Teaching unions condemn education minister over obscene gesture | UK news

Education unions have written to the newly appointed education minister, Andrea Jenkyns, warning that her use of an obscene gesture and her excuses since would be unacceptable from a pupil or member of staff. Jenkyns, Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood, was widely criticised after she was pictured raising her middle finger at a crowd … Read more

Mindfulness in schools does not improve mental health, study finds | Mental health

School-based mindfulness training does not appear to boost wellbeing or improve the mental health of teenagers, according to research that found many pupils were bored by the course and did not practise it at home. At a time when concern is mounting about poor mental heath among children and young people in the UK, researchers … Read more

NHS to miss out on recruiting thousands of nurses if BTecs are scrapped | Education

The NHS will miss out on recruiting thousands of nurses every year as a direct result of the government scrapping BTec courses in health and social care, hospital bosses have warned. NHS Employers wrote in a letter to the education secretary, James Cleverly, that it had “serious concerns” about the plan, which it fears will … Read more

‘There were moments I questioned my passion for the job’: the overseas nurses helping to keep the NHS running | Nursing

Even before the pandemic struck, there was a shortage of nurses in the UK. In January 2020, a survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found that almost three-quarters of nurses said the staffing level on their last shift was not sufficient to meet the needs of patients safely and effectively. Yet this month … Read more

Zulfikar Ghose obituary | Poetry

My uncle Zulfikar Ghose, who has died aged 87, earned his living as a poet, teacher, novelist and literary critic in Britain during the 1950s and 60s before spending much of the rest of his life as a creative writing lecturer at an American university. Zulf was born in India in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), … Read more

Schools in England advised to assess risk of strip-search before calling police | Schools

Schools should “assess and balance” the risk of a potential strip-search to a pupil’s mental and physical wellbeing before calling the police, according to new government guidance. The new advice for schools in England has been issued following national outcry over the treatment of a 15-year-old black girl, known as Child Q, who was strip-searched … Read more

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