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Ofsted chief claims some faith schools are deliberately resisting British values

Ofsted chief claims some faith schools are deliberately resisting British values

Politics, Radio, Student
Amanda Spielman has said some children are being “taught solely religious texts, at the expense of being taught even basic English and maths”. Amanda Spielman, the head of The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), has said that some faith schools are “deliberately resisting both British values and the requirements of equalities law.” At the annual Ofsted report Ms Spielman highlighted a worrying number of practices taking place in faith schools. She said that Ofsted inspectors had in some cases found texts which “encouraged domestic violence and the subjection of women”. Ofsted reported that the number of independent schools which were judged to be “less than good” has increased again this year, from 28% to 32%. A proportion of institutions from this category were C
London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

London First: We support Mayor’s call for students’ flexible work visa

Breaking News, International, London, London Mayor, Politics, Student
Nonprofit advocacy group London First has welcomed Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for a “flexible visa system.” This will allow international students to work in the UK as they did before 2012. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to Westminster World their support of the Mayor’s position. The spokesperson Emma Hutchinson said: “There has been around 40 per cent drop in students coming here from India since the post-work study visas were scrapped. So, the way we look at it, is that the international students make huge contribution to the economy.” Mayor Khan urged the Prime Minister to allow international students to have the kind of visa she scrapped five years ago, according to ITV London. He tweeted saying: “Our current visa system is holding London’s businesses back. We need a new flexi
Long Distance Relationships Keep You More Connected Than You Think

Long Distance Relationships Keep You More Connected Than You Think

Culture, International, LifeStyle, Opinion, Social media, Student
On average, most people in long distance relationships tend to be at least 125 miles away from each other. Being a student at university, relationship gossip has to be a main topic of conversation when you are around friends. When is your next date? What was he wearing? Did he split the bill? But what happens when your partner lives 3000 miles away and all communication is over video calls, instant messaging and the occasional birthday card you receive in the post. When I first told my friends that I have been speaking to someone that lives nine hours away by plane, the general reaction was “are you being serious? It will never work.” Those words played in my mind over and over again and I became my own enemy, trying to find any excuse to end this connection. We met just before
Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Think tank tells ministers to scrap interest on student loans

Politics, Student
A government think tank has released recommendations that interest rates on student loans should be done away with, saving money for students and tax payers. UK 2020, a centre right think tank, has advised ministers that interest on student loans shouldn’t just be cut, but removed completely. This would mean all current interest owed would be cancelled and all future rates of interest set to zero. The think tank's report claims interest charged on these loans is stacking up far quicker than any student is able to repay it, leaving a large amount of debt unpaid at the end of students repayment periods. Interest alone amounts to an average of £5,800 of debt on graduation, with the poorest 40 per cent of students racking up the most at £6,500. In his forward for the report Lord
Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

#breakingnews, News, Politics, Specials, Student
For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th
The curious case of EU students in the UK universities after Brexit

The curious case of EU students in the UK universities after Brexit

brexit, EU referendum, International, Politics, Student
Numbers of EU students applying for the UK universities have decreased by 7% to reach 42,070 students for 2017 cycle. The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) announced last February. (Photo by: John Walker-Flickr) EU students have a significant contribution to UK economy. They generate £3.7bn for the UK economy and support over 34,000 jobs in all corners of the country, according to analysis last year from the board of Universities UK, which is a pool for 24 vice-chancellors of universities in the UK. Numbers of EU students in UK over the past five years (Photo by: UCAS) Amid fears of higher tuition fees and raising cost of living, the UK might not be the best destination for EU students. Tal Rimon, 31 years old, a German journalist who seeks to pursue her Master
Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

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LATEST UPDATE: “Customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy” From tomorrow onwards, there will be several reductions on Southern Rail services, as well as those on London underground and overground which are expected to be busier due to the strike. From 13-16 December, passengers will experience "no Southern Rail service" and were told to expect decreased train services on the Circle and Hammersmith, City, and Piccadilly lines.  The company has advised passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and pan journeys in advanced. During the first three days of the strikes, passengers have experienced massive and according to BBC report, only 50% of the Southern services were available for service. Southern has reported that the former planned date for the strike on
Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

#breakingnews, International, News, ReportingWeek2, Sport, Student
The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts.  They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds.  Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity.  It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
UK tougher plans to cut half of international students

UK tougher plans to cut half of international students

#breakingnews, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student
The Home Office is considering a plan nearly to halve international student visas. The impact has already been seen, leading to the refusal of some good overseas applicants for spurious reasons. There have already been plans for immigration control, according to senior university sources. One of the options is to cut the current number of international students from 300,000 to 170,000 a year. This possible cutback could then slash more than two thirds of overseas students. At the Conservative party conference in October, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced a crackdown on overseas students and work visas. This includes tougher visa rules for “lower quality” universities and courses. But the move has been causing dismay in universities. Vice-chancellors say some students
Is the Brexit Vote Breaking Millennial Relationships?

Is the Brexit Vote Breaking Millennial Relationships?

EU referendum, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student, Uncategorized, Video
Outside the British Supreme Court last week, the atmosphere was tense, as pro-Brexit campaigners stood metres away from an anti-Brexit protest. Suddenly, a tussle between two protesters erupted, that had to be broken up by 7 policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYN1M2jUe7g Remain and Leave voters fundamentally disagree on almost all issues. A Twitter poll conducted for Westminster World, with 51 participants, showed that 86% of them have argued with someone they know about Brexit. Have you ever argued with anyone you know about #Brexit ? Poll for @WestWorldUK — Blyth Brentnall (@BlythBrentnall) December 7, 2016 “Brexit revealed a number of divides in UK society: between more and less educated people, older and younger people; and to some extent the class divide as well.