5 articles the Campaigns Team has been reading this week

NDCS - Liz Partridge, Campaigns Manager, Freedom of Information

Liz Partridge, Campaigns Manager

Every week we’ll be compiling a short list of articles that we’ve noticed in the news and want to share with you. Some of them will be about campaigning and others will be about changes to policy, or relevant policy areas, which may be of interest.

1)    Teachers in England work longer hours than the rest of the world – but not in the classroomRichard Garner, Independent

A major international study by the OECD has revealed that teachers in England work on average 46 hours a week, but only 20 of those are spent in the classroom.

2)    Think-tank highlights ‘staggering’ failings in support for vulnerable children, Derren Hayes, CYP Now

The Centre for Social Justice has claimed that local authorities are carrying out “unscrupulous and illegal” practices to restrict the support they provide to vulnerable children in need of social care and mental health services.

3)    Scottish independence: Plans announced for Scotland’s ‘biggest ever debate’, BBC Scotland

BBC Scotland is to host the biggest televised debate the country has ever seen in the week before the independence referendum. Up to 12,000 first time voters from across Scotland are expected to be in attendance.

4)   Good grammar: r ur children txt mad?, Tom Payne, Telegraph

Fear not! Researchers have discovered that the shorthand that children use on their mobile phones, along with those mistakes that may or may not be deliberate, isn’t harming the way they write.

5)    Cameron apologises over Andy Coulson appointment, BBC News

Following Tuesday’s verdict, Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised for employing Andy Coulson as his director of communications.

Have you seen any articles this week that you liked? Post the link to them in the comments section below and we’ll check them out!

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