School bans sausage rolls, pork pies and fruit squash from children's lunchboxes in healthy eating drive

International Teaching

29/9/17

Aschool’s ban on sausage rolls, pork pies and fruit squash from children’s lunch boxes has provoked a furious backlash among parents. The new policy, introduced this term at Shirley Manor Primary Academy, in Wyke, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, is part of a healthy eating drive. But parents have criticised the “Whole School Food and Drink Policy”, describing them as “ridiculous". Steve Fryer, 52, whose son allegedly had his sausage roll confiscated from his packed lunch, described his son as a fussy eater and said: "Teachers are there to teach them. You send your kids to school to learn." Another parent said: "I am all for healthiness, but sometimes, they can be picky eaters. I

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THE SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED IN THEIR MATHS LESSONS AND EXAMS

International Teaching

28/9/17

Sometimes, however many times we  remind  students  to bring the right equipment to lessons and exams, there tends to be a few who have either forgotten they’ve got a maths lesson or exam  or have remembered,  but  arrive without a pen, ruler, pencil, compass  etc. It’s now possible to obtain a “ready made” solution to this problem The  “Value Maths Set”  contains a metal compass and half pencil, two quality black ink ballpens,  HB pencil, 15 cm ruler,  180 degree protractor, eraser and  sharpener.  All packed in a convenient “exam friendly,”   clear pvc zip up wallet. Reassuringly good value and an instant solution to the problem of students turning up for

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Academics call for tackles and scrums to be banned from school rugby games

International Teaching

27/9/17

Schools should ban “harmful contact” from rugby games, experts have said. In a new opinion piece published in a leading medical journal, academics said that tackles and scrums should be prohibited on school playing fields. Allyson Pollock and Graham Kirkwood from the Institute of Health at Newcastle University argue that most injuries in youth rugby occur due to the collision elements of the game. Concussion still 'slipping through the net' despite treatment progress Writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), they said that ministers should “put the interests of the child before those of corporate professional rugby unions”. Removing collision from school rugby is likely to

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Trump administration scraps Obama's campus sexual assault rules

International Teaching

26/9/17

Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has rescinded an Obama-era policy on campus sexual assault - a move campaigners say may make it harder for victims to report attacks. "As I said earlier this month, the era of rule by letter is over," Ms DeVos said, adding that rights of the accused should be balanced with victims' rights. The Obama administration's policies essentially put Title IX, the federal law banning gender discrimination in education, at the centre and prompted schools to take responsibility for sexual assault cases. Betsy DeVos to end Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault It also lowered the standards victims needed to meet in order to prove

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UK graduates repaid £50m more in student debt than necessary in 2016

International Teaching

25/9/17

Tens of thousands of graduates in the UK paid £50m more than necessary in student loan repayments last year, new figures show. Data obtained by The Times through a freedom of information request show that around 86,000 former students overpaid in 2016, compared with only 52,000 in 2010. The average overpayment was £592, but 260 people paid back between £5,000 and £10,000 too much. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has blamed the Student Loans Company (SLC) for the overpayment error, saying there are issues over whether the organisation is able to “ingest” the data on how much it has collected frequently enough to keep up. HMRC receives real-time data from

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Loneliness: The cost of the 'last taboo'

International Teaching

24/9/19

Researchers have put a financial price on an "epidemic of loneliness" - estimating it costs £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services. But the London School of Economics study of older people says for every £1 spent in preventing loneliness there are £3 of savings. Deborah Moggach, author of the novel adapted for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films about retired people from the UK going to India, said: "Loneliness really is the last taboo." She said old age must not be an "inevitable descent into despair" and more efforts had to be made to stop people becoming isolated and lonely. "We have to stop thinking of this as someone else's problem. As a

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Babies learn benefits of hard work by witnessing parents persevering with difficult tasks, finds study

International Teaching

23/9/17

Babies appear to learn the benefits of hard work or “grit” by witnessing their parents persevering with difficult tasks, according to a new study. After watching an adult struggle but then succeed in a task, such as opening a container, babies would make greater efforts to get a music box to play by pushing a button the researchers had mischievously deactivated for the purposes of the test. The infants, aged 13 to 18 months, pressed the button up to twice as many times as those who saw an adult succeed at their task without apparent effort. The researchers said that children in industrialised societies normally learn by being instructed in skills that “adults have already mastered”. And they

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Number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE falls to lowest level in a decade, report finds

International Teaching

23/9/17

The number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, as schools encourage bright students to shun “soft” subjects. The uptake of arts subjects has seen a drastic decline in recent years, according to an analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI). Their report analyses the uptake of GCSEs in arts subjects - including art and design, drama and theatre, music, dance, and performing arts – over the past ten years. Researchers from the EPI examined the impact of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) on subject choice, which was introduced by ministers in 2010 to counter the “dumbing down” of GCSE choices and promote “core” subjects. It measures

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Transgender pupils 'leaving schools over rights breaches'

International Teaching

23/9/17

A growing number of families are taking their transgender children out of schools because their rights are being breached, it is claimed. Some schools are causing pupils stress by not using the name they prefer or enforcing gendered uniform rules, the head of the Good Schools Guide says. This was leaving families with "no option but to pull transgender children out of a school", says Bernadette John. Transgender and non-binary pupils have rights under equality laws. Under the Equality Act, they have the right to:

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Good Schools Guide to examine how 'transgender-friendly' schools are

International Teaching

22/9/17

“Over about the last 18 months or so, I have noticed this issue building up,” Ms John said. “Families are coming to us when they feel they are left with no option but to pull their transgender child out of a school”. She said that in the future, inspectors from the Good Schools Guide will quiz headteachers on how they cater for transgender students. “We had an editorial conversation about this a few days ago,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “It will be something that we ask in the round of questions about pastoral issues. We would certainly be asking headmasters about this.” She said that the Good Schools Guide is now drawing up a list of schools all around the country that have a good track record

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Deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

International Teaching

22/9/17

The second in a series of bulk buying deals (sometimes referred to as ‘aggregated deals’) for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices has now started. Schools could save thousands of pounds by using a deal developed by DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS). To take part, schools will need to submit their requirements for new devices to CCS at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6 October 2017. A video explains the process in more detail. CCS will then work with suppliers to get the best price and notify schools after they award the contract on 10 November 2017. Schools will be able to place their orders for delivery in summer and

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