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Not a single student in Malala’s education service

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Birmingham’s Pakistan Consulate student advisory wing axed after four years of not having a singe approach for help

Pakistan Consulate’s student advisory service in Birmingham, which was set up when Malala Yousufzai arrived in the city is closing down – because not a single student has approached it for help.

The news comes as Nobel Prize-winning education campaigner Malala announced she had won a place at Oxford University after achieving three As in her A-levels from the independent school - Edgbaston High School.

At Oxford, she will be studying the same course at the same college attended by Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani Prime Minister.

After her life was saved by Birmingham doctor Fiona Reynolds - one of the first medics on the scene of the school bus shooting in 2012, Malala was flown to the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for specialist treatment.

She eventually moved to Birmingham in 2013 with her family after the Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham offered her father a position as the education attache for a specially created Education Wing at its city centre base. The wing was set up fundamentally to facilitate Malala’s medical treatment.

Now, in an apparent bid to save public money, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to close the wing, which opened on 11th April, 2013 and instead move all education services to its London HQ.

A source at the consulate, who did not want to be identified, said: “There was no need for an education wing and, historically, Birmingham never had a post of education attaché.

“The Education Wing was opened basically to facilitate medical treatment of Malala in Birmingham and to this end her father Ziauddin Yousafzai was appointed as education attache.

“But in the four years since the establishment of this wing not a single student has approached us for any kind of help or assistance.

“Hundreds of thousands of pounds has been wasted in the name of student counselling that not a single student has accessed.”

Mr Yousafzai’s contract as education attache came to an end on 11th April this year, the source added.

Malala rose to prominence after being shot in the head and neck by the Taliban while on her way home from school in 2012, and has won praise for her campaigning for the rights of girls to receive education.

In 2013, she was named one of TIME magazine's most influential people and was first nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The same year, she won the European Parliament's Sakharov price for Freedom of Thought and released her autobiography "I Am Malala".

Now Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry says that the closure of the education wing in Birmingham was decided on financial grounds – the education wing was a drain on public money with no foreseeable benefit.

It said that monthly expenditure on its maintenance was an estimated £15,000 with “no utility or value for the public money.”

The Ministry added: “Since April 2013, there hasn’t been a single student-related case requiring any kind of help or assistance from the wing or, for that matter, the Birmingham consulate.

“There are two other consulates besides Birmingham – in Bangladesh and India – and neither of them has ever had an education wing.”

The Education Wing was intended to act as a liaison between British and Pakistani education institutions and offer help and advice to Pakistani students in the UK.

A spokesman for the Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham confirmed a directive to close its Education Wing had come from the Pakistani government in Islamabad.

“I cannot comment on the exact reasons why the wing was closed but it clearly did not perform as was expected,” he said.

“All education services are now dealt with by the main Pakistani High Commission office in London.”

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THE MERIDIAN CENTRE: Upcycling craft course teaches new skills

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The Meridian Centre is a creative hub in the local community

Women who enrolled on to a Creative Craft course at the Meridian Centre on St Pauls Road have passed with flying colours.

The upcycling course was one of a number of learning opportunities available at the centre as part of its adult education programme.

They aim to teach people from the neighbourhood new skills and get them back into work.

The Centre Manager said the women’s creativity deserves to be celebrated:

“I’ve been so impressed with their work I wanted to share it.

“It’s amazing what ideas they’ve come up with. One of my favourite was a tyre that has been turned into a leg resting pouffe.”

Nabila Khan  the Course Tutor  said “It’s not just textile and sewing skills they pick up it‘s also a chance to socialise with other ladies from the local community and make new friends.

“It’s a great starting point if you are wanting to go back to education.”  

The Manager added the courses were open to any man or woman who want to increase their skills and go on to further education to improve themselves and their lives.

Meridian Centre provides free courses to the local community in Manningham and are well embedded amongst the hard-to-reach communities. They have been able to provide education and training to the community. The courses delivered are in response to a need in the community for courses that aim to lead people into further education  and employment.

The courses which include ESOL, Functional Skills, Equality and Diversity, Nutrition and Health, various Art and Craft courses, Childcare, Health and Social Care and Teaching Assistant are recognised by the community as a way of progressing in to further education and employment.

Meridian Centre are offering courses to 16 – 18 year olds such as Childcare Level 1 and 2 and Health Social Care Level 1 and the Security Guard course that is attracting more men on to the courses. In September 2017 they will be offering GCSE Maths and English.

As well as the adult courses the centre offers 2, 3 and 4-year-olds with 15 hours of free early education for those that are entitled for 38 weeks of the year.

To find out more about the centre and what courses might be of interest contact the centre at: 01274 490353.  

 


 

Enrolment dates for some of the courses are listed below:

 

18/08/17  at 10am for the Door Supervision SIA (Security Guard Course)Level 2

30/08/17 at 10am Childcare Level  and Health and Social Care for 16 -19 year olds

23/08/17 at 10am Childcare Level  and Health and Social Care for 19+

22/08/17 at 10am for Functional Skills

04/09/17 at 1pm for GCSE Maths

19/09/17 at 1pm for Mindfulness Introduction

18/09/17 at 1pm for Healthy Living Mind and Body - Introduction

 


 

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School kiddos go to college: Year 6 pupils at Bradford primary school get a taste of further education

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Year 6 pupils from St Matthew’s CE Primary, Bradford, were given a real taste of what’s on offer at Bradford College when they visited the campus.

Some 60 Year 6 pupils, 30 on each day, were given an extensive tour of the College on Thursday and Friday 13th and 14th July, where they met with students who they had previously spent time at the school.

Known as College Ambassadors, they helped the pupils gain insights into a range a courses and careers, and into the general life of post-school study.

The pupils saw the engineering and technical workshops, science labs and library. From the top floor of the main building, they were able to see the Bradford cityscape. The day ended in a media studio where groups of pupils made a talk show video. They took on the roles of either hosts, guests, camera operators, sound engineers or directors. They are looking forward to seeing the short films.

Included in the tour was a visit to a hair salon, a boxing gym, and a statue of Sir Edward Appleton, who won a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 while working at the former Bradford Technical College, which later became Bradford College.

Last November students from the College answered questions from pupils about life as a student as part of a Year 6 Careers Week. The event was organised to encourage the pupils to have high aspirations and consider further and higher education once they leave secondary school.

A second session, called Your Future and Higher Education, was held at the school in February. It gave pupils an insight into studying Higher education and the students answered frequently asked questions about courses, entry requirements and the costs involved.

The events were part of Bradford College’s Get Involved scheme which runs the College’s Further and Higher Education Progression Packages.

Headteacher Kay Remmer, said: “Our Year 6 children had a great time at the Bradford College campus. They came back excited about what they had seen. All three sessions have helped our Year 6 pupils make well-informed decisions about their future Further and Higher education choices, aspire to engage in higher qualifications and to be the best that they can be.”

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BIG SMILES: Honorary doctorate awarded to Huddersfield pioneer for outstanding contribution to dental education

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The University of Bolton had awarded 48-year-old Mustafa Mohammed an honorary doctorate for his “outstanding contribution to dental education”.

Born in Pakistan, Mohammed had contracted polio as a small boy and came to live in Elland, West Yorkshire. He attended a school in Brighouse following which he went on to complete a degree at Sheffield in Computer Science.

Following his degree, Mohammed created an Urdu word processor and obtained a position as a computer programmer.

In 2005 Mohammed noticed the demand for dentists far outstripped the supply and so he set up his first practice in Garforth, West Yorkshire. He now owns 25 clinics under Genix Healthcare across the UK and has been instrumental in the establishment of the University’s Centre for Dental Sciences.

Genix Healthcare is headquartered at the University of Bolton alongside sister company Sparkle, which has created one of Britain’s largest and best equipped dental laboratories on the campus.

Mohammed, 48, a married father-of-three, divides his time between his homes in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and central London.

Mohammed has been instrumental in the establishment of the university’s pioneering Centre for Dental Sciences, the newest dental education department in England.

It offers students access to state-of-the-art, purpose-built dental laboratories and specialist industry-standard equipment. Mohammed has also pioneered apprenticeships in dental care and technology and developed industry standards on behalf of the Government.

The University of Bolton praised the British Asian entrepreneur for giving freely his time and money to support the new Centre for Dental Sciences.

Mohammed received his Doctor of Health Care award at a ceremony to mark the installation of the University of Bolton’s new Chancellor, the Earl of St Andrews, who is the eldest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

Mohammed said: “I feel very humbled to receive such a distinction and would like to thank the University of Bolton for bestowing this honour on me and my family.

“I have been successful in life and the best way to give something back is to support the next generation by investing in education and training.

“In partnership with the University of Bolton, we have created the only industrial training centre in Europe and the first in Britain in living memory.

“I am proud to be associated with this important institution and wish it and all of its students every success in the future.”

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Braniacs! Titus Salt School Pupils Progress and Succeed with 0% NEET

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Titus Salt School, for the sixth successive year has each pupil that leaving at the end of Year 11 or Sixth Form studies has progressed to a high quality destination.  

They are the only school in Bradford to have achieved this.

0% NEET means that no pupil has become ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ and is one indicator of how well a school prepares its pupils for further learning, work and training.  

Each Titus Salt School pupil has a personalised programme of careers education, advice and guidance including opportunities for work experience, studying local enterprises as part of coursework and case studies.

The school works with Prospects to ensure pupils receive impartial and high quality careers advice.  Recent developments include sponsorship from Costain plc to extend our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provision and also the involvement of Leeds Ahead who support the delivery of enterprise education and skills.

In addition, Titus Salt School continues to develop strong links with Universities and Further Education colleges and is delighted to see that the percentage of pupils going to the top Russell Group universities was double the national figure in 2016.

Ian Morrel, Headteacher said: “We are committed to help every pupil leave with a good education and ready to embark on their next steps.  

“Our zero NEET, development of STEM and collaboration with employers such as Costain plc means we can support our pupils to get a great insight into the world of work, training and further academic study.  

“We are grateful for the support we get from many local businesses, universities and colleges to ensure our offer is broad, high quality and personalised.”

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Female-led organisations identify priorities for women

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Over 70 women from across Leeds, from all walks of life, came together to identify the priorities to make Leeds the best city for women and girls.

The Forum was organised by Women’s Lives Leeds (WLL) and is a unique partnership of twelve women and girls organisations from across Leeds.

Between them they have specialist individuals working for various initiatives including domestic violence, mental health, sexual health, sex work, trafficking, child sexual exploitation and education.

The conference room at the Leeds Church Institute was packed out with women of all ages, representing themselves and organisations, to discuss and prioritise the issues that women and girls experience.

Group activities took place to give attendees the opportunity to put forward any areas they felt need addressing in the city. With over 30 items on the list – ranging from employment and safety, to empowerment and education – everyone was then asked to pick their top three priorities.

This activity took place alongside a networking opportunity, giving women the space to meet other women working to empower women and girls.

Viv, an attendee explained: “In all my years in Leeds, I have never been to an event where there are so many women coming together to make sure voices are heard! And I only knew one woman in the room, what a fantastic opportunity to meet others!”

The result of this activity identified the top priorities for women in Leeds which are:  Employment, Violence Against Women and Safety.

These issues will now be tackled by the Forum going forward.

The group also elected a Chair and Deputy Chair for the Forum, who will take on duties for the next year. Kate Bratt-Farrar, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder Wheatfields has taken on the role of Chair, and Marvina Newton, CEO of Angel of Youths will be her Deputy.

Women were extremely complimentary of the event and gave positive feedback, such as “Loved being part of this event, really inspiring!”

Jeannette, Project Manager of Women’s Lives Leeds who organised the event said “It was great to see so many women of all different backgrounds come together and discuss what needs to be done to support women and girls in the city. The event was fully booked, and many more wanted to attend, we will have to organise a bigger venue next time! I can’t wait for the next Forum to keep this excellent momentum going!”

WLL have come together to support the most vulnerable women and girls in Leeds. They are experiencing mental health problems, domestic abuse, sexual violence and exploitation. Many will have experience of the criminal justice system, sex work and substance misuse. WLL will focus on the most disadvantaged communities.

WLL is made up of the following organisations: Leeds Women’s Aid, Behind Closed Doors, Getaway Girls, Hooner Kelah, Halt, Together Women, Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, Women’s Health Matters, Shantona, Basis, Asha Neighbourhood Project and Nari Ekta. The project launched on 1st November 2016 and has funding from the Big Lottery for four years.

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Explore Bradford College: November open day for sixth form students

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Get Involved with Bradford College and make a date to come to our next Open Event and find out more about our range of A-levels and GCSEs at our very own Sixth Form.

We are holding an exclusive Sixth Form only Open Evening from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016 in the David Hockney Building within our main city centre campus. Come and find out how we are different from school and where our 2016 Sixth Form students achieved an impressive 98% pass rate.

As places fill up fast on our A-level courses make sure you apply on the night and you will receive a conditional offer at the same time.

On the evening you will be able to gain useful advice on how to help your son or daughter to choose the right A-levels, learn more about our wide-range of A-levels and be provided with details about the new GCSE scoring system.  There will be hands-on activities running throughout the evening which you can participate in and you will get to see how we differ from a traditional school environment.

If you want to win some Netflix vouchers you can enter our selfie frame competition and use our brand new and fun photo booth.  If you have never visited Bradford College before you might want to take a tour of our multi-million pound campus and try out some of our state-of-the-art facilities for yourself.  Our student ambassadors will be on hand to give you the low down on student life, whilst our experienced staff can offer advice and guidance – including details about financial and learning support.

Courses delivered at Bradford College are designed with employment in mind. Our links with employers help us equip you with the skills you need to land a job. That’s why 96% of our current students would recommend us to a friend and 95% achieved what they set out to do at Bradford College.  Students also say that the College has really helped them to prepare for university, better than school ever could, due to being given extra independence and greater emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning. College life is fun too; we have a vibrant award winning Students’ Union, offering a number of clubs and societies. You can take your first step into the world of work and earn some money at the same time through our Student Ambassador Scheme, working on activities such as open days, campus tours and promotional events.

The entire campus has Wi-Fi throughout, well equipped learning resource centres, a digital and creative media centre, a restaurant, hair, beauty and nail salons, a spa and café bars.  Our superb sporting and fitness facilities are based at the state-of-the-art Trinity Green Campus and include a large sports hall, a sports and fitness testing suite; a dedicated sport therapy room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with a fully sprung wooden floor; a multi-use games area; two basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch, a gym and boxing academy.

To pre-book your place at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 9th November 2016 go to bradfordcollege.ac.uk/sixthform

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Why Choose Bradford College University Centre?

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Bradford College University Centre is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to study a degree. University isn’t just for those who have recently completed their A-levels. Bradford College University Centre is a popular choice for mature students, especially those returning to education after a long period of time. If you’re worried about your age, don’t be, you’ll meet lots of people in the same situation, or if you’re worried you won’t have time to study, don’t, as our part-time courses can fit around your other commitments. Studying at Bradford College University Centre offers great value for money.  We have lower admission fees than most universities making college based higher education more competitive affordable and leaving you with less debt.

At out University Centre you will benefit from smaller class sizes. Our college environment is more relaxed than many universities, allowing more opportunity for open discussion and one-to-one learning and support. You will also benefit from lower living expenses. Many students fear increasing debts from university fees in addition to accommodation costs when moving away from home. Choosing to study at your local college offers university courses near you, allowing you to remain in a familiar area and giving you the option to live at home. As our degrees are validated by Teeside University, your degree will have university status and your qualification will be recognised by employers and other universities.

We offer a huge choice of Higher Education courses, at a variety of levels including: HNDS, Higher Level Apprenticeships, Foundation Degrees, Degrees and Post Graduate programmes; offering more choice and different routes into your dream career. As a college we offer vocationally-focused courses delivered by experienced tutors who have worked many years in their industry. Some of our students choose to participate in placements and work experience opportunities to prepare them for the world of work. We have many opportunities for work experience due to our deep community roots, our diverse network of governors, suppliers, graduates and alumni, in addition to our in-house recruitment company Beacon Recruitment

Studying at Bradford College University Centre will expose you to a diverse mix of people. Our students come from different cultures and communities, they vary in age, race and religion enabling you to work alongside people from different backgrounds, enriching your learning experience. We also have outstanding facilities including the recently built £50 million David Hockney Building, a new £10 million Advanced Technology Centre, as well as a Restaurant, Salon, spa and much more for you to enjoy.  Bradford College is based in the heart of Bradford city centre- perfectly placed for local transport links and access to the city's night life and culture.

Our university centre welcomes almost 3,000 Higher Education students, making us one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside the university sector in the UK. Teacher training is one of our strengths. We are proud to state that 25% of newly qualified teachers teaching primary and 33% of newly qualified teachers teaching secondary in the Bradford district in 2016 were trained at Bradford College. An impressive 93.5% of our University Centre graduates secured employment or went on to further studies within six months of completing their course (DLHE survey results). Bradford as a city has been named among the top ten places to work in the UK by jobs site Glassdoor, and the median base salary for the region is £28,350! So if you’re thinking about your next steps; make Bradford College University Centre one of your five UCAS choices. If you need more information don’t hesitate to contact us on 01274 433333, or email information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

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Career-focussed education: Bradford College has a course just for you

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Bradford College has one of the widest choices of career-focussed courses for school leavers and young people in West Yorkshire. We think we are a great alternative to school and offer vocational and academic courses that are packed full with the skills and knowledge required by today’s employers.

So, whether you want to go straight into employment or move on to Higher Education we can help you to find the right pathway.

The College has provided Further Education courses for over 185 years and whilst the courses may have changed and evolved, our student-centred focus remains the same. You can choose courses in subjects including: Arts & Media, Beauty Therapy, Business, Computing, Construction, Education, Early Years, Engineering, English, Entry Pathways, ESOL, Film, Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, Mathematics, Public Services, Science, Sport and Travel & Tourism.

If you want to study A Levels, our Bradford College Sixth Form has a wide range of courses from History and Business Studies right through to Sociology and Biology.

Our priority is to give you the edge when it comes to employment by offering courses which meet the needs of local, regional and national employers. We have industry experts delivering lectures, work placements, enrichment activities and support to help plan for your career.

The college encourages students to be independent and achieve their goals and our highly-qualified teaching staff provide support throughout each course. Our professional careers advisers also offer guidance about progression, employment and further studies.

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Students have told us that the College has really helped them to prepare for university, better than school ever could, due to being given extra independence and greater emphasis on taking responsibility for your own learning.

College life is fun too; we have a vibrant award-winning Students’ Union, offering a number of clubs and societies. You can take your first step into the world of work and earn some money at the same time through our Student Ambassador Scheme, working on activities such as Open Days, campus tours and promotional events.

Our multi-million pound campus has Wi-Fi throughout, well-equipped learning resource centres, a digital and creative media centre, a restaurant, hair, beauty and nail salons, a spa and café bars.

Our superb sporting and fitness facilities are based at the state-of-the-art Trinity Green Campus and include a large sports hall, a sports and fitness testing suite; a dedicated sport therapy room; an aerobics and dance studio complete with a fully sprung wooden floor; a multi-use games area; two basketball courts designed to Sport England standard; three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch, a gym and boxing academy.

You can find out more about our courses, meet our tutors, talk to our students and try hands-on activities which will give you a flavour of what your chosen subject is really like. You can also take a tour of our impressive campus. For more information go to bradfordcollege.ac.uk

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‘Your future, your choice’

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BUSINESS MOGUL: Sajid Javid is pictured with young apprentices during a visit to the University of Sheffield

BUSINESS MOGUL: Sajid Javid is pictured with young apprentices during a visit to the University of Sheffield

Business Secretary praises new degree apprenticeships

On Thursday 19th May, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, visited the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Rotherham to meet with young apprentices.

The AMRC Training Centre has introduced a new Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Technology, developed with employers, that aims to provide young people with the skills for the future, while in employment and avoiding major debt.

Mr Javid praised the new degree and said: “We introduced degree apprenticeships so that young people across the country have a real alternative to a traditional university degree, while helping UK businesses develop the skills they need to grow.”

He continued: “For too long, ambitious school leavers have been told that university was their only option, but that isn’t the case anymore.

“Top class apprenticeships that include degrees like those being offered at the University of Sheffield mean our young people have a choice about their future.”

The University is already one of the first in higher education to offer quality advanced manufacturing Foundation, Undergraduate and Master’s degrees using the apprenticeship model, jointly funded with businesses.

PROTECTIVE GOGGLES ON: Sajid Javid is pictured with Andrew Storer, Managing Director of the Nuclear AMRC

PROTECTIVE GOGGLES ON: Sajid Javid is pictured with Andrew Storer, Managing Director of the Nuclear AMRC

Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) said: “To compete in a global economy, it is essential that our engineers of the future have a wide range of generic skills in addition to core engineering competencies.

“This course ensures students gain a balanced knowledge and understanding in the context of engineering manufacture with the right mix of academic and vocational learning.”

The Business Secretary made his comments during a visit which included learning more about the research taking place into the development of small modular reactors.

Small modular reactors are compact nuclear power plants which could play a vital role in the UK energy market.

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Malala backs poetry initiative

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POETRY ENDORSED BY MALALA: The Nobel Peace Prize winner has said she backs a national competition for children who do not have English as a first language

POETRY ENDORSED BY MALALA: The Nobel Peace Prize winner has said she backs a national competition for children who do not have English as a first language

Education activist praises ‘Mother Tongue Other Tongue’ project

A national Laureate Education Project, led by the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy, has been backed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

To date, the ‘Mother Tongue Other Tongue’ competition has received more than 14,000 entries in over 70 languages since its launch in 2013.

Award winning boxer, Amir Khan, launched the 2015 competition, and said: "I think it's important to encourage more pupils in school to learn a language and this competition is a great way to boost children's confidence."

As in previous years, the poetry competition will be split into two parts.

‘Mother Tongue’ will see children who do not have English as a first language write about what a lullaby, poem or song in their native language means to them, while as part of ‘Other Tongue’ pupils will create an original poem in a second language that they are learning at school.

The national final will take place on 30th June and will feature a personal address by Malala, with prizes at the ceremony awarded by her father.

Malala said: “Our cultural heritage, identity and languages are all important to us and poetry is a great way to express these – I am inspired by my father, who is a great poet.”

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Dr Sharon Handley, said: “I am delighted this year that the national Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition is officially endorsed by the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner and education activist, Malala Yousafzai.”

Sharon, who is also Director of ‘Routes into Languages North West’, added: “I am passionate about promoting languages and encouraging pupils to learn new languages.

“I love the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition because it does just that – it celebrates the Mother Tongue, the language that is spoken at home, as well as promoting the Other Tongue, the opportunity to learn new languages at school.”

The project has been instrumental in supporting pupils to explore their multiple identities through culture, poetry and language and sharing this with their peers.

Being multilingual has many advantages the project aims to ensure pupils learn to value this early on in their lives.

Yasmin Hussain, Project Manager for ‘Routes into Languages North West’ said: “’Mother Tongue Other Tongue’ is a fantastic project. The competition is unique as it allows pupils to use their bilingualism creatively.”

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Super supplementary schools: Education is golden in Leeds

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GOLD STANDARD: Cllr Jane Dowson and representatives from Leeds' supplementary schools

GOLD STANDARD: Cllr Jane Dowson and representatives from Leeds' supplementary schools

Two supplementary schools in Leeds have been presented with gold standard awards this past week in recognition of their high standards of education and support.

The Baltica School and Hamara Supplementary School received their accolades at the national Quality Framework Awards for Supplementary Schools.

Three other local establishments, La Petite Ecole, Persian Association and Vidia Sagar Cultural Group all achieved bronze awards respectively.

Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive member for learning said: “We are very proud of another year of success for our supplementary schools in Leeds. Our aim is to make Leeds the best city to grow up in, and these schools are helping us to achieve this.

“We are very proud of our diverse and multicultural city and these schools are an important part of many communities by helping children and young people to develop their knowledge and understanding of their own culture and community as well as supporting additional learning in traditional subjects.

“I would like to congratulate all of these schools on this fantastic achievement.”

The awards have been developed by the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRC). It is a national accreditation scheme called ‘The Quality Framework’ and is a voluntary quality recognition scheme, which is independent, peer-assessed and self-regulated.

It aims to recognise, celebrate, record and improve the achievements of supplementary schools.

Supplementary schools can gain a Quality Framework Award at bronze, silver or gold levels.

These levels cover teaching and learning, governance and community engagement. Schools must complete the bronze level first to demonstrate that they have essential management and safeguarding procedures in place.

Supplementary schools can offer traditional curriculum subjects English, math and science and / or religious or cultural studies, mother-tongue classes, and extra activities, such as sport, music, dance and drama.

They are set up by local voluntary and community groups, and often rely exclusively on volunteers.

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The Jewel in the Bradford College Crown

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If you’re looking for a fresh, locally sourced, tasty and reasonably priced lunch then why not consider trying Bradford College’s Grove Restaurant.

This restaurant is tucked neatly inside the award winning David Hockney Building with views over the urban plaza and impressive menus that change with the seasons to utilise the best local produce available.

We cater for all tastes, whether you’re looking for a light and healthy lunch or something more decadent to indulge your sweet tooth.

The Grove Restaurant is a student-run restaurant with chefs and front of house staff from levels 1, 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering courses, The Grove allows the talented chefs of tomorrow to show off their culinary skills today. Starters range from £2.75 upwards and main courses from as little as £3.50, popping in for lunch is as cost effective as it is convenient.

The Grove Restaurant also runs a weekly gourmet theme night every Thursday at 6pm, the restaurant opens its doors showcasing special menus carefully devised by students.

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You can enjoy three delicious courses and silver service for just £12.95 per person.  Recent items on the menu included a starter of cold smoked salmon with a citrus crème fraîche and winter chilled bisque, a selection of main courses such as pan fried sea bass with asparagus purée and button vegetables and if you felt you could eat a little more your choice of dessert may have been the lemon scented madeleines with raspberry cream.

If you want to hold an event at The Grove, or perhaps you’re thinking about event catering make sure you come and talk to us.  Recent events held at The Grove have included Royal Visits and our event catering has been used from the opening of art galleries to supplying food for delegates undertaking a conference.

Our prices are very competitive in fact they are student friendly prices and we can also supply packages which can include a breakfast and lunch alongside treatments in our hair, nail, and beauty therapy salons or you could relax in our sauna, steam or spa facilities.

The Grove is open Monday to Friday between 12pm to 2.30pm (last orders are taken at 1.30pm), there is no need to book, just pop in.

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If you would like to try one of our Thursday gourmet evenings, bookings are recommended to ensure that you don’t miss out. To make a reservation you can either call The Grove Restaurant on 01274 436113 or drop us an email at hospitality@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

Simply send your name, phone number, the number of people you want to book for and your chosen time slot, and a member of our friendly team will get back to you to confirm.

The team look forward to welcoming you to The Grove soon.

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Grow your business in a cutting-edge environment

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STATE OF THE ART: £10 million pounds has been pumped into the new Advanced Technology Centre at Bradford College

STATE OF THE ART: £10 million pounds has been pumped into the new Advanced Technology Centre at Bradford College

Bradford College is home to a showstopping £10 million Techno-Centre   

Bradford College’s £10 Million Advanced Technology Centre (ATC) offers fantastic opportunities in the heart of Bradford to grow small businesses.

It’s an ideal space for entrepreneurs and start-ups, who will feel the benefit of premium enterprise zones equipped with state-of-the-art technology, at competitive rates that are viable for companies still finding their feet.

The ATC supports innovative businesses to succeed in motivating, cutting edge environments. Located in the heart of Bradford’s learning quarter, your business can benefit from 1000m2 space of inspiring, light and airy work zones, consisting of three enterprise zones and an IT suite.

Conveniently located in the city centre of Bradford, the ATC is only a five-minute walk from the relaxing City Park.

Beyond the City Park is the City Centre, an up-and-coming metropolis that conveniently hosts all the amenities you’ll need.

The Advanced Technology Centre is approximately a 10-minute walk from both Bradford train stations and a 30-minute drive from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Choosing to base your business within the ATC provides you with access to a range of benefits.

Your business will run smoothly with free Wi-Fi and super-fast broadband (with speeds up to 150MB), a range of virtual office services with dedicated IT support on hand.

Flexible serviced office space, free utilities and guest parking, along with discounted NCP rates are also available to you.

ARCHITECTURAL MARVEL: The building is an example of cutting edge architecture

ARCHITECTURAL MARVEL: The building is an example of cutting edge architecture

As well as working in modern, cutting edge environments there is also a staffed reception 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, plus access to the Dye House art gallery, conference rooms, meeting and exhibition facilities.

Furthermore, you will have access to the Bradford College library and e-library, recruitment services, gym and sports facilities and catering and restaurant facilities.

Accredited courses, including a wide range of online courses, are offered to you including staff training and development through Bradford College and City Training Services.

With prices starting from as little as £100 per person per month, furnished business-ready enterprise zones and discounted prices for print, design services and website development, along with discounted accommodation at various local hotels, are included within the various benefits.

Preferential rates are available for Bradford College students and former students.

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The ATC is part of Bradford College’s vibrant and sprawling campus. Bradford College is an award-winning Further and Higher Education institution based in Bradford city centre.

The College has a strong professional and vocational focus in order to provide its alumni with tangible employment opportunities and helps to prepare each and every one of them for the working world.

The Further Education student body is 20,000 strong and the centre itself has recently undergone a multi-million pound state-of-the-art renovation in order to provide its students with the best possible facilities.

With cutting-edge facilities, state-of-the-art technology and light and airy breakout spaces, the Advanced Technology Centre is the perfect space for an up-and-coming and innovative small business to create, develop and grow. If you would like more information or would like to come and look around, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can call 01274 436120 or 07854 983191, or alternatively email us on atc@bradfordcollege.ac.uk.

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Over 180 years of excellent education makes Bradford College a top choice

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 Come down to the college’s Open Day in March 2016

Bradford College has delivered quality education and training to the public for over 180 years. With a wide range of Further Education courses, Bradford College delivers hundreds of courses to over 20,000 students per year.

Our award-winning college is a friendly, welcoming place to study with a good reputation for offering outstanding support to our students in all areas of College life. Our proven reputation is based on industry experience, excellent teaching and a commitment to student success.

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional student support, so if you are considering your next steps into education, we are here to help you every step of the way to ensure you are on the perfect course.

We help our students to secure relevant work placement opportunities on full-time courses and many of our students have gone onto enjoy successful careers in their chosen field after studying with us.

Our teaching staff are dedicated and highly qualified, as well as being totally committed to ensuring every learner develops to their full potential.

Our 2015/2016 Further Education Prospectus provides information about our huge range of career-focussed courses for people aged between 16 and 18.

We offer courses in a wide range of subjects including: Access to Higher Education, Apprenticeships, Arts and Media, Beauty Therapy, Business, Computing, Construction, Education, Early Years, Engineering, English, Entry Pathways, ESOL, Film, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Mathematics, Public Services, Science, Sport and Travel and Tourism.

If you are unsure of what you want to do next then come and talk to us.  We are here to help you every step of the way.  We have years of experience and you can choose from a staggering choice of courses, a variety of career focused subjects and qualifications to start you on the right career path.

Our teaching staff are dedicated and highly qualified, as well as being totally committed to ensuring every learner develops to their full potential! 

Visit our next open day on Saturday 19th March 2016 between 11am – 2pm to find out more about our courses, meet our tutors, talk to our students and try hands-on activities which will give you a flavour of what your chosen subject is really like. You can also take a tour of our impressive new campus.

For more information about Bradford College or details about courses starting September 2016, please contact our friendly Course Enquiries Team on Tel: 01274 433333, Email: information@bradfordcollege.ac.uk or visit: www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk. You can also be part of the College community by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.

 

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Social enterprise takes the shame out of periods. Period.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Manjit Gill (in orange dress) is pictured here talking to women in India about not feeling ashamed about their monthly cycle

INSPIRATIONAL: Manjit Gill (in orange dress) is pictured here talking to women in India about not feeling ashamed about their monthly cycle

Women in developing countries need access to better sanitary care 

It is often the case that women in the developing world do not have access to sanitary products. Manjit Gill, a British Indian woman, wants to change that.

Manjit  has mentored in Nairobi with the Cherie Blair Foundation in 2013, which led her to look at her own life experiences and transform the way we think about a woman’s monthly cycle.

In 2015, Manjit  founded a social enterprise called ‘Binti’. It acts as a platform for transforming attitudes and the lives of women and girls in India and Africa.

Binti’s approach is unique. It spreads its message through the power of social media. Rupi Kaur’s ‘Period Stain’ Instagram photo and Kiran Gandhi’s free-flow bleeding marathon exposed the taboos around menstruation in western society, beyond the Indian community from which Manjit comes.

Growing up, Manjit’s experiences are probably all too familiar for British Asian women. The experiences she documented included: sanitary products and underwear being kept hidden, restrictions around food during menstruation and attending religious functions.

One of the elephants in the room when it came to discussing the topic is its connection to sex, shame and honour – particularly, fear of men being disgusted at the concept of menstruation. Binti’s aim is to break down society’s moulds and celebrate female autonomy.

Manjit has to be tactful. She builds on solidarity with British women who also face similar hurdles, building on menstrual cultural similarities and turning them into a positive force for change.

EDUCATING: Manjit Gill visits a school in India

EDUCATING: Manjit Gill visits a school in India

Her work in India treads carefully and adopts an inclusive approach that educates girls and boys about what menstruation is, while economically empowering local women to produce eco-friendly sanitary pads.

She wants to help future generations through raising awareness; educating both young and old and making people feel economically empowered.

On her most recent trip to India, Manjit met women and girls who had to use spare cleaning cloths as sanitary products and bleeding freely when there wasn’t any clean cloth available.

The lack of tampons or sanitary pads that people take for granted meant that they had to change their clothes several times throughout the day.

India accounts for 23 per cent of the world’s cervical cancer rate due to poor menstrual hygiene. Girls sometimes don’t know the reason why they menstruate or do not believe some of the most basic scientific explanations, which are told to them only after they have begun their first period. This, in turn, causes the girls to go through great emotional and mental trauma.

To start the cycle of dignity during menstruation, Binti began to expand by hiring 15 local women in Gurgaon to produce eco-friendly sanitary pads to sell in the local community.

Binti continues to interview young girls about their personal menstruation experiences, working with schools and women to educate and challenge attitudes.

Nearly a quarter of school-age girls drop out of education after they begin menstruating. It is Binti’s education programme which uses a variety of tools that engage with girls and boys – understanding the biological, physical and spiritual aspects of menstruation – while also focuses on smashing taboos and shame.

Binti’s message is a universal one that resonates, and has a mission that you can be a part of. For more information, visit www.binti.co.uk

 

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Education delegation

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A teaching model developed in Bradford and implemented around the world was the point of discussion in Pakistan last week as representatives from the QED-UK charity attended a renowned conference.

Aga Khan University’s 10th annual international conference this year looked at ‘renewed focus on teacher, teaching quality and learning localised models and practices’.

Alongside representatives from Oxford, Cambridge and Sussex universities, deputy chief executive of QED-UK, Adeeba Malik, and business manager, Val Kelly, spoke to over 150 delegates about their innovative education programmes.

The charity looks to enable and support mainstream organisations and ethnic minority communities to work more effectively to address the root causes of poverty and disadvantage.

From language and skills courses in the UK to work in Mirpur, Pakistan, the team have helped thousands of people develop their own abilities to help make a better life.

Ms Malik and Ms Kelly attended the conference to speak about this work.

“To be invited to such a prestigious event was a privilege for QED-UK,” Ms Malik said.

“We spoke about the work we have carried out in the UK with Pakistani women and how we are helping people from all backgrounds settle in the UK.

“To know our model of work will now be implemented elsewhere in the world is fantastic.”

One initiative the duo spoke about was the ‘Living in Britain’ project.

It is specifically catered to Third Country National women living in and around Mirpur District and the North Punjab Province of Pakistan who will be joining and settling with their husbands in the UK.

The course aims to train Pakistani women in pre-departure ESOL, citizenship, integration and world of work in the UK through quality training and information, advice and guidance sessions to help them better prepare for their new life in the UK.

“The main message we wanted to put across was the importance of empowering people in their communities by giving them the support of which they need,” she added.

“Whatever type of programme you set up, it has to meet the needs of the audience and be designed and developed with them in mind.

“It has been a very successful way of working for us in the UK and I’m sure it will help many other organisations.”

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“Oh no, Sir”: Bradford Council in disagreement with schools’ regulator

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ENQUIRY CALL: Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw

ENQUIRY CALL: Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw

Bradford Council has dismissed calls by Ofsted for special supervision of its city’s schools after receiving a damning report from the regulator.

It also said it was “disappointing” that Ofsted chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw “didn’t include the full facts in his speech” about actions that had been “endorsed and supported by Ofsted”.

In his fourth annual report, Sir Michael was particularly critical of Bradford where he said education standards were “low” for many years.

He called for a commission of inquiry to investigate why the city’s schools were “mired in mediocrity, failing generation after generation”.

Of 95,000 pupils in Bradford’s 200 schools, Sir Michael said that almost 40,000 were attending schools rated as “less than good” and 8,000 of these were in schools labelled as “inadequate”.

He has called for a commissioner to oversee education in the city similar to what happened in Birmingham after the Trojan Horse controversy.

AWARE: Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford’s Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture

AWARE: Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford’s Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture

Sir Michael said: “If children are poorly educated, they don’t go to university, they don’t get apprenticeships, they don't get jobs (and) educational underperformance leads directly to social alienation.”

The BBC quoted an unnamed Ofsted spokesperson as saying that this included the risk of radicalisation.

Sir Michael said improving the education standards was a matter of “collective action and political will”.

“What on earth have the political leaders been doing over the years in this major city?” he asked.

Bradford Council said they accepted and recognised the problems and now have measures in place to improve the performance in schools.

“We don't need another review about education in Bradford,” said Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture.

“We had a full Ofsted inspection in June and we've also had an independent review by Professor David Woods just over a year ago.

“We know the issues, we have a plan, endorsed and supported by Ofsted, which we're implementing at pace.

“More talking and reviewing is not going to help, I want to focus on action, not words.

“If Ofsted want to offer more practical help then I would welcome their constructive support.”

The councillor expressed disappointment with certain omissions by Ofsted chief.

“Sir Michael in his speech made no reference to his own organisation’s recent report on Bradford which said we had made a ‘step change’ and that there was a real ‘cause for optimism’,” said Cllr Hinchcliffe.

“It is obviously therefore disappointing that he didn’t include the full facts in his speech.

“We have a no excuses culture in education in Bradford. We accept that in the past educational attainment has not been good enough but the improvement plan now in place is the right thing to do.

“We are moving to a school-led system using our outstanding schools and leaders in the district to support other schools whose performance is key to our success.

“We must relentlessly implement the improvement plan to make sure we achieve better outcomes for our children as quickly as possible.”

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From Bollywood to Scotland

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HONOUR: Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal (pic credit: Douglas Robertson)

HONOUR: Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal (pic credit: Douglas Robertson)

Shah Rukh Khan receives honorary degree

One of the world’s most popular actors - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, has received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh as he swapped his acting gear for a robe and graduation cap.

The 49-year-old world-renowned personality received his Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh last week.

EDUCATION: Khan was honoured with his degree in recognition of his humanitarianism work

EDUCATION: Khan was honoured with his degree in recognition of his humanitarianism work

Khan, who has appeared in more than 80 films, was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

His charitable work has included bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.

After receiving his honorary degree, the film-star gave a public lecture, which was attended by many of the University’s 400 South Asian students, along with South Asian community groups.

The University has been linked with India for nearly 250 years wih Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh's Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, writing one of the earliest European texts to focus on India.

The university’s first Indian student graduated in 1876 and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK University.

Receiving his honorary degree, Khan, said: “It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities.  

“To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment.

“I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice.  

“I hope that many more of India and South Asia’s brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh.”

Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal, said it was a ‘privilege’ to present the award on behalf of the university.

“The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the philanthropic work and career of one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema.  

“It is a great privilege to present Shah Rukh Khan with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University.

“As India’s population and economy grow, so too does the demand for world-class education. Our aim at Edinburgh is to build partnerships and strengthen awareness that will reinforce our position as the partner of choice for the Indian knowledge economy.”

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ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: 7-Star student accommodation opens in Leeds

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ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: Rooms come in three sizes, equipped with en-suite bathrooms and study areas

SPACIOUS: Rooms come in three sizes, equipped with en-suite bathrooms and study areas

ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: A 24/7 concierge service is available for all tenants at IconInc

SUPPORT: A 24/7 concierge service is available for all tenants at IconInc

Parklane Group sets new standards as IconInc arrives in the city

Time spent at university is some of the most enjoyable in a person’s life, gaining a new found independence whilst learning and enjoying the freedom that comes with living away from home.

For academics opting to study in Leeds, there are now even more reasons to enrol on a higher education course as IconInc brings the highest quality accommodation to the highest quality of education.

IconInc is the nation’s first student accommodation which tells students to ‘expect and demand more’ from their landlords, from their city centre location on Westfield Road.

Whether working or relaxing in your luxury private apartment or meeting new people and enjoying the buzz of the modern shared social spaces, including private cinema, lounge, games zone, gym and pantry, IconInc has raised the bar in hospitality.

ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: Students can enjoy access to their own private gym with all the weights and cardio equipment they need

WORKOUT: Students can enjoy access to their own private gym with all the weights and cardio equipment they need

Offering much more than just a great place to live and study, every high-spec studio and one bedroom apartment is fitted with all the luxury and added extras of a boutique hotel, from the flat screen TV and contemporary en-suite to the plush double bed and designer fitted kitchen.

Complimentary continental breakfast make waking up on a morning that little bit easier whilst an in-house cleaning service allows you to spend more time enjoying student life.

ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: Crowds gathered to tour the luxurious studios and apartments last week

BUSY: Crowds gathered to tour the luxurious studios and apartments last week

Naveen Ahmed, Managing Director at the Parklane Group, says the vision for IconInc has been a long process and was delighted to see it receive such a ‘phenomenal’ reception from new occupants.

“This is not an idea that was simply thought up overnight,” he said. “It has taken 30 years of working in the industry, working with students and diversifying into different areas of hospitality, with our Roomzzz apartment hotels, that has helped us arrive at this destination.

ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: As well as a games room, IconInc has its own private cinema for students to enjoy the latest films

ENTERTAINMENT: As well as a games room, IconInc has its own private cinema for students to enjoy the latest films

“IconInc is the UK’s first seven star student accommodation as far as I am concerned.

“There are leisure facilities unparalleled in quality and every room is equipped with the essential designed and developed with students in mind.

ParkLane Properties / ICONINC: Complimentary continental breakfast is available to start your day

MORNING: Complimentary continental breakfast is available to start your day

He added: “The response so far has been phenomenal. Almost every room has already been accounted for and students have begun moving in this week.”

As well as the endless list of onsite facilities, a 24-hour concierge service is also available for all students to help organise everything from restaurant bookings to theatre tickets.

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Rooms come in three sizes, from Smart Studios, to Elegance Studios and Grande Apartments, with all providing ample storage space, free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and of course unlimited access to all the incredible amenities inside IconInc.

If you would like to learn more about the apartments, or would like to book your room today, please visit www.iconinc.co.uk and experience student living the IconInc way.

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ParkLane Properties / ICONINC

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Giving all children access to ‘Good’ education

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SUCCESS: Aysha Haque is one parent who has utilised the scheme to give her youngest child access to ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ childcare in Southwark

SUCCESS: Aysha Haque is one parent who has utilised the scheme to give her youngest child access to ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ childcare in Southwark

Scheme launched to help low income families achieve their potential

Britain’s Department for Education (DfE) is encouraging Bangladeshi parents to consider taking up the opportunity of free early education and childcare for their two-year-old children.

The scheme enables families with an income of less than £16,190 per year from either work or benefits to apply for 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week.

If eligible, families can take advantage of one of the approved child-minders, nurseries or children's centres operating in their local area. Only nurseries and child-minders with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports are able to offer places.

Amongst parents already signed up to the scheme is 39-year-old mother-of-three Aysha Haque from Southwark.

After coming across information in regard to the initiative at her local library, Aysha called up her local Family Information Service to learn more about the process and was promptly sent a form to complete and return.

Upon hearing she was eligible for the free childcare, she says it was an easy decision to give her youngest child the ‘best start’ in life.

“My daughter had got used to me taking her to the local toddler groups but I felt like she needed something to make her more independent and help her development as she was just watching TV and playing with the same toys at home,” she explained.

“[Since starting her early education] there have been lots of positive changes. My daughter is more talkative and can form long sentences.

“She has learnt manners…she even reminds us if we forget to say please or thank-you. She has also developed great social skills and in particular – learnt how to share and to take turns which has had a positive impact at home with her siblings.”

Early education at the age of two has been proven to give children a good start in life, making them more likely to enjoy and do well at school.

The DfE is committed to raising awareness and encouraging more Bangladeshi parents who are eligible to take up the offer and choose between a local nursery, children's centre or a registered child-minder.

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Great Bankside Bake-off

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TASTY: Pupils and staff from each year group at Bankside Primary got involved with the ‘Great Bankside Bake-off’ project

TASTY: Pupils and staff from each year group at Bankside Primary got involved with the ‘Great Bankside Bake-off’ project

Budding bakers head to the kitchen for school competition

Whisks and wooden spoons were at the ready last week as a thriving Leeds primary school held its own version of the ‘Great British Bakeoff’ with a little help from the experts.

The ‘Great Bankside Bakeoff’ saw hundreds of pupils from across the seven year groups take part in the project, cooking up their own ‘recipes for success’ in a school-wide competition.

From muffins to biscuits, the treats were all made with healthy eating in mind and put the budding baker’s skills to the test.

LEARNING: Pupils mix up their recipes for success as part of the competition

LEARNING: Pupils mix up their recipes for success as part of the competition

Staff from Harrogate’s world famous Betty’s Tea Room were also on hand to lend their advice and judge the finals in what was a highly anticipated day.

First place – a visit to Betty’s Tea Room, was awarded to a team from each year group, whilst teams were also rewarded for coming second, with a trip to York Chocolate Story, and third, with an in-school afternoon tea.

Nursery and Reception teacher at Bankside, Salik Miah, was the project leader for the event and said he could not have wished for a better response from the pupils.

“We came up with the idea during a brainstorming session at school where we were thinking of fun, interactive ways of getting the children involved with the new curriculum,” he said.

“We held the successful Bankside’s Got Talent last year and so the idea of doing a bakeoff came naturally really.

“All the children across the year groups really engaged with the baking and showed real commitment to their work which was great to see.”

Children in each year group were handed a basic recipe to follow and were then given the creative freedom to adjust the instructions to make their products healthier and more nutritious.

The week long project also saw pupils creating posters, to raise awareness of healthy eating and hygiene, whilst also discussing, in class, the importance of such matters.

Mr Miah added: “As well as having a lot of fun, the pupils learnt important lessons which will help them adapt to the new curriculum.

“A big congratulations goes out to everyone who took part and thanks to Betty’s Tea Room for judging the finals.”

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A bright future

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CLEVER: Mohamed Elrawemi is closely involved with the NanoMend project which aims to roll out the availability of renewable energy

CLEVER: Mohamed Elrawemi is closely involved with the NanoMend project which aims to roll out the availability of renewable energy

Huddersfield leads the way in renewable energy research

Research at the University of Huddersfield has never been ‘brighter’ as scientists take the lead on innovative designs for new flexible solar panels.

The project, named NanoMend, is funded by the EU’s Framework Seven research programme, and aims to improve the efficiency of the energy sources, whilst also cutting costs in manufacturing to create  greater availability of the panels.

Its eventual goal is to develop new technologies for the detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nanoscale defects in thin films that are vital in products such as printed electronics and solar panels.

Libyan scientist, Mohamed Elrawemi, who is currently completing his doctoral studies at the university, is one of the leads on the initiative.

Supported by funding from the Libyan Government’s Higher Education Ministry, he is in the later stages of a PhD and has contributed to 23 papers dealing with aspects of the NanoMend research.

The latest, entitled ‘Metrology of Al2O3 Barrier Film for Flexible CIGS Solar Cells’, is due to appear in the new edition of the International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering.

Mohamed is the lead author for this article, and it takes its place in a sequence of papers that began in 2012 with a contribution to the International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering.

Other outlets have included the International Journal of Precision Technology, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties and Thin Solid Films, in which one article by the Huddersfield-based researcher, rapidly gained a large number of downloads globally.

There have also been contributions to the published proceedings of several international conferences.

The NanoMend researchers at the University of Huddersfield have been working with Durham-based Centre for Process Innovation, a leading producer of printable electronics, including flexible solar panels.

In these products, a thin ‘barrier film’ is vital to protect the electronics.  But tiny defects can allow the penetration of water vapour that can degrade the barrier and reduce the efficiency of the solar panel itself.

The team based at the Huddersfield EPSRC Centre have been working on a new metrology system that can detect tiny defects and will therefore aid the manufacture of roll-to-roll barrier film in large volumes.

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Drop in GCSE results a ‘wakeup call’

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RESULTS: Dr Mohammed Ali, founder of the QED Foundation, says more has to be done to ensure the next generation of British Muslims are not undereducated and underemployed

RESULTS: Dr Mohammed Ali, founder of the QED Foundation, says more has to be done to ensure the next generation of British Muslims are not undereducated and underemployed

Bradford charity CEO slams education system

The founder of a Bradford charity, which aims to break down barriers faced by South Asian members of the community, has urged other BME organisations to take up the issue of a ‘failing education system’.

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, founder and CEO of the QED Foundation, made the remarks after it was revealed that Bradford came second from bottom in national GCSE results.

Nationally, the number of schools which failed to reach the minimum expectation of 40 per cent of children achieving the expected five A* to C grades, had more than doubled from the previous year to 330 secondary schools.

53 per cent of pupils nationally achieved at least the five expected grades, another steep fall from last year’s results of 59 per cent.

Dr Ali said the latest report was a ‘wakeup call’ to the ‘catastrophic issue of the failings of the education system’, and something had to be done now to address this.

“Here at the QED Foundation, we urge local BME and Muslim organisations throughout the country to take up the catastrophic issue of the failings of the education system for our young people with their local council,” he said.

“As someone who works at the coalface of unemployment for ethnic minorities, primarily for those in Muslim communities, it is simply unacceptable that Bradford has been ranked almost bottom in the national league table for GCSE results.”

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Mr Ali added that the two ‘pillars’ essential to the success of any community are education and employment – both things he says need improving in the city.

Bradford was officially second bottom in the results table, alongside Blackpool, with only 44 per cent of students achieving the required grades. Merseyside was again bottom on 35 per cent.

“We must improve the education and employment prospects of young Muslims so that they feel part of mainstream society, and have the opportunity to positively contribute,” he said.

“The way the media is currently portraying Muslims as radicalised or terrorists, [makes] young British Muslims feel they are being targeted.

“This in turn, increases feelings of hopelessness and alienation, fuelling racial divides. We must not let that happen. Education and employment are key to inclusion.

“It is the only real solution for lasting, positive change. Education is the only hope, not just for the future of Bradford, but for British Muslims across the UK.

“Education has a transformative power. It changes lives, always for the better, and yet our schools are failing young people at the very first hurdle.

“This is a wakeup call.”

Over the past 25 years, the QED Foundation has supported 30,000 ethnic minorities with education and employment skills, working on alleviating poverty, disadvantage and ignorance through adult education and re-training.

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Poor student drop-out risk ‘higher’

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university studentPoor university students are more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate with a good degree, even if they started their course with similar grades to their richer peers, according to research.

It suggests that those from deprived backgrounds may do less well in higher education because they did less well at school, and also that they may need more support while at university to make sure they leave with decent results.

The study, published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysed information on English students who began studying at a UK university between 2004/05 and 2009/10.

Researchers found that in general, students from the most disadvantaged homes are 8.4 percentage points more likely to drop out of university within two years of starting their course, compared to those from the most advantaged backgrounds.

They are also 13.3 percentage points less likely to complete their degree within five years, and 22.9 percentage points less likely to graduate with a first or 2:1.

There are still "significant" differences even when a student's own grades are taken into account, the study found.

Among students who began university with similar grades to take the same degree course, those from the poorest backgrounds are still 3.4 percentage points more likely to drop out of their studies than those from the richest homes.

And they are still 5.3 percentage points less likely to complete their degree and 3.7 percentage points less likely to achieve a first or 2:1.

The findings indicate that a key part of any measures to cut inequalities in the degree chances between the richest and the poorest students should be to "increase the attainment of those from the poorest families earlier in the school system," the study says.

It also argues that the fact that youngsters from deprived backgrounds do less well on average at university than their richer peers, even when they have similar prior attainment, suggests that poor students may need extra support at university to enable them to succeed.

Study author Claire Crawford said: "Our research highlights that there are large differences in university outcomes by socio-economic background, a substantial proportion of which can be explained by differences in attainment earlier in the education system.

"While improving the attainment of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at school is likely to aid their performance at university as well, we find non-negligible differences in university outcomes between students from different socio-economic backgrounds at the same university, studying the same subject, who arrived with the same grades.

"This suggests that universities may wish to focus on improving the progression and performance of students from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as widening access."

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Taking music to India: Beat of the drum echoed around the world

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Girls from the Annasawmy School in India learn how to play the guitar in one of the classes set up by Kerrie Smith

Girls from the Annasawmy School in India learn how to play the guitar in one of the classes set up by Kerrie Smith

A talented graduate from the University of Leeds has started a musical education project to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in India.

Kerrie Smith, from Ashford, Kent, who graduated in 2013 with a First Class Ba(Hons) in Popular and World Musics, is spending nine months developing a music programme at a school in the southern city of Bangalore.

On arrival, Kerrie discovered that music is not generally part of the Indian school curriculum, which means many children have no previous musical education.

She now teaches drums, guitar and keyboard and provides basic music lessons to disadvantaged students of both primary and secondary school age.

“Music education is enormously important in terms of communication skills, personal and emotional development,” she said.

“Throughout my touching experience here I have witnessed music operate as an artistic avenue for disadvantaged children to express creativity and advance their confidence.

“Teaching children both to share and have faith in their ideas grants an immense sense of achievement and fulfilment.”

A fundraising appeal is currently underway to help keep the project running when Kerrie returns to the UK

A fundraising appeal is currently underway to help keep the project running when Kerrie returns to the UK

The 22-year-old says her aim is to write a full music curriculum in which she can hand on to a local volunteer to ensure the project continues after her return home.

A fundraising appeal has already raised almost £3,000 towards the project, which will also buy more instruments for the music classes and help her develop a programme specifically aimed at children at the school with learning and physical disabilities.

A pair of students try their hand at the drums, an instrument Kerrie has excelled in

A pair of students try their hand at the drums, an instrument Kerrie has excelled in

It is also hoped that partnerships with music schools back in the UK might provide a reliable source of musical volunteers to travel to India each year and teach on the programme.

Dr Simon Warner, programme leader of the School of Music's BA in Popular and World Musics, at the University of Leeds, said the place of education fully supports their former student and plans to work further with Kerrie in the future.

“We wish her every success in this admirable scheme. Kerrie was always a conscientious and quietly determined individual,” Dr Warner said.

“She is a superior drummer with interests in popular music in the UK and well beyond – I cannot think of a better person to spread the gospel of music-making further afield.

“As a result of Kerrie’s networking, there is even the possibility that there could be opportunities for students in our School to study abroad in the future on a Year in Industry.”

The project is based at the not-for-profit Annasawmy School, which has 650 students from impoverished backgrounds.

 

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Malala collects EU’s Sakharov Prize

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EDUCATION: Malala Yousafzai has won a host of awards for her work, driving for greater access to education all around the globe.

EDUCATION: Malala Yousafzai has won a host of awards for her work, driving for greater access to education all around the globe.

The world’s most famous teenage activist has been recognised once more for her efforts to obtain education for all, after a near-death just over 12 months ago.

16-year-old Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 20th November, and was presented the award by European Parliament President, Martin Schulz.

The Sakharov Prize for free speech is awarded by the European Parliament annually in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov. As well as the prize, the winner of the award receives 50,000 euros, making it Europe's top human rights award.

The teenager made headlines last October when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan and has been an avid crusader for educational rights across the globe since.

Speaking in front of the EU representatives, Malala ushered the message of education for all, and reiterated her passion to continue fighting for the cause.

Beginning her speech with a famous quote often attributed to the 18th Century French philosopher Voltaire, the courageous teen said: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

This was followed by a short speech to attending delegates. “I am hopeful the European Parliament will look beyond Europe to the suffering countries where people are still deprived of their basic rights, their freedom of thought is suppressed, freedom of speech is enchained,” Ms Yousafzai said.

“Many children have no food to eat, no water to drink and children are starving for education. It is alarming that 57 million children are deprived of education... this must shake our conscience.”

Past winners of the award include Nelson Mandela and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

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