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  • Jess Gillam: my classical music playlist for newbies November 20, 2018
    The star saxophonist recommends her top five classical piecesClassical is an insanely broad term used to describe a whole lot of music. It can be unhelpful: some hear the word “classical” and are instantly deterred – young people especially. But I find it’s something you can’t easily put in a box.Music is an integral part […]
    Jess Gillam
  • New Labour was far more leftwing than it is given credit for | Glen O’Hara November 20, 2018
    The idea that Tony Blair was ‘neoliberal’ is not just crudely simplistic – it contributes to the party’s current problems It has become a commonplace of leftwing thought that the New Labour governments were “neoliberal”. The word is thrown around like confetti. But not only has the word itself now become so widely used as […]
    Glen O'Hara
  • Don’t make their GP appointments, don’t manage their money – universities’ advice to helicopter parents November 20, 2018
    Parents are finding it harder to let go, and universities are responding by making them ‘part of the team’As a father of five, Steve West, vice-chancellor of the University of West of England, knows all about parental anxiety. Yet he says parents whose offspring have started university must learn to listen from afar without judging […]
    Anna Fazackerley
  • From women’s refuge to evangelistic Durham professor of tech November 20, 2018
    Interview Sue Black has a mission: to recruit more women into IT and to fight for their rightsSue Black is easy to spot in the crowded London pub, thanks to her bright red spiky hair. And as soon as we start talking, she is making me wonder why I chose to focus on the arts […]
    Donna Ferguson
  • We know the price of beer and a pint of milk. Why not the cost of educating a child? | Laura McInerney November 20, 2018
    The underlying problem with the schools funding crisis is no one has calculated precisely how much schools needMargaret Thatcher famously knew the price of milk. David Cameron had crib sheets showing the cost of beer in Sheffield and London. But does any politician know the price of a primary or secondary education? School budgets are […]
    Laura McInerney
  • Councils spent £160m on school transport for children with special needs – survey November 20, 2018
    English councils’ spend on private hire vehicles in 2018-19 rose by up to 45% amid funding cutsCouncils spent more than £160m last year on taxis and private hire vehicles to transport children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to and from school, according to a survey seen exclusively by the Guardian.England’s county councils are […]
    Sally Weale Education correspndent
  • Former academy head given £850,000 payoff November 19, 2018
    Sir Greg Martin was paid out of proceeds from private leisure centre on school groundsThe former head of a controversial academy is being paid an £850,000 severance package out of proceeds from a private leisure centre run on the school grounds, MPs have heard.Details of the payment to Sir Greg Martin, the former head of […]
    Sally Weale, Education Correspondent
  • Education experts call for a 'take your son into university day' November 19, 2018
    Idea part of plan that aims to address growing attainment gap in EnglandExperts seeking to address male academic underachievement among boys and young men are calling for the introduction of a “take your son into university day” in an effort to increase male participation in higher education.The proposal is based on “take your daughter to […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
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