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WITH THANKS TO THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER 8TH 0F SEPT 2016 

EXTRACTS OF A REPORT BY : ANUSHKA ASTHANA

SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR WARNS OF `US AND THEM` `DIVIDE .

MORE SELECTION WOULD EXACERBATE PROBLEMS , HE SAYS .

CALL TO FOCUS ON TEACHERS AND PARENTS INSTEAD .

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS EXPANSION RISKS DISASTER ,MAY IS WARNED .

THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY TSAR HAS WARNED THAT EXPANDING THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD BE A DISASTER ,A DAY AFTER IT EMERGED THAT THERESA MAY WAS CONCIDERING THE IDEA .

ALAN MILBURN ,THE FORMER LABOUR CABINET MINISTER WHO CHAIRS THE GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL MOBILITY COMMISSION ,SAID ENDING THE BAN ON BUILDING NEW SELECTIVE SCHOOLS RISKED CREATING AN “US AND THEM DIVIDE ” WITHIN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM .

HE SAID THAT PUPILS AT ENGLAND`S REMAINING 163 SELECTIVE STATE SCHOOLS WERE FOUR OR FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE COME FROM INDEPENDENT PREP SCHOOLS THAN FROM THE DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS .

“THIS IS NOT SELECTION EDUCATIONALLY ,IT IS SELECTION SOCIALLY .IF (MORE OF ) THAT IS WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT ,IT WILL NOT PROVIDE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DIVIDEND ,IT WILL BE A SOCIAL MOBILITY DISASTER “. SAID MILBURN .

ON TUESDAY AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT INDICATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING TO END THE MORATORIUM WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE HANDS OF A CIVIL SERVANT OUTSIDE DOWNING STREET .

MILBURNS COMMENTS CAME DURING A WIDE  – RANGING INTERVIEW WITH THE GUARDIAN IN WHICH HE CALLED ON MAY TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHIEST AND THE POOREST ,AND WARNED OF AN OVERWHELMING AND “FESTERING SENSE OF SOCIAL RESENTMENT “ACROSS BRITAIN .

“THE HISTORY OF OUR CONTINENT TELLS US WHEN A MAJORITY FEEL THEIR AMBITIONS BEING THWARTED AND THAT A MINORITY ARE FORGING AHEAD ,THINGS CAN TURN NASTY “,HE SAID ARGUING THAT THE SCALE OF THE BREXIT VOTE UNDERLINED THE CHALLENGE .MILBURN POINTED OUT THAT OF THE 65 AREAS OF THE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTED BY HIS COMMISSION AS THE WORST FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS ,ONLY THREE VOTED TO REMAIN .

STOP PRESS ………..STOP PRESS …………..STOP PRESS………….SEPTEMBER 9TH 2016

FRONT COVER OF THE  i  NEWSPAPER   :TEACHERS VOW TO BATTLE GRAMMAR SCHOOLS …….MAY GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR MORE SELECTIVE EDUCATION ,OVERTURNING 19-YEAR-OLD BAN …………..OPPOSITION PARTIES AND TEACHING UNIONS DETERMINED TO FIGHT REGRESSIVE MOVE .

 

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EDUCATION  JUNE 2016

THE FOLLOWING NEWSPAPER REPORT FROM  i  17 TH JUNE 2016 BY CLAIRE HAYHURST

SCHOOLS CUTTING PUPIL SUPPORT FOR `DISADVANTAGED `

A GROWING NUMBER OF SCHOOLS ARE USING FUNDING FOR DISADVANTAGED PUPILS TO OFFSET BUDGET CUTS ELSEWHERE .IN A SURVEY ,6 PER CENT OF TEACHERS REPORTED THIS AS THE MAIN PRIORITY FOR THEIR SCHOOL`S PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING -AN INCREASE FROM 2 PER CENT IN 2015 .THE RESEARCH ,PUBLISHED BY THE SUTTON TRUST AND THE EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION ,INVOLVED 1,607 TEACHERS.

ONE IN FIVE RESPONDENTS DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE MAIN PRIORITY FOR THEIR PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING WAS .BUT 3 PER CENT OF SENIOR LEADERS AND 7 PER CENT OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS -A TOTAL OF 6 PER CENT -STATED THAT IT WAS FOR “OFFSETTING BUDGET CUTS ELSEWHERE “.

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BRITAIN`S INNER -CITY PROSPERITY IS HIDING SEVERE CHILD POVERTY AND MALNUTRITION , WARNS SENIOR CATHOLIC BISHOP

GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE  `PAYING THE PRICE` FOR AUSTERITY , SAYS CHILDREN`S  COMMISSIONER

CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY ARE GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY EACH DAY ,STRUGGLING TO CONCENTRATE AND FALLING BEHIND IN THEIR LESSONS ,ONE OF BRITAIN`S LEADING CHURCHMEN HAS CLAIMED .

THE PROBLEM IS BEING MASKED BY A `VENEER OF PROSPERITY ` IN REDEVELOPED CITY CENTRES WITH MANY YOUNG PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES ASHAMED OF THE STIGMA OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH TO EAT ,HE ADDED .

THE  RT REV MALCOLM MCMAHON ,THE BISHOP OF NOTTINGHAM ,WHO WAS APPOINTED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP BY POPE FRANCIS LAST WEEK ,IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE ,WHICH OVERSEES ONE IN 10 SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND AND WALES ATTENDED BY NEARLY 840,000 PUPILS . HE SAID TEACHERS OBSERVED DEPRIVATION BLIGHTING YOUNG LIVES ON A DAILY BASIS .”THERE IS A POVERTY WHICH WE WITNESS EVERYDAY IN OUR SCHOOLS ” HE SAID .

HIS COMMENTS WERE ECHOED BY THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER FOR FOR ENGLAND ,MAGGIE ATKINSON ,WHO IN A SEPERATE INTERVIEW WARNED YOUNG PEOPLE WERE BEING HIT HARDEST BY THE GOVERNMENTS AUSTERITY PROGRAMME .

“THE POOREST FAMILIES ,AND THEREFORE THEIR CHILDREN ,ARE PAYING THE PRICE NOW” WE DID IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS ON THE WELFARE BILL .FAMILIES, PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ,ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE WAS ALREADY ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON THE HOUSEHOLDS ,WOULD BE ILL-SERVED BY THE WELFARE REFORMS “, SHE TOLD TOTAL POLITICS MAGAZINE .

POVERTY BY NUMBERS …………………………..

3.5 M CHILDREN IN THE UK ARE LIVING IN POVERTY WITH THE FIGURE AS HIGH AS SEVEN IN 10 LIVING IN THE MOST DEPRIVED  WARDS .

1 IN SEVEN CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY : 820,000 SCHOOLCHILDREN SKIP BREAKFAST .

8.4 WEEKS LEARNING TIME LOST BY CHILDREN WHO GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY .

126,889 CHILDREN WERE USING FOODBANKS IN 2013 .

36 PER CENT THE PROPORTION OF PUPILS ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS WHO ACHIEVE 5 GCSE `S AT C OR ABOVE ,INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS .

WITH THANKS TO THE INDEPENDENT i  ON SATURDAY NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER JONATHON  BROWN FOR THE ABOVE EXTRACTS . ISSUE : SATURDAY 29TH MARCH 2014 .

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“I`VE LOST MY SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRE .”

SURE START CHILDREN`S CENTRES PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES WITH VITAL SUPPORT .SINCE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT CAME TO OFFICE IN 2010 HUNDREDS OF SURE START CHILDREN`S CENTRES HAVE BEEN CLOSED .

“I`M WORRIED I`LL LOSE MY SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT .”

THE COALITION GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CHANGE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) PROVISION FUNDING WILL NO LONGER BE `RING FENCED ` FOR USE ONLY ON PUPILS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS .SCHOOLS MAY USE IT FOR OTHER PURPOSES .

“I VE LOST MY TEACHER BECAUSE OF THE CUTS “

BETWEEN 2000 AND 2010 THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS INCREASED BY OVER 32,000 .SINCE 2010 ,AS A RESULT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT `S CUTS, THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS HAS ALREADY FALLEN BY OVER 10,000

“I`VE HAD MY ART, MUSIC , RE AND DRAMA LESSONS CUT “.

 IN 2010 THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE (EBacc) THIS FOCUSES ON A NARROW RANGE OF SUBJECTS . ONLY EBacc SUBJECTS COUNT TOWARDS SCHOOL PERFORMANCE TABLES .AS A RESULT ,THE TIMETABLED TIME FOR NON-EBacc SUBJECTS SUCH AS ART, MUSIC, PE, RE, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY ,PSHE, AND DRAMA IS BEING CUT.

“I NO LONGER HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TAUGHT BY A QUALIFIED TEACHER .”

SHORTLY AFTER COMING INTO OFFICE IN 2010 ,THE COALITION GOVERNMENT REMOVED THE REQUIREMENT FOR ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS TO APPOINT ONLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS . IN JULY 2012 ,THE COALITION GOVERNMENT REMOVED THIS REQUIREMENT FOR ALL SCHOOLS .

“I`VE LOST THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT I NEED TO STAY ON IN EDUCATION .”

THE EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE (EMA) WAS INTRODUCED IN 2004 TO GIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16-19 WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE LOW INCOMES .THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ABOLISHED THE EMA ,LEAVING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITHOUT VITAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO REMAIN IN EDUCATION.

“I CAN`T FIND A JOB BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENTS ECONOMIC POLICY .”

SINCE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT TOOK OFFICE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT HAS RISEN TO OVER A MILLION .HIGH LEVELS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE SERIOUS SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS AND WILL LEAD TO A LOST GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE .

“I CAN`T  AFFORD TO GO TO UNIVERSITY BECAUSE OF INCREASED TUITION FEES”.

BEFORE 2010 THERE WAS A CAP OF £3,000 ON UNIVERSITY FEES . SINCE 2010 THE COALITION GOVERNMENT HAS RAISED THE CAP TO £9,000 PER YEAR . A THREE YEAR DEGREE NOW COSTS AN AVERAGE OF £27,000 FOR THE TUITION FEES .

“I`M  WORRIED THAT MY CHILDHOOD WILL BE SPENT IN POVERTY .”

THE INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES (IFS ) ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED THAT 400,000 MORE CHILDREN WOULD BE FORCED INTO POVERTY BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015 ,AS A RESULT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL POLICIES .THE ESTIMATE IS NOW THAT OVER 200,000 MORE CHILDREN WILL BE PLUNGED INTO POVERTY OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS ,WITH OVER ONE MILLION CHILDREN IN POVERTY BY 2020 ,AS A RESULT OF COALITION GOVERNMENT POLICIES .

THERE IS A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND LOW EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT .BECAUSE OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT`S AUSTERITY MEASURES ,THE LIFE CHANCES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING SEVERELY DAMAGED.

EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM THE BOOKLET  : GOVERNMENT  EDUCATION POLICY  :THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE . NASUWT THE TEACHERS UNION  . WEBSITE : WWW.NASUWT .ORG .UK  TELEPHONE : 0121 453 6150  E-MAIL : NASUWT @MAIL NASUWT .ORG. UK

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GOVE`S  PLAN TO LET ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS TURN A PROFIT 

REPORT EXCERPTS BY : JAMES CUSICK  FROM THE INDEPENDENT i         JULY 2ND 2013

ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS SHOULD BECOME PROFIT -MAKING BUSINESS`S USING HEDGE FUNDS AND VENTURE CAPITALISTS TO RAISE FUNDS ,ACCORDING TO PRIVATE PLANS BEING DRAWN UP BY THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION , MICHAEL GOVE.

DETAILS OF DISCUSSIONS ON THE PROPOSED REDESIGN OF ACADEMY REGULATIONS REVEAL THAT MR GOVE IS CONSIDERING THE CONTROVERSIAL FINANCIAL REVAMP OF HIS ACADEMY SCHOOLS PROGRAMME AFTER ADVISERS PREDICTED THE GROWTH OF HIS REFORMS WILL STALL UNLESS OPERATORS AND SPONSORS ARE GIVEN NEW FINANCIAL INCENTIVES .

IN A FURTHER RADICAL MEASURE AIMED AT BOOSTING THE ECONOMIC ATTRACTION OF ACADEMIES , THE EDUCATION SECRETARY IS EXAMINING PROPOSALS FOR ACADEMY SCHOOLS WITH LARGE SITES TO BE ABLE TO SELL OFF OR SUB -LET FORMER COUNCIL OWNED LAND ,WITH MONEY USED TO REBUILD OR IMPROVE SCHOOLS .

THE NATIONAL UNION  OF TEACHERS BRANDED THE COVERT DISCUSSIONS INSIDE THE DfE  “A SCANDAL WAITING TO HAPPEN ” AND CALLED ON THE EDUCATION SECRETARY TO MAKE AN URGENT STATEMENT TO PARLIMENT AND TAXPAYERS ON WHERE THE ACADEMY PROGRAMME IS NOW HEADING . STEPHEN TWIGG ,LABOUR `S SHADOW EDUCATION SECRETARY , CALLED THE PLANS A “TRIUMPH OF DOGMA OVER EVIDENCE ” LAST YEAR A SURVEY BY POPULUS SHOWED THAT THREE QUARTERS OF THE PUBLIC DISAPPROVED OF ACADEMIES MAKING PROFITS .

(i )ONE IN FOUR OF ENGLANDS 7.3 MILLION STATE PUPILS ARE IN ACADEMY STATUS SCHOOLS .JUST OVER 3,000 OF ENGLANDS 27,000 SCHOOLS ARE ACADEMIES . OVER HALF OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND 10 PER CENT OF PRIMARIES ARE ACADEMIES .

DISCUSS……DISCUSS……DISCUSS……DISCUSS……DISCUSS……DISCUSS

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EDUCATIONAL NEWS FROM THE INDEPENDENT i      JUNE 1ST 2013

BY  :  LEWIS SMITH 

SWEDISH   FREE  SCHOOLS  CLOSE  DOWN

ONE OF THE LARGEST FREE SCHOOL OPERATORS IN SWEDEN IS TO SHUT DOWN , RAISING FURTHER DOUBTS ABOUT CONSERVATIVE HOPES OF LETTING PRIVATE COMPANIES RUN BRITISH FREE SCHOOLS  FOR PROFIT .

THREE OF THE SCHOOLS RUN BY JB EDUCATION IN SWEDEN ARE TO CLOSE  AND THE OTHER 19 ARE TO BE SOLD AFTER PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP AXCEL ,THE PARENT COMPANY WHICH BOUGHT THEM IN 2008 , DECIDED THAT THE LOSSES WERE TOO SUBSTANTIAL ” IT IS EXTREMELY REGRETTABLE THAT IT WILL AFFECT THE STUDENTS” , JB EDUCATION `S CHIEF EXECUTIVE , ANDERS HULTIN WAS QUOTED AS SAYING YESTERDAY.

YESTERDAY  TEACHING UNIONS IN BRITAIN SAID THAT THE SWEDISH EXPERIENCE DEMONSTRATED HOW INAPPROPRIATE IT IS TO ALLOW SCHOOLS TO RUN FOR PROFIT .

CHRISTINE BLOWERS, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS , SAID ; A PRIVATE COMPANY `S FIRST LOYALTY IS TO SHAREHOLDERS , NOT PUPILS OR PARENTS. IF A SCHOOL ISN`T PROFITABLE , IT WILL EITHER CUT CORNERS OR , IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO , CLOSE IT DOWN .

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N A S U W T  THE TEACHERS UNION   WITH   UNISON    

PUBLIC MEETING  TUESDAY 29TH JANUARY 2013 AT 7-30 PM 

MENUHIN ROOM , PORTSMOUTH CENTRAL LIBARY , GUILDHALL SQUARE PORTSMOUTH

ACADEMIES ARE THE PRIVATISATION OF THE EDUCATION SERVICE .MANY HEAD TEACHERS AND GOVERNING BODIES SEE ACADEMIES AS THE ONLY WAY TO GET EXTRA MONEY TO MAINTAIN THEIR SCHOOLS .

PARENTS SHOULD BE WORRIED .ACADEMIES DO NOT HAVE TO EMPLOY QUALIFIED TEACHERS .ACADEMIES CAN SELECT WHICH PUPILS THEY WANT ON THE PREMISES . PARENTS WILL HAVE VERY LITTLE SAY OR RIGHTS  .

THIS PUBLIC MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED BY UNISON AND OTHER UNIONS ,TEACHERS ,AND PARENTS, TO HEAR THE TRUTH . A CITY -WIDE CAMPAIGN WILL BUILD TO SAVE AND IMPROVE EDUCATION IN THE CITY . PLEASE JOIN US !!

CONTACT  UNISON    : 02392 841998                  CONTACT   NASUWT    :  07908708717

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