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Schools facing 'financial cliff edge' - BBC News
Almost a third of local authority secondary schools in England are unable to cover their costs, a study suggests.
UK  Austerity  Education  policy  Schools 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
School exclusions ‘put children at risk of gang grooming’ | Education | The Guardian
‘Off-rolling’ difficult students to boost exam results is fuelling gang violence, says children’s czar
UK  education  policy  Austerity  league  table  Ofsted  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  Michael  Gove  Schools  Society  Gesellschaft 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
"aktives Lernen": Wie die Ausbildungsmethode funktioniert - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der amerikanische Physiknobelpreisträger Carl Wieman feiert große Erfolge mit einer Ausbildungsmethode, die auf "aktives Lernen" setzt. Wie funktioniert's? /// life is no multiple choice test
education  policy  Schools  University  College  learning  writing  knowledge  Google  AI  creativity 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Top academy schools sound alarm as cash crisis looms | Education | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/feb/03/academies-schools-deficit-bailout - Dozens of academy schools need bailouts from taxpayers Flagship schools under pressure as beleaguered trusts face mounting deficits // More than half of the major operators of the government’s flagship academies programme have sounded the alarm over school funding, heaping further pressure on Theresa May to ease the squeeze on public spending.
UK  Austerity  education  policy  academies  Privatisation  academy  trusts  Schools 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Taxpayers owe private firms £199bn for PFI deals - BBC News
creaming off, For example, it said the capital raised through PFI cost 2% to 3.75% more than from state borrowing.

"Small changes to the cost of capital can have a significant impact on costs," it added.

"Paying off a debt of £100m over 30 years with interest of 2% costs £34m in interest. At 4% this more than doubles to £73m."

In the past PFI deals have been accused of leading to huge cost overruns and indebting NHS trusts.
PFI  UK  NHS  Council  Privatisation  Austerity  neoliberal  neoliberalism  profit  maximisation  Schools  Prisons  accountability  Transparency 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Toby Young: running free school was harder than I thought | London Evening Standard
Toby Young today admitted running a free school is more difficult than he thought as he prepares to step down as CEO of the West London Free School trust.

Mr Young admitted he had been “arrogant” to presume schools could improve just by having high expectations and said he regrets criticising teachers, state schools and local education authorities.
UK  Privatisation  Ofsted  Free  Schools  Academy  Austerity 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Give teachers in poorer schools subsidised housing – MPs | Education | The Guardian
“Despite all the changes in education policy over the years – under governments of all persuasions – inequality in our school system has sadly remained a constant,” Clegg said before the report’s launch. “It is simply unacceptable that poorer children are generally taught by less experienced teachers and that their life chances are shaped by the postcode in which they live. - https://twitter.com/minoritybeef/status/885660654534787072
esteem  education  policy  NHS  teaching  value  public  UK  Brexit  society  Ofsted  PISA  Enlightenment  Humboldt  postcode  lottery  social  income  mobility  Deprivation  poverty  trap  Precariat  class  war  Austerity  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Privatisation  Free  Schools  Academy  University  tutoring 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
UK schools taking desperate measures as funding crisis hits | Education | The Guardian
Parents at St Nicolas’ Church of England school in Taplow, part of Theresa May’s constituency, receiving letters asking for contributions of up to £30 a month to plug a projected £40,000 shortfall next year, or face staff redundancies. [...] Teaching unions say the crisis is the result of years of frozen budgets, further eroded by higher pension, wages and tax costs as well as inflation, with little hope of relief if the Conservatives are re-elected. [...] The cuts come as the National Audit Office has calculated there will be a £3bn real-terms reduction across all schools by 2019.
UK  education  policy  PISA  Ofsted  League  Table  Sats  Austerity  schools  deprivation  attainment  gap  social  income  mobility  poverty  trap  Brexit  Theresa  May  GE2017  skills  productivity  output  gini  Coefficient 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Tories accused of 'sleight of hand' on manifesto grammar schools data - BBC News
LIES! Enabled by populism, demagoguery, totalitarianism (Hanna Ahrendt book) // Prof Alice Sullivan challenges the party's statement that selective schools have proportionately more pupils from "ordinary working class families" than non-selective schools.
She says families in the bottom third for income have been excluded from the calculation supporting this data.
The Tories stand by their manifesto.
GE2017  nasty  party  Conservative  Brexit  Populism  grammar  schools  Theresa  May  Manifesto  Austerity  education  policy  social  mobility  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
France’s terrorism is largely home grown – yet both Macron and Le Pen look away | Iman Amrani | Opinion | The Guardian
The truth is that neither of the remaining candidates has a coherent plan for dealing with the very real issue of fundamentalism in France. That is both shocking and inexcusable. We have seen more than enough attacks in Europe to be able to identify patterns, commonalities, and recurring issues. So why haven’t any of the candidates attempted to grapple with them?
France  UK  homegrown  terror  Islamic  Muslim  extremism  radicalism  Poverty  discrimination  trap  BAME  Racism  Banlieue  ISIS  Islam  radicalisation  Prison  Social  Services  Schools  Religion 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
New wave of free schools planned despite secondary staff cuts | Education | The Guardian
Justine Greening, the education secretary, is to announce the opening of a further 111 free schools in England as critics say existing schools face funding crisis
education  policy  UK  Austerity  Free  Schools  Academy  poverty  trap  social  mobility  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  JAM  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Brexit 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
School budget squeeze 'is reducing pupils' subject choice' - BBC News
The English Baccalaureate or EBacc was brought in by the coalition government in 2010 for pupils achieving at least a GCSE C grade in English, maths, the sciences, a language and geography or history.
The percentages of pupils entering and achieving this standard are among measures used by government to determine a school's performance.
The poll suggests pupils' options are being narrowed throughout the secondary curriculum.
education  policy  Austerity  JAM  Theresa  May  nasty  party  Conservative  skills  gap  foreign  language  culture  Brexit  Global  Britain  Philip  Hammond  Privatisation  Academy  Free  Schools  PFI  Council  gini  coefficient  poverty  trap  social  income  mobility 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Green Spring Academy: Intimidation and exam-fixing claims - BBC News
Jahangir Alam says it did not matter to the school how teachers obtained results
GCSE results had gone from being among the worst in the country to making the academy one of the top-performing schools nationally. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39220527 - Head teachers say they are axing GCSE and A-level subjects, increasing class sizes and cutting support services as they struggle with school funding.
Education  Policy  Austerity  GCSE  PISA  Academy  Privatisation  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Greed  Grammar  Schools  Free  Theresa  May  social  mobility  University  gini  Coefficient  inequality  poverty  trap 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
'Parents have been asked to help clean': how budget cuts are affecting schools | Education | The Guardian
Schools in England face a squeeze in funding. We asked how it was impacting on your school – here are the responses we got [...] We can no longer afford books, pencils or computers. [...] The cuts are stopping me doing my job. They are stopping the students from learning. In a time when we should be looking to develop engaging lessons which teach students valuable life skills, I am using 20-year-old textbooks and the kids are copying information from it. It is depressing. I know what a modern curriculum should look like, I know the lessons I would like to teach. I do not have the resources to do it. Eventually this will encourage me to leave. &! https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/07/headteachers-write-to-parents-over-school-funding-and-job-cuts
UK  Brexit  Austerity  education  policy  IMF  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  underinvestment  NHS  grammar  schools  free  Philip  Hammond  JAM  social  mobility  inequality  poverty  trap  Theresa  May  income  attainment  gap  child  childhood  children  taxation  Generationengerechtigkeit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Privatisation  Academy  PISA  tax  evasion  avoidance  welfare  state  downward 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
A new syllabus | The Economist
Mrs May’s plan to increase academic selection would probably boost the number of high achievers. But it would not be “regardless of their background”: most would be from well-off families and if many schools opted for entrance exams, poor children would be harmed. A less flashy policy brought in by her predecessor, David Cameron, might raise standards more widely. Schools will no longer be rated according to the share of pupils achieving five C grades in exams taken at age 16 (which encouraged them to focus on the middle of the ability range) but on the share who do as well as expected given their ability on entry. That will promote high achievement—in every school.
Grammar  Schools  Theresa  May  OECD  social  mobility  gini  Coefficient  Racism  prejudice  class  warfare  education  policy  underinvestment  Austerity  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  technological  unemployment  University 
september 2016 by asterisk2a

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