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Nouvelle démission au Conseil supérieur des programmes

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 16:46
Marie-Aleth Grard, vice-présidente d’ATD Quart Monde, est la deuxième membre du CSP à démissionner depuis le changement de présidence de cette instance. Au sein du conseil, certains regrettent qu’elle soit dépossédée de son objet : débattre des programmes scolaires.
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Manchester students' union swaps applause for 'jazz hands'

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 16:20

Move is designed to help students with disabilities such as anxiety or sensory issues

Manchester University’s students’ union has become the latest student body to vote to replace applause with “jazz hands” in an attempt to make events more accessible for people with disabilities.

At its first meeting of the academic year, the union voted to use British sign language clapping, which involves waving your hands in the air, instead of audible clapping, at events.

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Cambridge plans to recruit poorer students

bbc education - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 14:53
Top university Cambridge announces plans for a foundation-year scheme for disadvantaged pupils.
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Picking up a leaflet at a freshers’ fair won’t turn you into a prostitute | Molly Smith

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 10:00
Brighton University should be applauded, not scorned, for promoting health and support services for sex workers

Controversy erupted over the weekend as Brighton University was accused in the Sunday Times of “grooming” students into prostitution. The university had allowed a sex workers’ health and support service to run a stall at a freshers’ fair, with breathlessly outraged reportage noting that the organisation shared a booklet advising sex workers of their legal rights, and that the stall featured a “wheel of sexual wellbeing”.

The service in question offers nonjudgmental advice, support and healthcare to sex workers in Sussex, alongside support to women who use drugs and women who need support in escaping domestic violence.

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‘I will never return to teach in England’: the UK teachers finding refuge abroad

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 09:14

An estimated 15,000 teachers are snapped up overseas each year, driven away by the stress in British schools

The English education system is broken, says Freya Odell, a state secondary school teacher with 18 years’ experience. This month, she followed in the footsteps of thousands of other talented, fed-up teachers and moved abroad – in her case, to St George’s British International School in Rome.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision. My job in England took over my life. Over the past year, I had stopped laughing and smiling. I had lost all sense of who I am.”

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Music school grants for poor students going to ‘comfortable middle class’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 09:00

Families with £190k income receive awards meant to help disadvantaged attend Yehudi Menuhin and Chetham’s schools

For most of her life Natasha Petrovic has been a carer for her sick parents but, despite her responsibilities, she has found the time to pursue her love of music. When she was four they encouraged her to learn the violin at her Surrey primary and she was soon hooked.

At the age of eight she passed the auditions to the Yehudi Menuhin music school near Cobham, within commuting distance of home. Because her parents were unemployed, Petrovic received a full bursary to cover the fees. Now in the sixth form, she plans to go to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and work in outreach to encourage music in state schools and institutions such as prisons.

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If I’m doing his appraisal, the universities minister gets no pay rise this year | Jonathan Wolff

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 08:45

Sam Gyimah has done little to solve the looming Brexit threat to research funding

Being the minister responsible for higher education in the UK should be a breeze. Oxford and Cambridge brush the top of any international ranking, with another three or four of our universities on their heels. True, the US does better, but not for its size, and no other country comes close. The UK hasn’t done so well in anything since Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick and the Beatles and the Stones. Not even cycling or dressage can compete.

Sam Gyimah, appointed to the job in January 2018, faced a choice. Should he work with the sector to build on its strengths, or treat it as a delinquent infant in need of a good talking to, in the tradition of his immediate predecessor, Jo Johnson?

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Should universities tell students how to take drugs safely?

bbc education - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 03:29
Sheffield Students' Union has faced criticism for publishing advice on how to take drugs safely.
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Parents head to High Court over special needs cuts

bbc education - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 03:00
A group of parents from Surrey is going to the High Court to challenge cuts to special needs budgets.
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The neighbours building hope after losing children to suicide

bbc education - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 02:48
Two teenagers - in the same year at the same school - killed themselves within weeks of each other.
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The mums taking legal action over council disability cuts

bbc education - Τρίτη, 02/10/2018 - 02:33
Two Surrey mums fear planned council cuts will hit their children's transport to special schools.
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Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 21:18
Some places lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there. Now cities are trying to do something about the difference.
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Profile: A Graphic Novel Aimed at Young Adults Takes a Personal Look at the Opioid Crisis

NYTimes - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 21:16
Jarrett Krosoczka’s memoir, “Hey, Kiddo,” recounts being raised by his grandparents — thanks to an absent father and a heroin-using mother.
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Cambridge University plans scheme to open door to poorer students

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 20:05

University to raise £500m for ‘transition programme’ to support less well-off applicants

Cambridge University has launched a £500m fundraising campaign to pay for a new “transition programme” to encourage and support applications from talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds who might otherwise not get a place.

The scheme will include an intensive three-week bridging programme plus an additional transition year prior to a degree, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students who have academic potential but may fall short of high entry requirements.

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Freshers' Week at Newcastle University is changing

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 12:51
Newcastle University is doing Freshers' Week differently this year.
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'They have been failed': first UK school to address early-life trauma planned

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 12:43

Hopes that Norwich school would help youngsters recover from abuse or bereavement and rejoin mainstream education

The UK’s first school for children who have experienced early-life trauma such as neglect or abuse and are currently being failed by the education system could open within two years.

The short-stay school would provide children aged four to seven with therapy and education to prepare them to rejoin mainstream schooling.

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‘Essay mills’ may be morally dubious, but it was good to work for one | Sam Hickford

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 12:30
OK, so helping students plagiarise work was unethical – but it was also intellectually challenging and stimulating

I worked for three years at a proofreading company which is technically billed as an “educational charity”. This online company markets itself as a totally innocent organisation that helps students edit their essays, and on the face of it, nothing about this operation would seem morally dubious. Of course, two of the online company’s services – proofreading and heavy editing – are far away from any wrongdoing. In the former instance, students submit work to receive a cosmetic spelling and grammar check. In the latter – a slightly costlier makeover – the syntax of essays is also edited. Most of us have access to this sort of assistance, one way or another – an intelligent aunt or uncle, an older sibling, or perhaps parents will scan over an essay. And, of course, many students are affected by conditions beyond their control that result in them unfairly losing marks for trifling spelling and grammar mistakes.

The third service – “rewriting” – was rather more morally suspect, and was one of the most ethically dubious practices I’ve ever engaged in (I suppose I should get out more).

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Réforme du bac : des « points bonus » pour le latin et le grec

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 12:20
Face à l’inquiétude des associations disciplinaires, le ministre de l’éducation nationale promet un « avantage comparatif unique » au bénéfice des langues anciennes.
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Vif débat sur le coût de la rénovation des écoles à Marseille

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 01/10/2018 - 11:12
Les opposants au partenariat public-privé estiment le surcoût du plan municipal à 313 millions d’euros.
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Shocking pink Guardian masthead takes some getting used to | Brief letters

the guardian - Sun, 30/09/2018 - 20:40
Essay mills | Startling Saturday paper | Polyamory/Balamory confusion | Successful relationships | Robyn’s ‘seismic cultural impact’ | Brexit vegetarianism bonus | May’s Chequers plan

The attempt to ban “essay mills” is likely to just drive them underground (University chiefs ‘urge education secretary to ban essay mills’, 27 September). The easiest way to avoid this practice is for lecturers/tutors to stop setting “essays”. Other forms of assessment are available – and should be less boring to read and easier to mark.
Brian Whalley
(National Teaching Fellow), Sheffield

• I’ve liked the Guardian’s smart, sophisticated dark-blue masthead. I’d like a bit of warning of upcoming colour changes; I visited the shop half asleep on Saturday, and the bright pink was a bit startling. Was this done to make sure we were all paying attention on a Saturday morning?
Jo Macdonald
Sturminster Marshall, Dorset

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