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MONDAY, 23 JULY 2018, 04:18


Wellbeing is a nice buzzword. But when employers use it, ask why | Emily Reynolds

Friday at 13:03 PM, via The Guardian

Poor employee mental health is not treated with the humanity it requires – instead, it’s seen as a risk, or a barrier to profit

The student mental health crisis shows no sign of abating: in the year to July 2017 alone, 95 students killed themselves, and many report impossibly threadbare services and overworked staff unable to help. One recent study also found that the UK student suicide rate...

I’m an academic, and I feel underpaid and over-monitored | Anonymous academic

Friday at 08:30 AM, via The Guardian

I receive more scrutiny and fewer opportunities than peers working in university administration. It doesn’t feel fair

I recently voted in yet another ballot on the possibility of industrial action over my university’s staff pay offer. This time around, I can’t believe that I am having to prepare to fight for recognition of the value of my work again. It feels doubly unfair since I’m...

Saying goodbye to your child’s primary school? I never knew how much I’d miss it | Kay Holmes

Friday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

The little girl who once hugged me at the gates has moved on, and the change to secondary school has come as a shock

My first day in the school playground was terrifying. Everyone else seemed to know each other. Chatting, laughing clusters of comfortable, relaxed people made connections and bonded. I decided – out of sheer defensiveness – that was not for me. I would instead enter and leave...

Student loan repayment income ‘undervalued by £600m’

Friday at 01:00 AM, via The Guardian

Watchdog highly critical of Treasury calculations that differ from DfE forecasts

A clash between the Department for Education and the Treasury over how to value the government’s student loans portfolio may have led to more than £600m in income from future loan repayments being overlooked, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

The watchdog also advised that the government should take “a...

The Guardian view on religious education: bring it up to date | Editorial

Thursday at 19:53 PM, via The Guardian

In a world where religion seems more alien to many and different belief systems are in closer proximity, we need a new way to teach children about it

In modern secular societies such as Britain, there is a tendency to think “religion” is something that other people do. When we do not understand what it means in the lives of believers, we are unable to understand either them or ourselves...

Scores of parents queue for Cardiff school breakfast club place

Thursday at 19:44 PM, via The Guardian

About 130 parents queued from early hours to secure places for their children at school’s free breakfast club

Scores of parents and grandparents queued up from the early hours outside a Cardiff primary school to try to secure places for their children in a free breakfast club.

Some 130 parents, armed with folding chairs, flasks and snacks, lined the pavement outside the school, Ysgol Y Berllan...

Dog-eat-dog culture is bad for students’ mental health | Lettesr

Thursday at 19:24 PM, via The Guardian

Former LSE student counsellor Robert Harris on the psychological horrors suffered by millennials, and Dr Max Davie on worrying cuts to student counselling services

Your article about “perfectionism” and young people in higher education (G2, 17 July) notes, but nimbly skips over, the clear link between neoliberal dog-eat-dog individualism and the psychological horrors suffered by unfortunate...

I’m one of the few male nursery teachers. There should be more of us | Tim Cooke

Thursday at 17:23 PM, via The Guardian

Men in early-years teaching are still regarded with suspicion, but the children need to see us challenging stereotypes

A few years ago, when I started to seriously consider a career in teaching, the possibility of specialising in teaching the under-sixes didn’t even cross my mind. For me the choice was whether to train as a secondary English or primary school teacher.

After much thought, I...

South Africa:Court Orders End to Mud Schools

Thursday at 15:50 PM, via All Africa

[GroundUp] The Bhisho High Court has found parts of the government’s norms and standards regulations for schools to be unconstitutional. The court has ordered that schools substantially built from mud as well as asbestos, wood or metal, be replaced with buildings that meet the National Building Regulations.

Liberia:Liberian Student Wins Prestigious International Agriculture Investment Fellowship

Thursday at 14:53 PM, via All Africa

[New Democrat] Ambulah Mamey, a Liberian student concentrating in Agricultural Development and Environment in the Development Management Program at American University, Washington D.C, has won the 2018/2019 Kirchner Food Fellowship; the world’s most prestigious and innovative capital investment training program in the food and agriculture sector. The program is led by renowned individuals...

Sharp rise in pupil exclusions from English state schools

Thursday at 13:09 PM, via The Guardian

Unions point to funding cuts after exclusions rise by about 1,000 from 2016 to 2017

The rate of pupil exclusions from state schools in England saw another sharp increase last year, according to official figures, with teaching unions laying some of the blame for the rise on austerity and funding cuts.

The number of children permanently excluded from state primary, secondary and special schools...

Zimbabwe:Tertiary Institutions Close to Pave Way for Elections

Thursday at 12:41 PM, via All Africa

[The Herald] Tertiary institutions will close the second term tomorrow to pave way for the harmonised elections set for July 30, Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Dr Desire Sibanda has said.

Manchester University students paint over Rudyard Kipling mural

Thursday at 11:53 AM, via The Guardian

Students say poet is ‘well-known racist’ and replace poem If with Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise

Students at the University of Manchester have painted over a mural of a poem by Rudyard Kipling, arguing that the writer “dehumanised people of colour”.

The poem If, written around 1895, had been painted on the wall of the university’s newly refurbished students’ union. But students painted over...

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