Children are being denied lockers and access to daily school activities because their parents can’t afford so-called ‘voluntary’ school fees, according to the National Parent’s Council.
Whether school was the best time of your life, or you suffer recurring nightmares about sitting Maths Paper 1, there's every chance the winds of autumn are bringing back many memories. Given the week that's in it, we asked a few well-known faces to recall their first days of school.
The gender pay gap. Women not getting top jobs, even in the highest echelons of learning, the universities. Sex pests, and worse, whether heterosexual or homosexual, abusing positions of power. All part of a dismaying tsunami of sex and gender-related controversies at home and abroad in recent days weeks and months.
Sexual harassment has dominated the news in recent weeks, with allegations made against powerful figures such as Harvey Weinstein sparking a worldwide #metoo social media campaign. The media's focus on Hollywood might have made it easy to dismiss serial predators as part of the celebrity lifestyle, but the #metoo initiative brought home the staggering scale and everyday nature of sexual harassment in women's - and many men's - lives. According to Facebook, 4.7 million people posted #metoo comments within the first 24 hours alone.
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