Wales has 'teacher recruitment problem'

BBC - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 11:18
Wales is struggling to meet its target for recruiting new trainee secondary teachers, new figures show.
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I helped the quietest child in class break her silence on abuse

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 10:00

It’s easy to dismiss quiet behaviour as good behaviour – but it could be a warning sign of a child at risk. I’ve learned always to trust my intuition

When I helped out at a children’s activity centre we were trained relentlessly to spot the signs of child abuse. Often the signs are subtle – shoes too small with toes clenched inside or callouses on young feet; regular complaints of a sore stomach when actually no breakfast or dinner was provided; handwriting never good enough, or lies told to avoid being reprimanded.

But life is far more a series of little events that could be mistaken for anything and passed off as day to day. Warning signs for children at risk can be well hidden not only from our view but also from theirs.

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Online learning to cut tuition fees

BBC - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 08:06
A UK online university network is claiming a "breakthrough moment" as students can cut the cost of a Russell Group degree by studying part of it online.
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Students! Your lecturers are on strike because they are struggling to survive

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 07:00

I know you want feedback on your essay, but I’m underpaid, sleep-deprived and wondering how I’ll pay my rent

The current University and College Union (UCU) strike means that thousands people in various roles in higher and further education will join the picket line or simply won’t turn up for work today. This is likely to affect you, the ordinary students, as your tutors will be unavailable, your queries will remain unanswered and your essays unmarked.

Related: Working as a casual? Zip your lip and do as you're told

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Refugee is Children's Word of the Year

BBC - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 02:42
Refugee has been announced as Children's Word of the Year after appearing in hundreds of short stories written by young people for Radio 2's 500 Words competition.
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Teacher 'caused' last-minute exam change

BBC - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 00:17
A teacher who allegedly told students what to expect in the Higher English exam sparked a near-emergency at the exams agency, BBC Scotland understands.
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Moocs to earn degree credits for first time in UK at two universities

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 26/05/2016 - 00:01

Students will be able to use Moocs – massive open online courses – to gain accreditation towards final qualification

Two major UK universities are to offer massive open online courses – or Moocs – which for the first time will earn credits that count towards a final degree, it has been announced.

In what is being billed as an important step towards widening access to higher education, students will be able to take part of a degree through an online course and gain formal accreditation towards their final qualification.

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Exam stress 'among teen suicide causes'

BBC - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 22:14
Exam pressures and physical health problems, like acne, are major contributory factors in the suicides of young people, according to new research.
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Swiss ruling overturns Muslim pupils' handshake exemption

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 19:16

School had allowed two brothers to refuse to shake teachers’ hands after they said touching opposite sex was against beliefs

Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher’s hand, authorities in a northern Swiss region have ruled, reversing a school’s decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils unwilling to touch the opposite sex.

Parents of pupils who refuse to shake a teacher’s hand at schools in the northern canton of Basel-Country could now face fines of up to 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,400), regional education authorities said on Wednesday.

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Graduate whose loan grew by £1,800 in one year says students were misled

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 18:53

Simon Crowther, whose letter to his MP went viral after it showed an interest of £180 a month, says he trusted the government to keep interest rates low

A graduate whose letter to his MP went viral after it detailed how his student loan had grown by more than £1,800 in the year since he left university has said he and his contemporaries did not understand what they were signing up to when they took out the financing.

Related: Jeremy Corbyn launches battle to stop tuition fee cap being lifted

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Student suicide figures increase

BBC - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 18:23
Student suicides have risen to their highest level since at least 2007, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
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Richard Hamilton obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 17:56

My father, Richard Hamilton, who has died aged 97, made an extraordinary contribution to education over his lifetime as a teacher. His upbringing in an impoverished Scottish mining community forged his lifelong principles of socialism and pacifism. At the outbreak of the second world war, his pacifism resulted in exemption from military service and a wholehearted endorsement from the tribunal to carry on his chosen profession of teaching.

He was born in Leith and brought up in Musselburgh. His father, also called Richard, was a miner and his mother, Isabella (nee Taylor), was a cook in domestic service. At the local village school Richard’s headteacher recognised his academic potential; a transfer to grammar school followed, then Edinburgh University where, with financial aid from a Miners’ Welfare scholarship, he gained a first in English. At school Richard was introduced to Socrates and the classics, both of which forever permeated his ideals and his unfaltering belief in the value of education to society at large.

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Parents' anger at refugee welcoming prompts council apology

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 17:44

Staff and parents at the Teesside primary school ‘shocked’ to see Syrian new arrivals given tea at council building on its grounds

Council officials in Teesside have apologised after the arrival of a group of Syrian refugees was met with complaints from teachers and parents at a school.

The staff and parents at Overfields primary school in Redcar and Cleveland were said to have been taken aback when the refugees arrived at an empty council building in the grounds of the school.

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Sturgeon outlines 'bold' education plan

BBC - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 17:04
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces her "bold" plan for education by convening a "major summit" to look at closing the attainment gap.
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Alan Sugar named Tory enterprise tsar despite past criticism of Osborne

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 14:35

The Apprentice boss and former Labour peer said in 2012 that David Cameron should ‘seriously think about’ reshuffling chancellor

Lord Sugar, the Apprentice star who has just been hired as the government’s new enterprise tsar, had previously been fiercely critical of George Osborne, it has emerged.

Sugar, a former Labour peer who has been signed up by David Cameron and will launch a campaign to encourage young people to start their own business, said of the chancellor in a 2012 interview: “I never rated him in the beginning. I don’t know what his qualifications are to be chancellor, but we need someone in there who’s got a handle on the economics

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University pay dispute 'could widen'

BBC - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 14:08
University lecturers have started a two-day strike over pay, amid warnings other staff could join the dispute.
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Charity helps children in schools challenge stereotypes about sex

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 14:01

Workshops use games and drama to get teenagers talking about relationships, sexual violence and harassment

J-Bag, Sket, Skank, Thot, Jezzie, Uckers Baderzz, Slag, Slut. The baffling array of playground insults scrawled on the whiteboard expands, as a circle of year nines in school uniform call out words used to describe girls alleged to have engaged in sexual activity.

This mixed group of 13- to 14-year-olds, who are attending a two-day workshop run by the anti-abuse charity Tender to help adolescents avoid abusive relationships, have been instructed to raise their hands before speaking. But the subject has clearly touched a nerve and emotions are running high.

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Abuse referrals for a fifth of children

BBC - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 14:00
Research suggests one in five children born in a single year in England were referred to social services before the age of five.
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Universities of Newcastle and Southampton join fossil fuel divestment push

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 13:05

Newcastle University latest to announce it will pursue investment decisions that are compatible with its sustainability values, reports BusinessGreen

As the world’s leading oil and gas majors this week face a series of questions about their ability to respond to escalating climate risks, two of the UK’s leading universities have become the latest institutions to announce new investment strategies designed to curb their exposure to fossil fuel assets.

Newcastle University yesterday followed hot on the heels of the University of Southampton inannouncing plans to modify its investment strategy to better embed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations.

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UK university lecturers strike over pay

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/05/2016 - 12:19

Members of UCU union launch 48-hour walkout as they reject pay rise of 1.1%, saying vice-chancellors’ pay went up 5.1%

University employers have attempted to play down the impact of a two-day strike by lecturers, and have urged staff taking industrial action to reconsider what they described as their final offer.

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) said member institutions were confident the strike, which began on Wednesday, would cause minimal disruption and reassured students facing end-of-year exams there would be “no to low” impact.

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