Tameside head came up with idea after noticing increase in asthma among children
Primary school pupils in Greater Manchester have started patrolling the streets outside their schools as uniformed “junior” police officers, issuing fake parking tickets to parents parked on the pavement or sitting with their engines running.
The junior PCSOs (police community safety officers) were the brainchild of Steve Marsland, head of Russell Scott primary in Denton in Tameside, after he noticed a huge increase in children with asthma. Eighteen months ago he started to use an inhaler after having trouble breathing dangerously polluted air.Continue reading...
More than 200 sign letter to the Guardian saying pupils right to be angry at inaction
More than 200 academics have voiced their support for this week’s school climate strikes, in which thousands of young people are expected to take to the streets in towns and cities across the UK.
The academics, including almost 100 professors, say the “tragic and desperate facts” of the unfolding climate breakdown – and the lack of meaningful action by politicians – leave young people with little option but to take matters into their own hands.Continue reading...
Education : « Contre le harcèlement entre élèves, il est temps de consacrer l’éthique de responsabilité de l’éducation nationale »
The National Union of Students’ Amatey Doku on why the people’s vote campaign proves student activism isn’t dead
For a long time, young people were accused of being apathetic, and student activism was thought to be dead. That changed when student protests against the 2012 tuition fee rises took hold in campuses across the country. But according to Amatey Doku, vice-president for higher education at the National Union of Students, tuition fees were too inward-looking an issue to inspire a genuine student and youth-driven political movement. Instead, a unifying cause has finally arrived: the battle to stop Brexit.
“If we can secure a people’s vote and there’s a campaign, that’ll be the one time we can really get students behind it and with a common cause,” he says. “There is growing momentum.”Continue reading...
Die Länder haben sich dagegen gewehrt, dass sie für jeden Euro, den der Bund für neue Technik an Schulen ausgibt, einen Euro aus dem eigenen Haushalt drauflegen sollten. Diese Mitfinanzierungsklausel soll nun wegfallen.
First survey of senior staff pay also shows nearly half of vice-chancellors paid over £300,000
Six universities in England gave their vice-chancellors £500,000 or more in salary, bonuses and benefits last year, while nearly half of all VCs were paid more than £300,000, according to the higher education regulator’s first survey of senior staff pay.
The Open University, London Business School and the University of East London topped the table for leaders’ remuneration, with the Open University paying out £718,000 in 2017-18, including compensation for loss of office to its departed vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks.Continue reading...
« Les députés n’ont-ils pas mieux à faire ? » : l’affichage du drapeau français en classe vu par le monde éducatif
Private schools educate around 6% of the UK’s school population, or around 625,000 children in 2,600 schools. Since they have their own inspectors and select their own intakes, comparisons with state schools are not straightforward. But in outcomes such as exam results, prowess in arts and sport, and rates of admission to universities and the professions, the success of fee-paying schools is unquestionable: 42% of Oxbridge places go to private pupils, who also make up 32% of all MPs, 51% of leading journalists, 74% of judges and a third of 2016 Team GB Olympic medallists. It’s possible to celebrate the achievements of individuals such as Bafta winner Olivia Colman yet recognise that this narrow cohort’s collective winnings are a problem.
The UK is chronically socially immobile. More than in most comparable countries, a person’s life chances are determined by the status of their parents. Positions of power and influence are dominated by those with inherited wealth. This is not only unjust, but also a waste of human resources, which holds back progress of all kinds. And while private schools are by no means the main reason for the class system’s staying power, they are an important one. It is not just about the impact of small class sizes and lavish facilities on exam results, but also the creation and maintenance of powerful social networks and inculcation of mores. Progressives in the education debate are often accused of social engineering, but private schools are inequality-generating machines, as the title of a new book about them – Engines of Privilege – points out.Continue reading...
If you’re taking part in this week’s YouthStrike4Climate event in the UK, we’d like to hear from you
On 15 February students around the UK will be striking to protest against the government’s lack of action on the climate crisis. It’s the first YouthStrike4Climate event in the UK, following successful school strikes in Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.Continue reading...