Move aims to get more BAME and female staff into direct employment in-house
The University and College Union congress has voted to boycott Senate House, the administrative centre of the University of London (UoL), because of its treatment of cleaning, catering and security staff and others not directly employed.
It is hoped the move will pressure the university into bringing the predominantly BAME and female staff in-house into direct employment, strengthening their workplace rights and providing the benefits enjoyed by other employees at the institution, such as equal terms on sick pay.Continue reading...
Oliver Hauschke ist seit 20 Jahren Lehrer, seit zehn Jahren Schulleiter - und Vater von zehn Kindern. Nun fordert er in einem Buch: Schafft die Schule ab. Besuch bei einem, der vom Glauben abgefallen ist.
Unionspolitiker bereiten ein Kopftuchverbot für Schülerinnen vor. Ein Projekt, das die Politik spaltet - auch innerhalb der CDU.
Sir Michael Wilshaw warned progress in school standards was at risk
The government is “misleading” the public with its claim of giving schools record levels of money, the former head of school standards has said.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector at Ofsted, also said proportionately less children from the north make it to university than in the south, and added that regional and ethnic differences were impacting on educational success.Continue reading...
Ex-BBC trustee will also be first female head in 500-year history of Jesus College, Cambridge
A businesswoman is to become the first black leader of an Oxbridge college after she was elected master of Jesus College, Cambridge.
Sonita Alleyne will also be the first female head in the history of the college, which was founded in 1496, when she takes up the role from 1 October.Continue reading...
Mim Skinner spent two years teaching prisoners. Now she’s written a book, Jailbirds, to change our view of incarcerated women – and how we can support them on the outside
If Britain was hit by an apocalypse, Mim Skinner knows the people who would make it through. “The prisoners I’ve worked with are the most flexible, the most adaptable, the most inventive and the most entrepreneurial individuals it’s possible to imagine,” she says. “They’re survivors – they’d be the last ones standing. There’s a misconception out there that prisoners are defeated characters. Well, not in my experience.”
For Skinner, this is one of many truths about prison life she’s keen to share because, she says, people are locked up in the name of all of us, but most of us don’t have the faintest idea about what goes on behind the high walls and barbed wire fences. She spent two years as an art teacher inside a top-security women’s prison (“I can’t say which one, but there only is one of them…”) and the shock of what she discovered inside was matched by her shock of how little people knew from the outside. She’s now on a mission to change that. Her book Jailbirds is published next week and is now being developed as a BBC series. No surprises there, really: some of the most successful TV series ever made were set in women’s prisons – Prisoner, Cell Block H; Orange is the New Black; Wentworth – and Skinner’s book is full of nitty-gritty details of life inside, and peppered with stories (some tragic, some funny, some poignant, all real) of the women who make up Britain’s female prison population.Continue reading...
Musicians and academics are warning of a crisis in music education as research reveals that in some of the UK’s most-deprived areas not a single student is taking A-level music.
The study found a distinct correlation between schools not offering music A-level and wider social deprivation. It says: “The most-deprived areas in the country face significant difficulties as A-level music provision continues to shrink, while across a number of large regions there is no provision at all.”Continue reading...
The teaching of LGBT relationships in primary schools has led to weeks of protest in Birmingham. The school head caught in the crossfire between demonstrators and the law tells of the stress endured as a result of her desire to promote equality
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson is crying. The headteacher at Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham has suffered eight weeks of protests outside her school gates over her decision to teach LGBT-inclusive content to her young pupils, the vast majority of whom are Muslim. After repeatedly putting on a brave face when I ask her how she is feeling, she finally admits: “I am in despair”, and then breaks down. She is struggling for control as she continues: “I know one of the phrases that’s associated with domestic abuse is the crushing of the spirit of a woman. And that’s what I feel is happening. We can’t give in.”
Her voice trembles with emotion. She has been having sleepless nights, she says, worrying about the impact of the protests on her staff and pupils, and has received threatening messages telling her to “watch her back”.Continue reading...
Andrew Moffat at head of parade, as protests spread to other Birmingham schools
A teacher whose lesson programme covering LGBT relationships has been at the centre of recent protests is leading the Birmingham Pride parade.
Andrew Moffat, assistant headteacher at Parkfield Community school, has been teaching No Outsiders classes at the school since 2014.Continue reading...
From great exhibitions and books to lunar festivals, our guide to the best celebrations of 50 years since the moon landing
The Day We Walked on the Moon
ITV, Thursday 11 July, 9pm
To commemorate Nasa’s achievement, this July, ITV will premiere the documentary The Day We Walked on the Moon. Narrated by Mark Strong and directed by John Moulson, it tells the story of the Apollo 11 mission and includes interviews with key figures such as astronaut Michael Collins.
The increasing tendency for people to define themselves by their faith, gender, sexuality or race is undermining empathy among Britons, says the chair of the country’s equality watchdog.
David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Observer that identity politics had been hugely important in advancing the civil rights of many groups. But he warned of a danger that “individual interests” were narrowing people’s views and diminishing their connection to wider society.Continue reading...
Damian Hinds criticises ‘hyperbole’ amid speculation government could cut tuition fees
The education secretary has said reports of a whole-sector financial crisis among universities was “scaremongering”, as speculation mounted of a cut in tuition fees.
Damian Hinds said “hyperbolic warnings” were misrepresenting the situation facing institutions, most of which have healthy balance sheets.Continue reading...
Almost 20,000 children with special educational needs such as autism are attending school outside their council area because of shortfalls in local provision – with the number rising by nearly a fifth in two years, the Observer can reveal.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that some children are studying hundreds of miles from home as the special education needs and disability (Send) system struggles to cope with a funding crisis.Continue reading...
Schools described as ‘under siege’ as actions spread from Birmingham to north-west
Protests against LGBT lessons in schools have been hijacked by those with a “religious, extremist agenda” who are holding schools “under siege”, MPs have said, as the number of schools being targeted has grown.
Anderton Park primary school, in the Moseley area of Birmingham, has become the latest site of demonstrations against the teaching of LGBT rights, following similar protests at other schools in the city. On Friday, the last day before the half-term holiday, staff were forced to send children home after another protest. Earlier this week, protesters claimed 600 of the school’s 700 pupils were withdrawn by parents, a figure disputed by the school, which said more than half remained in attendance.Continue reading...