The start of September is that time when social media is flooded with photos of uniformed children smiling, getting ready to receive an education provided by the state. Except that, for a growing number of children in the UK, school is not only unable to cater for their needs and learning style, but is set up in a way that is actively sabotaging their ability to engage, leaving them anxious, isolated and with low self-esteem. The number of children in the UK who are home schooledhas more than doubled in the last four years, and the reason is not because of an increase in covert child abuse or radicalisation – the apparent fears of those pushing for registration – but largely because so many kids are being failed by the current state-schooling model. Rather than create a moral panic around the motives of home schoolers, it’s time the government acknowledges its failings in the education system and puts effort – and funding – into rectifying them. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Parents are choosing to home school because the government is failing our kids
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government is preparing as best as it can for possible cyber attacks from foreign governments. Speaking during a trip to Beijing to meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping, Ardern told Newshub Parliament is taking extra steps to bolster cyber security. Reported cyber scams and fraud incidents skyrocket in new report Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on why she cut short her 'important' China trip The powerful parliamentary privileges committee is reviewing the weaknesses in Parliament's IT systems on the orders of Parliament's Speaker Trevor Mallard. "He's given assurance that he's working on ensuring all practical steps are taken to make sure we have the security required around those systems, because of course, that is incredibly important," Ardern said. The Prime Minister added that, while parliaments around the world have been hacked, New Zealand's has been spared so far. "There is no evidence that New Zealand's Parliament … [Read more...] about How New Zealand Government is preparing for state-sponsored cyber attacks
Salmond complaint committee to raise ‘preservation of evidence’ concerns with FM BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The committee set up to investigate how misconduct allegations against Alex Salmond were handled by the Scottish Government is to raise issues concerning the “preservation of evidence” with the First Minister. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/salmond-complaint-committee-to-raise-preservation-of-evidence-concerns-with-fm-37961921.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37961919.ece/cc0d7/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_f0ec658a-3cd3-4788-a2aa-a328ac5ac326_1 Email The committee set up to investigate how misconduct allegations against Alex Salmond were handled by the Scottish Government is to raise issues concerning the “preservation of evidence” with the First Minister. Convener Linda Fabiani announced the move after MSPs were informed that Scottish Government computer systems “automatically delete … [Read more...] about Salmond complaint committee to raise ‘preservation of evidence’ concerns with FM
However, he warned that the logistics of securing the return of the former Air Corps recruit to Ireland was "very complex" given that she was currently in a camp in an effective war zone which is controlled by Kurdish forces. Ms Smith, who travelled to Syria in 2015 after converting to Islam, has pleaded to be allowed return to Ireland in an emotional interview with US station, CNN. The Louth woman said she was effectively "living in a prison" in the Syrian camp and now "wants to go home" to Ireland. "I know they'd (Ireland) strip me of my passport and I would not be able to travel. I would be watched, kind of, but prison? I don't know. I am already in prison," she said. In a previous TV interview, Ms Smith - who worked on the Government jet during a decade in the Air Corps - described herself as British and spoke both English and Arabic. The Tánaiste said the Government is now liaising with her family over how to get her back to Ireland from Syria. "The Government's position is … [Read more...] about Tánaiste confirms Government is working to facilitate return of Irish Isil bride Lisa Smith
0 Have your say Lancashire businesses are being forced to “slow down” because the government is so preoccupied with Brexit, a member of the county’s Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has said. Board director Amanda Melton told a meeting of the growth body that Whitehall’s long-term budget-setting plans were also being affected, because so much civil service energy was being taken up by the on-going process of leaving the EU.READ MORE >>> Lancashire could land EU cash days before Brexit“While all this Brexit stuff is happening, some of the departments have ground to a halt,” said Ms. Melton, who is principal of Nelson and Colne College.“Some of the other important stuff, like the development of education strategies and things to be done in preparation for the comprehensive spending review are being negatively impacted.“There is then a wider impact which is causing businesses and the education sector to actually … [Read more...] about Brexit: is Lancashire losing out while government is distracted?