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Author Sharna Jackson: Bringing diversity into children's books

bbc education - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 04:00
The children's novelist inspiring BAME readers to see themselves positively in the stories they read.
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Open University: Photos issued to mark 50th anniversary

bbc education - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 02:05
Pictures released to mark the occasion show the early days and tell the stories of current students.
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Mental health of pupils is 'at crisis point', teachers warn

the guardian - Wed, 17/04/2019 - 02:01

Anxiety, self-harm and suicide are rising, finds survey of school leaders and teachers in England

More than eight out of 10 teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years – with rising reports of anxiety, self-harm and even cases of suicide – against a backdrop of inadequate support in schools.

In a survey of 8,600 school leaders, teachers and support workers, 83% said they had witnessed an increase in the number of children in their care with poor mental health, rising to 90% among students in colleges.

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The Great British School Swap review – racial harmony? It's child's play

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

Pupils from Asian and white-majority areas are put into a classroom together in a well-intentioned social experiment that fails to get to the root of prejudice

Amina, a brown-skinned, teenage, Muslim pupil from Saltley academy, a secondary school in a predominantly brown-skinned Muslim area of Birmingham, thinks white people have different accents. “They’re like: ‘Ew, yew fucking plonkah!’” Her friends, of similar ethnic and religious heritage, think white people have “really messy houses”, they “don’t give a shit” and have “alcohol bottles everywhere”. They “have their feet up watching TV with a bowl of popcorn on the sofa”. There also seems to be a consensus that white people go to “naked beaches” a lot.

White-skinned Lucas from Tamworth Enterprise, a secondary school in a predominantly white area of Birmingham a few miles away, thinks Muslims “worship a god called Allah and their prophet is Muhammad Ali”. He is doing better than Lauren, who thinks Islam may be a country, and Dan, who reckons Mecca is a YouTuber. They and their friends think Muslims wear burqas, smell of curry, shop at Primark and can be “horrible and nasty people”.

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Families still struggle to find primary school places in English cities

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 20:57

Number of first-choice offers for September falls in London, Manchester and Birmingham

Families in major English cities are still struggling to find places in their preferred primary schools, with demand remaining high in local authorities including Manchester, Birmingham and several London boroughs.

Despite a levelling off in the number of children enrolling for their first year of formal schooling aged four or five, many councils across England reported rising numbers of applications for about 700,000 primary school places this September.

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Labour pledges to scrap primary Sats if elected

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 18:30
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he would scrap national Sats tests in primary schools in England.
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Labour will scrap Sats and let teachers teach, vows Jeremy Corbyn

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 18:30

Party leader says he will relieve pressure so schools can deliver rich and varied curriculum

Labour has announced plans to scrap compulsory national tests for primary school children in England, with a promise to relieve pressure on overstretched schools and free up teachers to deliver a “rich and varied curriculum”.

Jeremy Corbyn chose to set out his proposals to abolish the regime of “extreme pressure testing” in an address to teachers gathered in Liverpool for the annual National Education Union conference.

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School assistant loses job over petition against LGBT teaching

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 17:55

Gloucestershire academy sacks Kristie Higgs over posts about classes at son’s primary school

A Christian secondary school assistant has been dismissed after she posted an online petition against LGBT issues being taught at her son’s primary school.

Kristie Higgs, 43, was removed from her post as a pastoral assistant at a Gloucestershire academy after a disciplinary panel found she had discriminated against its gay, lesbian and transgender pupils.

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Facing Segregated Schools, Parents Took Integration Into Their Own Hands. It’s Working.

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 16:00
Changes to middle school enrollment in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan could force City Hall to take action on school segregation.
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LGBT lessons 'should be compulsory in primary schools'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 15:23
Teaching about LGBT+ relationships must be made compulsory in primaries, a union says.
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En Seine-Saint-Denis, des établissements scolaires sous pression

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 11:08
L’agression d’une enseignante dans un collège de Saint-Denis, la semaine passée, remet la question de la sécurité sur le devant de la scène.
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Parents plan legal action over new tests for four-year-olds

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 09:15

With a protest march next week and plans to take the government to court, campaigners are making their voices heard

On Thursday next week Kay Tart, from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, will help her daughter Isla dress in the uniform she will wear when she starts school in September. She will make sure the four-year-old’s favourite book and soft toy are in her backpack, but they won’t be heading to school. They will be joining other parents and children on the “march of the four-year-olds” to 10 Downing Street, where Isla will get her first taste of democracy.

The children will hand in a 65,000- signature petition against the new “baseline” tests the government plans for children aged four and five. They will be piloted at hundreds of schools in September ready for their introduction England-wide at the start of the new school year in 2020.

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I’m a teacher and I live in the back of a van

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 09:00

Why I have to sacrifice home comforts and live 80 miles away from my family to work at the school I love

If I’d thought, 10 years into teaching, I’d be camping in the back of a van during the week, parking up under darkened coastal coverts, surviving on my wits at the front of class by day and my wife’s tasty pack-ups by night, would I have taken the plunge?

I have two sleeping bags (four-season), two duvets (goose-down), a blanket and a woolly hat, and I’m happy. Happy to be in work at 7.30 in the morning till 8.30 at night, relying on the school showers and kitchen, and happy with my established routine. I’m the first person in school after the caretaker and the last to leave. It works because it has to.

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Do A-level results matter or not? A question for our unscrupulous universities | Laura McInerney

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 08:45

Universities have merrily sacrificed academic standards on the altar of cash. The school sector should not let them forget that

If you’re the parent of an 18-year-old , it is time to pat yourself on the back. The country has a shortage of this age group, due to a birth dip at the time of the millennium. Not only does this mean the group will have an incredible market value in a few years’ time when graduate recruiters struggle to fill their vacancies; this little cohort has also done us a massive favour and shown just how unscrupulous our university sector can be.

Back in 2015, I wrote, on these pages, about the sharp increase in unconditional offers given to A-level students. So instead of having to strive for top grades, applicants were being accepted on the basis of the grades teachers predicted they would achieve. Although this sounds positive, the offers often came with a requirement for the student to put the university as their first choice, putting pressure on the young person to select a lower-tier university in return for being able to faff about in their summer term rather than revise. It reduces student motivation, which is a nightmare for school leaders who are judged by grades, even if their pupils aren’t.

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Students Receive ‘Target Letters’ in College Admissions Scandal, Lawyer Says

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 03:04
At least some children of the parents who were charged in the college admissions scandal have reportedly received letters that notify people that they could be targets of a criminal probe.
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Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 02:35
Move follows announcement of funding for free tampons and towels in secondary schools and colleges in England.
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North Yorkshire head eliminates school exclusions

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 02:29
There have been no exclusions at Risedale Sports and Community College for more than six months.
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'How I made fathers in Senegal carry babies on their backs'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 02:27
A photographer breaks stereotypes in Senegal to show that men can be seen in public caring for their children.
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Four out of 10 teachers plan to quit, survey suggests

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 02:16
Long hours and workload prompt 40% of UK teachers to plan their escape from the classroom, a survey says.
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Graffiti punished by reading - 'It worked!' says prosecutor

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/04/2019 - 02:09
Two-and-a-half years after five teenagers were sentenced by a court to read a list of books, all are still in education and none has reoffended.
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