We can’t yet say what’s on offer in September, UK universities tell freshers | Education

Anxious sixth-formers trying to decide which university offer to accept are finding little clear information to steer them, with vice-chancellors saying they are still not able to promise anything like the usual experience of lectures, seminars, nightlife – or even shared kitchen and dining spaces in halls. Would-be freshers who have received offers will be asked to confirm a firm first choice by 18 June. Last week Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, told MPs that before…

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Don’t ‘celebrate’ gay people, just accept us, says teacher at centre of schools row | Education

Andrew Moffat, the gay teacher targeted by Muslim anti-LGBT protesters at Parkfield community school in Birmingham, is wearing his usual rainbow lanyard and says he feels safe again. A year on from the ugly scenes outside the school gate, his hands no longer tremble, there have been no recent death threats, and he doesn’t have to call home when he arrives at work each morning. He’s just published his second book, No Outsiders: Everyone Different, Everyone Welcome, a new version…

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Birmingham Islamic school sues Ofsted after being failed for leaflet | Education

An Islamic school in Birmingham has mounted a legal challenge against Ofsted after it was failed by the educational watchdog over a 25-year-old “inflammatory” leaflet. Birchfield independent girls’ school in Aston was rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted after inspectors found a leaflet about a 1994 Islamic conference in the library. The school was predicted to get a “good” judgment until the discovery during the second day of the inspection, the Birmingham Mail. Inspectors said: “The leaflet states: ‘Today we find…

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Birmingham University refused to look into student’s off-campus rape claim | Education

Birmingham University has refused to investigate student complaints of rape where the alleged assaults took place off campus, it has emerged. A graduate told the Guardian she was left fearing for her safety after the university said it would not take disciplinary action against a male student who she alleged had raped her in her privately rented student accommodation. In a letter to Alice (not her real name) in May, the university said it could not deal with allegations of…

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Teachers strike over pupils ‘carrying knives and brawling’ | UK news

Teachers have gone on strike at a school in Birmingham rated outstanding by Ofsted where they say “feral” students are carrying knives, threatening staff and brawling in classrooms. Staff at Starbank school, whose pupils’ ages range from three to 16, have been given panic buttons and are “scared to come out of their classrooms” between lessons, according to a teaching union. The NASUWT, whose members began a two-day strike at the school on Thursday, said it took urgent action when…

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Some English schools ‘can’t afford to teach five days a week’ | Education

More than 200 schools in England are cutting short the school week, or are actively consulting on it, because they cannot afford to educate their pupils for a full five days, according to campaigners. The figure was revealed on the eve of a demonstration in Westminster by parents and pupils protesting about a crisis in education funding, which means a growing number of children are being sent home at lunchtime every Friday so schools can save money. Organised by Labour…

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Teachers strike again over pupil violence in Birmingham | Education

Teachers have gone on strike for a second time at a school rated outstanding by Ofsted, where they say pupils carry knives, threaten staff and fight in the corridors. Staff at Starbank school in Birmingham, which has more than 2,000 students, said they did not feel safe after receiving physical and verbal threats. The second day of strike action follows a walkout last week, with union members saying the school has not done enough to help teachers deal with poor…

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Birmingham anti-LGBT protesters banned from school by injunction | UK news

Protests against the teaching of LGBT equality at a Birmingham school have been halted temporarily following a high court injunction. Birmingham city council secured the injunction to protect Anderton Park primary school. The temporary order, which came into force immediately, bans protesters from an exclusion zone in the streets surrounding the school in the Moseley area of Birmingham. The headteacher, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, said she was delighted with the ruling, issued by Mr Justice Warby QC, sitting at Birmingham civil court.…

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Labour colleagues outraged after MP Roger Godsiff backs anti-LGBT protest | Education

The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said she had reported fellow Labour MP Roger Godsiff to the party’s chief whip over comments about LGBT teaching in schools, as other party colleagues criticised him for saying “you’re right” to protesters against such teaching at a Birmingham primary school. “This might be the personal views of Mr Roger Godsiff but they do not represent the Labour Party & are discriminatory & irresponsible,” Rayner wrote on Twitter. Godsiff, the MP for the Birmingham…

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High court bans Birmingham school protests against LGBT lessons | Education

Demonstrators protesting against primary school children being taught that people of all genders and sexualities should be treated equally have been served with a high court injunction. Birmingham city council made the application following several weeks of protests outside Anderton Park primary school in the city. Citing “increasing fears for the safety and wellbeing of the staff, children and parents”, the council said it pursued legal action after the situation had become “too serious to tolerate”. The interim injunction covers…

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LGBT lesson protests hijacked by religious extremists, MPs say | Education

Protests against LGBT lessons in schools have been hijacked by those with a “religious, extremist agenda” who are holding schools “under siege”, MPs have said, as the number of schools being targeted has grown. Anderton Park primary school, in the Moseley area of Birmingham, has become the latest site of demonstrations against the teaching of LGBT rights, following similar protests at other schools in the city. On Friday, the last day before the half-term holiday, staff were forced to send…

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LGBT lessons: police chief calls for end to Birmingham protests | Education

A police chief has said lawful or unlawful protests have no place outside primary schools after recent clashes over the teaching of LGBT lessons. The chief constable of West Midlands police, Dave Thompson, said a number of criminal offences had occurred outside Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham since Sunday evening. The force received reports at 9.30pm on Sunday of assault and criminal damage on Dennis Road in Moseley, as well as reports of malicious communications received by the school…

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