No escape as ‘snow day’ becomes ‘e-learning day’

They are known as “e-learning days”, which certainly sounds less fun than a snow day. ‘Let the kids enjoy it’ Teachers are also losing their snow days and instead will be expected to be on hand to take a virtual register and answer students’ questions online. A pilot programme in a school district in Anderson County, South Carolina has supplied students with electronic tablets loaded with assignments to complete in the event of a school closure. Image copyright Getty Images There are also so-called “blizzard bags”, with assignments that are sent home with children ahead of an expected snow closure. But Mr Roth says it is not sufficient as a replacement. “I think we still need the class time to …

‘It is possible to be Muslim and a lesbian’

Miriam* grew up in a traditional Muslim family in Bristol where her grandfather “ruled the roost”, with Islamic sermons and prayers five times a day. Fearful as she was of being caught out, these relationships gave Miriam freedom. “I made sure that my girlfriends didn’t visibly mark me, so I didn’t come home with [love bites] on my neck. But while I was there, it was thrilling – I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m doing this, I’m having a sexual experience with another woman, this is amazing’. “At the time, the people I met didn’t question the fact it was long distance. One woman in particular I only saw every other month. I used to go up on the train, …

What links Fiona Bruce to Robert de Niro?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFiona Bruce takes over from David Dimbleby as Question Time host, but the music stays the same. Play for an excerpt A new year brings a new host to Question Time, with new topics to be debated. But through all the change, one thing stays the same – the programme’s music. Such is the legacy of its composer Stanley Myers, his cultural imprint is still felt in Hollywood as well as on British TV. But how does he link Fiona Bruce to Robert de Niro? Gone is David Dimbleby of Dimblebot and tie fame. Here comes Question Time’s first new host in 25 years, Fiona Bruce. When the BBC’s lively debate show …

Review: Brexit – The Uncivil War

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dominic Cummings (behind Michael Gove’s right shoulder) was the former education secretary’s special adviser He is aided and abetted by Vote Leave’s CEO, Matthew Elliot, played by John Heffernan, as a deferential fixer in King Cummings’s court. Rory Kinnear provides the oppo in the shape of Craig Oliver, then No 10’s director of communications. There are cameos for Michael Gove (Oliver Maltman), Boris Johnson (Richard Goulding), Nigel Farage (Paul Ryan), and Arron Banks (Lee Boardman): all are no more than glib caricature impersonations, but amusing in a Spitting Image-type way. Image copyright Channel 4/House Productions Image caption Rory Kinnear plays Craig Oliver, who as David Cameron’s spin doctor, oversaw Remain’s communications strategy Image copyright …

Special needs support ‘taking too long’

Sixty-five councils provided comparable data for the last four academic years, starting in 2014-15. Over that period, 26,505 applications took longer than 20 weeks to finalise – including more than 6,000 last year alone. The longest wait for an individual application was in Suffolk – where it took the council 1,023 days, or nearly three years, to finalise one EHCP application. Suffolk County Council said an increased demand for EHCPs had proved particularly challenging – happening at the same time as the transfer from the old system of Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEND). Councillor Gordon Jones, the council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Our priority is to ensure every child gets the correct help and support they …

Is this the end of owning music?

Mumford and Sons star Ben Lovett agrees. “We all use Spotify but I think we all value vinyl,” he told BBC News. “We’ve spent a lot more time talking about how we put our vinyl out than we have done about how we’re going to stream our songs. “We will literally talk about the weight of the vinyl, the presentation, the quality of the cut – all that stuff. People don’t know how important it is to us.” Fellow musician Jack White recently told Rolling Stone he thought the CD was on the way out. “I definitely believe the next decade is going to be streaming plus vinyl – streaming in the car and kitchen, vinyl in the living room …

House price growth at near six-year low

Where can you afford to live? Try our housing calculator to see where you could rent or buy This interactive content requires an internet connection and a modern browser. View affordability data by UK region View affordability data by local authority area No data high (£££) Unaffordable What does affordable mean? You have a big enough deposit and your monthly payments are high enough. The prices are based on the local market. If there are 100 properties of the right size in an area and they are placed in price order with the cheapest first, the “low-end” of the market will be the 25th property, “mid-priced” is the 50th and “high-end” will be the 75th. Related Topics UK economy Personal …