Are you free to think whatever you like? Of course you are. There are no thought police, though the paranoid right likes to imagine “politically correct” commissars are out to martyr them. But expressing outlandish or dangerous views while holding a public position may create a conflict, forcing you to choose.
Look at the very different cases of Tim Farron MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader and Toby Young, still hanging on to a powerful position as head of the New Schools Network (NSN).Continue reading...
An ‘epidemic of stress’ in the teaching profession, declining insect numbers and global commuting stats are the topics that have got you talking most today
We’re highlighting some of the most interesting discussion around the site today, with stories on stress in the teaching profession, declining insect numbers and commuting around the world all featured.
To join in you can click on the links in the comments below to expand and add your thoughts. We’ll continue to highlight more comments worth reading as the day goes on.Continue reading...
Nick Timothy, who quit after election, denies he was behind departure of Justine Greening as education secretary
Theresa May’s former chief of staff has been accused of meddling in education policy after he claimed Justine Greening had to be sacked because she had blocked attempts to reduce university tuition fees and frustrated schools reform.
Nick Timothy, who left his job after the Conservatives lost their majority in last year’s election, attacked Greening’s approach to the education portfolio in a column for the Telegraph. He denied he had got her sacked but said he agreed with May’s decision to remove her from the role.Continue reading...
Exploring consent issues through interactive drama and comedy can effect lasting change, whether tackling violence against sex workers in Africa, sex education in South America or abuse in UK schools
A man in police uniform walks into a bar and corners a sex worker. He offers her a choice between giving up her body or her money – but she has no money. He pulls her away into a back room.
This scene happens twice in Lilongwe, Malawi. The first time is at night, with no sober witnesses. Months later, it is replicated in a play performed by sex workers to an audience of police officers. The action is paused and an officer leaps on stage to take the place of the victim. The scene plays out again and he suggests a different ending.Continue reading...
Former education secretary and former universities minister Jo Johnson stymied the plan, says Nick Timothy
Theresa May’s former chief of staff has accused the former education ministers Justine Greening and Jo Johnson of blocking attempts to reduce university tuition fees and reform higher education.
Nick Timothy, who quit the prime minister’s office after last year’s election, said the former education secretary and universities minister blocked proposals to reduce interest rates on student loan repayments and allow institutions to charge different fees.Continue reading...
Suicide risks for primary and nursery school teachers is higher than in the general population, official figures say
In recent years a series of surveys have found the increased workload inside and outside the classroom has led to longer working hours for teachers in England. They have also faced more demanding employers, whether head teachers, academy bosses or school inspectors.
When the Guardian surveyed more than 4,000 teachers nearly two year ago, many blamed increased bureaucracy designed to measure pupil progress and their own performance as behind the rise in working hours. One told the Guardian: “I work 60 hours a week on average and still don’t feel like I’m doing a good enough job. If I want a life outside work I just get too exhausted.”Continue reading...
Policy changes, budget cuts, fewer staff and bigger classes blamed for toll on teachers’ mental health revealed by figures compiled by Lib Dems
Teaching unions are warning of an “epidemic of stress” as research revealed that 3,750 teachers were signed off on longterm sick leave last year because of pressure of work, anxiety and mental illness.
Figures obtained through a mass freedom of information request show a 5% rise on the year before, revealing that one in 83 teachers spent more than a month off work in 2016-17.Continue reading...
Italian magistrates also take phone and documents belonging to Cambridge academic who taught murdered student
Italian magistrates investigating the murder of Giulio Regeni, the doctoral student who was tortured and killed in Cairo two years ago, have seized the computer and mobile phone of his Cambridge University tutor.
Italian magistrates have worked with their Egyptian counterparts to try to solve the crime, but have often expressed frustration over the slow pace of the investigation.Continue reading...
Toby Young gave keynote talk last year to the conference ran by an honorary senior lecturer at the London university
A London university has launched an urgent investigation into how a senior academic was able to secretly host conferences on eugenics and intelligence with notorious speakers including white supremacists.
The “London Conference on Intelligence” was said to have been run secretly for at least three years by James Thompson, an honorary senior lecturer at University College London (UCL), including contributions from a researcher who has previously advocated child rape online.Continue reading...
Thank you for Peter Wilby’s article describing Peter Horrocks’ proposed developments for the Open University. I worked at various levels of the OU, inspired, like many others, by its aims of providing new academic possibilities to thousands of adults hitherto denied opportunities for higher education (A visionary to save the Open University – or the man who will run it down?, 9 January). A sophisticated system for the development of courses and delivering them was developed. It provided support to students initially inexperienced in academic study and including the disabled who otherwise would have been excluded from higher education. Far from being proposals for a great new development of the institution, we seem to be witnessing the culmination of Tory ambitions to finish it off. The Tories never wanted this university; they regarded it as a vanity project of Harold Wilson and Jenny Lee. These new perspectives will be the final hammer blows to the drawn-out process of demolishing one of Labour’s greatest achievements.
Former dean of arts, Open University
• Join the debate – email firstname.lastname@example.orgContinue reading...
Coroner says he will write to Department of Education about death of Abdul Jamal Ottun, 17, from Surrey, in Canadian lake
Children should undergo swimming tests before being allowed to go swimming on school trips, a coroner has recommended, after a schoolboy drowned in a Canadian lake after being pushed into the water by a schoolfriend.
Abdul Jamal Ottun, 17, a house captain at Wallington County grammar school in Surrey, was on a two-week rugby tour after completing his AS levels in July 2015 when he died swimming in Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver island.