Joyce Sluszny obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 16:36

My friend Joyce Sluszny, who has died aged 76, grew up in very humble circumstances, and this inspired her commitment to making a difference for others in her later professional choices, predominantly in education.

Daughter of Ernie Harrison, a postman, and Ethel (nee Priest), who worked in a factory, she was born in Hounslow, west London, in Frampton Road – about which she subsequently wrote a social history, Hounslow’s Forgotten Street. Her earliest experience of her local school was being automatically put in the “bottom” class along with all the other poorest pupils. She was moved after her mother’s robust protests.

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Schools fear business rate rise will be 'breaking point'

BBC - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 14:56
A sharp rise in schools' business rates could push budgets beyond breaking point, say head teachers' leaders.
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Welsh taking off in Tokyo

BBC - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 13:46
Daito Bunka University is giving its students the opportunity to learn Welsh
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Deputy head Jonathan Norbury banned for sex with teens

BBC - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 09:40
A deputy head teacher is banned from schools for at least 10 years for having sex with teenage girls.
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Third of children 'not reaching expectations'

BBC - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 09:19
More than 800,000 children could be behind in literacy and numeracy by 2020, says charity
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A moment that changed me: my psychiatrist told me I could be one too | Linda Gask

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 08:00
While studying medicine, I suffered from mental health problems that required treatment. My doctor told me they needn’t stop me pursuing my dream

During my years of medical training I was tense and wound up almost all of the time. Then, just before my finals, things got very much worse. I began to draw up a complex revision timetable, which I obsessed over. I was as fearful of failing as I had been with my A-levels, but there was also a terrible sense of unease about what was happening to me, to which I couldn’t put a name.

I convinced myself that the best way to stay in control of my world was to design a kind of map for my mind and contain everything within it by the time the exams arrived. I ruled out lines on sheets of paper to create a chart to govern every waking hour for the next few months. I did not want to acknowledge the obvious parallels with my brother, whose strange behaviour would later be diagnosed as obsessive compulsive disorder.

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I want to make a difference in academia – but I'm drowning

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 07:00

As the end of my probation period looms, the weight of expectations from my university leaves no space for meaningful research

To the outside world, my career progression from PhD to lectureship read like a stellar rise. Having made it through a couple of precarious years on temporary and part-time contracts, I arrived at an office with my name on the door and a lectureship at a Russell Group university. I’m now nearly three years into the role, with six months still to go on my probation period.

Related: Tef: dump the pointless metrics and take a hard look at casualisation

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University applications 'depends heavily on where you live'

BBC - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 02:46
Teenagers from London were most likely to apply while those in the South West were least likely.
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Paid family leave transformed Australian business – it's now under threat

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 23:11

Companies with paid parental leave retain employees and save on recruitment, but proposed government changes could discourage employer-funded schemes

Before the advent of paid parental leave, the majority of new mothers in Australia quit their jobs so they could cash out holiday pay to help fund those first few months at home.

At Westpac Bank, only 32% of mothers were returning to work after having a baby in 1995. Two years later, the figure had shot up to 53% – undoubtedly because the bank launched a paid maternity leave scheme.

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Draconian secrecy measures are being quietly ushered in. We must fight them | Joanna Cherry

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 15:00
Under new proposals, journalists and whistleblowers could face 14 years in jail for handling government data. It’s part of a trend towards the silencing of dissent

Last year, suspicionless surveillance of the lawful activities of ordinary citizens was authorised on a scale unprecedented in any other western democracy. Those of us who warned that the Investigatory Powers Act’s provisions in respect of the indiscriminate collection and retention of electronic communications were of dubious legality have already been vindicated by the court of justice of the European Union. The precise impact of the decision will now be confirmed by the court of appeal, which referred the matter to the court of justice.

Related: No 10: Official Secrets Act proposals 'project of previous prime minister'

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Bristol university chemistry lab evacuated in explosive scare

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 13:28

Chemical TATP, which was used in Paris attacks, was unintentionally formed in routine procedure by a PhD student

A university building was evacuated after a student accidentally made the same explosive that was used in the Paris terror attacks.

The University of Bristol said triacetone triperoxide (TATP) was “unintentionally formed” in its chemistry laboratory on 3 February.

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'Say the big words'

BBC - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 10:15
Families describe the moment they shared the news that no-one wants to hear
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Six tactics to help your students deal with stress

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 07:00

Schools are reporting an increase in stressed-out pupils. But teachers can give young people the tools to cope

Educators like me will not be surprised at the results of a survey conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders, in which 55% of schools reported an increase in stress and anxiety among their pupils.

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The résumé is dead: your next click might determine your next job

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 00:24

The argument about whether robots will take our jobs is irrelevant: workforce science and data aggregation have already changed how we find work

The rise of ever more intelligent machines is prompting much speculation about the future of work and a clear separation of views is becoming apparent. Some claim that automation is likely to lead to job losses and that we should prepare for that. Others argue that the new technologies will create as many jobs as they destroy: after all, that is what has happened in the past.

Those – like Donald Trump – who argue they can “bring back the jobs” presume a return, or reinvention, of an almost mythical past where manufacturing dominated the economy and the big firms were also big employers who benefited from a large, full-time workforce.

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