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Mary Patchett obituary

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 20:17

After a decade as a schoolteacher in Leeds and Hampshire, in 1976 my friend Mary Patchett enrolled as a postgraduate student in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, with a passion to bring about change. She became a vociferous campaigner for nuclear disarmament, active in CND and in ad hoc campaigns against nuclear weapons, and at Greenham Common women’s peace camp.

Mary, who has died aged 91, continued her peace activism and political campaigning in the grassroots of the Green party and Friends of the Earth. She was a staunch advocate of the feminist movement. She supported displaced Vietnamese refugees and, in later years, asylum seekers and detainees at what became Haslar Immigration Removal Centre in Hampshire.

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Oxford, elitism and how to really tackle diversity | Letters

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:42
Readers respond to a report that showed one in four Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017

I’m a parent of two girls who attended Oxford University between 2009 and 2015. They are northern, from state schools and women of colour (white Irish mum, black African dad). I want to see an increase in the numbers of students from similar backgrounds at Oxford but the debate around this needs to be sensible and based on a true understanding of the issues (Oxford faces anger over failure to improve diversity among students, 23 May).

First, students apply to colleges for a variety of reasons. My younger daughter studied English so she applied to a college with a good reputation for English. Oxford’s record on attracting students from her background should not be reduced to a number for each college but viewed as a whole – what is the overall intake? Once the numbers are up we can quibble over the distribution across colleges.

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Tens of thousands of pupils in rural areas 'denied free school transport'

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 18:14

Funding cuts in England mean children are losing out in rural areas where the costs of transport are much higher

Tens of thousands of pupils living in rural areas of England are being denied free school transport because of cuts to services due to inadequate funding, council leaders claim.

More than 22,000 pupils in 20 county council areas have lost free travel to school in the last three years, according to council leaders who are warning that further cutbacks will follow without additional funding from government.

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New-style exams may distort A-level and GCSE results - Ofqual

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 17:56

Regulator warns schools of more variation than usual after reforms in many subjects

The head of England’s exam regulator has warned schools to expect volatility in their pupils’ results this summer, as new figures showed the impact of government reforms in the subjects being studied.

With hundreds of thousands of pupils in England sitting their A-level and GCSE exams, the regulator Ofqual signalled that results could be distorted by the new-style exams, especially at GCSE level, with grades now more dependent on exam marks than coursework.

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How to revise like a University Challenge winner

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 14:35

From using flashcards to cramming with purpose, the 2018 champions share their study tips

This year’s University Challenge final saw St John’s College, Cambridge win the series trophy after impressing Jeremy Paxman with its knowledge of organic chemistry, bird poets and Anselm of Canterbury. But this isn’t merely a team of endearing nerds. Students sitting exams have much to learn from the work ethic of the St John’s squad. We asked Rosie McKeown, Matt Hazell, John-Clark Levin and James Devine-Stoneman for their revision tips.

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Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 12:01

Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk

Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health problems, a new study has revealed.

Scientists studied five primary schools and one nursery in the capital as part of research into levels of air pollution indoors. The research shows that outdoor air pollution from diesel vehicles and other sources – both of nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution – is affecting the lives of children inside schools.

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I’m against private education but the local Steiner school looks the best option for my son. What should I do?

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 10:15

In this series Poppy Noor discusses an issue concerning how we can build happy, well-run communities. But what do you think? Send us your thoughts and responses

I’m considering sending my son to a Steiner school. Normally, I’m minded towards doing things in the community, fixing what is broken, and otherwise getting involved to make things better, but when I consider my son’s interests – deliberately isolated from my own politics, projects and community – I conclude that our local state schools won’t serve him as well as a Steiner school that is about half an hour away from our house.

I don’t feel I can undo the damage the government is doing to schools. The Steiner school fees are a proportion of income, so by definition we can afford it. The case to send him there is compelling, but I feel conflicted because I don’t generally approve of the idea of private education. It seems elitist and intentionally insulates children from those who can’t afford to go – and yet I recognise and value the fact that this school is insulated from the standards state schools have to abide by.

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Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet

bbc education - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 07:41
A severely disabled boy, 11, says Flambards Theme Park in Cornwall is discriminating against him.
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'Relax A-level grades for some medical students'

bbc education - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 03:22
Entry requirements for medical degrees should be lowered for those from the worst UK schools.
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Free school transport lost for 20,000 rural pupils

bbc education - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 03:22
More than 20,000 children in rural England have lost access to free school transport, say local authorities.
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Ofsted admits some 'outstanding schools aren't that good'

bbc education - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 03:21
"Outstanding" schools may not be as good as their rating suggests, says Ofsted
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Five charts that tell the story of diversity in UK universities

bbc education - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:57
The University of Oxford has released figures showing 1.9% of students admitted in 2017 were black.
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Hundreds of schools have had no Ofsted inspection for a decade – report

the guardian - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 02:01

Long delay between checks raises concerns that standards may have slipped at many ‘outstanding’ schools

Doubts have been cast on the quality of some of the country’s most sought-after schools after it emerged that hundreds graded outstanding by Ofsted have not been inspected for more than a decade and their assessments may be out of date.

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that more than 1,600 schools teaching tens of thousands of pupils had not been inspected for six years or more, and of those, almost 300 had not seen an Ofsted inspector for at least 10 years.

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Kentucky Math Teacher Upsets State House Majority Leader in Primary

NYTimes - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 19:55
Travis Brenda rode a wave of public anger at lawmakers over changes to the state pension system to defeat Jonathan Shell, a powerful state legislator.
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They are so clever. So how can Oxford University get it so wrong on access? | Sonia Sodha

the guardian - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 19:01
If it doesn’t make more effort to admit young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the government should step in

Oxford University’s vice-chancellor, Louise Richardson, needs a tutorial on social mobility and what it means. “We provide a powerful engine of social mobility for all our students,” she wrote on Wednesday. Given that 82% of Oxford offers went to young people whose parents are in the top two social classes in 2015 – way more than the 31% of the wider population made up by those classes – to say her statement stretches the bounds of plausibility is something of an understatement. What sort of social mobility is she talking about? The children of chief execs going on to become even better paid than their parents?

The truth is that Oxford is not some rocket-booster for social mobility. It is an institution that replicates privilege. Between 2010 and 2015, just 6% of the students admitted by Oxford and Cambridge were in social classes 6 and 7 (with parents in semi-skilled and unskilled work), despite these classes constituting 25% of the population. In 2014, Oxbridge took twice as many young people from Eton as it did young people who had been eligible for free school meals. More than one in four Oxford colleges failed to take a single black student between 2015 and 2017 and more than 40% of its intake comes from private schools, despite the fact just 7% of children attend them.

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Parcoursup ou la version algorithmique du « bizutage de notre jeunesse »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 18:15
Cet algorithme national est le symbole de la techno-démocratie déshumanisée prisée par notre gouvernement, estime Julien Bayou, conseiller régional (EELV) d’Ile-de-France dans une tribune au « Monde ».
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Oxford Lifts the Veil on Race, Wealth and Privilege

NYTimes - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 17:03
For the first time, the British university released data about its admissions, and the figures showed a continuing gap in prospects along racial and economic lines.
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I wish mum's phone was never invented

bbc education - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 14:40
A teacher's Facebook post about inventions her pupils wish had not been created is making parents stop and think.
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« Il faudra prendre avec beaucoup de prudence les résultats affichés par Parcoursup à la fin de l’été »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 13:24
Dans une tribune au « Monde », quatre économistes regrettent que l’algorithme d’affectation des lycéens dans le supérieur ait été mis en place sans recourir aux évaluations et aux améliorations de ceux qui sont utilisés à l’étranger, en particulier aux Etats-Unis.
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Future-proofing the NHS: how the UK's largest workforce is gearing up

the guardian - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 12:39

As the service responds to changing demand and medical advances, more staff – and new careers – are being developed

Seventy years ago the NHS launched with a workforce of around 144,000. Since then, the health service has grown to become the single biggest employer in the UK, with 1.7 million workers across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it the fifth-largest workforce in the world. It is probably the most diverse workforce in the UK – for instance, some 62,000 NHS staff in England are EU nationals. It’s not unusual to be treated by a nurse from the Philippines or India or seen by a doctor from Egypt, Korea or even Russia.

As the workforce demographic has changed there have also been huge advances in medicine. There has been a move towards more patient self-management in an integrated health and social care system, with more people looked after outside of hospital nearer home. At the same, time patient demand has soared, and it is anticipated that 190,000 more staff will be needed in England alone by 2027 if the current pressure on services continues apace.

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