miss school when they cannot afford pads or tampons

Girls would be provided with free sanitary products in schools under a Liberal Democrat initiative that the party has said would end the hidden problem of “period poverty” – where teenagers miss school because they cannot afford pads or tampons.

The party said it would fund the scheme so school nurses could keep a large stock of sanitary products for girls who need them, rather than singling out the teenagers likely to be struggling with the costs and giving out the products to them directly, which campaigners have cautioned could lead to an embarrassing stigma.

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#getsmyvote: East Bergholt High School on election issues

BBC - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:24
Meet the pupils who would be voting if they could, but what are their important issues?
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Figures show drop in Scottish pupil literacy rates

BBC - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:53
Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney says reading and writing statistics "simply not good enough".
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'Incredibly rare' William Caxton print discovered

BBC - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:28
A UK university stumbles upon two pages printed by William Caxton in the 15th Century.
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