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English schools will see 'super-sized' classes, warns teachers' union

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 18:38

Secondary class sizes reaching 40-year peak compounded by funding crisis, says NEU

Secondary schools in England will see a 40-year peak in class sizes due to a sharp increase in pupil numbers compounded by the growing funding crisis, teachers’ leaders have warned.

Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), predicted that significantly more secondary school pupils would find themselves being taught in “super-sized classes”, which will “enrage” parents.

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Barcelona school removes 200 sexist children's books

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 15:47

Other schools look to follow after Tàber school takes out one-third of its collection, deeming the books ‘highly stereotypical and sexist’

Several schools across Barcelona are considering purging their libraries of stereotypical and sexist children’s books, after one removed around 200 titles, including Little Red Riding Hood and the story of the legend of Saint George, from its library.

The Tàber school’s infant library of around 600 children’s books was reviewed by the Associació Espai i Lleure as part of a project that aims to highlight hidden sexist content. The group reviewed the characters in each book, whether or not they speak and what roles they perform, finding that 30% of the books were highly sexist, had strong stereotypes and were, in its opinion, of no pedagogical value.

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UK universities must break their silence around harassment and bullying | David Batty

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 12:59

The £87m spent on ‘gagging orders’ is part of a wider lack of transparency in the way universities handle staff misconduct

The revelation that UK universities have spent around £87m on payoffs to staff that come with “gagging orders” in the past two years has again highlighted concerns that such secretive clauses are being used to conceal the extent of harassment and bullying at higher education institutions.

Related: UK universities pay out £90m on staff 'gagging orders' in past two years

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World's Best Teacher Peter Tabichi on how he reached the top

bbc education - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 11:39
Peter Tabichi from Kenya, who was named World's Best Teacher, shares what makes him stand out and what he hopes for teachers in Africa.
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University can change homeless people's lives, but they need support to get there | Becky Edwards

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 09:00

My experience running a course empowering homeless people to apply to university showed me how many barriers they face

When Lucy Davis left school at 12, falling into addiction and ultimately homelessness, the last thing she thought she’d be doing at 30 was going to university. But now she’s planning to start a fine art degree in September.

Davis is one of five students – all homeless and mostly recovering from addiction – who have applied to university after enrolling in a new pre-university access module at the University of Chichester. The module is designed to empower vulnerable people with the confidence and skills to apply for degree courses.

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Teachers: Unions criticise minimum wage internship

bbc education - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 08:33
Two teaching unions criticise an internship for teachers run by Stranmillis University College.
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More than 49,000 pupils ‘disappeared’ from schools – study

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 02:01

‘Shocking’ data reveals one in 12 schoolchildren in 2012-2017 cohort were removed from rolls without explanation

An investigation into the true scale of “off-rolling” from schools in England has found that more than 49,000 pupils from a single cohort disappeared from the school rolls without explanation.

Researchers from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) said that one in 12 pupils (8.1%) from the national cohort that began secondary school in 2012 and finished in 2017 were removed from rolls at some point, for reasons that could not be accounted for.

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Schools using funds for poorer pupils to plug budget gaps – survey

the guardian - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 02:00

Many schools in England using pupil premium funds to avoid deficits, Sutton Trust says

School budget cuts are “endangering” efforts to improve education for poor pupils, according to a survey that found two-thirds of headteachers say they have cut staff to make ends meet.

The survey of 1,700 teachers and school leaders in England, published by the Sutton Trust educational charity, found that two out of every three secondary school heads said they had cut teacher numbers to save money, while primary school heads said they had also axed teaching assistant posts.

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Warning over pupils moving between schools

bbc education - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 01:59
A report says high numbers switching schools might conceal pupils being "off-rolled".
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Teaching union calls zero-tolerance school policies 'inhumane'

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 19:46

NEU says strict behaviour codes in some schools are ‘damaging to pupil mental health’

A leading teaching union has branded increasingly draconian zero-tolerance behaviour policies in schools in England as “inhumane” and “damaging to pupil mental health”.

The National Education Union (NEU), which is holding its annual conference in Liverpool this week, said zero-tolerance approaches to discipline were resulting in schoolchildren spending inappropriate and harmful amounts of time in isolation.

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Integration: Kopftuchverbot? "Ja, bis die Mädchen 16 sind"

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 18:19

Julia Wöllenstein ist Lehrerin an einer Gesamtschule in Kassel. 17 der 20 Kinder in ihrer Klasse haben Migrationshintergrund. Sie spricht über muslimische Schüler und die Familien, aus denen sie kommen.

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TED 2019: Prize to online classes project causes controversy

bbc education - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 18:01
Plans to give millions of dollars to a program for online learning for pre-schoolers has been criticised.
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Pupils shut in isolation rooms for hours, teachers say

bbc education - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 17:37
Teachers tell how zero tolerance behaviour policies are sending pupils into isolation rooms for hours.
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A bunker for Bauhaus: design school comes home to Weimar

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 15:21

The Bauhaus was born in Weimar, but was forced to flee the conservative city. Now it’s back with a centenary museum – as Germany’s far right rises again

The German city of Weimar has long bathed in its historic cultural heritage, boasting such illustrious former residents as Goethe, Schiller, Bach and Liszt. Its quiet cobbled streets are lined with creamy stuccoed piles where great men of letters convened, and stately theatres where premieres were performed. But, while it is happy to wallow in the völkisch annals of its distant past, the city has never much cared for the fact that it spawned the most influential art school of the 20th century, perhaps of all time.

“People here are still a bit unsure about the Bauhaus,” says Wolfgang Holler, museum director of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the city’s foundation for classical heritage, which has opened a new Bauhaus museum to mark the school’s centenary. “It is still very much a backward-looking place.”

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Progressive Muslims, Jews and Christians must stand together for LGBT rights | Michael Segalov

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 12:00
Reporting of the Parkfield school protests has focused on the Muslim community, but homophobia is rife in all faith groups

Struggling to come to terms with being gay as a child is by no means an experience unique to those who grow up religious. For as long as being straight remains the dominant sexuality (and, despite the best efforts of the “homosexual agenda”, it looks like that’ll forever be the case), being gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or queer still means working out what it means to be something other, something different; a journey of self-acceptance we all embark on if we can.

If you happen to be born into one of the Abrahamic religions, however, you are presented with a unique obstacle on that path. You’re not just dealing with friends, family, and a society that continues to be far from accepting, but have the added complication of God – who hasn’t traditionally been understood to be the greatest of queer allies – to contend with too.

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UK universities pay out £90m on staff 'gagging orders' in past two years

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 10:32

Fears that confidentiality clauses are being used to silence victims of misconduct

UK universities have spent nearly £90m on payoffs to staff that come with “gagging orders” in two years, raising fears that victims of misconduct at higher education institutions are being silenced.

As many as 4,000 settlements, some of which are thought to relate to allegations of bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct, have been made with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) attached since 2017.

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'It's an educational revolution': how AI is transforming university life

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 09:00

AI chatbots have arrived on UK university campuses. But is the hype justified?

Beacon is unlike any other member of staff at Staffordshire University. It is available 24/7 to answer students’ questions, and deals with a number of queries every day – mostly the same ones over and over again – but always stays incredibly patient.

That patience is perhaps what gives it away: Beacon is an artificial intelligence (AI) education tool, and the first digital assistant of its kind to be operating at a UK university.

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Universities are about social mobility. This needs to be recognised | Justine Greening

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 09:00

We are obsessed with academic performance, but universities should be recognised for their impact on people’s life chances

This week has been a welcome reprieve from Brexit, both for the public and politicians alike. With parliament in Easter recess, we have been able to look beyond the divisions, acrimony, backroom deals and blame, and instead get back into our communities and talk to local people.

Brexit has crowded out all other issues for almost three years. Just think what we could have done in that time if as much energy and as many resources had been spent on fixing the opportunity deficit Britain has, looking at housing or student finance and reintroducing maintenance grants.

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'Calling bullshit': the college class on how not to be duped by the news

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 08:30

Professors at the University of Washington say the course provides the most useful skill college can offer

To prepare themselves for future success in the American workforce, today’s college students are increasingly choosing courses in business, biomedical science, engineering, computer science, and various health-related disciplines.

These classes are bound to help undergraduates capitalize on the “college payoff”, but chances are good that none of them comes with a promise of this magnitude: “We will be astonished if these skills [learned in this course] do not turn out to be the most useful and most broadly applicable of those that you acquire during the course of your college education.”

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Réforme du bac : la philosophie est en péril

lemonde_edu - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 08:00
Pour Thomas Schauder, professeur de philosophie, la réforme du lycée laisse trop peu de place à cette matière, supprime des notions fondamentales et lui fait perdre « sa substance et sa vigueur ».
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