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Teaching unions condemn education minister over obscene gesture

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Education unions have written to the newly appointed education minister, Andrea Jenkyns, warning that her use of an obscene gesture and her excuses since would be unacceptable from a pupil or member of staff. Jenkyns,...

Teaching unions warn of strikes in England despite reports of improved pay offer

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Teaching unions have said strikes may still be called in England despite reports of an improved offer being considered by the Treasury. Mary Bousted, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), ...

Largest teaching union threatens to ballot members in England on strike action

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Leaders of the country’s largest teaching union say they will ballot their members on strike action later this year unless the government agrees to an “inflation-plus” pay rise. The joint general secretaries of the Na...

Only the BBC would take on teaching our kids in a crisis. That’s its point

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During the pandemic, when schools were shut and children stuck at home, the BBC was a lifeline. Not only educational – unlike most things they were consuming on YouTube or TikTok – but often entertaining. My own histo...

Dear Nadhim Zahawi, teaching empathy is difficult while Tory scandals pile up

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I was in a secondary school last week, asked in to talk about how books and writing help with developing a sense of empathy. Before the session, I went through my books looking for pieces that might suggest to the stu...

The Ukrainians teaching in a war zone: bombed-out schools, evacuations and board games

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Yulia Kuryliuk, a teacher in a village near Lviv, woke on 24 February to find her country at war and gathered her sixth-grade class on Zoom. Two children tearfully asked when the fighting would end. She didn’t have an...

Teaching pupils about the ‘benefits’ of the British empire will only promote ignorance of the past

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If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge need some comfort reading after their awkward Caribbean tour, they could do worse than turn to Tony Blair’s autobiography. In 1997, Britain’s new prime minister travelled to Hong K...

‘They’re teaching children to hate America’: the culture war in US schools – video

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Carmel, Indiana, is an affluent suburb just north of Indianapolis known for low crime rates and some of the country’s best public schools. But early last year, the school board brought in diversity, equity and inclusi...

‘We’re teaching young people life skills through dance’: inside Blackpool’s Skool of Street community project

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In the UK, about a third of UK primary school pupils don’t take part in any form of drama, music or dance, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely than those from wealthier homes to learn to play a...

Tim Dowling: I’m on my hands and knees, teaching our new cat old tricks

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It is a frosty morning and I am standing in the kitchen in bare feet, holding the door open for the cat. The cat dips its head low, studying the world across the threshold. “Faster, pussycat,” I say. The cat sniffs at...

DfE considering return of Sats at 14 and axing teaching hours limits

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Radical proposals to bring back national testing for 14-year-olds and scrap limits on teaching hours are under consideration by ministers, the Guardian has learned. Plans have also been drawn up to hand more powers to...

English has evolved and so has our teaching of it

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I read your editorial on the study of English language and literature (27 June) with astonished disbelief that anyone, let alone a major newspaper (I should have known better, of course) would at last grasp the nettle...

Oriel College faces teaching boycott over refusal to remove Rhodes statue

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About 150 Oxford lecturers have announced they will refuse to teach students at Oriel College over its contentious decision not to remove a statue of the imperialist Cecil Rhodes. The college was accused of “instituti...

Teaching unions call for return of masks to classrooms in England

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Unions representing teachers and other school staff are calling on the government to reinstate masks in classrooms in England in response to a growing number of Covid outbreaks, particularly among secondary pupils. Do...

Teaching unions criticise plan to extend school day in England

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Teachers’ unions have criticised government plans to extend the school day in England by 30 minutes and said they could potentially do “more harm than good”. Education unions also said that the £1.5bn funding package ...

Alabama lifts ban on teaching yoga in public schools but still bars ‘namaste’

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Alabama has lifted a three-decade-long ban on allowing yoga to be taught in its public schools – though the word “namaste” and chanting “om” will still be barred in classrooms. Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed ...

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