The UK’s creative industries are world leading. Excluding state-educated people from the arts will throw that excellence away
The myth goes that the true artist is born, mysteriously fully formed in their own exceptional talent. A second myth holds that creativity thrives in adversity; a third that creative sorts are somehow morally wayward, something to be tolerated as long as the results are diverting, but not a model for citizenship. These three combine gloriously in the icon of a lascivious and poverty-stricken Mozart, writing sonatas while still in the womb.Continue reading...
Former student sues Stephen Coxen for damages two years after jury found case against him not proven
A former university student in Scotland is suing her alleged rapist for £100,000 in damages after he walked free following a high court trial two years ago.
Stephen Coxen, 23, from Bury in Lancashire, was charged with raping the then student at her flat while she was drunk and stealing her phone during freshers’ week at the University of St Andrews in September 2013.Continue reading...
Number of new graduate jobs falls for first time since financial crisis as leading recruiters downgrade hiring plans
Uncertainty over Brexit has caused many of the UK’s most prestigious employers to significantly cut their recruitment of graduates, resulting in a fall in the number of new graduate jobs for the first time since the global financial crisis.
A survey of the UK’s leading 100 graduate recruiters – including Goldman Sachs, Unilever and BP – found many had downgraded their hiring plans after the Brexit referendum vote, with private sector organisations recruiting 10% fewer graduates by the end of 2017.
Glynis Breakwell had been due to take a sabbatical and give up her job in February 2019
The body that oversees the running of University of Bath has passed a motion calling for the immediate departure of its vice-chancellor following a row about her pay.
Dame Glynis Breakwell, whose pay package of £468,000 sparked a national debate around vice-chancellors’ pay and how universities are run, agreed to step down in November.Continue reading...
Beamtete Lehrer dürfen nicht die Arbeit niederlegen, selbst wenn sie mit ihrem Gehalt unzufrieden sind. Die GEW-Chefin Marlis Tepe erklärt, warum ein Streikrecht dringend nötig wäre.
Arbeitskämpfe sind Beamten bisher per Grundgesetz verboten. Mehrere Urteile haben diese Regel aber ins Wanken gebracht - nun entscheidet das Bundesverfassungsgericht.
I was an early years teacher for most of my career (Letters, 16 January). One afternoon our new head who was very target-orientated came into my classroom and stopped dead. “What are they doing?” she asked, clearly horrified. What she saw was that all the classroom furniture had been moved and the chairs were lined up in pairs in the middle of the room. The children were milling about and there seemed little control or purpose.
What I saw and had helped them create was a role-play area based on a visit to an airport. We had a check-in desk where the children showed their passports, which they had made complete with photo, name and address. We had menus handwritten by the children, we had the flight crew examining a world map to decide where to go, we had cabin crew counting the number of seats and telling the check-in desk how many vacancies they had. All of this involved planning, cooperation, discussion and a shared purpose. Each child was engaged and each was eager to have a turn at the different roles.Continue reading...
Survivors of abuse at St Ambrose College near Altrincham want Damian Hinds to push for publication of independent review
Survivors of abuse committed at a Catholic school attended by the education secretary, Damian Hinds, are asking him to press for the publication of an independent review they claim has been hushed up.
Hinds was a pupil in the 1980s at St Ambrose College near Altrincham in Greater Manchester. Alan Morris, a former chemistry teacher, was jailed for nine years in 2014 for indecent assault and gross indecency against 19 boys between 1973 and 1990.
An in-depth knowledge of an arts or science subject is an advantage to young lawyers, experts advise
Studying law. That’s like medicine, isn’t it – you need to decide early that you want to be a lawyer and make sure you do the right subjects at school?
Actually, not quite. Law firms don’t ask that you study law as your first degree, and they don’t mind what A-levels you do. Their only requirement is high grades. Laura Yeates, head of graduate talent at the prestigious law firm Clifford Chance, says the split between their solicitors who do a law degree and those who study something else is about 50:50.Continue reading...
Learndirect got special treatment to suppress damning assessment of its training, says Ofsted chief
Britain’s biggest training provider successfully applied for a superinjunction that stopped official inspectors from passing on a critical report to the government, it has emerged.
It allowed Learndirect, which is mostly funded by the Department for Education, to suppress a damning assessment of its training for four months, Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, told the House of Commons public accounts committee.Continue reading...
Robert Winston among signatories of letter warning against moves to increase formal maths and literacy teaching
The TV scientist and IVF pioneer Robert Winston has warned against moves to increase formal mathematics and literacy teaching of four- and five-year-olds, arguing that children will have less opportunity for play which is vital for their development.
Lord Winston is one of 1,700 signatories to a letter published in the Guardian on Tuesday that expresses concern about a report published by the schools watchdog Ofsted on the reception-year curriculum.Continue reading...
It’s a chill, sunny winter’s day with seagulls soaring on a stiff breeze, and small children wrapped up against the cold are serving from a kitchen in the outside play area at Friars primary school and nursery at Shoeburyness on the Essex coast. On the menu are soup, jacket potatoes, jelly and juice – all made of mud.
As a teacher observes and questions, these happy four- and five-year-olds are learning through play the foundations of literacy, numeracy and writing: phonics as they sound out the letters on their menu, fine motor skills as they shape mud and numbers as they count the things needed for their “cooking”.Continue reading...
We are deeply concerned about Ofsted’s Bold Beginnings report. The report infers that reception classes should be taught like year 1. This would mean narrowing the curriculum to focus more heavily on literacy and mathematics, overly formal teaching and less opportunity for play. It asserts that “successful” schools already teach in this way. However, the report is based on visits to less than 0.25% of schools. It appears that Ofsted only visited schools where teaching was congruent with the recommendations the report would later make.
Thousands of reception children make excellent progress following a broad and balanced curriculum where play is the central feature. Here, children engage in purposeful activities, both adult-guided and child-led, with teachers who are highly skilled in moving learning forward. The basic architecture of a child’s brain is forming during reception year. Introducing overly formal, unsuitable teaching practices is a potential disaster for children’s learning.Continue reading...