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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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A  REPORT FROM THE NEWSPAPER  MATURE  TIMES   The voice of our generation . 2011 – 2012.

Sports archivists have uncovered never before – seen pictures of Britains first ever female football team – set up by Suffragette for the Rights of Women movement in 1881. The astonishing black and white photographs show the moment pioneering campaigners swapped their corsets for football shirts and formed ‘Mrs Grahams XI’.  Historians believe that the side helped women win the local Government vote and even sparked riots, after stepping onto the football pitch in revealing bloomers and blouses. Images of the team,  from Stirling, Scotland, were uncovered by artist Stuart Gibbs, 47 while compiling an exhibition about the history of the women’s game.

He said “They were on the cutting edge. The day after a controversial match in Glasgow the right for women to vote got the royal assent” .”The players were all part of the rights for women and the ‘rational dress movement’, so maybe the game was seen as a sign of the times and had some influence. ”

The stunning shots were uncovered by artist Mr Gibbs while researching `Moving  the Goalposts : A History of Womens Football in Britain’ currently touring the UK.  He compiled an album of pictures after scouring local libaries in Stirling. Mr Gibbs found suffragette Scot Helen Matthews, who played under the name Mrs Graham, had set up the first official womens club in the city.

The team known as Mrs Grahams XI – also the first national side-played their first official match at Easter Road ,on May 7, 1881. From that point on the team were never far away from controversy. The second game, against England at Shawfield Athletic Ground in Glasgow, on May 16 1881 sparked riots when they beat the visiting team 3-0.

Following the riots, the Womens Franchise (Scotland) Bill was given the royal assent, allowing women to vote in local government elections. This was a right women in England had enjoyed for two decades.  But the events of that day caused such a stir that a Government ban was imposed on women playing football in Scotland.

The team – which even included the world’s first black female footballer, Carrie Boustead – were considered “improper” by their male counterparts. But they battled on to eventually obtain recognition. Mr Gibbs said, “There were critics right from day one. Even women’s magazines were against it, even though you wouldn’ t think they would be. It just wasn’t acceptable for women to dress in trousers and football was considered a man’s game.

“The women had lots of fans, but they also had lots of objectors and there were a few problems caused by hooligans who tried to disrupt the game. Female teams played right through the First World War – but on December 5, 1921 the English Football Association voted to ban womens football from grounds used by its member clubs. The ban was not lifted until July 1971.

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JESSICA  SHEPERD : EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT OF THE GUARDIAN REPORTED ON THE 27TH DECEMBER 2011.

The Guardian spoke to scores of associations  representing educational workers and requested figures from councils through the Freedom of Information Act. The information shows that schools are ending or cutting funds for an initiative lauded by reseachers that offered one to one tuition for pupils falling behind in reading , writing, and maths .”

“Researchers proved that the initiative accelerates pupils progress and gives them confidence. Hertfordshire county council said fewer schools in its area were now giving one to one tuition. They were concentrating on smaller group work instead.”

“The Department of Education says schools still recieve their grant for one to one tuition , but it is no longer ringfenced and can be spent on other areas. “

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers , warned that the cuts  uncovered by The  Guardian would lead to “Englands long tail of under- achievement getting longer” She feared the most vunerable would suffer the most and fall further behind .Gove had been disingenuous in assuming the front line would be protected, she said” “Meanwhile essential help for children falling behind in maths and English is being scaled back.”

“One to One Tuition in maths and English is being dramatically reduced. In April funds for such tuition stopped being ringfenced and many schools have diverted funds elsewhere .”Many local authorities have a service that co-ordinates one to one tuition in schools . But, in such areas as Hertfordshire the services have had to be cut. the local council says it has noticed that fewer schools are giving such tuition and has reduced its team from six to two.”

**DISCUSS*******COMMENT******DISCUSS*******COMMENT******DISCUSS*******COMMENT*********DISCUSS**

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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR AREA .

PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER .   P.A.C.T.

Established by Portsmouth Trades Council in 2010 PACT is a community based anti- cuts group , which networks to bring together, workers , students ,pensioners, and all of the community who oppose the Con- Dem government`s austerity agenda . PACT opposes ALL cuts and supports workers industrial action to defend their jobs and community campaigners who are defending vital public services.

For more information:      www.portsmouthact.wordpress.com         Portsmouthagainstcuts@gmail.com

 

GREEN LEFT : PORTSMOUTH  PEOPLES   YOUNIVERSITY.

Networking  with  OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH  in  Victoria Park Portsmouth.

Two days of speakers and discussion took place  at the weekend that the community were involved in.

See their website : greenleftblog.com/

 

OR  CONTACT :

 

OCCUPY PORTSMOUTH : wearethe99percent@hotmail.com

OTHER WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

BBC ETHICS .          THE INDEPENDENT .    FOCUS:      OCCUPY ST PAULS CATHEDERAL.

 

FOR A CLEAR EXPLANATION ON THE CURRENT SITUATION:

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:     ILL  FARES  THE  LAND     BY  TONY  JUDT.   Published  by Penguin Books 2010 @ £9:99.

Described by John Gray as ” a  latter- day Orwell “

“Tony Judt is our preeminent historian of postwar Europe, a scholar of remarkable breadth and crudition and one of the West`s foremost and outspoken public intellectuals…a deeply learned, deeply humane heart`s cry .”    Timothy Rutten ,   Los Angeles Times.

 

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WARRIOR: THE AMAZING STORY OF A REAL WAR HORSE.  PUBLISHED BY RACING BOOKS AT £14:99

Horse racing expert Brough Scott, signed copies of the new edition of his grandfather, General Jack Seely’s book at Waterstones in Newport, Isle of Wight and also gave a talk on the focus of the book, legendary horse,Warrior, to an audience of 70.

This story of a real war horse was written by General Jack Seely of Brook and was  first published in 1934. General Seely was known as a local benefactor on the Island on matters of education amongst the poor by setting up a libary there. His wife Dorothy Brooke also began the charity ‘The Brooke Trust’ some 80 years ago. It still runs the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo, and it also works in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

This is a true story by Seely based on Warrior, who, on the fields of Passchendaele and the Somme endured the most horrific experiences. The charge into the battle of Moreuil Wood was led by Warrior, and he was one of the few  animal survivors of World War 1 .  Eight million horses, donkeys, and mules perished in the terrible conflict. Warrior was brought home to the Isle of Wight by his owner, Christmas 1918, and subsequently lived on for 33 years.

When Warrior passed away, his obituary apeared in The  London Evening Standard. It carried the heading : The Horse The Germans Could Not Kill.

FILM  DIRECTOR  STEVEN  SPIELBERG’S  ORAL  HISTORY  LINK.

It is little wonder that the film director Steven Spielberg has produced the acclaimed new film ; War Horse, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo which became the basis of a play now retold by Spielberg. But, what is not widely known is that Spielberg was the key person in establishing an  oral history archive –  Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, based in America.

Whilst working on the film Schindlers List in 1994 and  based on events of the Holocaust, Spielberg became passionate about the recording of eye witness accounts and was determined that there would be lasting evidence of what happened in history  so that future generations of people would know of the horrors that transpired and that lessons would be learned from these  events  so the it would never happen again.

TO VIEW THE  SHOAH VISUAL HISTORY FOUNDATION.
The main URL is : http:/www.vhf.org/

TO SEE THE EXHIBITION : WAR HORSE : FACT OR FICTION ;  THE NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM LONDON.

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PORTSMOUTH  MUSEUMS  AND  RECORD  OFFICE.

MUSEUM  ROAD , PORSMOUTH,  HAMPSHIRE   PO1  2LJ.

ORAL   HISTORY  COLLECTION  :  CONTACT : JOHN  STEDMAN.  TEL /02392  827261.

HAMPSHIRE  RECORD  OFFICE .

SUSSEX  STREET ,  WINCHESTER  ,  HAMPSHIRE  SO23  8TH .

WESSEX  FILM  AND  SOUND   ARCHIVE  :  CONTACT : DAVID  LEE . TEL /01962  846154.

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WHAT IS DOWSING?

Dowsing is a way of finding out about things we cannot see. It is a wonderful tool and one that we can all use.You may well have heard of dowsing or `divining’ being used to find water. Dowsing is also used in the surveying of buildings and archaeological searches; in looking for oil, mineral deposits and lost objects and for the investigation of earth energies and geopathic stress.

The British Association of Dowsers  special interest groups include: Archeological, Health, Earth Energies, and a Water and Site Dowsing group. There are some 25 local groups around the country. If you are interested, try their  website www.britishdowsers.org which provides  information and details on how to join.

VILLAGE WATER.

Village Water is the campaigning arm of the British Society of Dowsers, a UK registered charity no. 295911. One of the projects is in Munyinda in the Western Province of Zambia, Central Africa. They have the benefits of a new well installed by Village Water.

In Zambia, Central Africa, farmers have used their ingenuity and skills for many years to make the best of a tough climate and, in the Western Province, a poor sandy soil. They have learned methods of soil conditioning, such as applying roots of cassava plants, so that their only shortage now is irrigation water in the dry season, which lasts 8 months of the year. That is why wells being sunk helps them greatly, to grow food, through irrigation, and to make a living, thus providing for their families in what can be a harsh enviroment.

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