Imperial College London warns of cuts in face of coronavirus | Education

Imperial College London, whose research has played a key role in the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, has warned of widespread cuts to mitigate the damaging impact of the pandemic on the institution. Epidemics of infectious diseases behave in different ways but the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed more than 50 million people is regarded as a key example of a pandemic that occurred in multiple waves, with the latter more severe than the first. It has been replicated – albeit…

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Met to face judicial review over role of school police officers | Education

A London family has launched legal action over the role of police officers in schools, amid concerns that their presence could have disproportionately negative consequences for black and minority ethnic groups. Many schools in the capital and across the country have police officers attached to them for the safety and security of pupils and staff. In some cases, officers are permanently based at the school to intervene in the early stages of any criminal or disorderly behaviour and forge good…

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Royal College of Music transforms ‘forbidding’ HQ in £40m upgrade | Education

It is one of the world’s great conservatoires, with composer Benjamin Britten and singer Dame Joan Sutherland are among those who trained there. But for decades the Royal College of Music has struggled to showcase its star power and its collection of instruments in headquarters that have been described by some as forbidding and drab. Now, following a £40m transformation – funded in part by donations from artists including the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli – the RCM is unveiling an…

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Gustav Metzger, pioneer of auto-destructive art, dies aged 90 | Art and design

Gustav Metzger, the inventor of auto-destructive art who spent a lifetime baffling, infuriating and thrilling audiences, as well as influencing generations of younger artists, has died aged 90. A spokeswoman for the artist said he died at his home in London. Metzger was born in Nuremberg to Polish-Jewish parents in 1926 and arrived with his brother in Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939. Much of his immediate family, including his parents, were murdered in the Holocaust. He studied art in…

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London school that told boy to cut off dreadlocks backs down | Education

A 12-year-old boy who left a school after being told to cut off his dreadlocks is to be allowed to keep them and return there, after legal action funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Chikayzea Flanders left the Fulham boys school in London after being told on his first day in September 2017 that his dreadlocked hair, which he wore tied up, did not comply with the school’s uniform and appearance policy and had to be cut…

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‘It’s fun – everyone is different’: the Jewish school that unites all faiths | Education

Samuel’s favourite Jewish festival is Pesach, or Passover, which commemorates the exodus of Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The 10-year-old enjoys taking part in the seder, or ritual feast, which marks the start of the holiday. “The food is nice, and we sing songs and tell stories,” he said. This is unusual because Samuel comes from a Colombian Christian family. He and dozens of other non-Jewish children attend an orthodox Jewish school in north London, where he wears a kippah,…

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Shirt worn by Charles I for his execution to go on display in London | Culture

On 30 January 1649, King Charles I of England took to the scaffold outside the Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall. He had requested two shirts to prevent himself from shivering from the cold, a reflex he thought could be mistaken for fear. He knelt in front of the crowd and placed his head on a block. Moments later, the axe fell. Now, 371 years later, the pale blue vest worn by Charles during his execution is to go on display.…

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London council launches free school meals pilot scheme | Education

A scheme to offer pupils free school breakfast and lunch irrespective of income has been launched in an attempt to tackle the growing food poverty crisis in parts of the UK. Hammersmith and Fulham council rolled out the scheme in west London on Wednesday. It said the national free school meals system was not working, leaving many children going to school hungry and remaining hungry throughout the day. Officials say the threshold for families to qualify for free school meals…

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Leaflets falsely claim pupils taught masturbation in relationship classes | Education

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said all schools will be given support to teach relationship education, after leaflets suggesting that lessons encourage primary school children to masturbate were handed out in London. Other material seen by the BBC said parents “will be questioned on the day of judgment” if they do not challenge the lessons on compulsory relationships education in primary schools in England and relationships and sex education (RSE) in secondary schools from September 2020. The leaflets were…

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John Penfold obituary | Education

My father, John Penfold, who has died aged 89, spent three decades training teachers in the disciplines of craft, design and technology, having first taught the subject in secondary schools. He was born in Edgware, north London, to Edwin, an accountant, and his wife, Alice (nee Rogers). After Orange Hill grammar school in Burnt Oak, he went straight to Shoreditch teacher training college, in the east of the capital, where he qualified as a design and woodwork teacher. Following two…

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‘Students have a bad name’: how cities are healing the town v gown divide | Education

Wild parties, chaotic flatshares and heavy drinking are viewed with affection as the youthful hijinks associated with university life – but not by everyone. With some universities rapidly expanding following the removal of the student numbers cap, these behaviours are fuelling a growing divide between students and their local communities. The past year has seen reports describe how residents are “fed up” with noisy student parties in Bristol, how student housing is “destroying the local community” in Brighton and Liverpool,…

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Areta Hautman obituary | Education

My mother, Areta Hautman, who has died aged 86, was known for her dedication to promoting progressive education. As a governor of the King Alfred school, north London, for 40 years she made a great contribution both to the institution and the book, King Alfred School and the Progressive Movement 1898-1998, by Ron Brooks. Published to mark its centenary in 1998, the book positioned the school within the context of a broader educational, social and political history. A proponent of…

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Excluded: former pupils in spotlight in play about school system | Education

In a Victorian Gothic church behind Harrods in west London, a group of young people from troubled backgrounds have gathered to rehearse a play about school. Excluded is a new production, set in a turbulent GCSE class in a London secondary school in 2019, that attempts to shine a light on the problems faced by vulnerable young people within the education system. The content of the play is close to home. At an early workshop exploring the issues, it emerged…

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Anti-racism activists end Goldsmiths occupation | Education

Anti-racism campaigners have ended a long-running occupation on a university campus in London, saying the institution has met their demands. The activists took control of Deptford town hall on the campus of Goldsmiths, University of London in March and demanded a series of measures be taken. Relations between the two sides became severely strained as the university sought and won a high court order against the occupation. In an open letter to students and staff on Monday, the acting warden,…

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John Mills obituary | Education

My friend and colleague John Mills, who has died aged 66 of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, was a teacher whose ability to put his educational beliefs into practice, combined with his altruism and humanity, lent him huge credibility and popularity. In 1980 John was appointed to the English department at Forest Gate community school in Newham, east London, where, over the next 17 years, he established himself as an innovative, inspirational classroom practitioner whose passion for his subject and commitment to…

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Mogg Hercules obituary | Education

My friend Mogg Hercules, who has died aged 80, set up and ran a remarkable school in Clerkenwell, central London. Its motto is: “Value your own worth and understand the differences in others.” Born Maureen Atkin in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, she was the daughter of Charlie Atkin, a bricklayer, and his wife, Connie (nee Smith), a machinist. The family moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 1949. Mogg, whose name came from her younger brother’s inability to say Maureen, won a scholarship to…

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