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Students told to 'go with the flow' and wee in the shower

Students are being encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water - and then declare it on social media.

The campaign by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich has been called "go with the flow".

Who needs a toilet? Students are being encouraged to wee in the shower to save water. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Every student is being asked to take part and announce their involvement on Twitter or Facebook with the #gotwiththeflow hashtag.

It is the brainchild of npower Future Leaders Challenge finalists Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, who believe it could save the university £125,000 a year.

We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact.

With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.

Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits.

– Chris Dobson, University of East Anglia.


Ofsted chief: 'Mavericks' needed to improve schools

Schools need dynamic and "perhaps slightly maverick" school leaders to drive progress, the head of Ofsted has said.

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "Government is very much looking to ambitious, buccaneering, go-getting school leaders to make the running in school improvement in 2014."

He told the Norfolk Annual Headteacher Conference he wanted school leaders to show "scornful intolerance" to low standards and are not afraid to "ruffle feathers".


Ofsted: Most children want 'order in the classroom'

More must be done to curb poor discipline in schools, as the majority of pupils want "order in the classroom", the head of Ofsted told Good Morning Britain.

Sir Michael Wilshaw explained: "They don't want to odd individual - the Jack the lad and the Sally showoff if you like - to ruin their education."

Ofsted 'adding note of fear and uncertainty' in schools

The education watchdog is "adding a note of fear and uncertainty" in schools by changing what they define as good behaviour and failing to be clear about what they expect.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said there was no evidence of a discipline crisis in schools.

Ofsted is contradicting itself. Reports from its routine inspections say behaviour is good or outstanding in 83% of all schools. That's not yet perfect but it shows a massive improvement.

What is the explanation for these contradictions? Firstly, Ofsted have changed the definition of behaviour. It would help if they had been clear about that and given the system time to clear the new hurdles. It is not 'failure' when you are asking more of people.

We also feel that Ofsted are intentionally adding a note of fear and uncertainty across the education system, seeking to contradict the Department's attempts to rebuild the shattered confidence of teachers and leaders.

Ofsted is appearing to set education policy rather than inspect the implementation of policy - and the Department should be wary of ceding such powers to unelected officials.

– Russell Hobby
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