A crisis in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities could result in a £1.6bn funding shortfall and a surge in parents resorting to legal action for help, the Observer can reveal.
The latest figures come as the government announces that it is providing an extra £350m to ease the crisis over the next two years, amid growing demand for specialist support and facilities for children with complex needs.Continue reading...
Undergraduate at Reading hit by Trump’s sanctions fears ‘economic blockade’ against students
Iranian university students in the UK are facing suspension from their courses because of President Trump’s newly reimposed sanctions on the country.
Law student Parsa Sadat of the University of Reading is among those Iranians who risk being unable to graduate, and possibly having their student visa removed, because they are unable to pay tuition fees.Continue reading...
Viele greifen bloß zu Büchern, die nützlich sind. Dabei liegt das Besondere beim Lesen im vermeintlich Überflüssigen.
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Austerity is partly to blame, but racism and Islamophobia are still holding us back
For the last decade, more Muslim women than men are going into higher education. Armed with the professional gold dust of a degree, these women should be on the way towards a blossoming career.
However, a new report by the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR) highlights that for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim women like me, this glowing success vanishes as these women struggle to enter the labour market.Continue reading...
Damit kann auch der Digitalpakt zur finanziellen Unterstützung der Schulen durch den Bund vorerst nicht in Kraft treten.
The fast-track training programme is accused of lacking a focus on social justice, but university courses prioritise this too much
I remember my mum completing her social work training when I was in secondary school. We would pore over the books together. I always shared her commitment to working with others to support those who needed it.
My mum’s work led me to consider social work as a career that would suit my values and aspirations. I was part of the first cohort of Frontline, the fast-track training scheme for children’s social workers. I have benefited from the programme and been privileged with where it has taken me in my career. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have a different perspective to that offered in the recent piece by Anna Gupta and SocialWhatNow.Continue reading...
Entrepreneurship education in universities could be deterring young graduates from starting up companies
Entrepreneurship education has been around for more than 50 years, and is vital for the future economy. Yet data shows that 4.7% of recent graduates are self-employed or freelance, with only 0.6% having actually started their own business. This compares with 8.7% of the general population who have started a business in the last three years. So why are bright young graduates deciding against setting up their own companies?
At first glance, all seems to be going well: entrepreneurship activities have never been so prevalent at universities, with modules for students both on and off business courses. Extracurricular activities include boot camps, inspirational speakers, workshops and business plan competitions, with finance, mentoring and incubator space on offer to the winners.Continue reading...
Monument installed two years ago taken away in middle of night amid controversy over Gandhi’s views about Africans
A Mahatma Gandhi statue has been removed from the campus of the University of Ghana after protests from students and faculty who argue the Indian independence leader considered Africans “inferior”.
The statue was unveiled at the university in the Ghanian capital Accra two years ago but has been the subject of controversy and was removed in the middle of the night on Tuesday, leaving just an empty plinth.Continue reading...
Children’s commissioner finds glaring inconsistencies in policy between local councils
The “ungoverned” and potentially illegal use of restraint and seclusion is taking place across Scotland’s schools, according to the country’s children and young people’s commissioner.
The commissioner’s report, seen exclusively by the Guardian, reveals thousands of largely unmonitored incidents, glaring inconsistencies in policy between local authorities and significant concerns that the techniques are being used disproportionately on children with disabilities and additional support needs.Continue reading...
51% of children eligible for free school meals met reading, writing and maths standards
Children from disadvantaged families in England are slowly closing the gap with their better-off peers in primary school attainment, although children from better-off backgrounds are more likely to get top results, according to new figures.
A detailed breakdown of results from key stage two national tests – known as Sats – taken in the final year of primary school show that 51% of children eligible for free school meals met the government’s expected standards in reading, writing and maths, compared with 70% of other pupils, a slightly narrower gap than in previous years.Continue reading...