I felt less than human until I was given a second chance. University has made me stronger, hungrier and more confident
Before I became a student, I felt less than a human being and had almost given up hope. But being given a scholarship was like the appearance of a candle, burning bright to lead me out of the darkness: studying counselling at university has kept me alive.
I was born in Ghana and came to the UK when I was 12 with my father and four younger siblings, and we lived in East London. One day, when I was 15, I came home from football and my little sister was on the stairs crying because my father had left us.Continue reading...
Sheffield's LGBT-only halls were called a ghetto – but a year on, they're thriving | Katharine Swindells
It was a controversial decision for the university to open the flats, but it’s helped residents gain the confidence to mingle
A year ago, the University of Sheffield made headlines when we became the first UK university to launch LGBT-only flats in our accommodation. Much of the coverage was based on untruths and exaggeration, conjuring images of huge rainbow-clad buildings where all gay students were forced to stay.
The reality was far less dramatic: 32 students in seven flats scattered among the three student villages, with no way of being identified aside from by their tenants. It was hardly the “ghettoising” we were accused of.Continue reading...
While a substantial increase in funding for state schools would be welcome (Poorest pupils twice as likely to fail GCSEs as richest peers, 21 August), the schools alone cannot improve the educational outcomes for children from deprived backgrounds. Anyone under stress loses the capacity to concentrate to some degree, and if a child lives in a household beset by anxieties – money, job security, health, housing, etc – the likelihood of achieving their best is limited. From my own experience, any slight distraction greatly impairs my ability to perform a mathematical task.
Politicians of all persuasions need to understand the inherent disadvantage of low income and insecurity on large sections of our population.
Manchmal lässt sich ein Studium nicht anders finanzieren. Worauf Studierende achten sollten, wenn sie einen Kredit aufnehmen.
Headteacher at school known for its strict behaviour policy says her pupils ‘smashed it’
Amid the myriad joyful images on social media, showing ecstatic pupils and their teachers celebrating GCSE results, one particular success story stood out.
Michaela community school, a controversial free school known for its strict behaviour policy, picked up its first set of GCSE results on Thursday, five years after opening its doors to its first pupils.Continue reading...
More than 700,000 teenagers received their GCSE results in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Thursday. The system has been overhauled in recent years with Wales retaining the A* to G grade structure while England has introduced a 9 to 1 grading systemContinue reading...
Following national trend, girls at King David high school in Liverpool outperform boys
“I thought I was going to fail maths – I’ve been dreaming about it every night,” said Niamh Jamieson, holding a tear-stained GCSE results sheet up for her friends to see.
After four weeks of not being able to sleep properly, the 16-year-old received nine GCSEs on Thursday – including an 8 (equivalent to an A*) in maths. “I’m really, really pleased. I’m going to chill out now,” she said.Continue reading...
All children should be required to take at least one arts GCSE and there should be no restriction on taking more than one. This year there has been a modest increase in the number of children taking art itself – 9% up on last year – but a fall elsewhere: music and drama are down, as is design technology, with uptake a staggering 23% down on last year.Continue reading...