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Columbia faculty members walk out after pro-Palestinian protesters arrested

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Hundreds of members of teaching staff demonstrate in solidarity with arrested students as protest tents put back up on campusHundreds of faculty members at Columbia University in New York held a mass walkout on Monday to protest against the school president’s decision to have police arrest students at a pro-Palestinian encampment protest last week...

 

The expansion of free childcare has been a Tory-fied mess of a bright Labour idea | Polly Toynbee

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

On a visit to a combined nursery and primary school, I saw how early years provision can really be transformedPanic and a screeching U-turn...

 

‘I was only able to go on stage hammered’: David Harewood on acting, racism and his new role at Rada

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

He had barely started his career when abuse left him mentally ill...

 

As an actor, I know the value of culture. As West Yorkshire’s mayor, I’ll use it to enrich lives and provide jobs | Tracy Brabin

Monday 22nd April 2024

Westminster funding cuts could cause cultural deprivation, but I have a plan to nurture talent and boost employmentTracy Brabin is mayor of West YorkshireI grew up in a council flat in Batley, West Yorkshire, on free school meals...

 

BBC to invest in AI to help transform its education services

Sunday 21st April 2024

Hopes investment to make Bitesize more personalised and interactive will attract future licence-fee payersThe BBC plans to use a multimillion investment to transform its educational offering and attract the licence-fee payers of the future, with the help of artificial intelligence...

 

Going to university 'transformed my life'

Sunday 21st April 2024

Dr Suzella Palmer dropped out of school aged 14, but returned to education and is now a lecturer...

 

The Guardian view on school exclusions: to help children, gaps in the system must be closed | Editorial

Sunday 21st April 2024

Improving provision for pupils outside mainstream education ought to be a top priorityThe doubling in the rate of children suspended from school in England since before the pandemic provides alarming evidence of worsening problems with behaviour and lack of in-school support...

 

BBC to invest £6m in AI to help transform its education services

Sunday 21st April 2024

Hopes investment to make Bitesize more personalised and interactive will attract future licence fee payersThe BBC plans to use a multimillion investment in artificial intelligence to transform its educational offering and attract the licence-fee payers of the future...

 

‘Soaked and muddy’: British Muslims tell their stories of prayer at school

Sunday 21st April 2024

Students speak out after a pupil lost her legal challenge against a top London school after it brought in a ban to promote social cohesionIt was in year nine when Hanzla started praying in the playground during lunchtime at his secondary school in Birmingham, despite restrictions from his teachers...

 

‘I now know that anything is possible’: from a women’s shelter to Cambridge University

Sunday 21st April 2024

No matter how low you sink, your dreams can still come true: one woman’s inspirational storyAs a woman with decades of business experience, a Cambridge graduate with a fulfilling career running my own company, alongside a joy-filled family life, few would guess from looking at me today how close I came to having a very different story...

 

Parents in NI march for help with childcare bills

Saturday 20th April 2024

Parents in Northern Ireland do not get any free childcare, unlike those in other parts of the UK...

 

‘Media firestorm’: Israel protest at professor’s home sparks heated free-speech debate

Saturday 20th April 2024

Pro-Palestinian students interrupted a dinner held by a top free speech defender at Berkeley...

 

Nigerian chess champion breaks record after playing nonstop for 58 hours

Saturday 20th April 2024

Tunde Onakoya, who has beaten previous record of 56 hours, hopes to raise $1m for children’s education in AfricaA Nigerian chess champion has broken the record for the longest chess marathon after playing the game nonstop for 58 hours...

 

UK rejects EU free movement for young people offer

Friday 19th April 2024

The EU Commission said UK and EU citizens under 30 should be able to work or study for up to four years...

 

Oxford shuts down institute run by Elon Musk-backed philosopher

Friday 19th April 2024

Nick Bostrom’s Future of Humanity Institute closed this week in what Swedish-born philosopher says was ‘death by bureaucracy’Oxford University this week shut down an academic institute run by one of Elon Musk’s favorite philosophers...

 

'Who tells your story?' Hamilton stars ask students

Friday 19th April 2024

Hamilton actors teach Belfast children confidence and to speak up for what they believe in...

 

Hamilton stars ask students 'Who tells your story?'

Friday 19th April 2024

Hamilton actors teach Belfast children confidence and to speak up for what they believe in...

 

Let’s end the annual torture of GCSE resits – and give students qualifications they’ll actually use | Polly Toynbee

Friday 19th April 2024

Compulsory maths and English retakes speak of a system that ignores pupils’ real talents...

 

DfE says 85,000 more free childcare places needed

Friday 19th April 2024

The Department for Education estimates about 40,000 staff are also needed in England by September 2025...

 

Expansion plans require 85,000 more childcare places by September 2025

Friday 19th April 2024

Pilot to explore how to repurpose unused school space to increase capacity for funded childcareAn estimated 85,000 additional childcare places would be required by September 2025 to enable the government’s planned expansion of funded childcare for working parents in England, according to the Department for Education...

 

EU proposes some free movement for UK young people

Thursday 18th April 2024

The EU Commission says UK and EU citizens under 30 should be able to work or study for up to four years...

 

NHS weight management service offered to under fours

Thursday 18th April 2024

Severely obese pre-schoolers in Somerset are among the first to receive NHS weight management help...

 

London mosque denies it advised school all prayers could be deferred

Thursday 18th April 2024

Statement says it made clear to Michaela community school that ‘in winter it would not be possible to pray later’One of the UK’s most prominent mosques has denied providing advice to the Michaela community school that all afternoon prayers could be deferred, disputing claims heard in court...

 

English primary schools cutting teacher numbers amid budget pressure, survey finds

Thursday 18th April 2024

Rising inflation and falling pupil numbers also forcing schools to cut spending on extracurricular activitiesPrimary schools across England are having to shed staff and cancel trips and activities this year as rising inflation and falling pupil numbers cause a rapid deterioration in their finances...

 

Are your kids being spied on? The rise of anti-cheating software in US schools

Thursday 18th April 2024

Remote proctoring tools have faced pushback at colleges over privacy and discrimination concerns, but their use in K-12 schools has attracted less scrutinyIn the middle of night, students at Utah’s Kings Peak high school are wide awake – taking mandatory exams...

 

England set for highest suspensions in school year

Thursday 18th April 2024

Unions say schools do not have enough resources to support persistently disruptive pupils...

 

Football coaching boosts wellbeing of troubled pupils, study finds

Thursday 18th April 2024

Charity that uses football to help pupils build relationships found to improve happiness in Greater Manchester projectIntensive mentoring for troubled schoolchildren using football kickabouts can significantly enhance wellbeing, increasing happiness equivalent to an unemployed adult getting a job, a study has found...

 

Sure Start could have changed everything for my family. Labour must be brave – and revitalise it | Terri White

Thursday 18th April 2024

A new report shows how transformational the initiative was...

 

Student rations ADHD medication ahead of exams

Thursday 18th April 2024

Students share their concerns about the medication shortage ahead of GCSEs...

 

Experts divided over implications of prayer ban ruling at London school

Wednesday 17th April 2024

Some say more schools may ban organised prayer after court ruling but others say judgment was based on unique circumstancesThe ruling on a prayer ban at a top London school has created a “classic English policy muddle” that has divided school leaders over its implications, with some experts predicting that more schools could ban organised prayers as a result...

 

Columbia president assailed at highly charged antisemitism Congress hearing

Wednesday 17th April 2024

Minouche Shafik appeared beleaguered as House members grilled her over reported upsurge in antisemitism on campusThe head of a prestigious US university clashed with members of Congress today in highly charged hearings over a reported upsurge in antisemitism on campus in the wake of Israel’s war in Gaza...

 

Tell us your experience of prayer at school

Wednesday 17th April 2024

We would like to hear from Muslims in the UK about theirs or their children’s experiences of prayer at schoolA Muslim pupil has lost their high court appeal against Michaela community school in Brent, north-west London, over its ban on prayer rituals...

 

Football-based mentoring found to boost wellbeing for at-risk pupils in England

Wednesday 17th April 2024

Charity that uses football to help pupils build relationships found to improve happiness in Greater Manchester projectIntensive mentoring for troubled schoolchildren using football kickabouts can significantly enhance wellbeing, increasing happiness equivalent to an unemployed adult getting a job, a study has found...

 

Paedophiles could lose parental rights under new law

Wednesday 17th April 2024

It comes after the BBC reported a mum's fight to stop her ex-husband getting access to their child...

 

#BringBackOurGirls fought to keep global attention on Nigeria’s stolen Chibok girls. Ten years on it is still fighting | Helon Habila

Wednesday 17th April 2024

The campaign that came to prominence when 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their classes in 2014 has had an impact beyond its first rallying cries It was a kidnapping that changed Nigeria’s image internationally...

 

What if you didn't get the primary school you want?

Wednesday 17th April 2024

Parents in England and Wales have been told which primary school their children will be going to...

 

Call to ban smacking in England and Northern Ireland

Wednesday 17th April 2024

Physical punishment at home can have a lasting impact and end in abuse, children's doctors warn...

 

Reading Lessons by Carol Atherton review – breathing new life into old texts

Wednesday 17th April 2024

How one teacher wrestles meaning and relevance from classics of English literatureIt is a truth universally acknowledged that the books you studied at school are the ones that stick with you for ever...

 

#BringBackOurGirls kept global attention on Nigeria’s stolen Chibok girls. It also gave some a brighter future | Helon Habila

Wednesday 17th April 2024

The campaign that came to prominence when 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their classes in 2014 has had an impact beyond its first rallying cries It was a kidnapping that changed Nigeria’s image internationally...

 

Nursery boss 'killed baby she strapped to beanbag'

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Kate Roughley, 37, is accused of the manslaughter by ill-treatment of nine-month-old Genevieve Meehan...

 

Teenagers who use internet to excess ‘more likely to skip school’

Tuesday 16th April 2024

But truancy and illness-related absences can be reversed with good sleeping habits and strong family ties, study suggestsYoung people who spend too much time online are more likely to miss school through illness or truancy, a study has suggested...

 

High court upholds top London school’s ban on prayer rituals

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Muslim pupil loses case against Michaela community school, run by former government social mobility tsar Katharine BirbalsinghA ban on prayer rituals at one of the highest-performing state schools in England, famous for its strict discipline and high-profile headteacher, has been upheld by a high court judge...

 

Michaela school will keep its prayer ban – but as a Muslim teacher I know it doesn’t have to be this way | Nadeine Asbali

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Kids pausing their football so a friend can pray; theology chats over lunch – I’ve seen the richness that religious diversity brings to school lifeA Muslim student at Michaela community school in Brent, north-west London, has lost a high court challenge to the school’s ban on prayer rituals...

 

Top London school’s ban on prayer rituals not unlawful, high court rules

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Michaela community school, run by former government social mobility tsar Katharine Birbalsingh, introduced ban last MarchA ban on prayer rituals at one of the highest-performing state schools in England, famous for its strict discipline code and high-profile headteacher, was not unlawful, a high court judge has ruled...

 

Half of area's pupils missing out on chosen secondary school

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Less than half of children in Butetown get their top choice school compared with 88% across Cardiff...

 

More of city's children not going to school - report

Tuesday 16th April 2024

A council report says an increasing number of parents are refusing school places offered to them...

 

Muslim student loses school prayer ban challenge

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Michaela School was challenged at the High Court over a policy allegedly amounting to a prayer ban...

 

Tuesday briefing: How much of a difference will the new childcare provision for two-year-olds make?

Tuesday 16th April 2024

In today’s newsletter: Government-funded care was extended to younger children this month, but a study that looked at international examples says the system needs a wholesale overhaul• Sign up here for our daily newsletter, First EditionGood morning...

 

What if you don't get the primary school you want?

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Parents in England and Wales are finding out which primary school their children will be going to...

 

Multi-academy trusts have higher secondary-level teacher turnover than local authority schools

Tuesday 16th April 2024

Teacher retention problems particularly acute in larger Mats, analysis findsMulti-academy trusts (Mats) in England have significantly higher annual turnover of classroom teachers at secondary level than schools maintained by local authorities, analysis has found...

 


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