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  • Equality in schools: ‘What makes people think a black woman can’t be headteacher?’ October 22, 2019
    The proportion of ethnic minority staff in senior roles is low, even in areas such as London. Why?It was a Friday evening in spring last year and headteacher Evelyn Forde had arrived at the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ACSL) annual conference dinner in Birmingham. To her surprise, the table she had reserved was […]
    Fran Abrams
  • Home Office reverses visa decision for second Oxford academic October 22, 2019
    US professor’s daughters can now join her – but Leicester offers no help to its researcher fighting deportation to DRCThe Home Office has made a sudden U-turn on its decision to ban the young children of an Oxford University professor, Amber Murrey, from living with her in the UK – the second time in a […]
    Anna Fazackerley
  • Dear Gavin Williamson, how that strange prisons have to have a library but schools do not | Michael Rosen October 22, 2019
    A new report shows one in eight schools has no library – and it affects the poorest children mostDid you see the report on school libraries that came out last week? The headline facts are worrying, don’t you think?Schools with a higher proportion of children on free school meals are more than twice as likely […]
    Michael Rosen
  • Not The Nutcracker! Spellbinding dance straight from the playground October 22, 2019
    Caroline Cornélis draws on everyday life to make elegant shows for young audiences. In 10:10, three dancers and a drummer recreate break timeShows for young audiences are frequently set in fantasy and fairytale worlds, but the school playground is children’s daily domain of make-believe. A stretch of tarmac and a knackered climbing frame will host […]
    Chris Wiegand
  • Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids October 22, 2019
    Fueled by fears of school shootings, the market has grown rapidly for technologies that monitor students through official school emails and chats For Adam Jasinski, a technology director for a school district outside of St Louis, Missouri, monitoring student emails used to be a time-consuming job. Jasinski used to do keyword searches of the official […]
    Lois Beckett in Oakland
  • Funding cuts take toll on support for visually impaired pupils October 21, 2019
    RNIB says schools are reducing specialist provision at a time when demand is growingThousands of children and young people with vision impairment (VI) are being failed because of a shortage of funds for specialist education services, research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found.Less than half (44%) of councils in England […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Did you solve it? The four points, two distances problem October 21, 2019
    The solution to today’s dot-to-dot puzzleEarlier today I set you the following puzzle:Find all the ways to arrange four points so that only two distances occur between any two points. Continue reading...
    Alex Bellos
  • The trouble with 'side hustles' at university October 21, 2019
    Students’ extracurricular ventures may show enterprise – but they point to growing financial pressuresThey’re known as “side hustles”, but more often than not, they’re lifelines for students and young people. The side hustle is a way to make money from a hobby or skill and comes in many forms, from artwork to running a start-up. […]
    Chris Owen
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