In Wales, the maximum number of children a child minder can care is six children under eight years of age. Of those six children, no more than three may be under five years of and of those three children, normally no more than two may be under 18 months of age. … [Read more...] about Nursery ratios raised ‘to improve standards’
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Daniel Taylor is right to wonder why there is a lack of ethnic diversity in sports journalism in Britain (Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’?, 11 December). Many young BAME people, especially black people, do not believe they can get into any kind of journalism. When still at school, and advisers are talking about what kind of jobs they might try for, such youngsters tend to be categorised as so lacking in written and spoken English that they’re unfit for media work and have no chance of ever attaining sufficient skills to compete in that area with white kids. … [Read more...] about Trying to improve racial diversity in the media
This summer’s GCSEs look almost farcical with hindsight. They were made harder to inject more rigour; then the exam regulator rearranged the grade boundaries to ensure the results looked the same as before. We have ended up where we started while creating unprecedented stress and alienation amongst teachers and students. What was the point? … [Read more...] about Yes, Ofsted requires improvement – but it can be a powerful force for good
But one issue is the honest use of language. If a space is private, it should not be called public, and planners should send back any application that makes this false claim. This matters because, if we are kidded into thinking that there is a civic realm that is not actually there, we will suddenly find that there is less space than we had thought for such essential public actions as protest. This is what the Occupy movement found when it looked for a location to make its point in the City of London. It turned out that the Square Mile is cunningly designed so as to have almost nowhere for such groups to gather, so the protesters ended up by the skirts of St Paul's. Oddly, the Occupy movement looks like the sort of colourful cultural event that local authorities and even businesses pay good money to subsidise, so as to jolly up their town centres: it is only when they are trying to say something that they officially become a problem. … [Read more...] about The London River Park: place for the people or a private playground?
My argument with the Hundred is not so much about the format. It stems more from the fact that the three prime months of the summer will, in essence, be devoted to short-form cricket. So any young cricketer with a brain will now hone his short-form skills long before anything else. The domestic schedule will become hopelessly unbalanced. However, I applaud the appointment of Moeen Ali as captain of the Birmingham-based team. Having him in charge may attract new fans in a manner way beyond an abundance of press releases, daft team names, inappropriate sponsors and a cacophony of fireworks. … [Read more...] about The Spin’s 2030 predictions: England win European Cup after passport farce