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Children’s access to online porn fuels sexual harassment, says commissioner

Rachel de Souza warns use of websites partly to blame for normalising abuse in schools in EnglandCurbs on children’s access to online pornography need to be brought in urgently to stop the spread of an activity that is partly to blame for normalising sexual harassment in schools, according to the new children’s commissioner for England.Dame Rachel de Souza is urging governments and tech companies to introduce age verification checks. She warned that access to hardcore pornography was shaping chi...
Tags: England, Technology, Education, Children, Internet, Society, UK News, Culture, Schools, Young People, Pornography, Sexual Harassment, Dame Rachel de Souza, Rachel de Souza

Shelf-stacking more useful in pandemic than master’s degree – survey

Graduates with work or volunteering experience more employable than those who continued educationGraduates who spent last year stacking shelves, working as an Amazon driver or volunteering are far more employable than those who “waited out” the pandemic by continuing their education, a study has found.The Early Careers Survey 2021 found that one in four university students spent an average of £8,666 on a master’s qualification last year, many in the hope that the extra qualification would give t...
Tags: Amazon, Money, Students, Education, UK News, Work & careers, Higher Education, Graduate Careers

The pros and cons of giving Covid vaccines to UK children

Analysis: the Pfizer/BioNTech jab has been approved for 12-15 year-olds but the risk-benefit equation is more complex than it is for for adultsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFollowing successful trials, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been given approval in the UK by the medicines regulator for children aged 12-15. It is already approved for that age group in the US, Canada and the EU. The Moderna jab, which is made in a similar way, is also approved for children in ...
Tags: Health, UK, Education, Children, US, Eu, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, US Canada, Coronavirus

Covid outbreak at my children’s school makes me fear we’re complacent

Talk of ‘freedom day’ and foreign holidays may be premature when so many pupils are testing positiveOn the Thursday night before half-term, our eight-year-old son complained of a pain in his chest, and felt hot to touch – although our digital thermometer said he was normal. Covid? It seemed highly unlikely: in Bristol, where we live, less than two in every 10,000 people were infected – below the national average and well below where we were just a few months ago. It is probably a cold, I thought...
Tags: Education, UK News, Schools, Bristol, Coronavirus

School trips to UK from EU could halve as Brexit hits cultural exchanges

Exclusive: loss of young Europeans on pupil visits will cause major cultural damage to UK, warn tour organisersFrench and German educational trip organisers bringing as many as 750,000 school pupils to the UK every year have warned that tougher post-Brexit entry requirements are likely to cut the number of young Europeans visiting Britain by half.“We’ve already seen a big fall-off in interest,” said Edward Hisbergues, the sales manager of a leading French operator, PG Trips. “My business was 90%...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, Education, Children, France, Germany, Eu, European Union, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Teaching, Britain, Ireland

‘A sacrificed generation’: psychological scars of Covid on young may have lasting impact

Young people across Europe reveal how the pandemic has made them impatient for systemic change after bearing brunt of fallout‘So many revolutions to lead’: Europe’s Gen Z on their post-Covid futureCovid-19 policies risk leaving psychological and socioeconomic scars on millions of young people across Europe, with far-reaching consequences for them and society, a wide-ranging Guardian project has revealed.Teenagers and young adults expressed profound anxiety about their future and accused governme...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, Science, Protest, Education, Environment, Race, Economics, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Global Economy, Young People

Pupils to be offered 100m hours of tuition in Covid catch-up plan

Government’s £1.4bn programme of tutoring courses won’t be enough, warns its education recovery tsarPupils will be offered an extra 100m hours of tuition under post-pandemic catch-up plans unveiled today – but the government faced immediate criticism of the £1.4bn programme, with its own tsar warning “more will be needed”.After months of unprecedented school closures, £1.4bn will be spent on up to 6m sets of 15-hour tutoring courses for disadvantaged pupils as well as an expansion of an existing...
Tags: Education, UK News, Schools, Tutoring, Department for Education DfE, Coronavirus, COVID

Ministers urged to release data on Covid variants in English schools

School leaders write to Gavin Williamson amid growing number of closures caused by outbreaksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchool leaders have urged ministers to immediately publish data on the number of Covid-19 variant cases being found in schools and colleges in England, as outbreaks force a growing number of schools to close or send children home.The leaders of eight trade unions representing school staff, including the four main teaching unions, have written to ...
Tags: England, Education, UK News, Schools, Public Health England, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus

First English dictionary of ancient Greek since Victorian era ‘spares no blushes’

Words the most recent Greek lexicon translated as ‘to wench’ or ‘do one’s need’ have been given much earthier new readings for modern students of classicsVictorian attempts to veil the meanings of crude ancient Greek words are set to be brushed away by a new dictionary 23 years in the making. It is the first to take a fresh look at the language in almost 200 years and promises to “spare no blushes” for today’s classics students.The late scholar John Chadwick first came up with the idea to update...
Tags: Europe, Books, Greece, Education, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Higher Education, Language, Universities, Social history, University of Cambridge, Classics And Ancient History, Scott, Robert Scott

Anger over British teachers’ response to pro-Palestine protests

Leeds headteacher forced to apologise after saying Palestinian flag was seen as ‘call to arms’The recent Middle East conflict has prompted a wave of pro-Palestine protests in British schools and controversy over the staff response, with pupils being accused of antisemitism and one headteacher describing the Palestinian flag as a “call to arms”.Mike Roper, the headteacher of Allerton Grange high school in Leeds, was after he claimed in an assembly that some people saw the flag as a “symbol of a...
Tags: Education, Race, UK News, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Schools, Islamophobia, Leeds, Mike Roper, Allerton Grange

Oxford’s Rhodes statue and the bogus argument against its fall | Letters

Martin Platt says history not censored by the removal of monuments, while Richard Pantlin of the Oxford Zimbabwe Arts Partnership expresses his disappointment over Oriel College’s decisionHere we go again – the bogus argument that removing statues is “censoring history”, as parroted by Gavin Williamson and some bloke at the Policy Exchange thinktank (Oxford college criticised for refusal to remove Cecil Rhodes statue, 20 May). Let us remind ourselves why statues and monuments are erected – to ce...
Tags: Art, Politics, Education, Africa, Race, Conservatives, UK News, History, Oxford, Slavery, University of Oxford, Rhodes, Oriel College, Cecil Rhodes, Martin, Martin Platt

No 10 ‘tried to block’ data on spread of new Covid variant in English schools

Scientists, unions and teachers concerned after data cut from Public Health England report ahead of shift on face masksDowning Street leaned on Public Health England not to publish crucial data on the spread of the new Covid variant in schools, documents seen by the Observer have suggested. Scientists, union officials and teachers said that the lack of transparency was “deeply worrying”.The focus of their anger concerns the pre-print of a PHE report that included a page of data on the spread of ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Education, Children, Society, UK News, Trade unions, Schools, Boris Johnson, Public Health England, Coronavirus

Research findings that are probably wrong cited far more than robust ones, study finds

Academics suspect papers with grabby conclusions are waved through more easily by reviewersScientific research findings that are probably wrong gain far more attention than robust results, according to academics who suspect that the bar for publication may be lower for papers with grabbier conclusions.Studies in top science, psychology and economics journals that fail to hold up when others repeat them are cited, on average, more than 100 times as often in follow-up papers than work that stands ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Education, Research, Economics, UK News, Higher Education, Academics

Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford college should go, says independent report

Exclusive: commission’s finding follows number of protests over colonial legacy at Oriel College A independent commission set up to examine the future of Oxford University’s controversial statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes has recommended its removal.The commission was set up last June after Oxford University’s Oriel College voted in favour of removing its statue. The commission was asked to look into the issue after a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down in Bristol at the...
Tags: Education, Race, UK News, Oxford, Bristol, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Oriel College, Cecil Rhodes, Edward Colston, Oriel College A independent commission

‘Black kids were written off’: the scandal of the children sent to ‘dustbin schools’

Subnormal, a devastating documentary produced by Steve McQueen, reveals how Britain’s education system in the 60s and 70s was stacked against Black pupils – and still is todayLast year, documentary maker Lyttanya Shannon began looking for contributors for a new film on a disturbing period in British history. Her focus was the Black British children who found themselves unfairly removed from mainstream education in the 1960s and 70s. They were sent to what were known as “dustbin schools” – places...
Tags: Television, Education, Children, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Disability, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Schools, Young People, Jamaica, Steve McQueen

Disquiet in UK schools as easing of mask restrictions in classrooms nears

Pupils’ relief at being free of face coverings is mixed with teachers’ and parents’ concerns over spread of Indian Covid variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTeachers, pupils and parents have greeted the easing of coronavirus safety measures in schools from Monday with a mixture of relief and, in the light of concern over the Indian variant, dismay and confusion.The government has announced that students will no longer need to wear face coverings in schools. But som...
Tags: UK, England, Education, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Coronavirus

Scottish pupils face ‘mental health crisis’ due to lack of exam support

Unions and young people urge incoming education secretary to take immediate action over ‘ghost exams’Scotland’s incoming education secretary is being urged to take immediate action over so-called “ghost exams” – where pupils face high-stakes testing up to three times a day with none of the usual support – as high school assessments fall into chaos for the second year running.With a post-election reshuffle expected by the end of the week, and current incumbent John Swinney expected to be moved on...
Tags: Education, Scotland, UK News, Mental Health, Schools, Secondary Schools, John Swinney, Exams, Young People

Queen’s speech to focus on adult learning and easing planning rules

Levelling up agenda accompanied by bills bringing in voter ID and banning conversion practicesMinisters are to unveil a legislative programme aimed at its new electoral strongholds in northern England and the Midlands, with a Queen’s speech focused on adult education and homeownership.It also features proposals to bring in mandatory voter ID, which has been condemned by US civil rights groups as akin to Republican-style voter suppression. Another plan will pave the way to outlaw conversion pract...
Tags: Politics, England, Education, US, Conservatives, UK News, LGBT rights, Boris Johnson, Further Education, Queen's Speech, North Of England, Midlands

Lockdown easing in England: what will change from 17 May

Outdoor groups of up to 30 people and indoor meetings of up to six will be allowed, but social distancing to stay inside venuesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLockdown restrictions will be eased further from 17 May in England. Here is a roundup of what will be allowed. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Education, Travel & leisure, UK News, Higher Education, Schools, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus

Face masks for English secondary school pupils to be ditched, Williamson confirms

Education secretary says lockdown easing measure will go ahead despite protests from unions and othersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRules requiring secondary school pupils in England to wear face masks are to be scrapped, the education secretary has said, despite pleas by teaching unions and others for them to remain compulsory for longer.Gavin Williamson confirmed the government was planning to remove the measure at step three of its roadmap out of lockdown, which ...
Tags: England, Science, Education, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Secondary Schools, Williamson, Gavin Williamson, Coronavirus

G7 nations to agree on global plan to help 40m girls into education

Talks between US secretary of state and Dominic Raab come as Britain cuts foreign aid to the sectorThe US secretary of state is to hold talks with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, while the UK is on the back foot over plans to set new global targets to help girls’ education at a time when London is drastically cutting aid to the sector.Antony Blinken’s trip to London for the G7 meeting will include discussions with other foreign and development ministers on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is the...
Tags: UK, London, Education, US, UK News, World news, US news, Britain, South Africa, Aid, Global development, G7, State, Antony Blinken, Dominic Raab, South Korea Australia India

People with dyslexia have skills that we need, says GCHQ

UK surveillance agency says it has long valued neuro-diverse analysts – including Alan Turing Apprentices on GCHQ’s scheme are four times more likely to have dyslexia than those on other organisations’ programmes, the agency has said, the result of a drive to recruit those whose brains process information differently.GCHQ says those with dyslexia have valuable skills spotting patterns that others miss – a key area the spy agency wants to encourage as it pivots away from dead letter drops and bug...
Tags: UK, Technology, Education, Gchq, UK News, Dyslexia, UK security and counter-terrorism, Data and computer security, Apprenticeships, Vocational Education, Alan Turing Apprentices

UK universities are institutionally racist, says leading vice-chancellor

Prof David Richardson cites systemic issues that disproportionately affect black and minority ethnic students UK universities are institutionally racist and must do more to support students of colour, a leading vice-chancellor has said.Prof David Richardson, chair of Universities UK’s advisory group on stamping out racial harassment on campuses and vice-chancellor of University of East Anglia, said there was evidence of systemic issues that disproportionally affect students from black and minori...
Tags: UK, Education, Race, UK News, Higher Education, Universities, University of East Anglia, Universities UK, David Richardson

Donna Coleman died after Covid ran riot at Burnley College. Should it have been open?

Donna, 42, was a devoted and popular member of the teaching staff. Yet at the height of the second wave, working conditions left her terrified of doing the job she lovedThe joke went: it was impossible to get Covid at Burnley College. The virus didn’t exist there. All through September, October, November and December 2020, as more and more people came down with Covid yet the further education (FE) college stayed open, Donna Coleman would make this gag to her sisters, Steph Coleman, 38, and Vicki...
Tags: Education, Society, UK News, Higher Education, Burnley, Colleges, Further Education, Lancashire, Steph, Donna, Vicki, Donna Coleman, Coronavirus, COVID, Burnley College, Steph Coleman

Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegrating

Exclusive: compulsive hygiene habits and fear of public places could remain for some after lockdown lifted, researchers sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have expressed concern that residual anxiety over coronavirus may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits that could prevent them from reintegrating into the outside world, even though Covid hospitalisations and deaths in the UK are coming down.The concept of “Covid anxiety syndrome” was...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Education, Research, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Anxiety, Higher Education, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Kingston University, London South Bank University, Coronavirus, Covid Continue

Government urged to scrap plans to assess youngest primary kids

School leaders warn tests would be unfair and the results ‘rendered useless’ by disruption caused by CovidLetter: Tests for four-year-olds will disrupt their learningThe government is under pressure to scrap plans to formally assess the abilities of four- and five-year-olds in their first weeks of full-time schooling, after primary school leaders warned results would be “rendered useless” by the disruption caused by Covid.Almost two thirds of primary school leaders (64%) who took part in a YouGo...
Tags: Education, UK News, Schools, Primary schools, RBA

One in three UK teachers plan to quit, says National Education Union survey

Increased workload and diminishing respect for the profession are main reasons why 35% of teachers wish to leave within five yearsOne in three UK teachers plan to quit the classroom within five years because of increased workload and diminishing respect for the profession, according to a major union survey.The poll by the National Education Union revealed an education workforce exhausted after a year of Covid disruption, with 70% reporting increased workload over the last 12 months and 95% worri...
Tags: UK, Education, UK News, Teaching, Schools, National Education Union

'Very intimidating': teachers on sexual harassment by pupils

Teachers highlight toxic culture of sexual harassment and abuse they face in school“I’ve had threats of rape. I’ve had someone say: ‘I’m going to seek out your daughter and rape her.’ You’re called a slag and a slut. Sometimes it’s banter and they all think it’s funny. Sometimes it’s anger directed at you.”Anne, who doesn’t want to give her real name, worked in a pupil referral unit with excluded pupils in south-west England until she quit her job because of post-traumatic stress disorder, and i...
Tags: Education, UK News, Schools, Sexual Harassment, Anne, south west England

Historian David Olusoga joins academic criticism of No 10's race report

Broadcaster says report seems to want to brush history under the carpet, as others attack ‘distorted’ use of researchOne of Britain’s foremost historians of slavery has accused the authors of a controversial racial disparities report commissioned by Downing Street of giving the impression they would prefer “history to be swept under the carpet”.Broadcaster David Olusoga, professor of public history at Manchester University, made the comments in an article for the Guardian, as hundreds of experts...
Tags: Politics, Education, Race, Conservatives, UK News, History, Britain, Slavery, Race in education, Manchester University, David Olusoga

Ministers dropped the ball on sexual violence in schools, says Labour

Jess Phillips says government has not taken issue seriously, five years after committee’s reportSexual violence is endemic in schools and the government must launch an inquiry to establish how widespread it is, the shadow minister for domestic violence has said.Jess Phillips said the issue had been pointed out to the government five years ago, it had been a “problem for a very long time” and ministers had “dropped the ball”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Education, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Labour, Schools, Education policy, Ofsted, Maria Miller, Jess Phillips, Rape and sexual assault

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