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      Streaming: The Holdovers and the best films about teachers

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 08:00 · 1 minute

    From Robert Donat’s heart-breaking Mr Chips to the real-life Mr Bachmann, Judi Dench’s venomous schoolmarm to Paul Giamatti’s classics stickler in The Holdovers, cinema loves teachers, whether inspirational or awful

    I had a few teachers I adored in my years at school – and one or two, perhaps, who even inspired me in some capacity – but I can’t say a film about my relationship with them would make for particularly thrilling viewing. Teaching is hard graft, and often thankless; even the best in the profession are rarely rewarded with the kind of dewy, triumphant tributes that cap off many a Hollywood classroom drama. Yet the inspirational teacher film remains a mainstay: film-makers never tire of imagining the schooldays they’d like to have had.

    Paul Giamatti offers a variation on the type in The Holdovers , out on VOD last week: the curmudgeonly, academically oriented teacher with (surprise!) a heart of gold beneath it all. Alexander Payne’s misfit comedy counts for its emotional effect on the familiarity of its characters and settings. Giamatti’s crusty classics professor, outmoded but still with something to give, is essentially an American rewrite of the antiquated public schoolmaster at the centre of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version , so beautifully played by Michael Redgrave in 1951 ( Internet Archive ), and again by Albert Finney in a 1994 remake that’s more readily streamable.

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      Most schools in England facing real-terms cuts since 2010 thanks to Tories, analysis shows

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 00:01

    Urgent investment of £12.2bn needed to reverse effects of 14 years of austerity, unions say

    Almost three-quarters of schools in England are facing real-terms cuts since 2010 due to government funding decisions, analysis from a coalition of education unions has shown.

    New data released from School Cuts suggests before the spring budget next month that £12.2bn of investment is needed to reverse the cuts 70% of English state-funded schools have faced in the last 14 years under the Conservatives.

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      Watchdog to investigate ‘franchise student’ provision at Leeds Trinity

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 06:00

    Office for Students reviewing courses by subcontractors amid concerns of potential loan abuse and poor education standards

    England’s higher education regulator is to launch its first investigation into “franchise students” enrolled on university courses run by subcontractors, amid concerns about poor quality and potential abuse of student loans.

    The Office for Students (OfS) said it is investigating how 6,500 students are taught under franchise by subcontractors of Leeds Trinity University, saying it will look at whether the courses are of high quality and whether Leeds Trinity has “effective management and governance in place” for overseeing its partners.

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      ‘Daylight robbery’: two in five UK teachers work 26 hours for free each week

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 00:01

    TUC survey finds teaching staff perform the most unpaid overtime of any profession, losing out on £15,000 a year each

    Teaching unions have accused ministers of “daylight robbery” after a new survey by the Trades Union Congress revealed that teachers perform the most unpaid overtime of any profession.

    The TUC survey – published to mark its Work Your Proper Hours Day on Friday – found that two out of five teaching staff in the UK worked 26 hours for free each week, for a combined 5.5m hours a year.

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      GCSE grades a good predictor of life chances and wellbeing, research shows

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 06:00

    Study of 23-year-olds found the exams were even more important for those from disadvantaged backgrounds

    GCSE grades have an excellent track record in predicting the future lives and careers of young adults, according to researchers, who found the exams were even more crucial for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Academics from Leeds and York universities found that the predictive power of GCSE results outstripped those of gender or later qualifications, including university degrees, in charting the development of young people from the age of 16 into their early 20s.

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      Mistakes, fakes, and a giant rat penis: why are so many science papers being retracted? – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 05:00


    A record 10,000 research papers were retracted in 2023. To find out what’s driving this trend, Ian Sample speaks to Ivan Oransky, whose organisation Retraction Watch has been monitoring the growing numbers of retractions for more than a decade, and hears from blogger Sholto David, who recently made headlines when he spotted mistakes in research from a leading US cancer institute.

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      Academics win claim against Oxford University over ‘sham contracts’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 14:36

    Rebecca Abrams and Alice Jolly claimed they were denied important workplace rights for 15 years

    Two academics who sued Oxford University for employing them on “sham contracts” as gig economy workers, have won their claim for employee status in a ruling which could have implications for other higher education workers on precarious contracts.

    Rebecca Abrams and Alice Jolly, both respected authors, taught on Oxford’s prestigious creative writing course for 15 years, but were employed on fixed-term “personal services” contracts which they claimed denied them important workplace rights.

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      Teachers in England could face ban for failing to report evidence of sexual abuse of children

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 00:01

    Home secretary’s mandatory reporting legislation plan already covered by statutory duties, say school leaders

    Teachers in England face being banned if they fail to report evidence of children being subjected to sexual abuse under plans for new legislation announced by the home secretary, James Cleverly.

    The new law would make it a legal requirement for healthcare professionals, teachers and others who work with children and young people to identify and pass on cases of possible sexual abuse.

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      As a teacher, I know the damage phones do to kids. But this new ban won’t make a shred of difference | Nadeine Asbali

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 16:59 · 1 minute

    Most schools in England already ban mobiles. If it wants to make a change, the government should fund youth clubs and social activities

    Look around next time you are out and you will see that children’s addiction to smartphones nowadays often begins long before they’ve started school. By the age of 12, 97% of children will own their own phone. There is a growing body of evidence pointing to an alarming link between the time children spend on smartphones, and the access they provide to social media, with the likelihood of experiencing bullying, problems with self-esteem and even self-harm. So, in a bid to curb the damage to the next generation, the government has now issued statutory guidance on prohibiting their use in schools altogether.

    As a (reluctantly) online millennial, I grew up alongside the internet. Our relationship has developed from chatting on MSN and playing Club Penguin on the clunky PC in the corner of the dining room (so long as my mum didn’t need to use the landline), to the iPhone that now lives in my pocket, seems as attached to my body as my own limbs and contains much of what I need to survive. But I am also a secondary school teacher, and you only need a single break-time spent dealing with the drama caused by a social-media comment to conclude that phones in the classroom bring nothing but disruption to what should be a calm and safe place of learning.

    Nadeine Asbali is a secondary school teacher in London

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