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Summer camps for all: no mobiles, no selfies – just the chance to be children | Hazel Davis

the guardian - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 08:00
A week away from life’s pressures boosts young people’s wellbeing and confidence – and can cost as little as £35

I’m in an activity centre near the Worcestershire town of Bewdley, watching a game of “giants and pixies” and picking dried banana out of my hair after a “spa session” this morning, where I was treated to a hand massage and a homemade face mask. This is not your average children’s camp. Nobody is abseiling or caving and there has only been one woodcraft session so far.

“Shall we go to the den and play werewolves?” shouts Gabe, an assistant with a broad grin, described by 11-year-old Alistair as “the very best camp monitor we could have got”.

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Cambridge sexual misconduct rule change branded 'unlawful'

the guardian - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 08:00

Two students have lost internal means of pursuing complaints of sexual assault and rape

Lawyers and women’s groups have condemned a decision by Cambridge University to not investigate some students’ complaints of sexual misconduct, including rape, warning it was potentially unlawful.

Their comments came after a ruling this summer that sexual misconduct should no longer be covered by the university’s general disciplinary regulations for students.

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Will Boris Johnson's present for hard-up teachers be enough?

the guardian - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 08:00

The PM has promised another £4.6bn a year for schools but many think far more is needed

On Friday 27 September, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, by then comfortably settled into Downing Street and just five weeks away from the Brexit deadline, would, if he walked out of his front door, find himself faced with an unusual group of protesters.

More than 5,000 headteachers from across England are promising to walk out of their schools to take part in a mass march on Westminster to highlight once again the shortfall in education funding that has been making headlines for months if not years. It is their second such protest and there will be more.

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Leave to remain – but no home to remain in after fees more than treble

the guardian - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 08:00

Young people who have grown up in the UK being forced into destitution by Home Office fees

Case study: Ijeoma – fighting for the right to stay in the only home she knows

Young people who have grown up in the UK are being forced into destitution as a result of Home Office fees that have more than trebled in the past five years.

The cost of renewing an application for a resident with limited leave to remain has increased by 338% in five years – from £601 per person in 2014 to £2,033 in January 2019.

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Ijeoma – fighting for the right to stay in the only home she knows

the guardian - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 08:00

Student has had to pay ruinous fees and jump through multiple hoops just to remain in UK

Ijeoma Moore’s favourite TV programme is Dancing on Ice. Her favourite meal is fish and chips. The only language she speaks is English and she completed all her formal education in Britain. But, according to the Home Office, she is not British.

This was something Moore, now 24, realised two days after her 15th birthday – when she was taken to a deportation centre with her father and her younger brother, then 10.

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MPs call for dedicated police in violent schools

bbc education - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 05:56
The Home Affairs Committee says the government's violence strategy is "completely inadequate".
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Having more sleep before holiday 'stops arguments'

bbc education - Wed, 31/07/2019 - 04:04
Getting ready for a holiday means people are often shattered by the time they leave home, says psychologist.
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Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 22:11
Demand for disability accommodations for schoolwork and testing has swelled. But access to them is unequal and the process is vulnerable to abuse.
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Americans Finally Consider Women as Competent as Men

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 21:58
Or more competent, a new study finds.
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North of Tyne mayor signs schools up for climate training

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 21:51

Region aims to have UN-accredited climate change teacher in every state school

A region in the north of England has become the first place in the world to commit to having a UN-accredited climate change teacher in every state primary and secondary school, and the aim is to expand the training across the country.

Jamie Driscoll, the new Labour mayor of the North of Tyne combined authority, said every school in the area would have the opportunity to train up a member of staff to give lessons on global heating and the impact of the climate crisis.

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Why are working class kids passed over for top jobs?

bbc education - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 15:47
Even the brightest working class graduates face a battle to reach the top in elite professions.
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When I joined my father on the building site, I saw a different side to him | Nell Frizzell

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 15:00

Teachers laughed and agencies told me to keep it off my CV, but my summer job taught me about hard work, family and class

Sitting on a bag of sharp sand, I watched a group of three men pull out plastic boxes of sandwiches, packets of rolling tobacco, small newspapers and bars of chocolate. This was years before smartphones and so, during our mid-morning tea break, as my father squeezed the lukewarm bag of PG Tips between fat, dust-encrusted fingers, wringing out the last drops of caffeine, the group of builders around me chatted idly about traffic, the cost of petrol, a new one-way system, pubs, music, trips to the woodyard and their morning’s work.

During my school holidays, or if I ever wanted some quick money for a haircut, holiday or new dress, I would spend a day or two working on a building site with my father. As a former labourer turned surveyor, he had been made redundant during the 90s recession and gone back to labouring. His jobs tended to be small, local and fairly eclectic - putting in a new fireplace, laying a floor, building a kitchen extension, converting an attic. From about April to September he worked in bare feet as much as he could; he listened to Radio 4 or compilation tapes of west African, blues, Pacific guitar, reggae, rock and roots music; he would take on several jobs at once and never once wore a hi-vis shirt.

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Jo Grady: the miner’s daughter preparing for university picket lines

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 09:15

The incoming general secretary of the University and College Union warns of autumn strikes over pensions, pay and job security

Jo Grady could hardly be better qualified for her new role. She was born in 1984 into a striking miner’s family; she studied industrial relations at university, and she is a leading expert in trade unions and pension disputes.

This week she will become the new general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), whose members last year went out on strike over sweeping pension changes, causing two weeks of disruption on campuses across the country. Grady was on the picket lines, with her Glastonbury wellies and her homemade flapjacks.

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Let's judge universities for their social impact, not graduate salaries | Vincent Straub

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 09:00

The government wants to link university funding to graduate pay. But why not reward work with local communities instead?

We have drifted into a university system in which economic growth is valued over everything else. In many universities, I would argue that this has overtaken the focus on achieving a positive impact on society. This marketised system risks becoming further entrenched if the Augar review of post-18 education is implemented, particularly through the focus on graduate salaries as a measure of a university’s success. It’s been suggested that to remedy this we should overhaul the university system entirely, but that’s not the only solution.

Universities are autonomous institutions in which academic freedom is the fundamental principle. In today’s world, in which half the nation attends a university, it is also clear that they carry a civic responsibility to engage with society – yet it’s hard to argue that either is the case in the UK anymore.

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‘Symbolically posh’ Bristol University expanding to wrong side of tracks

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 08:45

Proposed campus aims to pull in students from areas where only 8.6% of school leavers go on to higher education

In the well-heeled district of Clifton in Bristol, with its Georgian crescents and French brasseries, 100% of school leavers go to university. Yet in the southern suburb of Hartcliffe, the figures are the lowest in the country: only 8.6% make it there. This is the divided face of Brexit Britain.

Bristol University, part of the Russell Group and a favourite among private school students, has long been at the privileged heart of Clifton. But it has radical plans to pull in the deprived communities to the south and east: starting with a campus on what its management calls “the wrong side of the tracks”.

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Is Gavin Williamson going to offer children a ‘superb’ education? I very much doubt it | Fiona Millar

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 08:45
Paltry sums won’t stop schools having to cut teachers or close early, the new education secretary will soon find

At one point last week there was a rumour that the last education secretary, Damian Hinds, would stay in his job. This seems comical now.

In fact, it is ludicrous to think that the affable but low-energy Hinds could have survived the shock and awe of Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street. Instead the new education secretary – the fourth since Michael Gove was pushed out for being too toxic (NB aided by the new PM’s backroom boy Dominic Cummings) – is the man sacked barely three months ago for allegedly leaking sensitive security information to the press.

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Three Peter Lanyon artworks acquired in lieu of inheritance tax

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 08:00

Two gouaches and landscape allocated to settle £900,000 owed on Cornish artist’s estate

Three works by Peter Lanyon, one of the most important postwar British painters, have been acquired for the nation in lieu of inheritance tax.

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that an important abstract landscape painted in the last year of Lanyon’s life and two large gouaches had been accepted, settling just under £900,000 owed on the estate of Lanyon’s widow, Sheila.

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It’s Easy to Forget, but a Program to Forgive Student Loans Already Exists

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 06:35
Democrats are campaigning to fix an issue that is already starting to resolve itself for many teachers and other public servants.
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Disadvantaged pupils 'stuck 18 months behind'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 03:56
Poorer pupils show few signs of catching up in their achievements at school, say researchers.
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Unconditional university offers on the rise for 18-year-olds

the guardian - Τρίτη, 30/07/2019 - 02:01

Ucas figures show that 38% of would-be undergraduates received offers with unconditional component

Nearly two fifths of 18-year-old applicants to university received an unconditional offer this year, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

The Ucas figures show a rise from last year, with 97,045 (38%) of would-be undergraduates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving an offer with an unconditional component in 2019, compared with 87,540, or 34%, in 2018.

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