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Five ways to create a happy form group

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 11:30

A class works best when pupils understand one another and know how to cooperate. Here are some simple ways to build team spirit

The new term is now well under way and if you’re a form tutor, you’ve probably got to know your new group well enough to match names with faces. But how well do they know one another?

Related: Six basic steps to becoming a brilliant form tutor

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Julia Gillard: 'We've made progress in education and gender equality – but more must be done'

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 11:26

Educating girls helps them be healthier, more prosperous and become empowered women – but enabling children to succeed requires the right kind of support

A few years ago, an outbreak of cholera and other deadly diseases swept through one of the poorest villages in the northern region of Ghana, taking the life of Ruhainatu’s mother, Jamila.

Ruhainatu was in her teens. A decade ago, Jamila’s death would have extinguished Ruhainatu’s chances of getting the education she needs to succeed in life. Instead of going to school, she would have taken on her mother’s role of caring full time for her home and family.

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My school’s broad social mix benefited all pupils. I’m glad it wasn’t a grammar | Poppy Noor

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 10:57
The beliefs of middle-class children are challenged when they’re exposed to pupils from other backgrounds. That can only be a good thing

I distinctly remember the first time I ate steak. I had just moved to a sixth-form in a posh area and a new schoolmate had offered me the pink, Waitrose-bought meat in between two slices of bread. Having been more used to processed-meat fillings, I was shocked to learn that people actually put something as luxe as a steak in a sandwich. Learning how the other half ate was one of many lessons I picked up from attending school with people who were wealthier than any I’d previously come across.

It’s a silly example, but it was one of many social benefits of going to a socially mixed school.

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Universities need to do more to protect students' mental health. But how?

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 10:26

A new report explores the wide variety of approaches in the sector – and offers examples of good practice to follow

The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) has released a new report today looking at the issue of mental health among students. It notes that they are less happy than the general population, that depression and loneliness now affect one in three of them, and that the number of suicides among this group is rising.

We spoke to the report’s author Poppy Brown, a third-year psychology and philosophy student at the University of Oxford, who outlined some of her recommendations for universities.

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Oxford becomes first UK university to top global rankings

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 08:20

Institution knocks California Institute of Technology off top of Times Higher Education world university rankings

Oxford has been ranked the best university in the world, the first time an institution from the UK has taken the accolade.

It topped the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for the first time, knocking the California Institute of Technology, the five-times best, into second place.

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Student entrepreneur: ‘Business opportunities aren’t found in clubs’

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 07:30

With freshers’ week in full swing, one graduate explains how he sacrificed his social life to develop his startups

When I started university, I wanted to be a banker – I hate to say it, but I wanted to don a dark suit and work in the City. As an ambitious (hungover) fresher, I sought all possible opportunities that could create a pathway into this competitive career.

At the freshers’ fair in my first week, I stumbled upon FishonToast, Southampton University’s entrepreneurship society. I joined and ignored the emails for six months (typical fresher) until I was persuaded with free pizza to attend an event. I do not remember the event, the speaker or his talk – only that I was inspired, a “road to Damascus” moment. Practically overnight, I abandoned looking for internships, I shirked my corporate dream and was filled with a passion to create something.

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Indian technology institute to put the art of happiness under the microscope

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 07:00

Kharagpur research centre will examine theory that investment in mental health of citizens reaps economic as well as spiritual reward

Build roads, electrify villages, clean up the holy river Ganges: for the past 70 years, successive governments in India have stuck with virtually identical to-do lists for the country’s development. Now, a new item seems to have cropped up on the political agenda: make people happy.

In July, the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh announced it would open a ministry of happiness, and start a string of happiness-inducing programmes including yoga, arts, and free religious pilgrimages for the elderly.

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What next in the cringe-orama of name fusion? Let it go with Brangelina | Peter Bradshaw

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 07:00
Let us hope Angelina Jolie’s split from Brad Pitt kills off the fashion for celebrity name fusion – before Shakepeare’s lovers become Antoptra or Ruliet

Does the collapse of the Jolie-Pitt marriage have any significance for the rest of us? Yes. It is a time to call a halt to the business of welding celebrity couples’ first names together and then – in the same spirit of smirking irony – inventing a new version that commemorates their parting. #Brangelina has become #Brexelina. #Hiddleswift became #Hiddlesplit. (It’s like the word “underwhelming”, which can never be spoken without the self-conscious and self-congratulatory implication: see what I did? I took the word “overwhelming” and wittily turned it on its head!)

Related: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt citing irreconcilable differences

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The elephants in the schoolroom: what our education ministers won't confront | Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 01:33

The nation’s education ministers are about to sit down together to contemplate school matters, including funding. It’s a safe bet they’ll avoid the really tough issues

It’s hard to imagine a time when travellers from Sydney to Melbourne had to stop at a customs post at the border, or change trains at Albury. Or suffer the winding two lane highway on the NSW side until reaching the better road in Victoria. It’s all quite seamless now, you can hardly notice the border.

But local parents of school-age children and their teachers might notice. Close by on the NSW side is Albury Public School. Across the Murray is Wodonga Primary School with students who are less advantaged. After all the talk about equity in education you’d expect the strugglers at Wodonga to be better supported. Quite the opposite: while NSW annually provides over $8000 for each of the students at Albury Public, those in the Victorian school make do with $2000 less.

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Some universities need to triple mental health services funding, says report

Xov, 22/09/2016 - 00:01

Higher Education Policy Institute says scale of mental health problem among university students is bigger then ever

Some universities need to triple their funding for mental health services if they are to meet growing demand from students in need of support, according to a new report.

The paper by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) thinktank says the scale of the mental health problem among university students is “bigger than ever before”.

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Milanese pupil made to eat homemade lunch alone sparks ideological battle

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 18:48

Humble tuna panino pits parents against school authorities over parental rights, student safety and the quality of food

Lunchtime at school can be lonely and excruciating for any 10-year-old. But for a pupil in Milan who brought a homemade sandwich to school – tunafish in wholegrain bread with sliced organic tomatoes – it led to isolation.

In an episode that made the front page of Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the child was removed from the cafeteria and taken to a classroom to eat on her own after her parents knowingly defied local rules that forbid any child from eating anything other than lunch provided by school.

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Morrisons offers students 10% off groceries

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 16:54

Discount trial includes beer and wine, but not online shopping, and comes soon after Co-op’s student deal

Morrisons is giving students a 10% discount on food and drink, including beer and wine, in the first such move by a “big- four” supermarket.

It has linked up with the student discount specialists UNiDAYS to trial the scheme in all of its 492 UK stores. The discount, will also be available in its cafes and petrol-station kiosks, but not on online shopping.

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Pennsylvania school cafeteria worker quits over 'lunch-shaming' policy

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 16:40

Stacy Koltiska was forced to take back hot lunches from students whose parents owed over $25 on overdrawn accounts, replacing meals with cheese sandwiches

Stacy Koltiska loved working in the Wylandville elementary school cafeteria in western Pennsylvania. The hours were perfect – the two-and-a-half-hour shift allowed her to get her youngest daughter on and off the bus every day – and she enjoyed working with kids and seeing their excitement over school lunch every day.

But last Thursday, Koltiska resigned over what she considers a “lunch shaming” school policy. She said she was forced to take away hot lunches from two students because their parents owed more than $25 on the account used to pay for their school lunches.

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Want to make a difference at university? Join the clubs

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 14:12

University clubs and societies can be life-changing – for you and for others

It’s often said that university is as much about what you do outside of your degree as it is what you do for it. Maybe it’s that sort of cavalier attitude that leads to some of the best and worst decisions of our lives – shots from belly buttons and nights out you don’t remember with people you’ll never forget.

But joining societies in your free time can be as productive as studying, if not more so. University needn’t be a bubble, so here are some examples of societies that might make all the difference to your CV, your life – and even others’ lives.

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Teachers, your local university could be the best resource you'll ever have

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 13:13

From Tudor history workshops to DNA research, teachers are teaming up with academics to inspire young people

What can a dance tell us about someone’s social standing? What does their clothing and gestures reveal about their place in history?

These are the kinds of questions that eight- to 14-year-olds are exposed to when the University of Cambridge’s history faculty invites them to come and experience life in a different era. Next up is a Tudor dance workshop.

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50 Under 50 ranking: the best young universities in the world

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 10:39

The latest list sees Asian and Australian institutions excel, as well as those with science and tech expertise

Tech-focused universities in Australia and Asia dominate the latest 50 Under 50 ranking (the world’s best universities that are less than 50 years old).

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore retains the top spot for a third year, followed by five institutions in Hong Kong and South Korea, meaning that Asian universities take the top six places.

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What does your university bedroom poster say about you?

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 09:00

The posters that adorn your walls in halls say a lot about the student. Here’s what those questionable decor choices really mean

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Doing it for the kids: how to start a DIY collective

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 09:00

Whether it’s a zine or a record label, students across the UK have started their own creative crews. Here are just a few…

Cut The Rent, Bristol

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How to procrastinate creatively

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 09:00

Work avoidance doesn’t have to mean going on Tinder or watching Netflix. Here are some inspiring ways to waste time

Had it with studying? Recent scientific studies suggest that procrastination can actually make us more creative. So instead of another Big Bang Theory binge, here are a few inspiring internet wormholes…

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Michael Morpurgo says exams have created ‘apartheid’ in schools

Mér, 21/09/2016 - 08:52

Writer warns that policy of constantly testing children is resulting in millions feeling excluded and alienated

Michael Morpurgo has said the policy of constantly testing children in schools has created an “apartheid system” that is destroying their self-confidence and resulting in feelings of shame and anxiety.

The children’s laureate, whose book War Horse is taught in primary and secondary schools, said exams had ensured “millions of our children still feel excluded and alienated” and that the world of books and education “was shut off from them for ever”.

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