Kaon Omori peeked into her classroom in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, gawping at evacuees forced from their homes by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed 179 people. "In the classroom, all the desks and chairs have been moved to the sides, and people I've never seen before are staying inside," she mumbled. "It's really weird," the 12-year-old said, touching her bobbed hair. Authorities ordered as many as five million people to evacuate their homes during the record rains that have cut a swath through parts of central and western Japan. And nearly a week after the rains began, with clean-up operations well under way, more than 10,000 are still stuck in shelters like the Okada elementary school in Kurashiki. Among the hundreds of people at the school were former and current students, like Omori, a skinny sixth grader with a passion for volleyball. She looked bemused at the transformation of her school, its gym now hosting neat rows of blue mats for displaced people to … [Read more...] about Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school
Parents going back to school
The different ways academies deal with discipline has been debated following a series of school visits. Members of Stockton Council’s Children and Young People Select Committee met have given their views following visits to academies in Stockton. Committee members made the visits after representatives of the Northern Education Trust (NET), Outwood Grange Academy Trust (OGAT) and Carmel Educational Trust (CET) defended their differing behaviour policies. In March, the committee had particularly criticised strict behavioural policies, branded “draconian” by councillors, and questioned why one academy had recorded 1,500 exclusions in a single year. On Wednesday, councillors returned with differing views following separate visits to NET’s North Shore Academy and Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth in Stockton, and CET’s St Michael’s Catholic Academy in Billingham. Vice chair, Cllr Barbara Inman, said: “St Michael’s seem to have it cracked - the … [Read more...] about Councillors give views on pupil discipline after going back to school
IT’S the classic teatime scenario – a parent asks their child what they did at school and the child shrugs, replying: “Nothing.” Despite a host of parents’ evenings and streams of emails, most parents are left feeling that what goes on inside the school gates is a mystery. Now a new Channel 4 documentary has sent a group of mums and dads back to school for six weeks. Here we meet five of the parents to find out just what happened when they lined up as Class 6M at Blackrod Primary School in Bolton. 'I was horrified at how little I knew' TEACHER Rick Hughes, 42, is dad to Ava, five. He says: I’m a percussion teacher and I thought that would give me a bit of a heads-up but it didn’t at all. It was terrifying! It was a real eye-opener to see what ten year olds need to learn. I was horrified how little I knew. I sucked at maths at school so I found that hard. The terminology has changed a lot, for the better. But the level they are doing at that age … [Read more...] about Class of Mum and Dad sends parents back to school for six weeks – to find out how hard kids really have it these days
PUBLISHED: 15:09 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 06 September 2017 Going back to school can be very expensive. Picture: Getty Images/istockphoto seb_ra Charlotte Smith-Jarvis’ school shop for her two children was up to £500 this year. What did you spend? When I opened my purse this week moths and dust flew out. Okay okay, so I’m over exaggerating (slightly). Why the drama? Well, let me tell you I was feeling fleeced, because boy are the summer holidays expensive. After weeks of keeping the kids entertained, and factoring in a family holiday, most of us start to feel the pinch in August. But then there’s the dreaded ‘back to school’ shop. Argh. According to statistics from Nationwide, this year parents have spent a staggering £1.48 billion getting their children ready to go back to school. That’s nearly £180 per child. In my day (so I’m talking about the 90s here) uniforms were pretty affordable, and there was a strict … [Read more...] about Are you feeling the ‘back to school’ pinch?
Parents are being shown how to prepare a variety of healthy meals to feed their family. A five-week course of cookery sessions has been organised by Fairfield Endowed Junior School. Recipes are based around using a slow cooker as a convenient, time-efficient way to provide a healthy meal. Each person is provided with a free slow cooker to take home and keep. They will also receive a supermarket voucher when they complete the course. The school is working in partnership with High Peak Borough Council Communities and the funding was received from DCC Communities priority fund. … [Read more...] about Buxton parents go back to school for cookery lessons