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Head of Eton hits back at Labour plans to abolish private schools

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 22:16

Simon Henderson says system is unequal but ‘abolishing excellence’ is no solution

The headmaster of Eton College has hit back at Labour’s plans to abolish private schools, saying they make no financial sense and will not benefit children left behind by the education system.

In an interview with the Guardian, Simon Henderson, who became head of the world-famous private school four years ago, acknowledged the public mood had shifted and a battle lay ahead for the future of private education.

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Free care and four-day weeks: Labour's big, bold, pricey policies

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 22:12

Party shifts further towards radical socialist policies, taking its cue from 2017 manifesto

A four-day week, getting rid of private schools, scrapping universal credit, abolishing the schools inspectorate, an end to prescription charges, free care for elderly people and free nursery places for toddlers. These are undoubtedly big, bold policies from a Labour conference on the eve of an election.

Some of them will come with big price tags, but the leadership has made a bet that the public want policies to make their daily lives easier and that they will not be scared off by such dramatic changes if the cost falls on the very wealthiest.

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Did you solve it? Maths on the back of an envelope

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 19:00

The solutions to today’s puzzles and the results of the pint mnemonic challenge

Earlier today I set you four puzzles, and a challenge to devise a rhyme about a pint being 568ml. The solutions first and the best pint-sized poems afterwards.

1) A piece of paper is folded to make a shape that looks a bit like the back of an envelope, illustrated below. If the paper is unfolded again to make a flat sheet, what shape will it be? Prove it.

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L’interminable crise de la médecine scolaire

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 16:30
En 2019, près de 500 postes de médecins scolaires sont vacants sur le territoire faute d’attractivité de la spécialité. Les syndicats tirent la sonnette d’alarme.
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'I wish I'd delayed coming to the UK' : overseas students call for further visa extensions

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 15:57

Foreign students will be offered a two year work visa after graduating from a British university in 2021. But students currently enrolled will miss out

International students at British universities fear the government’s plan to offer two-year post-study work visas to future students could leave them worse off if the extra time is not given to them too.

Last week the government said foreign students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university. But the new policy will only apply to those graduating from summer 2021, according to the announcement.

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I thought I’d made it when I got to Cambridge University. How wrong I was | Daniella Adeluwoye

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 12:41
I was sold a dream of upward mobility. But from cash to culture, it’s clear my working-class background still counts against me

I’ve always been a diligent worker. Having worked part-time throughout my A-levels in a fish and chip shop, I knew what hard work meant. When I received my offer to study at Cambridge University I was congratulated by my colleagues for finally “making it”. In the warm heat of June, a few days before my last exam, I thought this would be the last time I would smell the fish in batter mix as it hit the sizzling oil. I reflected on the idea that Cambridge meant I was finally competing on a level playing field with socially and economically privileged students.

Related: Oxbridge summer schools should be for the disadvantaged, not the wealthiest | Ruby Woolfe

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Should we abolish private schools? – video

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 11:24

A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them. Maya Goodfellow explores the case for abolition

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Can you solve it? Maths on the back of an envelope

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 09:10

Stationery puzzles to get your brain moving

Today, we’re pushing the envelope.

1) A piece of paper is folded to make a shape that looks a bit like the back of an envelope, illustrated below. If the paper is unfolded again to make a flat sheet, what shape will it be? Prove it.

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Student Loans overpaid me: I'm struggling to pay it back

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 02:39
Lottie could not afford rent and food after the Student Loans Company took back her overpayment.
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WCAT to be wound up after schools lost £2m in collapse

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 02:28
Schools lost £2m when Wakefield City Academies Trust collapsed at the start of a new term.
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Housing crisis affects estimated 8.4 million in England - research

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 02:01
Millions are in unaffordable or unsuitable homes, research for the National Housing Federation says.
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UK universities publish guidance on risks of initiation ceremonies

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 02:01

Students warned of physical and mental dangers three years after death of Edward Farmer

Students starting university are this week being warned of the dangers of initiation ceremonies, almost three years after an undergraduate was killed as a result of the “toxic effects” of such events.

Ed Farmer died after excessive drinking at an initiation event run by Newcastle University’s agricultural society in 2016. Karen Dilks, the coroner at the inquest into his death, called on universities to issue more forceful warnings about the dangers of alcohol for first-year students.

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Warning on alcohol risk at university initiations

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 23/09/2019 - 02:01
Students starting university are told of the potentially fatal dangers of excessive drinking.
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Labour delegates vote in favour of abolishing private schools

the guardian - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 21:28

Policy would include limiting how many private school pupils can go to university

Labour delegates have endorsed radical plans to abolish private schools by removing their charitable status and redistributing their endowments, investments and properties to the state sector.

Conference delegates approved a motion that said such a commitment should be included in the party’s next general election manifesto. The motion added universities would be limited to admitting the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population, currently 7%.

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Why do aviation addicts fly in the face of reason? | Letters

the guardian - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 20:02
In the wake of the global climate strike, Celia Roberts suggests academics should fly less often. Plus letters from John Gamlin, Daniel Scharf, Alicia Baker and Sally Starborg

In your 10 charts explaining the climate crisis (21 September), aviation is targeted as a “difficult problem” to solve. Given that the global climate strike was organised by, among others, the student climate network, students need to ask their academic staff how much they are cutting down on flying to conferences. The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research states that academics are among the highest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions. And while universities are increasingly committed to a green agenda for their own organisations in terms of carbon reduction, recycling and sustainable living, there is little evidence that academics are cutting down on their frequent flying habit.

Some may argue that face-to-face meetings at conferences around the world are necessary for the exchange of ideas and production of knowledge. However, research at the University of British Columbia suggests that there is no clear relationship between those who fly more and the quality of research. The University of Lund in Sweden is exceptional in requiring staff to set out concrete personal reduction targets. Isn’t it time that all UK universities followed suit and that students held their lecturers to account by asking them what steps they are taking to fly less?
Celia Roberts
Professor emerita, King’s College London

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Erzieher: Raus aus der Rolle

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 19:43

Männer, die sich in Kitas um Kinder kümmern, sind immer noch selten. Dabei ist die Freude am Erzieherberuf kein Frauenprivileg. Doch Geschlechterklischees und niedrige Gehälter sind ein Hemmnis.

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Mobilität: Semestertickets im Vergleich

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 19:43

Studierende sind in ihren Städten und Regionen zu sehr unterschiedlichen Preisen unterwegs. Aber die Fahrausweise fürs Halbjahr bieten auch unterschiedlich viel.

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Fragenbogen "Alte Schule": Axel Prahl

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 19:43

Pausenqualmer, Spontankomiker und bei Bedarf auch Siebhirn: Der in Holstein aufgewachsene Schauspieler beantwortet elf Fragen zur Schule - und findet, Lehrer müssen Entertainer sein.

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Labour pledges to close private school 'tax loopholes'

bbc education - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 19:18
Party members vote to commit to integrate private schools into the state sector.
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Poor Schools Keep Getting Crushed in Football. Is It Time to Level the Playing Field?

NYTimes - Sun, 22/09/2019 - 18:54
A growing number of states are considering whether economic status should help determine which opponents schools play.
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