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Council leaders call for funding for free school meals over Easter | Education

City leaders have said some of England’s most vulnerable children could go hungry over the Easter holidays because the UK government is refusing to fund free meals. Councils have been told they can continue to provide free school meals during the break if they want to but will have to find the money themselves. The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, and the leaders of Birmingham and Leeds city councils, Ian Ward and Judith Blake, have written to the education secretary,…

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Hundreds of thousands of UK students call for tuition fee refunds | Education

Hundreds of thousands of students whose lives have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic have signed a petition calling for tuition fee refunds. Many students are also facing demands from landlords on many UK campuses for ongoing rent on their vacated rooms. An online petition to parliament for reimbursement of this year’s fees, posted this week by a geography undergraduate at the University of Liverpool, had gathered nearly 250,000 signatures by Wednesday evening. In the past two weeks British universities…

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Working from home? Video conference call tips for the self-isolating | Money

The first rule when it comes to video conference calling is, don’t dress for the beach. Or the gym. Or bed. “One time I had a woman on the call in a spaghetti strap tank top,” says technology executive Amy Bailey. She manages a team of 10 remote workers from her home in California. Video conferencing technology is integral to her job: her team could not function without their daily morning video call. “I said: ‘I know you’re at home,…

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Teachers call for action to save crisis-hit state nursery schools | Education

State nurseries in Britain are facing a financial crisis after years of “unjustifiable neglect” and indecision by the government, teachers warn as they prepare to petition the prime minister to “save maintained nursery schools”. Headteachers, parents and children will gather at Downing Street on Monday to hand in a petition calling for increased state funding for nurseries to secure their long-term future. Maintained nurseries are run and inspected like schools, with qualified teachers leading a team of early years specialists,…

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Call for ‘first-in-family allowance’ to cover year’s tuition fees | Education

Students who are the first in their family to go to university should be given a year’s free tuition to allay fears about graduate debt and encourage them to continue into higher education, according to a report. The authors want the government to introduce a “first-in-family allowance” which would cover tuition fees for the first year of an undergraduate degree – which normally costs £9,250 – for any student whose parents have not had tertiary education. Parental education can be…

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Let’s call time on unpaid electronic labour with a legal right to disconnect | Will Stronge | Opinion

Too many of us know the feeling: you sign a contract for a nine-to-five job, but you find yourself answering emails, texts or even phone calls well into the evening. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the working day ever truly ends: the very thought – or threat – of an email pinging into your inbox means your free time isn’t really free at all. This shared experience makes Rebecca Long-Bailey’s recent announcement of a proposed policy enshrining the “right to…

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Call for universities to stop keeping students and parents in dark on crime stats | Education

When Nigel Herring received a call at 3.30am from his daughter Lydia, a student at Salford University, he knew something was wrong. She had returned home from a night out with her housemates to find they had been burgled: one bedroom had been ransacked and all their laptops were gone. “Hearing her panicking and crying and knowing we were two hours’ drive away made us feel so helpless,” says Herring, a bus driver and part-time firefighter, who lives near Whitby,…

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Tate and Steve McQueen call for ‘arts-rich’ school curriculum | Education

Access to the visual arts will be a preserve of privately educated children unless the government takes urgent action to improve the school curriculum, the director of Tate, Maria Balshaw, and the artist Steve McQueen have warned. Tate has joined forces with McQueen and 35 museums and galleries across the country to complain that the curriculum in England is failing children. They are calling for an “arts-rich curriculum” as a “lasting legacy” for McQueen’s hugely popular school photo project which…

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Something To Call Her Own – Education Article

What the world needs now?  See, I can’t even bring myself to finish the quote.  With all the schmaltz and candy coating that comes with a Burt Bacharach refrain, it’s hard to get it out.  Sort of sticks in the throat and causes my hands to pause over the keyboard.  But, despite the preamble of pop and bubble gum, it’s true.  What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  And when children are not able to obtain the love…

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Call for reform of pupil exclusions ‘as schools unaware of legal duties’ | Education

The law reform group Justice has called for a radical overhaul of exclusions amid concerns that too many schools do not fully understand their legal duties and that the appeal process available to parents wishing to challenge an exclusion is inadequate. According to Justice, there are “serious weaknesses” in a system that excludes, sometimes unlawfully, a disproportionate numbers of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) and those from a minority background. One of the problems, its report said,…

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Doctors call for tighter control of traditional Chinese medicine | Education

Europe’s leading doctors are to call for tighter regulation of traditional Chinese medicine, anxious that recent recognition by the World Health Organization will encourage the use of unproven therapies that can sometimes be harmful. The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) and the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council will issue a joint statement on Thursday urging the WHO to clarify how traditional Chinese medicine and other complementary therapies should be used. Earlier this year, the WHO decided to add…

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Wake-up call: is the government now listening to university experts? | Education

Steve Brine, a former public health minister, was intrigued when he spotted a fellow train passenger reading Matthew Walker’s bestseller Why We Sleep. He picked up a copy of the popular science book, which argues that sleeping a eight hours per night can transform physical and mental health, and subsequently pushed to include guidance on minimum sleep hours in the government’s health green paper. “I was really struck by what it said,” says Brine. “It was a good piece of…

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Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won’t read | Education

When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event – part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative William F Buckley, communists and a member of the fringe rightwing John Birch Society – the students wore Nazi uniforms. All such guests were “greeted politely”, according to the feminist scholar Jo Freeman,…

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‘I wish I’d delayed coming to the UK’ : overseas students call for further visa extensions | Education

International students at British universities fear the government’s plan to offer two-year post-study work visas to future students could leave them worse off if the extra time is not given to them too. Last week the government said foreign students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university. But the new policy will only apply to those graduating from summer 2021, according to the announcement. The current immigration policy, controversially put in place by Theresa…

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