English schools see first rise in exclusions in eight years

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 20:05

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.

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Universities and student victims of sexual assault | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 19:51

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

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Make teachers learn how to mark, says chief of exam board

Telegraph - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 16:49
Teachers should be given specialised training so they learn how to mark properly following concerns over the lack of competent examiners, the head of one of the exam boards in England has said









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Marian McNay obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 16:36

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.

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Thousands of primary school children suspended for assaulting adults

Telegraph - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 16:32
Fifty school children a day aged between five and 11 are suspended for assaulting an adult, figures from the Department for Education have revealed









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VIDEO: Poorer students 'face high debts'

BBC - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 15:07
Poorer students in England may be put off university by funding changes that could leave them with higher debts than middle-class graduates helped by their parents, a report says.
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Gender gap is widening for poorer students, report finds

Telegraph - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 12:32
The gender gap amongst poorer students has been widening since the introduction of higher tuition fees, a report from the Independent Commission on Fees has found









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Suspensions from primary schools up

BBC - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 12:29
Official data shows more children are being suspended from primary schools in England.
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The great beyond: will the UK science budget be cut by 40%?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 11:22

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.

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Student gender gap in UK universities growing at an 'inexorable' rate, says latest Independent Commission on Fees report

The Independent - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 11:05

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.











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Poorer students say maintenance grants 'essential' for university

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 10:53

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.

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Independent Commission on Fees urges Office for Budget Responsibility to investigate whether student loans system is 'value for money'

The Independent - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 10:38

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.











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My Indiana Jones moment: the day I uncovered an error in the archives

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 10:31

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.

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I'm a student with a disability – that doesn't make me 'special'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 09:58

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.

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BBC Three's The Unbreakables: Bradley is made student ambassador – video

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 09:44
In this clip from BBC Three's 'The Unbreakables', Bradley is asked to become a student ambassador for the school. The programme is set at National Star College in Gloucestershire, which only accepts students with disabilities, and follows the lives, loves and friendships of the young people who attend the college. The three-part series forms part of BBC Three's Defying the Label season Continue reading...









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BBC Three's The Unbreakables: Ed and Bethany – video

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 09:43
In this clip from BBC Three's 'The Unbreakables', Ed asks college newcomer Beth on a date. The programme is set at National Star College in Gloucestershire, which only accepts students with disabilities, and follows the lives, loves and friendships of the young people who attend the college. The three-part series forms part of BBC Three's Defying the Label season Continue reading...









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VIDEO: Buggy boot camp helps mums stay active

BBC - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 09:37
A pilot project for women in Bury is tackling participation in sport, which is now lower across the UK than before the London Olympics.
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Tuition fees: fall in mature and part-time students 'threatens social mobility'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 09:33

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.”

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