A council has become the first in England to cut the school summer holidays to under five weeks. Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire has announced the term dates for the academic year 2017-18 with a shortened summer break. There will be a longer school holiday at October half-term.
Councillor Tim Cheetham said: "The main differences to this year's dates from previous years will support educational outcomes for pupils by reducing the long summer break which can lead to learning loss. It also means that holiday weeks are distributed more evenly throughout the school year"
About time, but doesn't go far enough in my opinion. It's well documented that children from poorer backgrounds drop behind significantly during the school holidays. And it's not like we have decent summers any more, anyway. Teachers, of course, will only like it if they put children's education ahead of their own interests, which isn't always the case:
Nick Bowen, principal of Horizon College, said the cut would "lead to difficulties in recruitment and retention of really good staff".
I beg to differ - really good, forward-thinking staff will put children's education first and will welcome the change.
My first steps in building any site on WordPress often include activities like turning off comments, removing author profile templates, hiding the default Post post type (unless I can find some other use for it). The point is, in most use cases, WordPress' intended purpose is not helpful to me when building large custom websites - it's something I have to work around.
A really thoughtful article coming from someone who clearly knows Wordpress. I think any web developer who cares about his/her craft will appreciate the paragraph above. It's one of the main reasons I switched from Wordpress to ExpressionEngine years ago. And then Craft blew ExpressionEngine away.
Ironically, many fans have decided to pass on the best Lumia's yet in lieu of what they are certain will be better devices next year.
Based on what? The phones aren't even available to buy yet and Jason has written these phones off as 'victims' of the Surface's success, supposedly because Windows fans aren't interesting in these phones? Personally, I can't wait to get mine. And, judging by the comments, I'm not on my own.
And then this:
What we don't yet have is pen. I believe pen input has an even greater place on a phablet than on a Surface for everyday scenarios.
I can't think of one everyday scenario where I'd like a pen.