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Bursaries raised to attract top graduates to teaching

by The Times, September 26, 2014

Top graduates who train to teach in understaffed areas could receive bursaries and scholarships worth £25,000 tax-free, the government said yesterday.
David Laws, the schools minister, said physics graduates with a 2:1 or first class degree would receive a £25,000 bursary — up from £20,000 this year — if they start teacher training in 2015.
This will also be awarded to graduates with first class degrees in maths, chemistry, computing or languages who train as teachers.

Ambitious parents duped over public school advice

by The Times, September 26, 2014

Foreign parents are paying a small fortune in futile attempts to secure places at leading independent schools, according to the head of a tutoring agency.
Agencies based in the UK are charging up to £50,000 for poor, irrelevant and outdated advice or services tantamount to “glorified form-filling”, it was claimed.

Hillary Clinton's education plans, exam marking woes and unruly pupils

by Guardian, September 26, 2014

Girls in education. Former US secretary Hillary Clinton has announced a $600m (£370m) plan to help girls around the world attend secondary school. The former US secretary of state revealed it at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Speaking out. We asked teachers to talk about their exam marking this summer. Many told of problems with GCSE and A-level papers saying that lots were sent back for remarking.

How solar power could help schools spend more on education

by Guardian, September 26, 2014

It’s happened. The long summer holidays are over and a new school year has begun – and not just for pupils and teachers. School governors and business managers around the country are meeting to review budgets, and a sizeable chunk of the annual spend will be going on electricity bills.

Households, businesses and the public sector have long felt the pinch thanks to the “big six” energy firms. Even with a government hell-bent on fracking, our bills are unlikely to fall. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Most Europeans can speak multiple languages. UK and Ireland not so much

by Guardian, September 26, 2014

Today is the European Day of Languages. Within the European Union, there are 23 officially recognised languages. There are also more than 60 indigenous regional and minority languages, and many non-indigenous languages spoken by migrant communities.

Did primary school teachers in England game the phonics check?

by Guardian, September 26, 2014

The phonics check, a simple test of reading given to five and six year-olds at the end of year one of primary school in England, comprises words and “pseudo-words” that children are expected to pronounce. In 2012 and 2013, the Department for Education announced in advance what the “pass” mark was to be. Looking at the chart below, with the yellow line for 2012 and blue line for 2013 results, can you guess what the pass mark out of 40 was?

Multimillion-pound training pledge for creative industries

by BBC News, September 26, 2014

he creative industries and government have pledged cash to fill a skills gap and train "work ready" games designers, animators and visual effects artists.

The Next Gen Skills Academy will provide "cutting edge training" in a sector worth at least £71bn a year to the UK economy.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, made the announcement at the EGX games show at Earls Court

Arm-twist parents into school story-time, says Rosen

by BBC News, September 26, 2014

Children's author Michael Rosen has urged primary schools to make parents come and sit on the floor for a grown-up story time.

The former children's laureate said a "powerful magic" happens when parents read to children and allow them to interpret what they see and hear.

Reading closely with children was just as important as phonics, he added.

Mr Rosen also urged ministers to say in public when they read a good book.

Schools afraid to celebrate pupils’ success

by The Times, September 25, 2014

An irrational fear of online abuse has led to a generation of children growing up uncelebrated in school newsletters and local newspapers, the head teacher of a leading prep school has said.
Schools are increasingly unable to celebrate pupils’ achievements publicly because of an “over-reactive” safety culture, according to David Hanson, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools.

Police drive to keep students safe

by The Courier, September 25, 2014

Students returning to university and college are being urged to stay safe online and in everyday life as part of a new police campaign.

About 465,000 new and returning students are beginning their studies across Scotland this week and are often the targets of crime.

An advertising campaign in campuses and social media is aiming to highlight issues to the thousands of young people adapting to their new surroundings and lifestyles.

New students urged to curb antics

by The Courier, September 25, 2014

First-time students have been warned not to let peer pressure mar their fledgling university experiences, as a new intake of learners arrives for the customary Freshers' Week celebrations.

University towns and cities across the UK are already bearing the hallmarks of their arrival, as undergraduates pitch up with the potentially toxic mixture of excitement and disposable incomes.

University graduates see biggest drop in unemployment for 15 years

by Guardian, September 25, 2014

The jobs market for new graduates improved last year to bring the biggest drop in unemployment among university leavers for 15 years.

There was also a fall in the numbers of graduates working as retail, catering, waiting and bar staff and in those going on to further study, according to a report from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hecsu).

Joblessness among those who completed degrees in the summer of 2013 was 7.3%, down from 8.5% for the previous year group, Hecsu said. It used data collected by all UK universities on where students end up six months after graduating.

School streaming helps brightest pupils but nobody else, say researchers

by Guardian, September 25, 2014

Splitting pupils as young as six into classes based on ability – known as streaming – makes the brightest children brighter but does little to help the rest to catch up, according to new research into schools in England.

The analysis of the progress made by 2,500 six and seven-year-olds in state primary schools in England, conducted by academics at the Institute of Education in London, found that the use of streaming appears to entrench educational disadvantage compared with the results of pupils who were taught in all-ability classes.

Teachers' notes: are Ofsted right to say we are going soft on unruly kids?

by Guardian, September 25, 2014

Ofsted’s got on the wrong side of teachers yet again today, arguing that schools aren’t tackling minor misdemeanours. Here’s a potted synopsis of what you need to know

One in seven countries has leader who studied in UK

by BBC News, September 25, 2014

Almost one in seven countries around the world has a prime minister or head of state who studied in a UK higher education institution, according to an analysis by the British Council.

This measure of "soft power" shows 27 countries have a UK-educated leader.

They range from Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Low-level classroom disruption hits learning, Ofsted warns

by BBC News, September 25, 2014

Low-level, persistent disruptive behaviour in England's schools is affecting pupils' learning and damaging their life chances, inspectors warn.

Ofsted says teachers are frustrated that those in leadership positions are not doing enough to ensure high standards of pupil behaviour.

The watchdog says some pupils could be losing up to an hour of learning each day - or 38 days a year.

chool refuses to teach girl wearing niqab

by The Times, September 24, 2014

A school is refusing to allow a girl who wears the full-face veil to study in its sixth-form, it was reported yesterday.
Camden School for Girls has taught the 16-year-old pupil for five years, but she decided to adopt the niqab, which covers her hair and face, on returning to start her A levels this September.

Children whose parents did badly at school 'more likely to fail themselves': Study finds coming from a low income home has no influence on how well pupils do at school

by Daily Mail, September 24, 2014

Children are held back in life by bad education rather than a poverty-stricken home, a major state study found yesterday.
It said that children whose parents did badly at school are much more likely than others to fail at school themselves, and end up working in low-paid jobs or not working at all.
But coming from a home with a low income has by itself no influence on how well a child does, the analysis said.

Developing countries should not spend millions providing computers to all children, UN expert says

by TES, September 24, 2014

Governments in developing nations such as India and Kenya should abandon plans to equip all students with tablet computers in favour of giving one to every teacher instead, according to UN's education body.

David Atchoarena, who heads up Unesco’s division for the planning and development of education systems, said technology might have more impact if it was placed in the hands of teachers rather than pupils.

Governments around the world have been spending billions of dollars on initiatives to give every student a mobile tablet device or laptop. Developed countries including Turkey and Singapore, as well as many states in the US, are aiming to give pupils one-to-one access to a tablet device.

Nursery stops tears at bedtime — from parents

by The Times, September 24, 2014

A state-of-the-art nursery is offering to cosset parents as much as their children.
Clapham Village, in south London, has all the facilities required by today’s toddler, including a dedicated artist-in-residence, an urban beach, a science room and a dance studio.

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