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Mental health of pupils is ‘at crisis point’, teachers warn | Society

More than eight out of 10 teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years – with rising reports of anxiety, self-harm and even cases of suicide – against a backdrop of inadequate support in schools. In a survey of 8,600 school leaders, teachers and support workers, 83% said they had witnessed an increase in the number of children in their care with poor mental health, rising to 90% among students in colleges. Many…

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Parents plan legal action over new tests for four-year-olds | Education

On Thursday next week Kay Tart, from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, will help her daughter Isla dress in the uniform she will wear when she starts school in September. She will make sure the four-year-old’s favourite book and soft toy are in her backpack, but they won’t be heading to school. They will be joining other parents and children on the “march of the four-year-olds” to 10 Downing Street, where Isla will get her first taste of democracy. The children will…

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Special-needs children lose out on £1.2bn of support, says union | Education

Children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have lost out on £1.2bn worth of services because government funding has failed to keep pace with soaring demand for additional support over the past four years, according to an analysis. The number of children and young people with an education, health and care plan, a legal document detailing a child’s entitlement to support for special needs, has risen from 240,000 to 320,000 since 2015 – an increase of 33%…

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‘It’s about how people can better their lives’: students on why PhDs matter | Education

Social science research is about improving people’s lives. But this objective isn’t always understood. A writing competition launched by the Economic and Social Science Research Council is aiming to highlight the impact that PhD-level social science research has on society in the UK and around the world. Here are excerpts from three shortlisted projects. ‘Rape complainants’ underwear shouldn’t be used as evidence against them’ Rosie Cowan, Queen’s University Belfast An item of underwear recently made headline news in Ireland. The…

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The Guardian view on crowdfunding schools: lessons in unfairness | Editorial | Opinion

From sponsored bike rides to tombolas and auctions, fundraising drives are part of the fabric of our lives. They can help to strengthen social ties as well as raising money – as when parents bond with teachers across tables loaded with jumble or cakes. Funds raised in this way have long provided valuable extracurricular extras for schools, helping to pay for trips or special projects such as pantomimes or gardens. And there is no reason why communities should not seek…

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Teaching In Unsettled Times – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

The older I get, the more I am grateful for my childhood. It was idyllic in every single way. It was formed with a base of hard working, loving parents who not only loved us, but loved each other and genuinely liked hanging out with us. It was built with the security of two younger siblings who, despite having an older brother who could, at times, be a little mean by lining up cereal boxes across the table so he…

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‘This is not a fluke’: how one state school got 41 Oxbridge offers | Education

“Cambridge was always my dream,” says 17-year-old Hridita Rahman Khan, one of 41 students at Brampton Manor academy in east London to have won offers from Oxbridge this week. Khan’s parents are from Bangladesh, she grew up in Italy and arrived in London at the age of 14 with little English. Three years later she has been offered a place to study engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her story is one of extraordinary achievement, but there are many at…

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Scandalous increase in school exclusions | Letters | Education – Education Article

Last year I gave a paper based on my book Immoral Education: The Assault on Teachers’ Identities, Autonomy and Efficacy to academics in the Netherlands. When I told them that part of my argument was the rate at which young people were being excluded from schools and gave them the figures, the response was that “if that were happening here there would be national outrage”. The UK figures are now even worse (School exclusion rates in London double the national…

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Drive aims to increase number of men in early years education in UK | Education – Education Article

A drive is under way to increase the number of men working with the youngest children in the education system, drawing on the success of Norway, which has the highest percentage of male early years professionals in the world. According to latest statistics, just 2% of the early years education (EYE) workforce in the UK is male, a figure that has remained static for decades despite previous targets and greater shared childcare between men and women in the home. Researchers…

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