Can mindfulness improve pupils’ concentration?

Mar 11, 2016 by

By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News. Mindfulness is a psychological technique which is said to help combat stress. But should it be widely introduced in schools? The practice of mindfulness – which draws on Buddhist thinking – has become increasingly popular in recent years. There have been calls for brain-training techniques, using breathing to achieve mental clarity, to be introduced in schools. In October, the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group said the practice should be...

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Ofsted ‘errors’ challenged at conference

Mar 4, 2016 by

by Chris Sugden, Anglican Mainstream. ANGLICAN leaders, Christian teachers and church youth were among those gathered at the Teaching for Commitment conference to challenge the Department for Education. Governors and educational consultants joined to challenge Government proposals for inspecting ‘out of school education settings’. The conference sought to deal with “parents’ prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” (UN Universal Declaration of Human...

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Student Bible clubs temporarily suspended in Ohio after atheist group files complaint

Mar 1, 2016 by

By Jonah Hicap, Christian Today: Student Bible clubs in at least two schools in Lancaster, Ohio have been temporarily suspended by officials after an atheist group sent a letter to complain. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) earlier wrote a letter to Superintendent Steve Wigton of the Lancaster City Schools to complain about outside adults conducting Bible studies during lunch time at different schools. “It is our understanding that bible study groups meet during the lunch...

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How should Christians educate their children?

Feb 26, 2016 by

A sermon preached by Ian Garrett at Jesmond Parish Church in January 2016: That’s the question this morning. And faced with any issue like that, a Christian should ask, ‘Where does the Bible address this?’ And with education, the answer is that, explicitly or implicitly, the Bible addresses it from beginning to end – but most explicitly in the book of Proverbs. So would you turn in the Bibles to Proverbs chapter 1, because we’re going to begin by mining some Biblical first principles from...

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ANALYSIS ‘Their aim was power’: how – and why – Islamism breaks schools

Feb 25, 2016 by

By John Ray, Lapido Media: THE Trojan Horse affair came as little surprise to me. I had long witnessed the ways that cross-cultural pressures – minority/majority, religious/nationalist, tribal/family – work on individuals and society. Having been Principal of the Tyndale Biscoe School in Srinagar, Kashmir for 25 years, and thus deeply involved in the life of the city, it was natural, going to Birmingham in 1987, to be involved in schools. As first a governor in Golden Hillock School, our local...

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Outrage as school asks pupils to pretend to convert to Islam for homework assignment

Feb 25, 2016 by

By Siobhan Fenton, Independent: A school in Guernsey has provoked outrage after asking pupils to write a letter pretending they are converting to Islam. Pupils aged 12 and 13 at Les Beauchamps High School were asked to pen the creative writing exercise as part of a religious education lesson. They were asked to write a letter to their parents explaining that they had converted to Islam and hope that their family would respect their decision. The homework briefing stated: “Complete the letter...

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