UK Education Newswire Archive
21-02-2009 14:32Around 200 students from the University of St. Andrews have been in occupation of Lower College Hall, a key University building, since Wednesday at 12 when a petition signed by over 600 students and staff was handed to the university.
21-02-2009 14:16The Independent Primary review published its review of the curriculum in English primary schools today. It confirms what much previous research in primary schools – including from the schools inspectorate Ofsted – has shown: that a strong focus on testing ‘the basics’ of reading, writing and maths has led to a narrowing of the curriculum as experienced by primary pupils in many schools, particularly in the last couple of years of primary school. While classroom time spent on English and Maths steadily increased from 1996 to 2004, time spent on other subjects like history, geography, art and personal, social and health education dropped by as much as 20 per cent. And styles of learning in year 6 have become more like learning in the first few years of secondary school – quite the reverse of what should be happening given that we know these have always been an important factor in switching some young people off their learning once they have made the transition from primary to secondary school.
20-02-2009 22:44Update from St Andrews Occupation
20-02-2009 17:33Call-out written by anarchist group at Goldsmiths Uni. All social anarchists and (left-)libertarians welcome.
Meet 12pm on the corner of Thornhaugh Street and Russell Square.
*** The Great Green Film Festival 2009! ***
Saturday 14th March, 10 AM
C11, Portland Building, University Park Campus.
Free entry, no need to book, all welcome.
19-02-2009 14:35On Friday, February 6, the University of Rochester-SDS (UR-SDS) organized an occupation of Goergen Hall at the University of Rochester for peace and solidarity with the Palestinians. The action was partially inspired by the wave of occupations across the UK in support of Palestine the past few weeks. UR-SDS made a list of demands of the administration (including divestment from weapons manufacturers, educational and humanitarian aid to Gaza, and scholarships for Palestinian students). In a related event, on Thursday, February 12, 2008 Hampshire College of Amherst, MA. became the first US school to divest from corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
18-02-2009 00:32In a letter to The Independent on February 15th, Wes Streeting, President of the NUS, said he did not believe ‘that the sit-ins relating to the Gaza crisis have been the student movement’s finest hour’, condemning the ’significant disruption to [...the] education’ of other students ‘.
16-02-2009 01:43The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine commends the students of Britain for their movement of occupations in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and calls for the continuation and expansion of the movement, said the Front in a statement on February 12, 2009.
We have another day packed full of workshops and delicious food!
13-02-2009 18:02Select committees are almost the only place in parliament where MPs actually do what you’d naively hope they do all the time: sit down, hear a lot of evidence on an important issue, and then have a good hard think about it. The Science and Technology committee in particular have produced some fascinating and readable documents over the years. The report on the abortion act offered transparent, evidence based policy advice, package up in a very good piece of accessible popular science writing. (It also ended with a memorable tantrum from some christians). The House of Lords equivalent, meanwhile, did a very good piece of work on the public understanding of science in 2000, during the aftermath of GM and BSE.
Now SciTech has merged into DIUS, and they are asking us, which means you and me, “the public”, for topics that deserve a good hard think.
11-02-2009 23:59Disobey! & CAAT Day of Action rooftop protest over the University of Central Lancashire links with BAE systems.
11-02-2009 19:54UEA buliding Arts was occupied this by around 10-12 students tonight, the Union Council has voted to be support the occupation, security (initially heavy handed got suddenly more polite when the media and various onlookers turned up!) Below is a copy of the leaflet we are handing out...