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The Guardian view on teacher workloads: big lessons to learn | Editorial

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 20:57

England’s teachers are now working as long hours as bankers, but without the banker pay

The new secretary of state for education, Gavin Williamson, knows a lot about the heavy workloads piled on teachers. His wife used to teach in a primary school. Then she left the profession to become a teaching assistant partly because, he said this month, “there was always a big challenge in terms of workload, and this is one of the things we need to address”.

Indeed. More than personal experience, hard figures back up the cabinet minister’s worry. A new report from the UCL Institute of Education finds that one in four teachers in England work over 60 hours a week. It is standard for teachers to work into the evening and around one in 10 does weekends, too. These are approaching investment banker hours – without, needless to say, anything like investment banker pay: a newly qualified teacher outside the M25 can expect to start on £23,720. No other school system in the industrial world gouges so many hours out of its staff. Finland boasts what is commonly called the best education system on the planet, yet its average teacher clocks up 34 hours a week, while their counterpart in England does 49 hours. The consequences of all this pressure, say the trade unions, are stark and devastating. The National Education Union reports that one in three newly qualified teachers in English classrooms quit within five years, leading to fewer older teachers sticking around and thus to students being deprived of knowhow.

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Man jailed for stealing 7,000 books from Scottish universities

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 20:10

Darren Barr also faces assets seizure under legislation normally used for drug gangs

A prolific book thief has been jailed for 25 months after he stole more than 7,000 books from three universities in Edinburgh, before selling them online.

Darren Barr, 28, from Kinross in Perthshire, is believed to have made more than £30,000 by selling the textbooks through the online book markets WeBuyBooks, Ziffit and Zapper.

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Schools told to check they can provide meals after a no-deal Brexit

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 19:04

DfE letter aims to gauge preparedness but offers ‘little practical advice’

The Department for Education has told schools to ensure their own sources of food in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, as part of an urgent appeal to gauge preparations for Brexit.

The letter from the DfE – sent out this week and revealed by the education company Tes – was criticised by school leaders for putting the burden for maintaining food supplies on English schools and councils without giving any practical advice or support.

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Television workers twice as likely to have attended private school

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 17:11

Ofcom report finds startling lack of diversity among UK broadcasters

Television workers are twice as likely to have attended private schools compared with other workers, according to a report from Ofcom, which has found a startling lack of diversity among UK broadcasters.

Women and those from minority ethic groups remain under-represented in senior roles in the TV industry in the UK, and disabled people are under-represented in all roles, according to the media regulator’s annual report into diversity and equal opportunities in the industry.

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If universities value overseas students, they must stop marginalising them | Zainab Naqvi

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 11:27

Overseas students may be able to stay longer after graduation, but it won’t change how they’re treated while studying

Universities have prioritised internationalising their campuses for a long time, but lately the conversation has shifted towards decolonisation. Yet these are not two separate initiatives: international students’ experiences would improve if universities thought more about the impact of empire on them too.

UK universities’ attitudes towards international students have evolved since they first started arriving after the second world war. This was initially seen as a form of international aid, based on the assumption that western universities’ knowledge was superior and would benefit developing nations. This imperialist attitude created a hierarchy of education between the west and the rest of the world.

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New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents

NYTimes - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 10:15
Under the plan, tuition to all state colleges would be free for students regardless of family income.
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How a parent’s bid to save their school exposes the rotten core of our democracy | Aditya Chakrabortty

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 08:00
This battle shines a light on the Whitehall takeover of our education system – a rehearsal for the trashing of parliamentary norms

Some defenders of democracy tog themselves up in suits, joust over case law and star on the teatime news. Others raise two boys single-handedly in a market town in Essex, carry a smartphone with a perma-cracked screen, and do their best work in the dead of the night when the kids have gone to bed and there’s finally a bit of peace and quiet. Like Shaunagh Roberts.

Roberts doesn’t hang out in courtrooms and can’t quote Latin, yet her battle shines as bright a light on our corroded politics as any case in the supreme court. I’ve been writing about it in these pages for over a year: how she and an entire community are fighting this government and one of its central dogmas to save their local school. And now we can exclusively reveal that in the past few days, Roberts has forced the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, into a historic climbdown. Her victory is to be celebrated, even while it raises other profound questions about what kind of democracy we live in.

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John McDonnell backs 'Abolish Eton' debate at Labour conference

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 08:00

Shadow chancellor says private schools ‘don’t need to exist’ in a society with education equality

The shadow chancellor is to throw his weight behind an “Abolish Eton” debate at the Labour party conference this weekend, as he declares that “private schools don’t need to exist” in an equal society.

John McDonnell said he supported a motion put forward by the campaign group Labour Against Private Schools calling for independent schools in England to be stripped of their charitable status, to have limits placed on their pupils’ entry to universities, and for their assets to be used by the state education sector.

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Job applications 'filtered by university ranking'

bbc education - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 03:57
Research suggests Russell Group graduates are more likely to walk straight into a job.
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Teachers 'have worked long hours for many years'

bbc education - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 03:54
Reducing teachers' hours in England is likely to be difficult and may require "radical action", says study.
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Harrow school sets up online sixth form for global pupils

bbc education - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 03:52
The historic private school is to teach A-levels over the internet for £15,000 per year.
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Two-thirds of English schools found to have 'poor' fire protections

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 02:01

Insurer Zurich Municipal calls for government to change law to make sprinklers mandatory

Two-thirds of schools in England have poor fire protection systems and are not properly prepared for a potential blaze, according to an education insurer.

Zurich Municipal, which insures about half of all schools and universities in the UK, has written to the government calling for urgent action to improve fire protection in school premises after carrying out inspections at 1,000 sites over the past two years.

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25% of teachers in England work more than 60 hours a week - study

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 02:01

Research shows teachers on average work longer than international counterparts

A quarter of teachers in England work more than 60 hours a week, far in excess of their counterparts elsewhere in the world, research reveals.

The study by the UCL Institute of Education said that five years of government initiatives to reduce excessive workload, introduced by three different education secretaries, have done nothing to cut the total number of hours worked by teachers which have remained high for two decades.

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Home Office 'rushed to penalise' students accused of cheating

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 02:01

A report from MPs concluded the department revoked visas before verifying evidence

The Home Office “rushed to penalise” international students accused of cheating in English language tests without checking the reliability of evidence, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.

The public accounts committee has compared the way the department treated more than 30,000 international students accused of breaking the rules of an official English language test to the Windrush scandal.

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Labour votes to scrap student wing ahead of party conference

the guardian - Wed, 18/09/2019 - 00:39

Momentum founder and Corbyn ally Jon Lansman wins NEC backing to effectively abolish Labour Students

The founder of Momentum, a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, has succeeded in a bid to make the party effectively abolish its 40-year-old student wing, which is dominated by the more centrist side of the party.

Jon Lansman won the backing of Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) for a motion that argued Labour Students was not officially affiliated and should be replaced.

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Facebook to block altering of headlines in adverts

bbc education - Τρίτη, 17/09/2019 - 19:50
Social media firm is to tighten rules after 'misrepresentation' row over Conservative party advert.
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US academic given two weeks to pack up after eight years

the guardian - Τρίτη, 17/09/2019 - 09:15

Visa system for researchers is hostile and costly and risks jamming a pipeline of talent, universities warn

After eight years researching music history at Glasgow University, Elizabeth Ford hoped her request for a visa extension would sail through this summer. Instead, the Home Office gave the American academic two weeks to pack up her life and leave the country.

Ford has held a research fellowship at Edinburgh University – which, like Glasgow is in the elite Russell Group – and is due to begin a new research fellowship at Oxford University. But this is in jeopardy after a letter from the Home Office in July, which said that her leave to remain, granted a year before, was erroneous, and that she must leave within two weeks.

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Politically literate citizens seem to be a problem for Michael Gove | Laura McInerney

the guardian - Τρίτη, 17/09/2019 - 09:00

He once downgraded citizenship lessons in schools and removed the EU from geography. Now with Brexit it all falls into place

From the vast compendium of Michael Gove’s arrogant moments as education secretary one has been on my mind these last few weeks. He was never a fan of citizenship as a subject – the one that teaches children the rules of democracy – and, once in office, set out to slim the curriculum and get rid of “political fads”. You know, such as teaching young people the rules politicians must follow even when their plans are fading in front of them. (Cough.)

During a parliamentary question session in which Gove was supposed to give full and accurate answers, he was asked if the subject would be removed. He got to his feet, smiled, and simply said: “Citizenship runs through everything we do at the Department for Education”. Then he sat down.

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Parents, can you spot a ‘toxic’ school? A headteacher writes …

the guardian - Τρίτη, 17/09/2019 - 08:45

When choosing your child’s new school, consider whether it might be a nightmare workplace for the staff

The banners are up, the adverts are in local newspapers. No sooner has the autumn term begun than schools are recruiting the next cohort of students. If it sometimes seems that they all say the same things about their engaging curriculum, personalised pastoral care and professional ethos, how can you tell them apart?

For some parents, it’s all about outcomes. Which school tops the league table for results? Which has been judged by Ofsted as outstanding? For others, it’s more about a culture that will suit their child. Is there a mobile phone ban? Does the school have the dreaded isolation booths?

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Réforme du lycée : « L’autonomie souhaitée est un leurre »

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 17/09/2019 - 07:15
« C’est à l’âge le plus fragile, celui de l’adolescence, où l’on devrait pouvoir se tromper, que tout faux pas devient impardonnable », estime Julien Cueille, enseignant agrégé de philosophie et docteur en études psychanalytiques.
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