Young people

The trouble with ‘side hustles’ at university | Education

They’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. They can provide relief for those under financial stress – but they can also leave students thinly stretched. Oxford PhD student Chelsea Haith was already spending the main portion of her day on her laptop, so she reasoned…

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GCSE results day 2019: increase in top grades – live | Education

Amy Walker has been speaking to delighted pupils at a voluntary aided King David High School in Liverpool – a Jewish school that admits children from 11 to 18 of all faiths. Ben Franks, 16, is among those now in the queue to register for the school’s sixth form after receiving GCSE grades including an 8 (equivalent to an A*), two 7s (A) and three 6s (B). Revising “got really weird at one point,” he said. “I basically developed a…

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Revise, reuse, recycle: how to be a sustainable student | Education

As university doors opened in September for a new year, an estimated 6 million people across the world took to the streets in a historic week of climate action. The power of this youth-led uprising reflected the urgency for action on the environment. So what now? For freshers starting a new chapter at university, deciding how to live your life is vital. Here are some ideas for how you can be sustainable as a student. Eating What you put on…

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Bournville provided a model for further education colleges | Letter | Education

In the 1940s and 50s the Cadbury family’s social experiments at Bournville (Letters, 23 and 28 September) contributed significantly to the later national development of further education for school leavers. The building of Bournville day continuation college was part of the basic plan for Bournville village green, alongside the church and the Carillon bell tower. Young workers, 14- to 18-year-olds, at the Cadbury family’s factory worked for only four days of their five-day week. The fifth day was spent at…

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Universities brace for Brexit protests as students flex muscles | Education

Unprecedented levels of student activism are set to erupt this month when angry students, fed up with the turmoil around Brexit, arrive for freshers’ week, student unions say. This term sees the arrival at university of three whole years’ worth of students – first, second and third years – who were too young to vote in the European referendum in 2016. Latest polling suggests students would be more likely to vote in an election now than at any time in…

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‘We’re confused, angry and anxious over Brexit … and so are the children we teach’ | Education

Ed Finch, teacher, Larkrise primary school, OxfordThere’s another general election coming and I am sick to my stomach at the thought of how I’ll discuss that in class or in assembly. How can I present, in a balanced and non-judgmental way, the appalling invective that has been normalised these last few weeks? How can I suggest to pupils that adults who posture, threaten, lie and break the law are worthy of our respect? We are required to teach “British values”…

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Top of the class: Labour seeks to emulate Finland’s school system | Education

It’s early afternoon in Lintulaakson school in Espoo, near Helsinki. The younger children are having a snack before starting their after-school activities. Upstairs a group of 12-year-olds are in a craft class, cutting patterns and making clothes on sewing machines. Outside, children play in an enormous outdoor space, equipped with a climbing frames, football pitches and basketball courts. “Hey, Petteri,” one boy yells casually at the principal, Petteri Kuusimäki. “Next year can we start school a bit later, at 10am?”…

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Ending exclusion: specialist teachers trained to support most vulnerable | Education

I felt teachers often judged me because of the way I looked. I didn’t get support for my anger management issues. I wasn’t given chances and often left in an exclusion room.” So says 16-year-old Mehdi, describing his experience in mainstream schools. Mehdi says that his approach to education has been transformed since he arrived at London East Alternative Provision (Leap), in Tower Hamlets. While acknowledging the reasons for his exclusion from his last school, he says he felt unsupported…

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Shrinking break times in English schools ‘impacting social skills’ | Education

School break times in England have got shorter over the last two decades, with older pupils losing more than an hour a week as lessons increasingly eat into lunch and play time, research has found. Afternoon break times, once enjoyed by nearly all primary school children, have been “virtually eliminated”, the report found, while a quarter of secondary schools now have lunch breaks of 35 minutes or less. The UCL Institute of Education study found the youngest primary children, aged…

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Stephen Fry backs calls to review relationships and sex education | Education

Stephen Fry has backed calls urging the government to review its new compulsory programme of relationships and sex education (RSE), due to be rolled out to schools next year, suggesting that it does not go far enough. The actor is one of a number of signatories to a letter addressed to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, which says that “political, religious and cultural sensitivities should not be allowed to thwart mandatory age-appropriate RSE in every school” from the first year…

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Pupils lose out on £65m of free school meals money, says charity | Education

Secondary school pupils from the most disadvantaged families who are entitled to free school meals are losing out on tens of millions of pounds every year in unspent lunch funds, according to an investigation by a charity. Citizens UK said free school meals money that is not spent by a pupil, perhaps because they are off sick or have missed lunch due to sport commitments, or have not spent the full amount – , is retained by the school meal…

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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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