A guide for headteachers in England aims to help them deal ethically with thorny issues like exclusions - and to confront colleagues who do not
One of the most enduring images of recent decades has been that of the superhead: the heroic, league-table topping, entrepreneurial lone-ranger figure, once compared by the former chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to a Clint Eastwood figure “fighting for righteousness”.
But might the model of the next few decades be different – a less combative leader, driven as much by a vision of a good society as by competitive advantage?Continue reading...
Academies have made things worse for women, says the co-editor of a new book
When the former headteacher Vivienne Porritt sat down for afternoon tea with four other teachers at a hotel near Bracknell, Berkshire, in 2015, she had no idea they were about to start a global grassroots women’s education movement. “Our aim was to connect women on Twitter, because we felt our voices weren’t being heard. Women felt shut down when talking about leadership and the kind of issues that were important to women. After a rant on Twitter on International Women’s Day, we came together to organise a conference. It never occurred to us it would grow beyond that.”
Over scones and sandwiches, the women – who met for the first time that day – agreed on a phrase to be used in tweets about the challenges women in education face and want to discuss. #WomenEd was born.Continue reading...
A child in a bedsit has more ‘character’ than a braying public schoolboy, Mr Hinds | Laura McInerney
The education secretary should come up with policies to help children – and fund them – instead of making platitudes about yoga
Years ago I taught a young girl who had been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. At the age of 15, she knew that in her adult life she would be a wheelchair user. Yet, she continued working towards her dream of becoming a scriptwriter, a dream tough enough to achieve when growing up in one of the poorest parts of the country, even harder when faced with such physical limitations. Joyfully, that student, Matilda Ibini, has gone from strength to strength and I now follow on social media her career as an award-winning playwright.
Contrast such grit and determination with the latest vision of “character” to come from the education secretary, Damian Hinds.Continue reading...
UK fashion industry bigger source of carbon emissions than aviation and shipping
A penny on every shirt, skirt and stocking could fund better recycling and repairing in the fashion industry, according to a parliamentary report that recommends new taxes to end the throwaway consumer culture.
The cross-party environmental audit committee also proposes tax incentives for companies that offer repair services for clothes, and urges schools to introduce darning and mending classes.Continue reading...
Hans Rausing gives Britain’s oldest art school its biggest ever donation
Britain’s oldest art school, a 250-year-old institution which offers postgraduate students a three-year art course free of charge, has received its biggest ever donation.
The Royal Academy of Arts said on Monday that the £10m gift from the Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing would go to restoring and renewing a historic central London campus which many people do not even realise exists.Continue reading...
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Hymne national, drapeau… Jean-Michel Blanquer irrite les députés LRM avec ses « marqueurs de droite »
At half of England’s universities, fewer than 5% of students are classified as being from disadvantaged white backgrounds, according to a new report from the National Education Opportunities Network (Neon). This fact is bluntly stated as being a problem in the introduction of the report rather than the conclusion, but it is worth looking beyond these headline figures. What do reports like this really tell us?
Who attends university, and which university they attend, is a question that captures commentators and policymakers, for reasons that are related to but not fundamentally about education. Universities are both pathways and gateways. They can help train you to get somewhere new, but they also work to make sure that only the right sort of people get into positions of power. These functions overlap, but aren’t the same.Continue reading...
Emerging technologies are a boon for the work of conservation researchers, but not all universities are equipped for them
Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in conservation and ecology research. Drones in particular hold huge potential in the fight to save the world’s remaining wildlife from extinction. With their help, researchers can now track wild animals through dense forests and monitor whales in vast oceans. The World Wildlife Fund for Nature estimates that up to five living species on earth become extinct every day, making it vital that universities develop new technologies to capture the data that can persuade those in power to act.
The British International Education Association and the Born Free Foundation hosted a conference in January to highlight the importance of technological solutions in protecting vulnerable species and ecosystems. Speakers underlined how technology can help conservation efforts: fixed-wing drones can land on water and circle high above the Indian Ocean to spot whales, rays and illegal fishing, while artificial intelligence-enabled infrared cameras are able to identify members of an individual species or human poachers, even through thick environmental cover.Continue reading...