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Homework club: King's Cross locals help pupils who love studying

bbc education - Sat, 23/06/2018 - 02:19
A club run by businesses in King's Cross is helping pupils to enjoy homework again.
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Diana King, a Leading Teacher in Overcoming Dyslexia, Dies at 90

NYTimes - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 23:46
An author of 15 books, Ms. King founded a summer camp and school to help children with learning disabilities that had often gone undiagnosed.
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Phillip Wearne obituary

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 19:46

Phillip Wearne, who has died of a cardiac arrest aged 60, worked as a freelance journalist, TV producer and author all over the world.

I first met Phillip in 1989 in El Salvador, making a film for Channel 4, The Return of the Death Squads. His energy and local contacts soon helped us line up a host of brave and informative interviewees for the film: terrified villagers, Jesuit priests, human-rights workers, political leaders and eventually even a death squad member.

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The Guardian view on mobile phones: schools are better without them | Editorial

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 19:14
The call to ban phones from the playground is rightly popular. But schools will need resources to do it properly

When a minister in this government stumbles on a policy that is both popular and good, it’s newsworthy. Matt Hancock, the digital minister, has suggested that schools ban the use of mobile phones by their pupils. Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, agrees. In France, the Macron government has put forward legislation that will ban the use of phones in all primary and middle schools. This removes the matter from the discretion of headteachers. Those who have already purged their playgrounds of screens report few problems. The measure seems entirely straightforward and sensible.

There are three kinds of damage that mobile phones can do in the playground and schools are right to tackle them. The most obvious may be the least serious: some games and apps are so overwhelmingly attractive when they first appear that unhappy children can be entirely swept away in them. Fortnite is the latest craze of this sort. Before that there were birds, variously angry and flappy. All these crazes evaporate in time and are replaced by others. The market is just too rewarding for those who get it right. On the whole, though, these problems are self-regulating. The second problem, which is not of course confined to school hours, is that social networks make bullying and cliquishness easier and perhaps more attractive. They make grownups behave like petulant teenagers and real teenagers have fewer defences against their own worst impulses. Schools are right to try to defend themselves and their pupils against such influences.

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Bac 2018, SVT : conseils méthodologiques pour réussir l’épreuve

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 19:13
Conseils pour aborder sereinement et réussir pas à pas l’épreuve de sciences de la vie et de la Terre (SVT) du bac S, prévue lundi 25 juin.
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Ofsted chief’s ‘call to action’ shows her lack of understanding | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 18:42
Headteacher Rachel Hornsey says poor ratings are another cause of the deep divisions in our society. Saville Kushner thinks inspectors fail to understand the structural effects of poverty

In your report (Ofsted chief: white working-class children hindered by low aspirations, 22 June), Amanda Spielman claims to admire teachers in such areas and says a requiring improvement (RI) rating is merely a “call to action”. This shows a complete lack of understanding of the huge impact it has. I am the headteacher of a school whose population is predominantly low income, white working class. Last November, after a gruelling two-day ordeal, we received an RI grade. As an ex-local authority consultant and leader in three outstanding schools, I am fully confident that teaching in my school is at least as good as in schools with higher ratings, and is often inspirational. My staff work amid the huge pressures of leading social care cases and battling special educational needs and disability (Send) bureaucracy. During the inspection, my teachers were accused of not challenging children sufficiently in a kafkaesque charade as inspectors justified a grade based on data. We were told we lacked ambition, and were sneered at for the energies we invest in keeping Send children in our school while they await specialist provision.

Behaviour, safeguarding and early years were all recognised as good, but we still wear the badge of shame that is our RI grade, and are compelled to advertise it on our website to ward off more motivated parents who could be infected by our apparent “lack of drive”. A poor Ofsted grade is much more than a “call to action”. It is another cause of the deep divisions in our society.
Rachel Hornsey Headteacher, Lisa Knight, Louise Potter Assistant headteachers, Sutton Courtenay C of E primary school, Oxford

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David Dimbleby’s departure poses an interesting question | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 18:42
Miles Secker says top jobs should no longer be reserved for Oxbridge graduates; Neil Wigglesworth thinks Question Time should be hosted by both a male and female journalist; Richard Goude thinks more women should be given a chance

More effort needs to be made to dispel the old suspicion that well-paid, taxpayer-funded, employment at the top of the BBC – like the higher ranks of the civil service, armed forces the law or CoE – are appointments unfairly reserved by gatekeepers to meet the supply of privately educated students who are good at English and history and not inclined to become builders, electricians, police officers or nurses (New Question Time host should be a woman, 22 June). The vacancy created by the departure of David Dimbleby should be filled by any individual who attended a comprehensive school and who did not collect a degree in history, English or some version of philosophy, politics and economics from the Oxbridge gatekeepers.
Miles Secker
Heckington, Lincolnshire

• Wouldn’t the sensible approach to Dimbleby’s replacement be to alternate the chair between male and female journalists? There are plenty of both genders well qualified for the role and it would give the viewing public a weekly opportunity to experience whatever gender differences in approach there may be. An additional benefit would be to reduce the possibility of the programme once again becoming a vehicle for a particular personality.
Neil Wigglesworth
Forton, Lancashire

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Quiz bac 2018 : avez-vous le niveau en sciences de la vie et de la Terre (SVT) ?

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 18:29
A l’approche de l’épreuve du bac, ou simplement pour évaluer votre culture générale, répondez à ces sept questions corrigées sur la méiose, les ophiolites et les anticorps.
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Bac philo 2018 : « Ce n’est pas tant la réponse à la question qui compte »

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 18:28
A l’issue de l’épreuve de philosophie du bac, lundi 18 juin, Thomas Schauder, qui enseigne cette discipline, a répondu en direct aux questions des candidats lors d’un tchat. Compte rendu.
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« Meilleurs bacheliers », un dispositif « coupe-file » pour Parcoursup

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 18:21
En 2018, ce dispositif n’est plus un outil contre l’autocensure des lycéens vers les filières sélectives, mais une chance d’obtenir une place dans les formations « en attente ».
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Students' end-of-year artwork 2018 – your entries so far

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 17:15

We asked you to share your end-of-year artwork. Here is a small selection of the hundreds of contributions we’ve received so far

  • You can view all the entries or submit your own art here by 2 July
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Bac 2018 : quand l’écologie agace les correcteurs

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 16:18
Un correcteur du baccalauréat aussi a un coût carbone.
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Support proves key for teachers and children alike in Kenya’s largest slum

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 16:00

Efforts to improve the training and resources available to childminders in Nairobi’s Kibera settlement are bearing fruit – to the benefit of all concerned

Three-year-old Joy and her sister Lavine, four, are surrounded by kitchen pots, soft toys and an old wellington boot. It’s mid-morning at Kidogo’s nursery and preschool, and the sisters are playing in the dramatic centre, a place set aside for children to invent their own games. Each corner of the room is dedicated to a different activity: music, stories, art or a quiet space for reading.

The centre is one of the few quality childcare facilities in Kibera, an overcrowded informal settlement in Nairobi that houses 170,070 people, according to a 2009 national census (although other estimates have put the number significantly higher). Most centres are found in cramped rooms or homes, with one woman responsible for 20 or so children. Ventilation is poor and there are reports of babies being given sleeping pills to knock them out for the day, or children being locked in dark rooms. There’s rarely space to play.

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Matters of fact: separating brilliant breakthroughs from science fictions

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 15:09

The Guardian’s science editor on elixirs of life, questions of ethics, and meeting some extraordinary minds

There are people who will tell you that the elixir of life is to be found in the blood of youngsters. It’s a vampiric belief, but not unfounded. One day in February 2015, I watched Joe Castellano pull a tray of frosted vials full of human plasma from a freezer at Stanford University. The yellowy contents were bound for old mice. Infusions of the fluid have a striking effect: feeble animals perk up; they learn faster; their cognitive skills are sharpened. It seems that both bodies and brains are rejuvenated.

What gives rise to these intriguing changes is a major research question. Young plasma, it seems, may be suffused with compounds that keep tissues youthful, and lack certain factors that age us. Find these potent ingredients, and show that they can stave off ageing, and your name will go down in history. Or so the story goes.

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La Stax Academy ranime la soul de Memphis

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 15:05
Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes…  De 1958 à 1975, à Memphis, Stax Records découvre des pointures de la soul et fourni la bande-son du mouvement pour les droits civiques. Depuis 2000, l’Academy transmet l’esprit du label à des jeunes de cette ville pauvre.
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Bac : des lycéens privés de leur calculatrice pendant l’épreuve de physique-chimie

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 14:17
Alors que « l’usage de tout modèle de calculatrice, avec ou sans mode examen, est autorisé », des candidats au bac S de plusieurs lycées de l’académie du Nord se sont vu reprocher de consulter des antisèches dessus.
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'Panic attacks and crying': how the new GCSEs affected pupils

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 14:03

Many of those doing revamped exams report mental health problems and extreme stress

Pupils have delivered a damning verdict on the revamped GCSEs, saying they have caused crying, mental exhaustion, panic attacks, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne.

About half a million 16 year olds sat the tougher exams, which were initiated by the former education secretary Michael Gove and tested for the first time this summer, with grades ranging from 9-1 rather than A*-G.

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‘We don’t really need phones’: the French school that banned mobiles

the guardian - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 13:55

How pupils at La Gautrais rediscovered games, dance and the art of conversation

It’s breaktime at a middle school in rural Brittany, and huddles of teenagers are chatting in the playground. Two 15-year-olds sit reading novels, while others kick footballs or play chase. One boy does some press-ups.

The hum of conversation and flurry of movement contrasts with most other French secondary schools, where playgrounds can be eerily silent as pupils stare at their mobile phones. In La Gautrais, no one looks at Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube. Here mobile phones have been banned. Few seem to miss them.

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Aulnay-sous-Bois : quatre surveillants suspendus pour avoir humilié un collégien autiste

lemonde_edu - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 13:41
Quatre assistants d’éducation sont soupçonnés de s’être moqués d’un élève autiste, d’avoir filmé la scène et de l’avoir diffusée sur les réseaux sociaux. Une enquête est en cours.
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Meinung am Mittag: Nationaler Bildungsbericht: Alle Schüler sollten zwölf Jahre in die Schule gehen

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 13:39

Nicht nur Gymnasiasten verdienen es, Zeit zum Lernen und Reifen zu haben. Unsere Gesellschaft sollte es sich leisten, alle Jugendlichen länger in die Schule zu schicken. Sie würde davon profitieren.

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