Eskimology course faces big freeze

BBC - Wed, 03/08/2016 - 00:08
A unique course in Eskimology taught at the University of Copenhagen has stopped admitting new students after funding cuts.
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Outstanding schools take too few poor pupils, study says

BBC - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 17:15
Poor children in England are less likely to be admitted to good schools, even if they live nearby, suggests a new analysis.
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Bradford Kings Science academy staff convicted of fraud

BBC - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 16:32
The founder of a flagship academy and two staff members are convicted of defrauding the government out of £150,000.
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Poverty costs UK £78bn a year, Joseph Rowntree Foundation says

BBC - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 16:08
The effects of poverty in the UK cost the average taxpayer £1,200 a year, and the UK £78bn in total, with the NHS bearing the brunt, a report suggests.
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Student debts wipe out most graduate pay premiums - report

BBC - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 14:49
Politicians should stop using a "carrot of higher graduate earnings" to justify student debt, say campaigners.
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Student grants replaced by loans

BBC - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 10:39
Students starting university courses in England are no longer able to apply for grants towards their living costs.
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Student maintenance grants replaced with loans

BBC - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 09:03
University maintenance grants for lower income students in England are being replaced with loans under changes which come into effect Monday
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Degree or drop out?

BBC - Mon, 01/08/2016 - 01:52
Students in university are more likely to start their own business while still in school - but what happens when these dorm-room firms have to grow up?
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Science careers not only for boffins, says Prof Brian Cox

BBC - Fri, 29/07/2016 - 16:55
Science careers are not "boring or only for boffins", says Prof Brian Cox.
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University research needs 'public impact'

BBC - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 16:01
University research should have more impact with the public and all academic researchers should be assessed, says a review of UK research funding.
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A-level student feels victimised for 'cheating' but exam board stands by decision

BBC - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 15:45
18-year-old Fabienne Ruttledge was sent three out of the four questions on her Sociology exam before she took the exam.
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Supreme Court rules against Named Person scheme

BBC - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 14:52
Supreme Court judges rule the Scottish government's Named Person scheme, which aims to safeguard children, breaches rights to privacy and a family life.
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Cancelled literacy and numeracy programme had 'positive impact'

BBC - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 12:54
A cancelled government education scheme helped thousands of pupils improve their English and maths results, a report finds.
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Reading should be about pleasure, not points or prizes

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 19:00

Children’s books site member Eligor was outraged on receiving a letter from school announcing a reading programme based on points, rewards and competition. Not only is it unnecessary, it may actually be turning children off reading for fun

I love reading for many reasons. It can be an escape from reality; a comfort for when you feel upset or fed up; nostalgic (I frequently reread my old picture books); just to relax; to think deeply about things (I’ve read a book called the Complete Philosophy Files and reviewed it on the Guardian Children’s book site!); to identify with characters; and also to savour the very words themselves.

The physical side of reading also plays a part. The feel of books, turning the pages, and the smell of books... (If you have ever smelled the pages of an old book, you will know what I mean.)

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Councils failing to protect at-risk children, says Ofsted

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 18:42

More than a quarter judged ‘inadequate’ by social care report, and child protection system has too much mediocre provision

Too many vulnerable children face “clear and present risk of harm” because of serious failings in council child protection departments, Ofsted has said.

More than a quarter of councils were judged “inadequate” by inspectors, with three-quarters in total rated as less than “good”, according to the latest annual Ofsted social care report.

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Herschel Prins obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 15:27

My colleague, Herschel Prins, who has died at the age of 87, had a long and distinguished career at the crossover between criminal justice and mental health.

He began work as a probation officer in the 1950s and spent much of his life in teaching; throughout he remained faithful to the ideals of public service and the belief that one person can influence another for the good. He knew that effective social work was a craft that required real commitment by the practitioner; noble intentions and theoretical knowledge were not enough.

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When political leaders are selected via elitism not talent, you get chaos | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 13:53
The EU referendum vote is just the latest disaster caused by a political class woefully out of touch with the country. Some humility now please

There’s nothing quite like a constitutional crisis to expose what can only be described as the abject crapness of our political class.

The parliamentary Labour party has largely decided it has had enough of Jeremy Corbyn and wants a new ruler, but seems categorically unable to suggest anyone. Who would fit the bill? Dan Jarvis, who promises to be “tough on inequality, tough on the causes of inequality”? What does that even mean? Or how about Hilary Benn? He gave one well-delivered speech to parliament about Syria and people seemed to decide that made him the new Winston Churchill, before forgetting about him a week later.

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Project Bloks: Google's latest effort to encourage kids to code

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 12:00

From scribbling robots to music-making devices, tech giant’s initiative hopes to spark a new wave of ‘tangible programming’ toys and kits for children

“How many robots can I control with this? In theory, up to 255 at one time. That really is a robot army.”

I’m in a room at Google’s London headquarters listening to creative technologist Zebedee Pedersen show off the company’s latest research project. Despite how it sounds, world domination isn’t on the agenda.

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Kneejerk restructures of children’s services are a recipe for disaster | Patrick Butler

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 11:00
Cornwall’s experience shows that you can turn round poorly performing services and deliver innovation without suspending children’s legal rights

The first step on the road to recovery is always the most painful, according to Andrew Wallis, the lead councillor for Cornwall’s children’s services. Six years ago those services were on the ropes, judged inadequate by Ofsted inspectors. Failure triggered a period of harsh corporate self-reflection. “You have to admit you are not very good, and that is difficult,” he says.

After the frank self-assessment came the improvement. This week Cornwall was rated “good” by Ofsted. Of the clutch of councils deemed to be failing in 2010, it has come the furthest. It is now among the top 25% of children’s services. Inspectors praised the quality of its work in key areas: children in care, adoption, care leavers and management. This is an authority, Ofsted noted, that “has enabled social work to flourish”.

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Sites for 500 free schools wanted – and it could be a field near you

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 28/06/2016 - 07:15

The purchase of land for a would-be academy in south London has shone a light on the controversial work of the Education Funding Agency

When the letter arrived through Steve Barker’s door before Christmas last year, he was “flabbergasted”, the IT worker says. It was a document, from the chief executive of a proposed free school, telling him that the playing field barely eight metres from the front door of his quiet cul-de-sac home in Blackheath, south London, had been bought by the government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA).

This purchase had happened so that a “small” secondary school could be placed on the site, the letter said. Its building would probably loom over the houses of Barker and his neighbours. The proposed site for this 875-pupil school – the International Academy of Greenwich (IAG) – is next to a flood plain. Regular inundations from the Quaggy river are only held back by an eight-foot wall.

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