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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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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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PORTSMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS TOGETHER : PACT : MARCH AGAINST ALL CUTS : SATURDAY 18TH OF MAY 2013 ASSEMBLE AT 11-30 AM

ASSEMBLE AT THE COMMERCIAL ROAD FOUNTAIN  ( OUTSIDE OF WATERSTONES ) PORTSMOUTH  . MARCH LEAVES AT 12 NOON .

MARCH AGAINST ALL CUTS ………. SURE START ,TAX OFFICES , DISABILITY BENEFITS , HEALTH AND SAFETY , NHS PRIVATISATION , PENSIONS , WAGES , BEDROOM TAX , SOCIAL CARE , HOUSING BENEFIT , JOBS , SCHOOLS , CENTRAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES  , LEGAL AID , TAX CUTS  FOR THE RICH ………

 AUSTERITY ISN`T WORKING ! !                                       

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JOIN US FOR A HALLOWEEN THEMED INFORMATIVE DISCUSSION ON ACADEMIES AND WHICH LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY MAKING THEIR INTENTIONS KNOWN

ON THE 31ST OF OCTOBER 2012  AT MENUHIN ROOM , 3RD FLOOR , CENTRAL LIBARY , PORTSMOUTH , HAMPSHIRE , ENGLAND .

HOW WILL IT  AFFECT  YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL? COME ALONG AND FIND OUT ! WE ARE INVITING ALL SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF TO A HALLOWEEN EVENT .

CHILDREN ARE VERY WELCOME , THERE WILL BE A SMALL GIFT FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARRIVE DRESSED UP !

TEA , COFFEE AND SOFT DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE

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FROM :    i  THE INDEPENDENT : ENGLAND :  EDUCATION  : BY :   ANDREW GRICE  POLITICAL EDITOR : TUESDAY 15TH MAY 2012 .

The Government will not ringfence the £2.5bn a year to be handed to schools for the most disadvantaged pupils to ensure all of it is spent on them, Nick Clegg admitted yesterday .

 

The Deputy Prime Minister said it would be wrong to ” micro-  manage ” every school from Whitehall by dictating how money allocated under his ” pupil premium ” scheme is spent.He dismissed criticism that it could be used to cover spending cuts.

 

But Alan Milburn, the Government`s independent reviewer of child poverty and social mobility , is to investigate how and where the money is being spent.” It is opaque .” said the former Labour cabinet minister .” That is the real problem .”

 

In a speech yesterday, Mr Clegg said the Coalition would not copy the previous Labour government by trying to hold the hand of every teacher . He is confident staff will innovate and spend the money  well in different ways- such as one – to – one tuition , catching -up classes, breakfast clubs or counselling .

 

But Christine Blower , general secretary of the National Union of Teachers , said : “The Pupil Premium is simply being used to plug gaps in school`s budgets because of other funding cuts.”

AT LAST , AN INVESTIGATION  INTO THE EFFECTS OF NON RINGFENCED  FUNDING  ON BOTH STUDENTS AND STAFF.       PAT CARTER : TUTOR  . PORTSMOUTH . ENGLAND.

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