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George Thomason obituary

the guardian - 3 hours 35 min ago

My friend and former colleague George Thomason, who has died aged 89, was Montague Burton professor of industrial relations at Cardiff University between 1969 and 1984.

He developed the subject with a series of academic textbooks and promoted the department to be a crucial part of the economic and social science faculty of the university. The department grew under his leadership and, with his encouragement of academic talent as well as an infectious sense of humour, he was well regarded by staff and students alike. He was a member of court and council of the university from 1974 to 2000.

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Our arrogant universities must embrace innovation | Sonia Sodha

the guardian - 16 hours 42 min ago
They are finally going to be held to account for what they do with vast amounts of our money

Universities have a reputation for being hotbeds of innovation, but they’ve never been very good at innovating in providing undergraduate education. There’s a dinosaur-like tendency to do things the way they’ve always been done.

Harold Wilson found this in the 1960s when he developed plans for a University of the Air. It was to be a different sort of university, based on distance learning, opening up undergraduate study to people who would never have otherwise had the chance. Wilson faced scathing opposition from the higher education establishment, but refused to back down. The Open University opened its doors in 1969, immediately swelling student ranks by one-fifth, and remains the UK’s largest academic institution. If universities had had their way, it wouldn’t exist.

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It’s time for a real revolution in Britain’s schools

the guardian - 16 hours 43 min ago
A different world is emerging around our children

‘Imagine a world where you are enclosed by war, not knowing if you are going to die tomorrow or tonight, or maybe even in an hour. Living in a world of fear. Hearing gunshots and shelling day and night, hoping that you won’t be the one to get hit. Not wanting to step outside your door to go to the shops, in fear that you might not return home.” Ava has poise. Her eyes scan the gathering. She has them hooked.

“There are children like Wasem and Maher, who were three and 11. They were both executed with knives in front of their parents, who felt as if they were being tortured themselves.” This is a conference room in the House of Lords: an audience of academics, politicians, charity leaders and experts.

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Agriculture : pour la relève, « tout reste à inventer »

lemonde_edu - Sat, 25/02/2017 - 17:33
Elevage de cerfs, production de safran, gîtes ruraux... Au lycée agricole de Montoire-sur-le-Loir, les élèves savent qu’ils devront se diversifier pour faire vivre leur exploitation.
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Modern Toss

the guardian - Sat, 25/02/2017 - 14:00

It’s Employee Motivation Day on Saturday 25 February

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I thought I'd never come out as gay – but university changed my mind

the guardian - Sat, 25/02/2017 - 11:00

Even in this day and age, coming out is daunting. Fortunately for me, university proved more tolerant than the kids at my old school

It was in May last year when I went to my doctor’s surgery that I first came out. I decided to book an appointment to talk about depression and anxiety. But in a flood of tears I said the words: “I’m gay”.

Related: University LGBT initiatives: there's still room for improvement

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Secret Teacher: I thought supply would be hell, but it's a joy

the guardian - Sat, 25/02/2017 - 09:00

I get to spend my days with the funniest, most creative, interesting people around – and also get to go home on time

When I first started supply teaching, after five years working abroad, the idea frightened me. After all, surely it would be unruly classes of untamed charges out for a day’s holiday in the classroom? Surely I wouldn’t cope? But I did. Last year, one of the most popular Secret Teacher blogs was about the hell of supply teaching – but for me it has been a godsend.

Although I have since taken on positions in schools, I have always gone back to supply. As the new academic year started up again last year, I didn’t return to the school where I’d been for the previous four years, due to restructuring. Instead, I’m signed on for supply again. I couldn’t be happier.

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Will business rates hike be final chapter for high street bookshops?

the guardian - Sat, 25/02/2017 - 09:00

Booksellers group says rise will kill off independent stores and berates Treasury for cutting tax for sector’s biggest online rival Amazon

Bookshops could be wiped off the high street as a result of changes to the business rates system, the industry has warned the Treasury.

In a letter to David Gauke, chief secretary to the Treasury, the Booksellers Association said many bookshops will be crippled by rate increases and described the tax as “archaic”.

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False economies of curbing net migration | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 20:35

The supreme court has erred in backing the unfair government ruling on the £18,600 minimum annual income requirements for entry to the UK of non-EU spouses (Report, 22 February). This ruling has always been morally wrong and unjustified. Contrary to Home Office assertions, it has had negligible impact on the drive to reduce net migration and it has not worked in the national interest. Non-EU spouses have rarely been a burden to UK finances. The standing rule that they are not allowed recourse to public funds is sufficient to cover this.

I brought my Filipino wife here ahead of the ruling, when our income was below the existing threshold. She gained employment immediately, studied intensely, and built herself a good future, buying our house in her own name three years ago. We plan to start a family very soon. Under the current rules, this country would have lost a valuable long-term asset, as it is now doing by effectively barring thousands of willing and able workers and their offspring from the country. It is particularly unfair considering that EU migrants, with no ties or allegiances to the UK, have virtually unrestricted access.

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Das hast du toll gemacht

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 20:04

Bei der Korrektur von Klassenarbeiten geht nichts mehr ohne lustige Gesichter und nach oben gereckte Daumen. Was das über Lehrer und Schüler aussagt.

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Quelles écoles pour devenir photographe ?

lemonde_edu - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 17:04
De plus en plus nombreux, les jeunes photographes sont aussi de plus en plus formés. Tour d’horizon des cursus existants, pour certains accessibles dès après le bac.
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Revealed: thousands of children at London schools breathe toxic air

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 17:01

Exclusive: 802 schools, nurseries and colleges are in areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide breach EU legal limits

Tens of thousands of children at more than 800 schools, nurseries and colleges in London are being exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that risk causing lifelong health problems, the Guardian can disclose.

A study identifies 802 educational institutions where pupils as young as three are being exposed to levels of nitrogen dioxide that breach EU legal limits and which the government accepts are harmful to health.

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What I learned as a student of colour

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 14:19

My advice to people of colour at university? Learn all about your cultural history, and link up with like-minded students

When I moved from Scotland to an English university in 2011, I expected to find myself immersed in a world of black womanhood that I had missed out on up north. I wanted to learn how to slick down my baby hairs, find some decent Caribbean takeaways, and pick up MLE slang – which might mean my friends would stop saying that they were “blacker” than me.

My conception of blackness soon turned out to be pretty naive. When I moved into halls in London, I was surrounded by white people. They were early starters, 17-year-olds like me, who had come from abroad or from the farthest corners of the UK.

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Fresh setback for 30-hour nursery place scheme

bbc education - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 12:14
Thousands of nurseries do not plan to offer England's free 30-hours nursery place scheme, data shows
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£14,000 tuition fees planned for shorter courses

bbc education - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 11:58
Universities in England will be able to charge higher annual fees for shorter degree courses.
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Education publisher Pearson reports biggest loss in its history

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:17

Pre-tax losses soar to £2.6bn as group – which is is selling Penguin Random House – is hit by slump in US textbook sales

Pearson has reported a pre-tax loss of £2.6bn for 2016, the biggest in its history, after a slump at its US education operation.

The world’s largest education publisher, which in January saw almost £2bn wiped from its stock market value after issuing its fifth profit warning in two years, reported the record loss after taking a £2.55bn non-cash charge for “impairment of goodwill reflecting trading pressures in our North American businesses”.

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I’m a British academic, but no longer feel welcome in the UK

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 09:00

My partner and I have been separated for years by the government’s net migration policy – and Brexit is the last straw. I’m leaving for Europe

Much has been written about the possible brain drain among European nationals following the Brexit vote. A huge 76% of European academics are thinking about leaving the UK. But they aren’t the only ones who feel unwelcome here. I’m a British academic, and I’m leaving to take up a post in Europe.

Thanks to now-mainstream racist and anti-immigration discourses and policies, I no longer feel at home here. For me, Brexit is the last straw, building on foundations laid by the government’s net migration policy (upheld by the supreme court last week). Introduced in 2012 to reduce immigration to “sustainable levels” by limiting family reunification, it has directly undermined my right to family life.

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Family ties: how to get parents involved in children's learning

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 09:00

Use social media to share classroom projects, involve mums and dads in homework and try visiting them at home, say the experts

Teachers are always looking for ways to improve education for their pupils – and one of the fundamental ways of doing this is parental engagement. Learning shouldn’t finish when the child leaves school at the end of the day, and with parents on board it is much easier to help students reach their potential.

Of course, it won’t always be easy to engage parents: they may be very busy, or have a first language other than English. So what advice is out there for building better partnerships?

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Conservatives to unveil plans for two-year fast track degrees

the guardian - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 02:54

The courses will cost the same as a three-year course, meaning ministers will have to lift the £9,000-a-year tuition fee cap

Fast-track degrees with higher annual fees are to be introduced in universities under plans announced by the government.

The two-year degrees will cost the same as a three-year course, meaning annual fees for them will be higher. Ministers are expected to table a bill to lift the current £9,000-a-year cap on tuition costs so that universities can charge higher annual rates.

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Halle Orchestra plans to open Stoke-on-Trent school

bbc education - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 02:07
The intention is for students to spend 40% of their time in specialist music classes.
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