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Teachers have reported worsening signs of child poverty in their classrooms with pupils coming to school tired, hungry, angry and confused. Many children are wearing dirty and ill-fitting uniforms and suffering from anxiety and behaviour issues that affect their learning.
This alarming picture is revealed in a survey, by the National Education Union (NEU), of 8,600 school leaders, teachers and support staff. Nine out of 10 who took part agreed that poverty and low income were having a detrimental effect on their pupils’ education. Half felt that the situation had worsened over the last three years, particularly in primary schools.Continue reading...
Children will join march against statutory ‘baseline assessments’ in England’s primary schools
Joanie Chapman will be visiting Downing Street next week, but not as a tourist. The little girl, who will turn four in May, will be part of a group marching on parliament on 25 April to deliver a 64,000-signature petition opposing the introduction of a statutory test for four- and five-year-olds to be taken within weeks of starting school.
The results of the assessments, which gauge language, communication and early literacy and numeracy, will be used to track and measure children’s progress until they leave primary school.Continue reading...
Fewer than one in six new schools have been built with sprinkler systems installed, ministers have admitted, in findings branded “absolutely terrifying” by union officials.
Despite official government guidance that all new schools should have sprinklers “except in a few low-risk schools,” figures uncovered by the Labour party showed that, of the 673 schools built under the government’s flagship school building scheme and free school programmes, sprinklers were fitted in just 105.Continue reading...
Scientists say stream dubbed ‘most polluted in Europe’ is reminder of effects of intensive farming
Winding between green meadows in the west Flanders countryside, the Wulfdambeek stream is fondly remembered as a place local boys would fill up their water bottles before football games.
But research from the University of Exeter has offered a sharp reminder of how intensive farming methods are changing the face of the northern European countryside in ways scientists claim are not being properly understood.Continue reading...
If you are the parent of a school-aged child, you’ve probably heard that “primary sex ed” will be mandatory from September. Even if you aren’t a parent, you’ve likely heard of No Outsiders, the “LGBT curriculum” that has sparked protests by a number of Muslim parents at Parkfield community school in Birmingham, resulting in hundreds of children being withdrawn.Continue reading...
When cash-strapped schools are forced to crowdfund for the basics, only the affluent will thrive
When my kids started pre-kindergarten in New York last year, the school issued parents with a long list of items to buy and bring in. This was not, as in state school in Britain, a list of uniform and PE kit requirements but rather necessities including paper towels, glue sticks, a year’s supply of paper plates and plastic cutlery, cups, napkins, board markers, crayons and packing tape. Classroom supplies, in other words.Continue reading...
Eager to be ahead of the curve, universities have started to offer specialist modules. Should lawyers believe all the hype?
Last month, the Estonian Ministry of Justice caused shockwaves when it announced “robot judges” could soon replace humans in small claims courts. Ott Velsberg, the country’s top data officer, has been asked to get started on a design – and with a pilot project likely to start later this year, Estonians may need to get ready for them.
Law is often seen as a slightly stuffy profession. But over the past three years there’s been increased interest in “lawtech”, which refers to the use of technology such as AI, big data and machine learning to provide legal services. Eager to be ahead of the curve, a number of universities have started offering specialist modules on the subject.Continue reading...
Essex announces it will recruit 150 new staff members as other universities plan for redundancies
The University of Essex will recruit 150 new members of staff, amid a spate of planned redundancies and cutbacks at other universities as a result of a shrinking pool of students and political uncertainty.
Essex is to create 100 new academic and 50 new professional posts as part of the largest expansion of staff in its 55-year history. The university aims to grow student numbers by 5,000 to reach 20,000 by 2025.Continue reading...
Tens of thousands of young people in Britain and abroad are demonstrating for climate action in the latest wave of strikes
The youth strikers across the world have won the backing of tens of thousands of scientists. In a letter published on Thursday in the prestigious journal Science, leading climate researchers wrote:
We declare: Their concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for protecting the climate and biosphere are deeply inadequate.
We approve and support [the strikers’] demand for rapid and forceful action. Only if humanity acts quickly and resolutely can we limit global warming, halt the ongoing mass extinction of animal and plant species, and preserve the natural basis for the food supply and well-being of present and future generations. This is what the young people want to achieve. They deserve our respect and full support.
The enormous grassroots mobilization of the youth climate movement shows that young people understand the situation.
It is critical to immediately begin a rapid reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The degree of climate crisis that humanity will experience in the future will be determined by our cumulative emissions; rapid reduction now will limit the damage.
We call for our colleagues across all disciplines and from the entire world to support these young climate protesters.
A selection of letters from cultural figures, members of the public and celebrities including Yoko Ono and poet Kate Tempest will be read out at the end of the protest march today.
Over 1,000 letters have been written as part of the Letters To The Earth project. On Friday, at 1pm at Oxford Circus in London, the content of the notes will be performed by members of Youth Strike 4 Climate.Continue reading...