Ukip leader Paul Nuttall under fire over PhD claim and NHS

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 11:53

New leader says he did not make erroneous claim on LinkedIn that he held doctorate and party is committed to health service

Ukip’s newly elected leader Paul Nuttall has come under fire over errors in his CV and his views on privatisation of the NHS.

The MEP, who has previously called for the health service to be privatised, said his party would be “committed to keeping the NHS in public hands and free at the point of delivery”.

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Teachers, mayor demand academy chain pulls out of Copeland school

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 00:05
Open letter from staff accuses Bright Tribe trust of conflict of interest in its handling of taxpayers’ money

An academy chain whose financial management was heavily criticised by regulators following an investigation by the Observer is facing a mass walkout of teachers at one of its schools, and demands from the local mayor to “call it a day”.

The staff body at Whitehaven academy in Cumbria have written an open letter to political leaders in the area, the second in a week, declaring of the Bright Tribe academy chain: “We are unable to improve the school if it remains with the trust.” Whitehaven has had six headteachers and been placed in special measures since the Bright Tribe charitable trust took over in 2014.

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Patience Akumu: ‘I can express myself in ways I never could in Uganda’

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 00:05

The winner of the David Astor award in 2013 tells how writing for the Observer changed her career as a journalist in Africa
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I came to the Observer in 2013 after winning the David Astor award, which gives a chance to young, talented journalists from east Africa to write for media companies in the UK. I went to the Observer offices for just two weeks, but they loved my work and I loved them back. I felt it was the kind of newspaper that I had wanted to write for all my life. I had the freedom to express myself in a way I never could have in a paper back home in Uganda.

Newspapers at home could never publish an article with a headline referring to the president (who has been in power for 30 years) as a dictator. It was exhilarating. I lived for my next article. When I returned home, I continued writing for the Observer. I was so proud of myself. It is still my favourite newspaper to read and write for. I wrote a lot about gay rights – an emotive issue that many Ugandan journalists are still reluctant to talk about. One piece was about a church in Uganda where the gay community meets and takes solace every Sunday. I later told of my personal experience: I had lost friends, received hate mail… still, it felt so good to write it out loud; to share it.

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Hi-tech replica to bring prehistoric art of Lascaux within reach

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 20:29

£48m recreation of French caves will let visitors experience magic of the ‘prehistoric Sistine chapel’ for first time in decades

In the Dordogne village of Montignac sur Vézère, the story of how one boy and his dog discovered one of the most haunting examples of prehistoric art has gone down in local folklore.

On 8 September 1940, Marcel Ravidat’s black-and-white mongrel, Robot, dived into a hole in the ground in pursuit of a rabbit. The 17-year-old Ravidat retrieved his pet, and returned a few days later with three friends to explore what appeared to be an underground cave. Dropping into the rocks, they entered a grotto where the flickering light of their oil lamp lit upon a painting of a red bull. The rest is prehistory.

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Harvard puts men's cross country team on probation over 'crude' documents

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 19:18

The university has placed the team on athletic probation after school lawyers found the 2014 team made ‘sexualized’ documents about the women’s team

Harvard University has placed its men’s cross country team on athletic probation after school lawyers found that the 2014 team made “crude and sexualized” documents about the women’s cross country team.

Related: Despite the Harvard soccer team decision, men are rarely punished for overt misogyny

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The Guardian coding workshop

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 13:17

This past summer 4 developers volunteered from the department to teach Python to 8 students ages 17-26.

The Guardian Digital Department has worked with our Education Centre to deliver a new educational programme, the Guardian Coding Workshop.

Set up by the department’s diversity group, the workshop aimed to introduce people from lower socio-economic backgrounds to the tech industry. Attendees were recruited through the Guardian’s community partners like the Copenhagen Youth Project, and charities like Generating Genius and the Social Mobility Foundation. Ages ranged from 17 to 26, including sixth-form students and people in full-time employment.

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Secret Teacher: I'm tired of my colleagues' ignorance about race

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 07:00

Teachers should address injustice, but some I work with fail to recognise issues of diversity and cultural stereotyping

“I’m sorry Miss, I don’t understand what you’re saying. You look like you speak Spanish or something.” He was in year 2, and had a smile that stretched from ear to ear. I had told him I was his supply teacher for the day. When I repeated what I said, he put his fingers in his ears and shouted: “I don’t understand your language!”

Related: Diversity in school leadership: the higher up you go, the harder you have to fight

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Scheme to place 'elite teachers' in struggling schools scrapped after a year

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:33

The national teaching service was announced last November but since then only 24 teachers have been placed through the programme

A scheme designed to parachute “elite teachers” into struggling schools, launched with much fanfare last year, has been scrapped by the government after just 24 teachers were placed through the programme .

The national teaching service was announced last year by the then education secretary Nicky Morgan. It was supposed to help solve the perennial problem of schools in difficulty being unable to recruit the experienced teachers they needed to thrive.

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Raised in the UK but 'blocked' from going to university

BBC - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 16:28
An 18-year-old who has lived in the UK since she was four says she's been denied a chance to attend university.
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Family matters

BBC - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 16:27
In case you missed them, here’s a round-up of the best parenting stories from the BBC this week.
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Booster bother

BBC - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 14:52
New rules on car seats are being brought in but what are they and will parents need to buy replacements?
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Ministers ditch anti-lobbying proposals for charities and universities

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 13:42

Climbdown follows criticism from charities and scientists, who feared experts would be stopped from advising MPs and ministers

Ministers have dropped controversial plans to gag charities and universities as a condition of receiving public money after widespread alarm from academics and the voluntary sector.

The government announced the “anti-advocacy clause” without consultation in February, presenting the proposal as a ban on taxpayers’ funds being used for political lobbying.

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So you feel like dropping out of uni. What are the options?

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:55

Sometimes leaving higher education is the right move. But it’s worth considering the other possibilities

A few days before I was due to return to university for my first-year exams, I decided not to. At the time, I felt like I was living in a solitary hell.

I’ve always struggled with my mental health, and this only worsened once I went to university. I lost my support network of family and friends and failed to find a new one. I went from being an extroverted, happy person with a love for my subjects to being completely withdrawn, spending days at a time in my room without leaving.

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Australian students describe how they made copycat Malaria drug – video

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:38

Students from Sydney grammar school describe how they created a version of Daraprim, a drug used to treat malaria, in a school laboratory. Student Brandon Lee tells how the team had to work after school hours on the project. The students made the drug for around $2 a pill

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Faith school push will not 'help results'

BBC - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:12
Education levels will not rise if faith schools in England take more pupils on religious grounds, a report says.
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Asbestos in schools: Petition to protect children from deadly material

BBC - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:26
The daughter of a retired teacher who died after being exposed to asbestos at school, is warning parents of the risk to their children.
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