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UK graduate jobs 'recover but posts left unfilled'

by BBC News, July 22, 2014

There has been a significant increase in the number of graduate jobs in the UK but many employers are struggling to fill skilled posts, a survey says.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) predicted there would be 17% more graduate jobs available during 2013-14.

However, its summer survey of 189 top employers found nearly a quarter had been unable to fill posts last year.

Student loan system reaches 'tipping point', warn MPs

by BBC News, July 22, 2014

The student loan system has been so inaccurate in forecasting the cost to the taxpayer there must be an "urgent review", says a report from MPs.

There are so many problems that its "continued existence" is under threat, says a report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.

The government loses 45p on every £1 of loans to students, says the report.

A business department spokesman said there was "no immediate pressure on the system".

'It's cool to be kind, just don't demand respect'

by TES, July 21, 2014

As someone who teaches philosophy in schools, the biggest hindrance to my lessons, besides blanket indifference, is pupils not giving each other the space in which to speak. Pupils interrupt and shout over each other, sigh to signal their boredom, tell each other to shut up or they deride an idea with laughter.

Indeed, this behaviour is not simply an obstacle to the lessons, it is antithetical to them. It is behaviour that betrays a phobia of listening or of being listened to, a phobia of being immersed in conversation.

What is Michael Gove's legacy as Education Secretary?

by Nottingham Post, July 21, 2014

DOZENS of new academies, the introduction of free schools, curriculum changes and strike action by teachers.

It was an eventful four years as Education Secretary for Michael Gove, a term in office that came to an end last week with Prime Minister David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Gove has moved aside, becoming Chief Whip, and has been replaced by Nicky Morgan.

But what is his lasting legacy? Has he improved education for children in Nottinghamshire and the rest of the UK? Or has he damaged it beyond repair?

Teenagers given a lie-in to decide future of timetables

by The Times, July 21, 2014

It will come as welcome news for teenagers who struggle to get out of bed in the morning: the first experiment to test whether pupils perform better after a lie-in is likely to be approved this week.
In a £1 million project involving more than 20 British schools and 30,000 pupils, schools willing to allow pupils aged 11 to 16 to start class after 10am, and even later for sixth-formers, are being recruited by Russell Foster, director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford

Pressure ‘worse than ever’ for pupils of today

by The Times, July 21, 2014

Classified as 11 Plus.

Pupils are under more pressure than ever, according to one of Britain’s longest-serving teachers.
Susan Stanley-Carroll, who has worked under 24 education secretaries including Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Williams, Kenneth Clarke and David Blunkett, said that entrance tests for selective senior schools were the cause.

Teachers and doctors trained to stop FGM

by The Times, July 21, 2014

They are among key front-line public sector workers who will be given compulsory guidance to help them identify and help girls and women who may be at risk under a package of new measures.
It will be announced by Nick Clegg at a conference aimed at ending FGM within a generation as he pledges that Britain must do more.

Academy chain is failing pupils good and bad

by The Times, July 21, 2014

Classified as Academies.

Bosses of a chain of academies have been criticised by Ofsted for having more poor schools than good and letting down pupils.
Fewer than half the 39 schools run by Kemnal Academies Trust are rated good and none is outstanding.
Ofsted inspected six of its primary schools in the same fortnight, because of wider concerns about the chain’s performance.

Soapbox, Colin Clark: Our children will pay the price for Michael Gove's departure

by Derby Telegraph, July 21, 2014

YOUR usual good sense seems to have deserted you in your editorial of July 16 on education and politics in our schools.

While it is true that removing Michael Gove as Education Secretary is welcomed by the teaching profession, his removal is an act of stupidity and unfortunately it will be our children who will pay the price.

He has old-fashioned views to which the teaching unions are oblivious i.e. that children go to school to learn, knowledge is better than ignorance and discipline, leading to self-discipline, is paramount both within the classroom and outside.

New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan rejects calls to ditch rules punishing parents who take children out of school for cheaper holidays

by Daily Mail, July 21, 2014

The new education secretary Nicky Morgan has vowed to keep the controversial rules which punish parents who take their children out of school during term time.
In her first interview since she was asked to replace Michael Gove last week, Mrs Morgan said the zero-tolerance policy on holidays during class time sends ‘a firm signal’.

Mother of terminally-ill boy fighting fine for taking son on 'last holiday'

by Telegraph, July 20, 2014

The mother of a terminally-ill boy is fighting against being fined for taking him out of school for what could be his last holiday.

Maxine Ingrouille-Kidd has been threatened with a fine of up to £120 and possible prosecution if she takes her son Curtis out of school during term time.

Doctors have given Curtis, 13, who is a blind quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, just a few years to live and warned he may only survive until his late teens.

Young scientists worried by rising cost of study

by Times Higher Education, July 20, 2014

Half of the 17 to 21-year-olds surveyed ahead of the London International Youth Science Forum said that a degree from a UK institution was too expensive.

Organisers of the event said that the promotion of science education is “vital” for economic competitiveness.

The survey took place as part of the LIYSF, which begins on 24 July. The two-week event will see 400 promising students from 64 countries come together to develop a deeper understanding of science.

Two thirds of the students polled said that a degree was the only credible way to get into science and engineering careers and 55 per cent said that a degree had more value if it was obtained in an English speaking country.

Morgan stands by Gove reforms

by The Courier, July 20, 2014

Mr Gove, who was demoted to chief whip in the reshuffle, frequently clashed with the teaching unions as he forced through his radical shake-up of the education system.

Mrs Morgan said working together with teachers, heads and governors is crucial to getting the best results for children.

But she insisted she would not turn her back on the changes championed by Mr Gove, who oversaw the creation of new free schools and academies in an effort to provide greater choice and competition.

Oxbridge 'rejects record numbers of straight-A students'

by Telegraph, July 20, 2014

A record 28,000 straight-A students face being rejected by Oxford and Cambridge this year amid escalating demand for places at Britain’s leading universities.
Just weeks before the publication of A-level results, it emerged that many members of the elite Russell Group have seen applications reach a new high in 2014.

Figures show the number of students attempting to win places at leading universities is dramatically outstripping levels seen three years ago – when applications spiked just before a sharp rise in tuition fees.
Research by The Telegraph showed Oxford and Cambridge have both seen record demand for places this year, while numbers have also peaked at other institutions such as Edinburgh, University College London and Queen Mary, University of London.

Trojan Horse plot teachers keep jobs

by Telegraph, July 20, 2014

Senior teachers heavily implicated in the so-called Trojan Horse plot to Islamise Birmingham state schools will keep their jobs, despite damning criticism from four official inquiries.
Only hours after Michael Gove was removed as Education Secretary last week, Department for Education officials made a “five-point agreement” with the management of the academy schools at the centre of the plot – Park View, Golden Hillock and Nansen — according to the trust that runs all three.

Child Genius: Britain’s brightest children put under the spotlight

by Telegraph, July 20, 2014

Last year, documentary series Child Genius trawled the country to find Britain’s cleverest child. Alongside observing 21 gifted young finalists compete in subjects such as maths, logic, spelling and debating, the series invited us to gasp at the lengths to which some Tiger Mothers and Fathers went to ensure their bright sparks fulfilled their potential – or, more to the point, their parents’ lofty expectations of them.

Frequent inspections improve schools, says study

by TES, July 20, 2014

Schools that are inspected more frequently are more likely to focus their efforts on improving performance, a new study has shown.

Researchers found that schools monitored more closely by Ofsted reported spending significantly more time on raising standards than those inspected less frequently.

The study, carried out by Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, is part of a three-year EU-funded project looking at the effectiveness of school inspection in five countries. As well as England, the other countries involved were Ireland, Sweden, Austria and the Czech Republic

Schools allow premium-priced yo-yo show, but for many parents it's a no-no

by Guardian, July 20, 2014

About 350 schools across Britain have allowed a troupe of yo-yo performers from a US company to take over a class assembly this summer term in exchange for allowing the sale of premium-priced yo-yos inside the school gate for a week.

The NED Show tour, arranged by All For Kidz Inc, a firm based near Seattle, in the US, has divided opinion among parents, many of whom have found themselves pestered to buy yo-yos for between £6 and £12 after their children have seen the toys showcased during school hours. The tour of UK schools this summer targeted sales of £350,000, and is thought to have met that goal.

Secret Teacher: I can't take the stress, but I don't want to be a dropout statistic

by Guardian, July 20, 2014

As we near the end of term and worn-out, run-down teachers and support staff play the endless game of "catch the cold", I decided it was time to reflect on the end of my second year in teaching.

"Surely you must be on the wind down now?" ask my non-teacher friends. Well yes, you would think so. But actually, this is the time of year when you're the most exhausted and in need of a break, when your brain is crammed with the most information and your diary is bulging with to-do lists. Reports, sports days, end-of-year trips and picnics, transition, removing and updating displays, inputting assessment levels, evaluating pupil progress and now add to that attending training sessions on brand new assessment and monitoring procedures. Let's just hope a change is as good as a rest for Mr Gove – it certainly hasn't been for me.

Dresses, limos, exhausted parents: all the fun of the primary school prom

by Guardian, July 20, 2014

Should you happen to see a stretch limousine cruising along your street in the next few days, the chances are that there is not a reality TV star lurking inside. It will almost certainly be filled with colourfully dressed, giggling 11-year-olds.

End-of-term madness has gripped British primary schools. Once upon a time the nerve-racking rite of passage from primary to secondary school was marked with a valedictory speech from the headteacher and a bit of felt-pen shirt-signing in the playground. There might possibly have been a disco featuring cups of orange squash, iced-ring biscuits and emotional parents lining the walls of the school hall.


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