The Latest: Denver teachers get ready to walk out over pay

DENVER – The Latest on a possible strike by Denver teachers (all times local):4:15 p.m.Denver teachers are prepared to walk of the job for the first time in 25 years over an incentive-based pay system that they call unpredictable and unfair to experienced educators.

School heads write to millions of parents over funding cuts

7,000 headteachers sending letter home with pupils accusing DfE of refusing to face effects of cutsThe education secretary, Damian Hinds, has been criticised by the headteachers’ campaigning group Worth Less? for refusing to meet headteachers and hear first-hand their struggles with funding cuts.In a letter...

Apprenticeships offer an alternative to uni and debt – why are schools ignoring them?

Despite high-quality apprenticeships offering a route to degree-level qualifications, many students are being let down by schools that fail to engage with employers and training providersArguably the most positive aspect of six years of reforms to the apprenticeship programme has been the introduction of the new sector standards that have opened...

Ben Shapiro to speak at Christian college after it initially spurned him, Young America’s Foundation says

After receiving significant backlash for canceling a speech from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, Grand Canyon University (GCU) decided to reverse its decision.Still, it was a complicated set of arrangements. The Christian university's administration went back and forth with Young America's Foundation (YAF), the organization through which Shapiro speaks, in a "contentious" days-long...

May I have a word about… the not-so insightful language of academe

When it comes to the mangling of English, political psychologists reign supremeMy beleaguered and battered Brexit brethren, I would like to bring you relief, but monumental language mangling offers little comfort on this vexatious subject.Consider the following from the International Society of Political Psychology:...

Chief medical officer to become first female Trinity College master

Prof Dame Sally Davies to step down to take up new role at Cambridge University collegeProf Dame Sally Davies is to leave her post as England’s chief medical officer to become the first female master of one of Cambridge University’s most prestigious colleges, it has been announced.

Prevent scheme ‘fosters fear and censorship at universities’

Just Yorkshire’s report, citing interviews with Muslim students and academics, urges closure of anti-radicalisation programmeThe government’s anti-radicalisation scheme, Prevent, is instilling “fear, suspicion and censorship” on university campuses, an advocacy group has warned.In a report based on interviews with 36 Muslim students, academics and...

‘Gossip and secrecy’ fuel Oxford row over suspended dean

Christ Church college and cathedral divided by ‘cruel accusations’Prominent clergy linked to Oxford’s Christ Church cathedral are in revolt over a complaint against its dean which they say is “surrounded by secrecy and fuelled by gossip”.In a row that has convulsed one of the...

Cambridge doesn’t need a £100m gift but other universities do

Readers respond to news that the University of Cambridge is receiving a £100m gift from the financier David HardingIn choosing to contrast Birkbeck with the University of Cambridge, Marthe de Ferrer hits a nail squarely on the head (If you’ve got £100m to spare, don’t give it...

Ruskin at 120: has the workers’ college lost its way?

The alma mater of John Prescott once offered workers an Oxford degree – and a future. Now its vision has changedIan Tugwell left school at 14 and was making false teeth as a dental technician in 1958 when he arrived, aged 27, at Ruskin College, then closely...

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