The importance of a voice coach

The importance of a voice coach

It takes approximately 100 muscles in our lips, tongue, face and vocal box to make sound, or in other words, to speak. These tools can be utilized as early as six months old, when many infants begin forming their first words. Just like learning to play a sport or instrument,...

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The art of debate

The art of debate

So much of modern life can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. Even places as far away from Athens as Washington DC were influenced by their culture and their institutions. One of its most lasting impressions has been democracy and one of the most important parts of this is...

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The private tuition industry in the UK

The private tuition industry in the UK

The private tuition industry in the UK is booming. And nowhere more so than in London, where approximately 41% of 11-16-year-old state school students have benefitted from private tuition. Outside of the capital, the figures are lower, yet still substantial. According to social mobility charity The Sutton Trust, over a...

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WAES Chair of Governors awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

WAES Chair of Governors awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

Carolyn Keen, Chair of Governors of Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES), has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for ‘Services to Adult Education and the Community’. The recognition celebrates Carolyn’s voluntary work and her contribution to furthering the adult education agenda. Carolyn’s professional background is in...

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University staff strike to protest pension costs

University staff strike to protest pension costs

The winter academic semester drew to an early close for some students this year as staff from 60 universities joined nationwide strikes to protest rising pension costs and declining pay and working conditions. The University and College Union (UCU) coordinated an eight-day strike action from Monday 25th November to Wednesday...

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‘Alarming’ Chinese meddling at UK universities exposed in report

‘Alarming’ Chinese meddling at UK universities exposed in report

Chinese embassy appears to be coordinating efforts to curb academic freedom, say MPs. Universities are not adequately responding to the growing risk of China and other “autocracies” influencing academic freedom in the UK, the foreign affairs select committee said on 5th November. The report found “alarming evidence” of Chinese interference...

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It is never too late to learn

It is never too late to learn

The start of the school and university term is well underway, so you may feel like the opportunity to join a course has passed. Luckily that’s not the case at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES). Now the kids are safely in class, you have the time to think about what...

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Primary schools disappearing in central London

Primary schools disappearing in central London

Primary schools in central London are shrinking while some have closed down, because families are abandoning the capital and having fewer children. A new report by Westminster Council shows a total of 9,662 children had their first day at a new primary school this month, compared with 10,073 in 2018. The...

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Permanent school exclusions dramatically decrease in Wandsworth

Permanent school exclusions dramatically decrease in Wandsworth

Being excluded from school can be an isolating and frightening experience for children. Research by the Local Government Association also shows that gangs prey on excluded children, linking the rise in exclusions to the spike in violent crime. But one London borough is bucking the trend. Wandsworth used to have...

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Rise in school exclusions linked to SEN funding and gang violence

Rise in school exclusions linked to SEN funding and gang violence

Teenagers with special-educational needs are being “cynically” excluded from schools and put in danger of being groomed by gangs, because there’s not enough money to support them. That’s the claim made by education consultant and former head teacher Tony Meehan, who says schools increasingly feel “tempted” to expel children who...

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