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Drugs regulators warn against giving codeine to children

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 20:03

Evidence suggests side-effects from use of pain killer include breathing problems, says European Medicines Agency

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If only every child had the quality of education enjoyed at private schools

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 15:32
In England we have equality but some have more of it than others – just look at education

The education spokespeople of the three main parties have said (admitted? confessed? boasted?) that they would be OK with sending their children to private schools. Anyone trying to explain to a Martian how England works couldn’t do much better than to start here.

What happens, Martian Being, I would say, is that we have governments. You see, we can’t govern ourselves, we need people to govern us. In bad countries, governments are a dynastic club, the governing people just bequeath government to their offspring. In other bad countries, the governing people are the ones who end up at the top of the army. In Britain, we do things differently. The people choose the government. We say: the government “represents” us. One of the ways they represent us is running education. Education is all about making sure that the next generation know what our representatives think they should know. In Britain, this is divvied up across the four “countries” of the UK. Today we’re talking about the ones in charge (or who would like to be in charge) of education in England.

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Soas becomes first London university to divest from fossil fuels

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 15:27

Campaigners hail success as Soas follows in footsteps of Glasgow and Bedfordshire universities, and calls on other universities to follow suit

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Network Rail orders removal of NUS anti-Lib Dem posters

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 15:22

National Union of Students says it paid £8,000 for train station billboard space to highlight what it sees as party’s broken pledge on tuition fees

Network Rail has ordered the removal of posters effectively urging voters not to back the Liberal Democrats.

The posters show two clenched fists with the words “liar” spelled out above the knuckles of each and the Liberal Democrat logo above the “i” on the first.

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Can neuroscientists dispel the myth that children have different learning styles?

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 15:08

A new initiative from the team behind “I’m a scientist – get me out of here” aims to bring neuroscientists and teachers together to discuss how brain science can inform education

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They think it’s all over: ex-footballers on life after the final whistle

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 13:30

Before the Premier League’s six-figure salaries, retiring footballers had to start again, with little experience off the pitch. From a detective to a former convict, ex-players talk about their second life

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DfID accused of heightening inequality through support for private sector

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 13:19

Report by campaign group Global Justice Now points finger at Department for International Development over private health and education projects

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University reconsidering decision to cancel Charlie Hebdo conference

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 13:06

Queen’s University Belfast issues statement suggesting possibility of conference going ahead, after accusations of curbing academic freedom

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Politics for the people: five demands from young voters

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 12:27

The Guardian went to Sheffield Hallam University to discuss how UK politics could better engage young people. The event was chaired by writer and presenter Rick Edwards

You Talk, They Listen is a series of events we’re hosting at universities around the UK – each focusing on the topics you care about most in the run-up to the election; from higher education, to freedom of speech, climate change and immigration – young people talk and politicians listen. This time we focused on how politics could change to re-engage young voters.

Related: Is London's stranglehold on power a big turn-off for young voters?

Five top demands on political reform

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Warwick students angry at 'aubergine' university logo

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 12:00

A petition urging the university to halt its £80,000 rebrand has received over 4,000 signatures

Over 4,000 students at the University of Warwick have signed a petition calling on the university to halt its rebrand, after its new logo was revealed on Tuesday.

Students are concerned that it “does not reflect the identity of such a high-class academic institution”.

Related: Five toe-curling blunders from university marketing teams

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If you're 'only a teacher', don't expect to be treated fairly by a business school

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 10:10

At my university business school, around 90% of revenue comes from teaching, yet we’re kept off the payroll and undermined by other staff

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What to do if your student son or daughter is taking drugs

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 09:51

Surveys suggest that many students experiment with drugs while at university. If you’re a worried parent what should you do?

“Drugs directly affected my experience of university, and definitely not for the better,” says a student from the University of Leeds. Most people she knew were taking ecstasy and ketamine, she explains, and she felt under pressure to join them.

After a bad experience, she stopped. She says: “My friends in halls carried on taking drugs for the next three years. They would plan nights just so that they could have the excuse of taking drugs. I told my parents and broke down because I didn’t want to go to university and feel like I was boring.”

Related: Should you be worried about your student son or daughter's drinking?

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Labour could scrap GCSEs within a decade – weekly news review

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 07:00

Hundreds of students caught with drugs in schools, Nicky Morgan vows to protect minority language exams and warnings about the risks of rugby

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Parental engagement: tips, tricks and how to make it work – live chat

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 07:00

Join us on Wednesday 29 April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm to discuss ideas, share best practice and debate how teachers can communicate effectively with parents

  • Comments are open now so feel free to post early
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Headteachers unhappy with all parties’ education policies

Fri, 24/04/2015 - 00:01

Survey of state school leaders finds only one in five back Labour proposals, with Tories and Lib Dems faring even worse

A majority of headteachers are unconvinced by the competing education policies being offered by any of the political parties in next month’s general election, according to a survey of state school leaders across England. The poll, conducted by The Key education consultancy and Ipsos Mori, found that 58% of the 1,200 heads, deputy heads and financial officers said they were undecided about which party was best equipped to improve the education system in England. Just one in five of those polled named Labour as best equipped, while less than 7% named the Conservatives and a miserly 2.5% named the Liberal Democrats.

Those surveyed were clear that the current government’s performance on education did not meet with their approval, with 77% saying they were dissatisfied, including 45% who said they were very dissatisfied.

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Hundreds of successful women from the arts inspire the next generation

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 19:33

Miriam González Durántez’s Inspiring Women campaign paired girls from 15 comprehensive schools with artists, directors, actors, authors and designers

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The human cost of funding cuts: diversity declines among college leaders

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:40

Spending cuts are undoing all the hard work that’s gone into ensuring black, Asian and minority ethnic staff are fairly represented in senior leadership

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Immigration rules could damage British culture, say leading figures in arts

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 18:38

Actors, writers and other creative talents argue in letter that many students who could contribute to UK cultural life are likely to be forced to leave by rules that penalise freelancers

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