0 Comments DUP MLA Alex Easton: 'I was badly bullied at school and had my face bashed in when I was 12. It affected me for years until I bumped into the guy who did it.' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Q. You're 48 and married to Denise (52), a shop assistant who also works for you part-time. You have a step-daughter, Lauren (25), who's a care assistant, and two grandchildren, Carson (5) and Casey (3). Where did you and Denise meet? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dup-mla-alex-easton-i-was-badly-bullied-at-school-and-had-my-face-bashed-in-when-i-was-12-it-affected-me-for-years-until-i-bumped-into-the-guy-who-did-it-36921634.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article36921631.ece/315ba/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-05-21_lif_41053442_I6.JPG Email Q. You're 48 and married to Denise (52), a shop assistant who also works for you part-time. You have a step-daughter, Lauren (25), who's a care assistant, and two grandchildren, Carson (5) and Casey (3). Where … [Read more...] about DUP MLA Alex Easton: ‘I was badly bullied at school and had my face bashed in when I was 12. It affected me for years until I bumped into the guy who did it.’
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The clue is there in the Latin inscription on Andy Robertson’s school uniform. Floreat Iuventus. Or, to give the school motto of St Ninian’s High School its English translation – Let Youth Flourish. The uneven tie knot and oversized blazer tell their own story – of a kid too focused on sporting success to worry too much about the finer points of school uniform. Today, the youthful hopeful pictured at school in Giffnock, near Glasgow, has flourished all right. He now stands on the brink of footballing immortality. As Liverpool’s starting left-back, 24-year-old Andy is poised to join an exclusive group of Scots who have won the European Cup as he will be part of the squad who take on Real Madrid in Kiev’s NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in 13 nights time. In a four-page special today, the Sunday Mail traces the roots of the world-class defender who has become one of Scotland’s biggest sporting stars. In the space of eight years, he’s gone … [Read more...] about Andy Robertson is on brink of immortality but he was a class act even at school
I’m writing this column, as I always do, in my local coffee shop and I’m shamelessly eavesdropping on the conversation of two mums from my son’s Year Five group. There was a time when eavesdropping would reward me with stories of affairs, shoplifting and lanced boils, but these days, in this coffee shop by the school, the intense, hushed chatter is, of course, about schools. Parents who are past this stage – and those who don’t have children – find talk of combing through education options as interesting as learning about a charcoal soup recipe. But as my good friend Whitney once said, I believe the children are our future – teach them well and let them lead the way. I used to live in a very fancy-pants part of London. Most of my fellow parents put their kids in the local, “outstanding” primary school (“Because why pay for colouring in?” honked one neighbourhood mum), then paid for private school or moved away … [Read more...] about I don’t want my kids to be segregated at school, whether for academic or religious reasons – why do other people?
Six pupils have been rushed to hospital after reportedly taking the "zombie drug" Spice at school. Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, confirmed an incident "involving a small group of students taking illegal substances" yesterday. On Facebook , parents said they believed the substance in question was the notorious drug Spice, also known as "fake weed". One mum wrote: "Anyone else's child come home from TCA today worried after seeing a number of students faint and vomiting after taking spice drug." The question sparked 252 replies. One of them said: "My daughter saw one boy having a seizure today. He was sitting just behind her. I’d like to know what the school are doing about this." Does your child attend Thomas Clarkson Academy? Contact [email protected] Another read: "My son was saying two children collapsed from smoking it." One more said: "Apparently a girl was rushed to hospital to get her chest pumped." Dubbed the "zombie drug", Spice earned its … [Read more...] about Six pupils rushed to hospital after ‘taking zombie drug Spice at school’
Seven to 14 year-old pupils across Wales are taking national tests in numeracy and reading. They are NOT used to measure school performance and they are not graded. They’ll be changing next year too. Here's what's happening and why. Why do we have national tests and what are they for? To check how children are doing. The Welsh Government say the tests, which are based on the curriculum, give teachers detailed information on each learner’s development and progress in reading and numeracy. Results can also show where individual children may need more help to improve. Are they used to measure school performance? No. So do pupils pass and fail? No. There is no pass or fail or grade. Your child will get a score which schools use to track how they are doing. How many tests are there? Three: reading, procedural numeracy and numerical reasoning (problem solving) Procedural numeracy? What’s that then? It measures skills in numbers, measuring and data. And numerical reasoning? … [Read more...] about Why is my child taking National Tests at school in Wales?