Jess Edwards

Child's Play

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Child’s Play is a photographic exhibition featuring photos by Mark Neville that focus on the nature of children’s play.

The exhibition has a very clear message that children should have more unstructured space in which to play freely. There are some very attention-grabbing photos taken in an adventure playground in Tottenham where children are able to explore and play.

The Tory education nightmare

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Tory education secretary Michael Gove has set out to destroy progressive education. But he is meeting increasing resistance, and even falling out with some of his friends.

On 3 February this year Michael Gove gave a speech about his vision for education at the London Academy of Excellence. Gove painted himself and his project as a historic crusade against "failing schools".

Gove and his government have been reforming education at breakneck speed. From the break up of the state system in the form of Free Schools and Academies to the overhaul of the curriculum, Gove has left no aspect untouched.

Honey Money

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Catherine Hakim

The premise of Catherine Hakim's "theory of erotic capital" is the idea that alongside economic capital there are other forms of capital, for instance social and cultural capital. Hakim takes French theorist Pierre Bourdieu as her starting point here.

For Hakim, patriarchal society has systematically denied women knowledge of their erotic power. However, this is not the main problem for Hakim. The main culprits in denying women access to their erotic capital have been the feminists.

Shame Academy

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The new government has launched a "radical reform" plan to expand the academies programme and introduce "free" schools. This threatens the future of state education by entrenching social segregation. It will also be disastrous for the pay and conditions of school staff and will destroy accountability and democracy in the education system.

Michael Gove, the new secretary of state for education, has written to head teachers in schools judged by Ofsted to be "outstanding" asking if they would like to become academies. The government has removed legal requirements for schools to consult staff and parents about the decision to turn a school into an academy. This is now decided at just one meeting of a school's governing body.

The Equality Illusion

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Kat Banyard, Faber and Faber, £12.99

Kat Banyard places this, her first book, subtitled "The truth about women and men today", as a contribution to the new wave of writings about women's liberation. Throughout Banyard argues that gender inequality is not predestined, an approach that differs from many feminist arguments that place the blame for sexism in natural male behaviour. For Banyard gender stereotypes are to blame.

The Class

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Director Laurent Cantet; Release date: out now

The Class is about a class of teenage students and their teacher in a French school. Through the interaction of the students with their teacher, Francois Marin, the film explores many aspects of the French education system.

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