‘Every year we continue to exist, it’s a surprise’: is your job on the endangered list? | admin

With so many traditional industries under threat, from DVD rentals and black cabs to British wool – how does it feel to know your job might not exist in five years’ time?

It’s been a long time since a job for life was on the horizon for many; now even a job for five years can seem like a stretch. It’s not just because more of us are choosing portfolio careers, or retraining in our 40s; whole sections of industry are disappearing. Empty shopfronts where camera stores or video rentals might have stood 20 years ago are evidence of our changing consumer appetites. Advances in technology mean…

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Teachers: is your school doing enough to tackle sexual harassment? | admin

As #MeToo shines a light on sexual harassment – and with reports of sexual assaults by under-18s on the rise – tell us what your school is doing about it

Are you a teacher who has witnessed sexual harassment taking place between students at your school? Did you know how to handle the situation? Do you feel your school is doing enough to educate and inform pupils about the issue?

Sexual harassment continues to be a widespread problem in society. The issue has been highlighted most recently by the #MeToo campaign, which asked people to share the words “me too” on social media if they had…

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Secret Teacher: we need to look at the lack of rigour in exam marking | admin

My experience marking papers this year has convinced me we must do more to guard against inaccuracies. These are children’s futures we’re talking about
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Like most schools across the country, my school requests that many of the exam papers sat by GCSE students are re-marked by a senior examiner if they are just a few marks off a grade boundary. This is common practice and especially true of English and humanities subjects where the mark scheme is applied much more subjectively than, say, something like maths where there is a clear right and wrong.


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Oxbridge ‘failing to address diversity’, David Lammy says | admin

MP says universities put pressure on journalists to change stories about lack of black students getting places rather than addressing concerns

Oxford and Cambridge have been accused of failing to engage in serious debate over their lack of diversity by the former education minister David Lammy, who first highlighted the issue with data obtained by freedom of information requests.

The Labour MP said the universities had been “trying to make journalists change their stories” rather than address how little progress they were making in recruiting talented students by race, social class and…

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The Guardian view on Oxbridge admissions: race, place and class matters | Editorial | admin

It would be fairer to judge A-levels in the light of the socioeconomic context in which they were achieved

Earlier this month Oxford University put up a plaque to celebrate its first black graduate. Christian Cole read classics and went on to become the first African-origin barrister in the English courts in the 1880s. Where Mr Cole once blazed a trail, few unfortunately have followed. Data extracted by Labour MP David Lammy shows that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil in 2015. Oxford’s great rival Cambridge University fared little better: six…

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Race, class and Oxbridge’s stranglehold on British society | Letters | admin

A Russell Group professor on the exclusion of black and working-class students; Maurice George on how little seems to have changed at Oxford since the 1950s; David Butler on opinion-forming elites; Anne Strachan on the admissions process; Clare Richards on schools’ failings; Jan Toporowksi on the British establishment; Patrick O’Farrell on Scotland and Northern Ireland’s absence

The post-GCSE Oxbridge open evening at my child’s northern comprehensive was attended by about 250 parents, a perfect reflection of its wide ethnic diversity. The speaker was an overseas Oxbridge master’s student,…

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Universal basic income would help to tackle power imbalance | Brief letters | admin

Patriarchy | Stereotyping cockneys | Welsh three-legged stools | Free speech | Cave on the moon | Coffee grounds

Reflecting on patriarchy, the excellent Suzanne Moore (G2, 19 October) identifies the problem as power imbalance – where one set of people have the power over others to dictate if they will eat or not. Answer: a universal basic income for everyone removes one part of the vulnerability that gives the Weinsteins and Sampsons their power.
Dr Anne Brockbank
Brockbank McGill Associates

• I’m a proud cockney (Leave it out! £55 East End themed dinners spark row, 20 October). I don’t…

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