Teaching unions concerned by increase in young pupils expelled for assaulting adults
A rise in pupils excluded by primary schools has caused the first increase in exclusions from English state schools for eight years, with teaching unions concerned by an increase in young pupils expelled for assaulting adults.
Figures published by the Department for Education showed that 11,400 primary-age pupils received temporary suspensions and 240 received permanent exclusions for physically assaulting adults in 2013-14, compared with 9,000 temporary and 210 permanent suspensions the previous year.Continue reading...
The support that students receive from their university when they have experienced violence and sexual assault is a serious matter and a proper subject for journalistic inquiry. Unfortunately, your report (27 July) cites an example from several years ago to give a picture of our student counselling service that does not tally with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we get from students about the expertise, professionalism and genuine care that our clinical staff provide.
Sexual violence and its handling on campus is something we take very seriously, as clearly do you. Hence our concern that such accounts, suggesting that the university’s clinical practitioners are failing their institutional duty of pastoral care, may deter exactly those students who most need the expert support and guidance that is available to them from seeking it.
Professor Sally Mapstone
Pro-vice chancellor, Education, Oxford University
Marian McNay, who has died aged 78, was a highly successful primary headteacher, but her most notable achievement came earlier as the first teacher of classes of Italian children in Bedford who had no English. She matched the children by having no Italian, so overcoming the language barrier was an achievement.
This was 1959, and the Italian community in Bedford was big and growing. The London Brick Company was recruiting men from the poverty-stricken areas of Puglia and Campania to work in the huge brickfields near Bedford, which became the town with the biggest concentration of Italians and their descendants in England. Today they constitute about 30% of a population of 80,000.Continue reading...
Any change in a government brings uncertainty. For scientists in Britain, the waiting game ahead of the November spending review is turning into a nail-biter
Back in 2010, UK science dodged a bullet – sort of.
Following a global recession, the scientific community was warned to expect cuts of up to 40% to the core research budget. We rallied, presenting strong arguments for the role of science in fueling the economy. Afterwards, the £4.6b ring-fencing of these funds announced in the subsequent Autumn Spending Review came as a relief.Continue reading...
The gender gap in UK universities is growing at an ‘inexorable’ rate, according to a new report, as more young women continue to be accepted over men.
Research by the NUS has found that most students with maintenance grants would not be at university without them
More than half of students who receive maintenance grants say they would not be at university without them, according to research carried out by the National Union of Students (NUS).
The survey of over 1,280 students recieving grants found that 52% felt they were absolutely essential to their decision to go to university. A further 30% said they believed them to be important or very important.Continue reading...
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) is being urged to launch an investigation into the current student loan system to find out whether it provides value for money for both students and taxpayers.
The discovery of a simple mislabelling of a painting in the British Library has led to a series of new insights for one early career researcher
We all dream of having an Indiana Jones moment, when days, months and years of painstaking archival research leads to the discovery of an artefact of priceless cultural significance.
A few months into my research project on Caribbean literature, I made a surprising discovery. I realised that a watercolour of the Caribbean in the archives of the British Library had been incorrectly recorded.Continue reading...
Don’t feel sorry for us, we don’t need it. Just treat us like everyone else, says star of The Unbreakables, a TV programme about students with complex disabilities
I have a disability – but that doesn’t make me special. Special is a term for someone out of the ordinary. That’s not me, or any of the disabled people I know.
I have cerebral palsy. I didn’t ask for it. Because of my disability I’ve got little choice about where I go to school, where I live, and how I live.Continue reading...
Independent Commission on Fees says raising undergraduate fees to £9,000 has been major contributor to ‘very concerning’ drop in numbers
The collapse in part-time and mature students studying at universities in England threatens social mobility and economic performance and must be urgently addressed, according to a report into the effect of raising tuition fees.
The Independent Commission on Fees said raising the cost of undergraduate tuition to £9,000 a year has led to “a significant and sustained fall in part-time students and mature students”. It added: “We believe that the new fee regime is a major contributory factor.”Continue reading...