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Pharma's market: the man cleaning up Africa's meat

the guardian - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 06:00

In Namibia a country of meat-lovers, vital expertise is needed to stop livestock spreading diseases

Wreathed in barbecue smoke, Vetjaera Haakuria gestures at the men butchering meat and cooking it over hot coals behind his back. “What have you learned about the risks of eating this?” he asks his young audience, spotless in their white lab coats. “It might contain drug residues, right? And what about diseases?”

It’s nearly noon in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and the market is preparing grilled meat – known locally as kapana – for the lunchtime rush. Everyone comes here, from construction workers to members of parliament. Namibians love to eat meat, and he is no exception: his tribe, the Herero, traditionally eat nothing else.

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Young people 'need help with independence'

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 03:51
The education secretary says today's teenagers need more help coping away from home.
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Football team helps bereaved dads cope with baby loss

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 02:14
Sands United FC was started by the stillbirth charity to help men talk about loss and commemorate their children.
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Excluded from school: How boxing helps teenagers with ADHD

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 02:00
Excluded from mainstream school, these teenagers explain how boxing helps them channel their ADHD.
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Welsh school uniforms to be cheaper and gender neutral

bbc education - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 02:00
Parents in Wales will be able to make a formal complaint if new guidelines are not taken into account.
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Vivian Perlis, Oral Historian of American Music, Dies at 91

NYTimes - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 00:36
She was the founding director of a Yale project that preserved the voices of Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland and many more. It has been called “incomparable.”
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Parents launch legal action to stop Catholic school academy plan

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 20:23

Our Lady of Lourdes set to join multi-academy trust created by the bishop of Brentwood

Parents at a Catholic primary school have launched legal action in an attempt to halt academisation after the local bishop said he wanted all Catholic schools in the diocese to convert and join a multi-academy trust (Mat).

Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL) primary in Wanstead, east London, is due to become an academy in September as part of the first wave of Catholic schools in the diocese of Brentwood to academise. A second group are due to follow in September 2020.

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Labour must be bold, and finally abolish private schools | Steven Longden

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 19:23
These schools are core to Britain’s inequality problem. Labour should emulate Finland and integrate them into state education

As a teacher of ethics, philosophy and religion at a Manchester comprehensive school, students often ask me why politicians allow 7% of children in this country to access exclusive schools that enable them to dominate the top professions – schools whose main entrance criteria is the size of parents’ bank accounts. These days, I usually answer, “because the politicians are wrong”.

I sometimes inform my students of the latest Sutton Trust reports which highlight that 65% of senior judges, 49% of armed forces officers, 44% of newspaper columnists and 29% of MPs are all privately educated. Being a good teacher, I integrate maths into my subject and get them to work out the extent to which private school students are disproportionately represented in these professions. You should see the disheartened looks on their faces.

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Cancer storybook Eva Meets Dr Mac aims to explain the disease's language

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 17:42
The story book aimed at helping young cancer patients to understand what's happening to them.
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Sats results show slight rise in pupils meeting targets in England

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 17:18

Standard reached by 65% of 11-year-olds, up 1%, as maths improves but reading declines

National tests for 11-year-olds in England this year have shown a slight improvement in the proportion reaching the government’s expected standards in maths and literacy by the time they finish primary school.

Results for the standard attainment tests, known as Sats, taken at the end of key stage 2 found 65% met the government’s targets, compared with 64% last year and 61% in 2017, although attainment in maths and reading scores moved in opposite directions.

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Protests against LGBT lessons in Birmingham primary school resume

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 17:15

Parkfield community school announced it would relaunch equality teaching in September

Parents who spent five months in mediation with teachers at a primary school in Birmingham over LGBT equality lessons have resumed protests after the school announced it would be relaunching equality teaching in September.

This comes as more than 50 MPs wrote to the education secretary, Damien Hinds, urging the government to show stronger support to schools on teaching about same-sex relationships.

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World leaders have 'a lot to answer for' over damning figures on education

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 16:43

Former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark condemns complacency as Unesco data shows one in six children won’t be in school by 2030

World leaders have “a lot to answer for” as new figures reveal that governments are failing to give all children an education, and that by 2030 one in six children won’t be in school.

The former prime minister of New Zealand and advocate for education Helen Clark said the figures showed “worrisome complacency on the part of countries which, just a few years ago, were so keen to hammer out an ambitious global agenda and make it a success”.

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Casual racism is a fact of life for international students – we deserve better | Sam Phan

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 16:25
As a British-Chinese person attending Sheffield University, I found that we aren’t just unvalued, we’re the butt of the joke

“The international students never mingle.” “Their English is terrible.” “I hate walking behind international students because they walk so slow.” These are just a few of the phrases I’ve heard while I have been at university. I was surprised by the amount of subtle racism I encountered when I arrived three years ago to a place that I thought was going to be liberal, inclusive and universal. Yet racism towards international students is rarely acknowledged.

As a British-Chinese person at university, I quickly realised that people always assumed me to be an international student, even though I grew up in Rugby, Warwickshire.

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Sats: A third below par in reading, writing and maths

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 15:52
One in three 11-year-olds in England fails to reach the expected levels in reading, writing and maths.
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Greening attacks school cash 'horse-trading'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 15:36
Former education secretary says school funding should not be part of a battle over the PM's legacy.
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Cressida Cowell: New Children's Laureate wants to 'take on TV'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 14:06
How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell wants to have "free writing" time in schools.
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How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell named new children's laureate

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 14:00

The author and illustrator comes to role with ‘giant to-do list’, which includes making school libraries a legal requirement, and more time for creativity

How to Train Your Dragon author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has been named the new Waterstones children’s laureate, and has promised she will use her two-year incumbency to make the magic of books “urgently available to absolutely everyone”.

Following 10 previous laureates, from Quentin Blake to, most recently, Lauren Child, Cowell’s stories about the adventures of timid Viking Hiccup and his dragon Toothless, have sold more than 11m books around the world. They have also been adapted into a popular film series by DreamWorks.

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How much should parents pay for university?

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 13:27

Martin Lewis and other money saving experts answer parents and students’ frequently asked finance questions

When Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert was touring the UK for his TV roadshow, he met a stressed student who couldn’t find work and didn’t have enough money to eat. He told Lewis his student loan wasn’t big enough to cover living costs, but his parents wouldn’t help because they believed he should stand on his own two feet. A frustrated Lewis, who has campaigned extensively for the government to openly tell parents it expects them to stump up thousands of pounds to top up student loans, explained that this is not how the system works.

“While they weren’t trying to be mean or cruel, they didn’t understand that the student gets less [of a maintenance loan] because they get more income,” Lewis says. “It’s common sense once you understand the system, but most people don’t.”

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How lifelong learning will land you a career you love

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 13:00

In a jobs market where technical know-how trumps experience, the ability to pick up new skills fast is essential

When it comes to what makes someone employable, there are some universal pieces of advice you just can’t afford to ignore – get an education, work hard, be nice to your colleagues. However, in a fast-changing landscape that has been changed by technology and the digital world, it seems that the list of things required to be “employable” just keeps getting longer and longer. “It’s not just about looking at all the current skills needed now, but also looking at all of the skills that will be needed in the future,” says Richard Gahagan, founder of Adam Recruitment. “The lifespan of a career is changing and people are beginning to learn that employability is now about knowing how to manage a diverse number of jobs.” It can be overwhelming with more choices and career changes than ever before, but employability it seems, is all about having the ability to learn – and fast. As businesses and industries are changing all the time, knowing how to learn new things will end up trumping previous experience.

Although education is linear – you go to school, then college, then university – careers are not, and many people have found themselves shifting from permanent to freelance, from senior to junior, and from country to country across their career. Which is why meeting people – and keeping their contact details – is key to being able to stay fluid with the changes. “I always say to students make sure that you keep a record of all your professional contacts,” says Sarah Sheikh, placements manager at the London College of Communication who helps place 300 students a year in work. She also believes that you can get ahead on building contacts by making the most of your time at university. “We calculated that on average, it costs a student £100-£150 a day to be at university. They’re not going to be in class for most of that time so in order to make the most of that they should go to every single careers workshop and networking event the university has to offer,” she says. “Without sounding harsh – the good students will do it, it’s the students who need those contacts who are the ones that end up not attending.” If you’re not at university, go to all of the events and conferences of the industry you want to work in.

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Top tips on how to land your first ‘proper’ job

the guardian - Τρίτη, 09/07/2019 - 13:00

Five people just starting out in their early careers explain how they got their break – and share some valuable advice

Looking for jobs or deciding on your next move can be incredibly daunting. Some young people may automatically know what comes next for them in their chosen career, however, many others feel penned in by the decisions they’ve already made and the qualifications they hold, both academical and professional. It can feel nerve-wracking when it seems like everyone else is applying for jobs and you’re not. I mean, you may well have an idea, but have you got a plan of action?

There may also be some competitiveness among your peers over what everyone has applied for and who is going for interviews. Remind yourself that it’s OK to do things differently to everyone else. From networking events and online application forms, to formal grad schemes and apprenticeships, there are a variety of routes into getting a job and it doesn’t have to happen straight away.

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