Special needs units risk closure in shake-up, say heads

BBC - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 12:09
Head teachers warn that special needs units in mainstream schools risk closure in a planned funding shake-up.
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I've lost out on 100 academic jobs. Is it time to give up?

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 07:00

After 10 years of hunting for an academic post, I’m exhausted and seriously doubt my choice of career. There must be a better system

Let me tell you about a terrible job interview I had a few years ago. I was nervous and excited, sitting in a corridor that smelt of floor cleaner, waiting for the professor to arrive and consider me for an academic post.

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Thousands of bright pupils let down, says Ofsted

BBC - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 02:25
Ofsted's chief inspector says able pupils, especially those from poorer homes, are still being denied the chance to fulfil their potential.
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Ministers 'have no plan to address teacher shortages'

BBC - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 00:44
The Public Accounts Committee says the government has no coherent plan to tackle the growing teacher shortage in England.
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Ofsted chief calls for return of national tests for 14-year-olds

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 10/06/2016 - 00:01

Abolition of key stage 3 exams has allowed standards to drop and gap between rich and poor to grow, says Sir Michael Wilshaw

The chief inspector of schools has urged the government to bring back formal national tests for 14-year-olds in England as a way of tackling persistent underperformance among the most able pupils.

Related: East Midlands schools are worst performers, says Ofsted chief

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Ex-Yale basketball captain sues school after expulsion for sexual assault

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 20:55

Jack Montague’s civil lawsuit, filed on Thursday in Connecticut, claims that the female involved was ‘misled’ into filing a formal complaint against him

The Yale University basketball captain expelled after a university panel found he’d had sex with a fellow student without her consent has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming he was unfairly used as a “poster boy for tough enforcement” in the wake of national attention against Yale’s handling of sexual assault.

Jack Montague’s civil lawsuit, filed on Thursday in the US district court for Connecticut, claims that the female involved – referred to by the pseudonym “Jane Roe” – was “misled” into filing a formal complaint of sexual misconduct against him.

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'Elephant Man' skeleton deserves Christian burial, say campaigners

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 19:46

Victorian celebrity’s remains should be returned to home town of Leicester, says descendant of one of his managers

Joseph Merrick, who was better known as the “Elephant Man” in the late 1800s, should be given a Christian burial in his home town of Leicester, campaigners have said.

His remains are stored in a glass case in a private room at Queen Mary, University of London, and can be viewed by medical students and professionals by appointment.

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We oppose the drive to multi-academy trusts | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 19:18

We recognise, support and celebrate the hard work of students, parents, teachers and educational professionals in all schools. We therefore object to the government’s latest education for all bill, which aims to force all state schools in England to become academies, even those that are good or outstanding. The education secretary’s decision to back down last month from the imposition of blanket academisation represented a victory for campaigners from a wide array of organisations. Nevertheless, this was merely a tactical retreat, and the government’s reaffirmation of “a system where all schools are academies” highlights plainly their continued stubbornness and zealousness. Although the headlines conveyed a ‘U-turn’ on forced academisation, the education for all bill proposes that local authorities are now coerced one at a time rather than all at once.

The government’s top-down plans, which are predicated upon no clear evidence, are a blatant disregard for local autonomy. The undermining of local government oversight of education, the demand that all new academies be subsumed into multi-academy trusts, as well as the forcing of good and outstanding schools to become academies, constitute a centralising tendency which is wholly unnecessary, unpopular and uncalled for. The only certainty is that such actions severely weaken the government’s ostensible localism, continuing a troubling trend towards centralisation in the government’s overall legislative programme.

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Minister tells schools to ignore high court ruling on term-time holidays

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 18:10

Nick Gibb says headteachers should continue applying rules that allow parents to be fined over unauthorised absences

Headteachers have been ordered to ignore a recent high court ruling that overturned a fine imposed for an unauthorised family holiday taken during term time.

The schools minister, Nick Gibb, told all state schools in England he was “disappointed” by the ruling and said they should continue applying the current regulations that allow parents to be fined.

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Isle of Wight council to appeal against term-time holiday ruling

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 16:37

Jon Platt was fined £120 for taking daughter to Florida during school term but courts found he had no case to answer


Isle of Wight council is to appeal against the high court judgment in favour of a father who was fined for taking his daughter on holiday during the school term.

Jon Platt was originally fined £120 for taking his daughter to Florida, but magistrates ruled that he had no case to answer because she attended school regularly during the rest of the school year. The local authority took the case to the high court for clarification, and Platt won the backing of the senior judges.

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Teachers' subject training 'too brief', MPs hear

BBC - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 08:44
MPs hear how some teachers are beginning their primary school careers with just a few hours in training in some subject areas.
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Sexting offences increasing in schools, say senior police officers

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 07:00

Report submitted to MPs says sexual harassment in schools is not always recognised for what it is

Senior police officers are seeing an escalation in sexting offences in schools, according to a report submitted to MPs.

In its evidence to a Commons select committee, published this week, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) warned that sexual harassment was not always being recognised for what it was in the classroom and pupils did not understand the meaning of consent.

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Student doubts rise over university value for money

BBC - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 02:24
Only about a third of UK students think they get good "value for money" from their university course, according to an influential annual survey.
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Two-thirds of students in England 'feel degree cost is not good value'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 00:01

Survey finds satisfaction levels have fallen sharply since tuition fees rose to £9,000, with BME students particularly unhappy

Two-thirds of students in England do not feel their degree represents good value for money, with overall satisfaction levels particularly low among students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, a survey has found.

The 2016 student academic experience survey, published on Thursday, shows satisfaction levels among undergraduates in terms of value for money have fallen sharply in the past four years since the introduction of £9,000 tuition fees.

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Black and Asian students under-represented in university offers

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 09/06/2016 - 00:00

Students from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged areas win fewer undergraduate places than white applicants with similar qualifications, study says

Black and Asian students and those from disadvantaged areas face an uphill battle to be accepted at the universities of their choice, compared with their white and better-off peers, according to new statistics released by the British higher education clearing house, Ucas.

The figures, which reveal data about applications by 18-year-old students broken down by sex, ethnicity and social background at individual universities, show that black and Asian students fail to win undergraduate places with the same rate of success at the bulk of British universities as white students with similar qualifications.

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Nigerian floating school collapses due to heavy rains seven months after opening

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 18:31

Makoko Floating School, which was empty when it collapsed, offered free education to children from Lagos’s Makoko community

A floating school built to withstand storms and floods at a lagoon in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos and educate children from a nearby slum has collapsed only seven months after its official opening.

The aid-funded Makoko Floating School offered free education to children who lived in nearby huts on stilts. Most of their parents fish for a living and, like most of the megacity’s 23 million residents, lack a reliable electricity and water supply.

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Academic performs 500-tweet hatchet job on new study of Shakespeare

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 16:23

Professor Holger Syme of the University of Toronto turns to microblogging to air damning verdict on Sir Brian Vickers’s The One King Lear

Rather than sounding off in the letters pages of the Times Literary Supplement, a professor at the University of Toronto has taken to the less genteel world of Twitter to unleash an extraordinary tirade of more than 500 tweets attacking a new book on King Lear.

Related: Scholar claims Shakespeare didn't shorten King Lear – it was his printer

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University pays $20,000 to ransomware hackers

BBC - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 13:30
A Canadian university pays hackers to restore access to emails and other files encrypted by ransomware.
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Black students in US nearly four times as likely to be suspended as white students

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 11:30

Education department survey finds wide disparities in school experience for US students in critical areas such as chronic absenteeism and access to counselors

Black students are nearly four times as likely to be suspended as white students, according to new federal data.

The sweeping bi-annual survey of more than 50 million students by the US Department of Education found that suspensions overall have dramatically decreased by nearly 20% between the 2011-12 and 2013-14 school years.

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Move over Croatia, this year festival goers are heading to Greece

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 08/06/2016 - 11:00

After years of economic turmoil, a new wave of dance music festivals is attracting sun-loving young people this summer

Clubbing in Greece has come a long way since the days of drinking ouzo and climbing partially lit mountain trails to listen to Cretan music in ancient ruins. This summer, there are quality electronic music festivals taking place, with lineups including DJ Harvey, Midland and Jeremy Underground. You can snorkel in the day, party on the beach at night and even hike down a gorge to recover if you want.

Could Greece’s music scene restore its reputation as a tourist hotspot after years of economic downturn, social unrest and the human crisis that has led to overcrowded refugee camps?

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