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I avoided a private education. Not everyone I know has been so lucky | Adrian Chiles

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 18:38

There’s nothing worse than objecting to fee-paying schools while sending your own kids to one – but I have to admit I did it

At about 5pm on the hottest day of the year I was to be found clambering reluctantly into my little-used black tie attire. Ahead of me was an evening way out of my comfort zone: a leavers’ ball at a reassuringly expensive boarding school luxuriating in pastures green somewhere to the north-east of London. When you live on the western flank of the city, that’s an awful long way round.

I am the worst kind of hypocrite when it comes to private education. I can boast – and I do boast – about my state education. But my school was in a relatively middle-class community outside Birmingham; I wanted for nothing there. When my dad made some money, a plan was hatched to send my brother and I to something called, mysteriously, a “prep” school. We went to visit it. It looked like the kind of stately home we would be dragged round if we had people staying. We weren’t keen. We were ushered around by someone who, forbiddingly, called himself a “master”. At one point he said: “Yes, we push them very hard here.” My brother and I had heard enough. We fought tooth and nail over most things, but on this we were united. We moaned and sulked and threatened a sustained campaign of domestic disobedience. Sense was soon seen and we remained where we belonged, in a perfectly good state school.

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High-school students arrested in France over maths exam leak

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 17:57

Meanwhile teachers’ baccalaureate marking strike threatens results for thousands

French high-school students face an anxious wait for exam results this week amid protests by teachers who are threatening not to hand over results and an embarrassing leak of baccalaureate maths papers.

Police arrested 19 high-school children on Tuesday and Wednesday in Marseille and Paris as part of an investigation into the leak of a maths paper sat by thousands of students which was shared via text message and WhatsApp in June.

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Loi Avia : « Madame la députée, ne renoncez pas à protéger les adolescents du cyberharcèlement »

lemonde_edu - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 16:02
La loi de lutte contre la cyberhaine, portée par la députée LRM Laetitia Avia, est débattue à l’Assemblée à partir du mercredi 3 juillet. Dans une tribune au « Monde », deux spécialistes des violences scolaires regrettent que le cyberharcèlement ne figure pas dans cette loi.
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Teachers strike again over pupil violence in Birmingham

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 15:56

Starbank school staff say concerns about behaviour of pupils have not been addressed

Teachers have gone on strike for a second time at a school rated outstanding by Ofsted, where they say pupils carry knives, threaten staff and fight in the corridors.

Staff at Starbank school in Birmingham, which has more than 2,000 students, said they did not feel safe after receiving physical and verbal threats. The second day of strike action follows a walkout last week, with union members saying the school has not done enough to help teachers deal with poor behaviour.

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Studie: So häufig werden Schüler gehänselt und ausgegrenzt

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 15:22

Die Schule sollte ein sicherer Ort sein. Eine neue Untersuchung zeigt nun: Gerade in Deutschland erleben Kinder sie häufig nicht so.

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LGBT schools row: Equality teaching to return to Parkfield School

bbc education - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 14:11
The No Outsiders project was halted after demonstrations outside the school in Alum Rock.
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Colombia's teens learn about parenthood from robot babies – in pictures

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 11:38

Schoolchildren in Caldas take part in a voluntary project using a rubber doll with built-in software programmed to act like a newborn

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How much pocket money should we give our kids?

bbc education - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 10:15
Parents are being urged to let their children handle coins, even if they pay for things with cards and phones.
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UK government among those exaggerating impact of aid – report

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 09:53

Study warns of ‘success cartel’ of powerful organisations seeking to influence aid evaluations

A “success cartel” of major donor agencies, including the UK government, is exaggerating its impact in the world’s poorest countries, hundreds of researchers have warned.

Writing in the journal BMJ global health, academics raised serious concerns about the independence of evaluations into global health and development projects, and called for greater safeguards to stop powerful bodies from influencing results.

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Head of top Catholic school stands down after damning report

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 08:00

Inspection found Ampleforth college was failing to meet child protection standards

England’s most prestigious Catholic school, Ampleforth college, is facing a new leadership crisis after an inspection found it was failing to meet child protection standards.

The college confirmed its acting head, Deirdre Rowe, was stepping down after just 10 months in the job, and an interim head would be appointed.

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Notes du baccalauréat : les enseignants opposés à la loi Blanquer tentent un dernier coup

lemonde_edu - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 04:29
Retenir les notes jusqu’à retarder, peut-être, les résultats : c’est ce qu’ont choisi certains correcteurs, opposés à la réforme de l’examen et du lycée.
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Twelve children's homes closed down by Ofsted

bbc education - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 03:05
Ofsted closes 12 substandard children's homes, and warns about those placed far from home.
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Brexit 'hitting foreign languages in schools'

bbc education - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 03:01
The British Council says some parents now see European languages as less useful because of Brexit.
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Brexit 'putting pupils off modern foreign languages'

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 02:01

Teachers report shift in attitudes since referendum as well as complaints about harder exams

The aftermath of Brexit and the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams have combined to put off young people from studying modern foreign languages (MFL) at school, according to a new report by the British Council.

While more than two-thirds of teachers surveyed by the British Council said the difficulty of the exams was causing concern, one in four said Brexit had “cast a pall” over pupils learning any foreign languages, with some parents actively discouraging their children.

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Migration and empire 'should be taught in English schools'

the guardian - Wed, 03/07/2019 - 02:01

Race equality thinktank calls for lessons to be made compulsory in secondary schools

The government is being urged to make lessons on migration, belonging and empire mandatory in every secondary school in England.

The Runnymede Trust, a race equality thinktank, said last year’s Windrush scandal had exposed a “shocking lack of understanding” at government level about the winding up of the empire.

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L’Assemblée nationale adopte le projet de loi sur l’école

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 02/07/2019 - 20:29
Le texte contesté prévoit notamment l’abaissement de l’âge de l’instruction obligatoire à 3 ans, contre 6 ans actuellement.
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MPs 'staggered' by NHS fines 'complacency'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 02/07/2019 - 19:32
Serious concerns are raised by MPs about penalty fines for vulnerable people going to the dentist.
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College-Educated Women Are the Workplace Majority, but Still Don’t Get Their Share

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 02/07/2019 - 18:16
Women in the U.S. have earned more degrees for decades, but it wasn’t until this year that they edged out college-educated men in the work force. Though they still make a lot less money.
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Lil Nas X’s coming out shows why hiding LGBT life from children won’t work | Caspar Salmon

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/07/2019 - 12:18
A new wave of gay stars is teaching children about homosexuality – whether some parents like it or not

This weekend I took my kids to a community fete in our north London borough of Haringey, complete with bouncy castle, Turkish dancing, tug-of-war and free curry. After a while the younger children present began to drag their heels, so the emcee put Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road on and surrendered the microphone – at which point they all, I believe the phrase is, popped off. Old Town Road was then played, sometimes in alternation with Baby Shark, a total number of 4,012 times, with children doing the shoot dance and hollering “can’t tell me nothing” into the mic all afternoon.

Old Town Road has been in the UK charts for 14 weeks, of which two were spent at No 1. In the States the song has been top of the Billboard ranking for 12 weeks straight. Part of the song’s success, as any parent knows, is due to sales earned from streaming: children love Old Town Road. For proof, enjoy this viral tweet showing children going wild to the song when Lil Nas X performed at their school.

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Black academics bear brunt of university work on race equality

the guardian - Τρίτη, 02/07/2019 - 09:15
From mentoring to focus groups ethnic minority academics and students are under pressure to close the 13% attainment gap

Earlier this year, Maxine Thomas-Asante asked her university if she could pause her work supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic students. She was running for office at her students’ union, finishing coursework and preparing for her final exams. “I had to say I’m going to take a break.”

For the past two years, Thomas-Asante, co-president for democracy and education at Soas University of London student union, has attended meetings, panel discussions and focus groups, created mentoring schemes, organised events, listened to the problems experienced by BAME students and liaised between them and academic staff.

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