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NUS president Shakira Martin accused of bullying at union HQ

NUS president Shakira Martin accused of bullying at union HQ

The National Union of Students is conducting an investigation after allegations of bullying and intimidation were made against the NUS president, Shakira Martin, by fellow officers. Martin has denied the allegations, accusing her critics of...

Guardian, yesterday, 09:50
 
Campaigners criticise delay in updating sex education curriculum

Campaigners criticise delay in updating sex education curriculum

Campaigners have criticised delays to the introduction of a new sex and relationships curriculum that will now not be made compulsory in schools in England until September 2020. According to draft guidance published on Thursday, pupils are to be given...

Guardian, yesterday, 02:49
 
Why do black male graduates earn £7,000 less per year than their white peers?

Why do black male graduates earn £7,000 less per year than their white peers?

‘Education, education, education” is a common refrain that black young people hear from family and community members. Work hard in school, go to university and graduate into a better life than the previous generation. Education is meant to be the...

Guardian, Wednesday, 21:04
 
Illustrator Chris Riddell attacks school tests with 'Sats beasties' drawings

Illustrator Chris Riddell attacks school tests with 'Sats beasties' drawings

The children’s laureate Chris Riddell has waded into the row over the value of Sats with a series of surreal sketches. Riddell, an illustrator and political cartoonist who was appointed children’s laureate last year, has sketched a series of what he...

Guardian, Wednesday, 21:04
 

Redefine the meaning of fuel poverty to better help Scots affected, say experts

Definitions of fuel poverty need to be rethought to allow better understanding of the issue, a team of Scots experts have said. Analysis by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Energy Action Scotland, and Renfrewshire Council found that...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:03
 

Months after opening school already too small to cope without extension

A new high school that opened its doors in February is already too small, forcing a local authority to spend an extra £4.1 million to extend the premises. The £31m Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh will need to be upgraded to take in an additional...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:03
 

New Boroughmuir High School ‘already too small’

A NEW high school that opened its doors in February is already too small, forcing Edinburgh City Council to splash out an extra £4.1 million to extend the premises. The £31m Boroughmuir High School will need to be upgraded to take in an additional 300...

Scotsman, Wednesday, 21:03
 
Schools alone cannot solve childhood obesity crisis, Ofsted warns

Schools alone cannot solve childhood obesity crisis, Ofsted warns

Schools cannot provide a “silver bullet” to tackle childhood obesity and should not be expected to solve society’s wider problems, the chief inspector of Ofsted has warned. Amanda Spielman said teachers were already stretched and should not be...

Guardian, Wednesday, 00:40
 
Country diary: metamorphosis in a museum tower

Country diary: metamorphosis in a museum tower

This glorious structure is a place rich in history. As we walked through the galleries our guide paused to show us the great oak door behind which Bishop Wilberforce confronted “Darwin’s bulldog”, Thomas Huxley, in their famous debate on evolution....

Guardian, Tuesday, 18:44
 
Secondary academies testing primary pupils on summer visiting days

Secondary academies testing primary pupils on summer visiting days

When primary school teacher Ed Finch discovered that his son Douglas, in year 6, would be tested on his literacy and numeracy during a “transition day” at his new secondary school this term, he was outraged. “I thought it was a pretty shoddy and...

Guardian, Tuesday, 08:30
 

Private school fees set to rise by nearly 4% next year

Parents whose children atend private schools are facing significant increases in fees, in part due to plans to end business rates relief for the sector. The average private school is expected to hike its fee by more than £500 for the next school year,...

Scotsman, Tuesday, 06:42
 
Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study

Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study

Only 1% of British children’s books feature a main character who is black or minority ethnic, a investigation into representations of people of colour has found, with the director calling the findings “stark and shocking”. In a research project that...

Guardian, Tuesday, 00:54
 
Elite private headteacher: ‘The children we educate will create a fairer society’

Elite private headteacher: ‘The children we educate will create a fairer society’

No other headteacher in Britain boasts a CV quite like Shaun Fenton’s. Born 1969, son of the pop singer Alvin Stardust and his first wife, Iris Caldwell (ex-girlfriend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison). Oxford graduate (philosophy, politics and...

Guardian, Monday, 23:16
 

How to teach ... spelling

Whether or not last week's introduction of compulsory spelling tests for all key stage 2 pupils in England will improve literacy standards, there are many reasons to crack spelling. The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help students spell...

Guardian, Monday, 06:51
 

Valentine's day of reckoning

To Kingsley Amis, it was "that featureless heap of elephant's sputum". To Alison Powell, researching her PhD at Cambridge, it is a language she "fell in love with". To Luke Wiespeser, a second-year at Leicester University, it...

Guardian, Monday, 02:51
 
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