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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 8:58 am 
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https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... CMP=twt_gu


St Olave's allows rejected sixth-formers to return to school


"The affair has lifted a lid on the possibly illegal practice designed to boost a school’s league table position, carried out at a number of high-achieving schools across England, despite schools being unable to exclude pupils for reasons other than behaviour. Friday’s development will put pressure on other schools which follow the same practice to reconsider their policies. "


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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In a limited capability for work decision, the DWP described the modern workplace in some detail,stating that:

"...which [the modern workplace] allows for reasonable adjustments or aids as required such as for example, Allowing assistance with completion of a job application form, conducting the interview at a slow pace, asking short direct rather than long hypothetical questions, using practical rather than written tests, offering a work trial as an alternative means of assessing ability, providing training and on-going support in new tasks, adding tasks one at a time, permitting low work hours, especially at first and speaking slowly in plain jargon free English."

Please provide the evidence the DWP holds that the modern workplace functions in this way.

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We have none.


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"Any connection with having to be a member of the Tory party and the Tory party is purely coincidental"


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Morning all.

Saturday shopping becomes more a case of How much I can carry than what do I want when you're without a car.

Good news about St Olave's - schools really have lost the plot when they have policies more about how the school looks than what's best for the pupils.

Did we have this up yesterday - can't remember.

St Olave’s exclusions practice was no secret – we pupils all knew

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/01/st-olaves-exclusions-no-secret-we-pupils-all-knew-about-it

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The school clearly has never been very good at gauging happiness and welfare, or at least it has never been good at caring about it. What it was good at gauging was performance. And it was good at telling us about it, too. A visit to its website will quickly have you inundated with statistics of attainment almost beyond belief. It’s not just the public that saw those. We saw them too – a lot. The previous year’s achievements and the names of top performers were plastered all over school noticeboards.

We were treated to a yearly results assembly from the headmaster, Aydin Onac. A series of graphs and percentages told us how much better this year had been than all before it. Details of the school’s yearly haul of Oxbridge offers were placed above all others. Illogically, we were all told to be like those exceptional students.


Wouldn't have been surprised if one of the outstanding pupils was called Stakhanov...

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Between October last year and this March, 123,000 disabled people left work, according to the Office for National Statistics. During the same period only 108,000 disabled people found jobs.


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"Modern workplace"


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 10:57 am 
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No idea why"the sitting at home all day,lying and burdensome" may lack confidence.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 11:00 am 
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I miss my shopping trolley,yes I had the piss taken out of me,but it was useful pre internet days.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 11:04 am 
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It was amazing how many packets of fags/tea bags it could carry.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 11:34 am 
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Of course any participation may be used in evidence against you on the basis of no longer neediing what you need to participate.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 11:37 am 
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Ed Miliband on the Murdoch bid for Sky:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... s-uk-media

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Britain doesn’t need a Fox News. The regulators must block the Murdochs’ bid
Ed Miliband


Good to see both Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown still plugging away at this particular battle.

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Times repeating the fiction that Sarah Champion was sacked from the SC, I see.

But given that they basically seem to have made up their "story" about that Tower Hamlets foster case, should we be surprised?


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A tongue in cheek twitter thread to raise a smile. (It's tenuously political - at least that's my excuse):

https://mobile.twitter.com/manwhohasita ... 3550153729

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 12:51 pm 
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Sounds a bit odd coming from an edu writer but this is a really interesting point.

https://twitter.com/miss_mcinerney/stat ... 1059229696

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The Westerby is almost certainly this guy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Westaby

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 12:59 pm 
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Good morfternoon.

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Engineer lends voice to Mail Rail tours as secret world opens to public

Visitors will hear Ray Middlesworth explaining his extraordinary workplace as they ride near-replicas of the original trains (Guardian)


Fascinating (to me, anyway).

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/02/engineer-lends-voice-to-mail-rail-tours-as-secret-world-opens-to-public


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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
Times repeating the fiction that Sarah Champion was sacked from the SC, I see.

But given that they basically seem to have made up their "story" about that Tower Hamlets foster case, should we be surprised?


Seeing that it was Andrew Norfolk, we probably should be surprised.

But everybody seems to lose their head when talking about Tower Hamlets.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 1:31 pm 
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Have we already had this (apologies if we have)? At least Martin Rowson knows the meaning of the word "blackmail".

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Martin Rowson on Liam Fox and Brexit negotiations – cartoon


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2017/sep/01/martin-rowson-on-liam-fox-and-brexit-negotiations-cartoon


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RogerOThornhill wrote:
Sounds a bit odd coming from an edu writer but this is a really interesting point.

https://twitter.com/miss_mcinerney/stat ... 1059229696

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The Westerby is almost certainly this guy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Westaby


Laura M might have been thinking of Education there too. "Failing headteacher" can be somebody who was brave enough to have a go with a genuine basket case. Better to take over places already improving.


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As someone on twitter said reaching the stage of being more YoungTory accounts/parodies than actual number of young Tories.


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http://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/nea ... nancially/

Nearly 3 million over 65s struggling financially


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HindleA wrote:
As someone on twitter said reaching the stage of being more YoungTory accounts/parodies than actual number of young Tories.


Which maybe isn't actually that hard.......


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 3:36 pm 
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True.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 3:43 pm 
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I was very much the exception not being or at least having an expressed Labour support in school/younger days.It didn't do me much harm.Quiet at the back there.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 6:06 pm 
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Nice day, is this why nobody is posting? ;)


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 6:20 pm 
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https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... ims-labour


Teachers ‘£5,000 a year worse off under Tories’
Study finds 1% pay cap in England and Wales has eroded salaries and is one of major factors in growing recruitment crisis


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Game for Grenfell


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MPs declare sports and bookies as most common donors


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41027964


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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... erritories


Trump's ambassador to Israel refers to 'alleged occupation' of Palestinian territories
David Friedman, who also opposes two-state solution, appears to adopt a stance more in line with Israeli settlers in Jerusalem Post interview


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The only feasible alternative to a two state solution is a one state solution - perhaps Likudists should think on that a bit more.


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https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... ion-centre

Home Office employee suspended at G4S-run immigration centre


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 7:28 pm 
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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
The only feasible alternative to a two state solution is a one state solution - perhaps Likudists should think on that a bit more.


You don't think they've got that covered, with their immigration policy?


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 7:30 pm 
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HindleA wrote:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/02/home-office-employee-suspended-at-g4s-run-immigration-centre

Home Office employee suspended at G4S-run immigration centre


I went to a private youth jail years ago (or secure training centre, as it was called) and there was only one Home Office employee around- called the Home Office Controller, who I suppose was supposed to be monitoring the private company.

Wouldn't be surprised if it was that person suspended. A journo interested in the story could probably find out who that might be.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 7:34 pm 
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Where's citizenJA? She's not been in evidence.


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PostPosted: Sat 02 Sep, 2017 7:38 pm 
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Ex G4S employee there/as well -headline says at,in body of piece not so clear.I am.probably thinking too much.


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Where's citizenJA? She's not been in evidence.


Having a well earned break from here, hopefully? They do from time to time.


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Have sent Lenny the carrier pigeon(just out of rehab)to make inquiries.


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Shocked etc.

Back from patient visiting after a decent win for the Os - 2nd in the league!

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Walked the welsh coast path from Borth to Aberystwyth today - very very up and down (but only literally) but very lovely.

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"Undulating"


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A word used in road race course descriptions as in "at least one big ###king hill,may need oxygen"


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"Undulating"


I am specifically banned from using this word after using it in advance (accompanied by 'gently') to describe the landslip path from Lyme Regis to Seaton.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 24671.html
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Amid growing concerns about Britain’s waning influence abroad, Downing Street confirmed Theresa May was not invited to the Paris summit attended by Mr Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.


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“It is becoming increasingly clear that Theresa May is leading Britain into decline,” she said.

nice turn of phrase, bet that'll go down well.


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Whereas 'Gently undulating like the Chilterns'
has always sounded slightly suspect. :?


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After a dramatic fall from grace, how long can May really last?


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HindleA wrote:
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/02/how-long-can-theresa-may-last-as-prime-minister


After a dramatic fall from grace, how long can May really last?


For as long as it suits the Tory top brass that she is there, to take the rap for all the toxic stuff that they are likely to have to do.


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