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Call for graduates to 'stay local'

by The Courier, October 15, 2014

Graduates should be offered "golden handcuff" deals to stay and work in an area after they leave university, according to a report.

It also suggests establishing campaigns to offer university leavers advice on jobs and housing and to match them with local employment prospects.

The study, published by the RSA think-tank, examines how higher education can play a bigger role in boosting the economy of local areas.

Force schools to publish number of girls taking sciences, report says

by TES, October 15, 2014

Schools should be forced to publish the number of girls that study the sciences up to and beyond GCSEs in a bid to increase the take up of the subjects, a report released today says.

The study, published by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), which lobbies on behalf of some of the biggest science bodies and universities in the country, said the progress and success of girls in the sciences should be accountable to Ofsted.

The decline in the number of girls taking the sciences has been a challenge faced by successive governments and CaSE has said it was time for the government to “put its money where its mouth is”.

Primary schools sign up for 'inspiring' talks to boost pupil aspirations

by TES, October 15, 2014

Want to know how to run the country? Primary pupils in one school will get to ask David Cameron what his job involves when he visits their classroom this term.

The prime minister, along with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, are among high-profile figures who have signed up to visit primary schools under the new Primary Futures programme set up by heads' union the NAHT.

Other people, from MPs to illustrators, and tax inspectors to archaeologists are available to give children a glimpse into their world. It comes after the success of Speakers for Schools, an initiative founded by BBC journalist Robert Peston to provide inspirational speakers for secondary schools from industry leaders and academies.

Trojan horse schools haven’t fixed problems, says Ofsted

by The Times, October 15, 2014

Schools at the heart of the Trojan horse scandal have done little to fix problems since they were exposed, Ofsted said today, with pupils still segregated and non-Muslim pupils teaching themselves religious education.
In a letter to Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, it criticised Birmingham council leaders for failing to act in response to three in-depth investigations conducted into the city’s schools.

Repay loans to graduates who get a local job

by The Times, October 15, 2014

Graduates of big city universities who stay and work in a key sector within its local economy should have part of their student loans repaid, a prominent economist says.
Student loan bonuses should be used to encourage much higher numbers of students at civic universities to find jobs in industries with skills shortages or with growth potential, or who start their own local business.

Primary pupils to learn about work

by BBC News, October 15, 2014

Head teachers want primary school pupils to learn more about the links between learning and the world of work.

More than 1,000 schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have signed up to a project putting them in touch with local employers.

The National Association of Head Teachers says it wants to raise the aspirations of children.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says the project will "inspire children" to think about different opportunities.

Blair calls for global lessons in religious respect

by BBC News, October 15, 2014

A global drive is needed to tackle the roots of extremism by making education systems in all countries teach respect for other religions, Tony Blair says.

The former UK prime minister said it was "foolish" to spend billions on a military fight with Islamic extremism if intolerance is left "undisturbed".

As a matter of "urgent global importance", he wants schools to teach "the virtue of religious respect".

Don't shy away from British values in schools - Morgan

by BBC News, October 15, 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs that schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils.

People with "different ideologies" would otherwise get theirs across, she told the Commons education committee.

In evidence on the Trojan Horse affair and extremism in England's schools, Ms Morgan defended her department's reaction to the affair.

Bilingual pupils 'outperform their peers in noisy lessons'

by Telegraph, October 14, 2014

Children who speak two languages outperform their monolingual peers in the classroom because they are more likely to filter out disruptive noises, according to research.
Pupils raised bilingually develop a more acute sense for words – even when presented with background chatter in the classroom – that allows them to remain “on task” during exercises, it is claimed.

University ‘hijacked’ by students’ green agenda

by The Times, October 14, 2014

Professors at a leading university have accused colleagues of swallowing student “propaganda” after they voted in favour of withdrawing investments in fossil fuel companies.
The six engineering and geology professors were angered by the decision by the University of Glasgow’s governing body, the Court, to sell £18 million worth of shares in the “fossil fuel extraction industry”.

Aspiring teacher thanks school by turning it into a wonderland

by Guardian, October 14, 2014

Just before the start of the autumn term, staff at Badger Hill primary school, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, came in for a routine training day and found themselves in a scene from Alice in Wonderland.

The school had been decorated with playing cards, flowers and large (pretend) jam tarts – as well as a human-size White Rabbit, Alice herself on stilts and, of course, a Mad Hatter. Spread out on a long table was the tea party: mismatched vintage teacups and saucers, cakes on cake-stands, sandwiches, "eat me" cupcakes and cloudy lemonade.

Want fairer school admissions? Then stop tinkering and scrap all selection

by Guardian, October 14, 2014

Over the past few weeks I have found myself unusually preoccupied with the issue of school admissions. Secondary open days are taking place all around me, and the subject is on many parents’ lips.

Delving into the evidence about the so-called tutor-proof 11-plus test (which is in fact nothing of the sort) and discovering that three-quarters of secondary schools in England are now their own admissions authorities hasn’t helped.

A poor pupil at Oxbridge: is it less likely than Pope Bono?

by Guardian, October 14, 2014

Last year Alan Milburn’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission memorably told us that the odds of a child on free school meals getting into Oxbridge was 2,000-1. To put this in context, the odds offered on Bono becoming the last Pope were 1,000-1. This year’s report, out last month, reminded us that Britain’s elite culture is alive and well: around 75% of senior judges, 59% of the cabinet, 50% of diplomats, 38% of the House of Lords, 33% of the shadow cabinet and 24% of MPs hold Oxbridge degrees, yet only 1% of the population are Oxbridge graduates.

Food, clothes, transport, beds, ovens: the aid schools are giving UK pupils

by Guardian, October 14, 2014

Fiona Gittings, a headteacher in a large primary school in the south of England, is talking about a child whose mother was recently refused asylum. The family was homeless and had been moved from place to place. Finally, they were put in a hostel so far from the school that transport costs were prohibitive. “Being in a hostel was terrifying and utterly unsuitable for the children,” says Gittings. “Carrying on coming to this school, where he was well settled, was so important for that child – it was the only stability he had.”

What are the best diverse books for children and teenagers?

by Guardian, October 14, 2014

Catherine Johnson, author of Nest of Vipers
My book – can I have two? One I think is out of print: Jacqueline Roy’s A Daughter Like Me. I was working in school book stalls around East London when this came out in the mid 1990s. A great story by a Black British Author with a modern black girl on the front! It really blew me away, I looked at that book and thought times are changing – there were a number of new authors coming through, Millie Murray, Malaika Rose Stanley, Malorie Blackman. that was nearly twenty years ago… One other book: The Rules of Magic by Annie Dalton. Here are protagonists I recognise in a paranormal thriller. Not just urban grit!

Bilingual children 'show advantage' in noisy classrooms

by BBC News, October 14, 2014

Children fluent in two languages learn better in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one, research suggests.

Bilingual and monolingual pupils at a Cambridge primary school were asked to "identify the bad animal' in a series of recorded statements.

When another voice interrupted the statements, the bilingual children coped best, the study found.

This shows "the importance of learning a second language early", said co-author Dr Roberto Filippi.

David Cameron plans new powers to replace poor headteachers and governors

by Independent, October 13, 2014

Sweeping powers will be given to government-appointed officials to remove governors and headteachers in failing schools if the Conservatives win the next election.In a new manifesto pledge, David Cameron will announce today that eight regional school commissioners will also be able to wrest control away from local authorities.

Top university gives science lessons to primary-age pupils

by Telegraph, October 13, 2014

Primary school children will be given lessons by scientists from one of the world’s leading universities under new plans.
Academics from Imperial College London are providing web-based teaching materials to schools free of charge as part of a plan to drive up standards of science for under-11s, it emerged.
Teachers will be able to download resources on subjects such as the solar system, plants, light and sound, food, forces and magnets and states of matter.

Elite teachers will target failing pupils

by The Times, October 13, 2014

David Cameron will announce plans today to recruit an elite pool of teachers who could be dispatched to schools where children are not getting an adequate standard of education.
The idea, first mooted last year by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of Ofsted, will be part of the Conservative party’s manifesto rather than enacted by the coalition before the election.

Primary schools should warn of body image dangers, say campaigners

by The Times, October 13, 2014

Children should be warned in primary schools of the dangers of wanting to look thin like models and pop singers, a new pressure group will say today.
The charities YMCA and Girlguiding, and retailers Debenhams and New Look are among organisations who have joined a campaign to challenge a “national epidemic” of low confidence among young people due to body image.

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