What else did Estyn find? Standards are good or better in around 80% of primary schools and the proportion with excellent standards has continued to rise, with 10% receiving the highest level Standards are good or better in nearly half of secondary schools inspected but the proportion of these schools causing concern remains a challenge There have been improvements in independent special schools and pupil referral units, with examples of excellence for the first time for many years 'To be successful you have to be happy first'At Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel in Llanelli, there are regular yoga sessions to help children with breathing techniques and to calm down. … [Read more...] about Schools’ poverty gap a ‘major challenge’ – Estyn
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Extreme poverty and inequality in America and Britain are the result of a political choice that is causing millions to suffer – but neither is inevitable and they are fixable. Bad narratives underpin and enable bad policy. We saw that all too clearly when austerity was rolled out across the UK after the financial crisis. So, we need to construct a new narrative; one that reflects the reality of people’s lives, not an imagined one-dimensional “scrounger” or “skiver”. And we need a narrative that starts from the premise that all of us have the right to live with dignity and without impoverishment. The dominant poverty narrative, as the US scholar Chuck Collins so succinctly puts it – that we are where we economically deserve to be – has deep roots. … [Read more...] about ‘Being poor is not inevitable or due to personal flaws. I know, I’ve been there’
Some anti-smoking measures have been a response to EU legislation, such as advertising and promotion bans. However, says Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, tobacco control strategies have reduced smoking rates in England faster than in some other European countries, particularly among children. … [Read more...] about Doctors urge Theresa May to publish anti-smoking strategy
As I say, I've been excruciatingly lucky. I've refound friends and family whom I now don't know what I'd do without, and I don't know why I accidentally sidelined some: just my weird caustic mix of arrogance and guilt. And I still don't honestly know what to say to those souls who are truly alone, bereft of both youth and friends. But I think I know what to advise those 30-40-50-somethings tempted to board the shutters. Every real-life interaction (other than cold callers) will give you at least a little joy. Friends are far more willing (unless you've always been an over-needy twanny) than even you know, eager even, to offer help, if you're able to assume the guts to ask for it. Might be nothing: a trip to Argos, some cheese, setting up a sound system. Women have, admittedly, known this since the dawn of time, but women living alone have had a commensurate rise in the last 30 years, and women suffer 55,000 more strokes than men each year. Twice as many are killed by stroke than by … [Read more...] about Euan Ferguson: ‘I think,’ I stuttered… ‘I think I’ve had a stroke’
Nutt does not think that there are any dangers in the setting of the experiments or the dose (85mg of MDMA), and fMRI findings would be added to other existing studies. "One of our reasons for doing this is to get an underpinning in neuroscience to strengthen the rationale for doing more studies, more trials on patients, and we are trying to gear up to do that in the next year. Once you can show what the brain responses are, you have some sense that what you are doing is meaningful in terms of the illness and also that the drug is safe and well tolerated. … [Read more...] about Can MDMA help to cure depression?