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Parents 'worry more about teenagers than newborns'

by The Telegraph, November 26, 2014

Helicopter parents they may not be, but it doesn’t stop six-in-10 parents worrying more about their child as a teenager than they did as newborn baby, according to new research.
Reportedly, seven-in-10 parents worry about the decisions that their teenage children make, despite 75 per cent of young people admitting that they are happy with their judgments to date.

Warning over rise of ambitious 'spreadsheet parents'

by The Telegraph, November 26, 2014

Too many children are being controlled by overambitious mothers and fathers with a “spreadsheet approach to parenting”, according to a leading psychologist.
Large numbers of pupils are being pushed into “something that bears no resemblance” to their own ambitions because of the demands of their families, said Prof Tanya Byron.
It is feared that children are put under pressure to gain top grades in academic subjects at school to boost their chances of securing good jobs in later life.

Put away the iPad: children are better learners when they focus

by The Times, November 26, 2014

Multi-tasking in the classroom creates a “shotgun” brain in children who become incapable of deep thoughts, an educational psychologist said yesterday.
JoAnn Deak, an expert on children’s brain development, said parents and teachers should not allow their children to mix tasks and leisure activities, such as doing homework, listening to music and checking their phones for social media updates.
She told the Girls’ Schools Association conference in central London that using a computer while interacting in a classroom was one of the worst forms of multi-tasking.

Degree apprenticeships launched to boost hi-tech skills

by BBC News, November 26, 2014

Young people will be able to gain a full honours degree while earning a wage and paying no fees, under a scheme backed by government and industry.

The new Degree Apprenticeship qualifications will be taught in England from next September, starting in the digital and software field.

The government will pay two-thirds of the costs and fees while employers pay trainees' wages and other costs.

The government says employers of any size can take part in the scheme.

Learning loans see fewer adults in education, says charity

by BBC News, November 26, 2014

The number of adults in further education in England slumped after some were required to borrow to pay for their courses, official data suggests.

From September 2013 over-24s on advanced and higher level courses (A-level equivalents and above) had to fund their education and training.

The number of over-19s in further education fell 10.7% between 2012-13 and 2013-14, suggest the figures.

The fall will hamper the UK's economic recovery, says an education charity.

Independent schools face Labour curb on tax break

by The Times, November 25, 2014

Private schools will be threatened with the loss of hundreds of millions of pounds in tax breaks by Labour today unless they do more to support state schools.
Every independent school will lose some of its tax advantages unless it runs summer schools, organises pupil exchanges or sponsors an academy, Labour will say.

Chinese academia to rival Oxbridge

by The Times, November 25, 2014

One of China’s fast-rising universities is on course to rival Oxford or Cambridge as a world-leading research institution, a vice-chancellor has predicted.
Five Chinese universities are likely to break into the world’s Top 20 within two decades, from which one will emerge pre-eminent, he said.
Ed Byrne, principal at King’s College London, said that Britain risked losing its position as the world’s second strongest university sector unless research funding was maintained.

Teachers swap chalk for aprons to serve up Clegg’s free lunch

by The Times, November 25, 2014

Teachers are helping to serve lunches as schools struggle to cope with the logistics of providing free school meals for all infants, a poll by The Times indicates.
Since the start of the autumn term, all children in the first three years of primary school have been entitled to free hot lunches under a £1 billion policy promoted by Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister.

‘Use boarding schools to help teenagers’

by The Times, November 25, 2014

Teenagers on the fringes of gangs should be sent to boarding schools to steer them away from criminality, a minister said yesterday.
Children at risk of being taken into care should also be considered for boarding places more often, Lord Nash, the schools minister, told a conference of state-funded boarding schools.
He was speaking at Holyport College, a free school in Berkshire which opened this term.

The Leeds school teaching English as a foreign language

by The Times, November 25, 2014

When Georgiana Sale announced that she would be teaching English as a foreign language at her Leeds secondary school a vicious postbag was swift to follow. She was, asserted the hate-mailers, a “wog lover” who should be sacked. She should send the pupils and their parents away. There were racist phone calls, too, but no one had the guts to leave their name.

Ofsted to restrict ‘dawn-raid’ inspections on schools

by The Times, November 25, 2014

Schools will not face surprise inspections without notice after the head of Ofsted decided there were too many “logistical drawbacks” in doing so.
Instead, the power will be reserved for cases when inspectors will be sent without warning to schools, usually those suspected of teaching a narrow curriculum that fails to prepare pupils for modern Britain.

Academy spends pupil premium cash on taxis and buses

by Guardian, November 25, 2014

An academy spent £15,000 from its pupil premium money on ferrying students by taxi to school last academic year, Education Guardian has learned.

The same school, the Oldham Academy North spent a further £85,000 on free bus travel for pupils living around a mile away, also coming from its pupil premium money, which is designed to raise the test results of disadvantaged pupils. It plans to spend a further £75,000 on bus transport and £13,500 on taxis this academic year. The figures are revealed in documents on the school’s website.

‘Britain’s brightest student’ taking aim at teaching’s sacred cows

by Guardian, November 25, 2014

When Daisy Christodoulou’s Seven Myths About Education came out as an ebook last year, I didn’t read it. Just another rightwing moan, I thought, saying schools should get back to the 1950s, teaching nothing but facts, grammar and multiplication tables. I’d heard it all before. Like so many other such rants, it would go big in the Telegraph and Mail, and be largely ignored elsewhere.

But the book became one of the most talked-about in education in the past 20 years, prompting praise and anger in roughly equal measures. BBC Radio 4 gave her half an hour in its series The Educators. She was praised by the then education secretary, Michael Gove. A Sunday Times book reviewer reckoned she had aimed “a heat-seeking missile” at “the heart of the educational establishment”, and tipped her for head of Ofsted in 2021. This year, Routledge, publisher of scholarly education books, put Seven Myths into print.

Tristram Hunt warns private schools to help state pupils or lose £700m in tax breaks

by Guardian, November 25, 2014

Britain’s private schools will lose £700m in tax breaks unless they agree to break down the “corrosive divide of privilege” and do more to help children from state schools, Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary, writes in the Guardian.

Labour, on winning the general election in May next year, would prevent private schools accessing business rate relief worth £700m over the next parliament unless they do more to improve the quality of education in state schools.

Private and state schools told to collaborate more or face penalties

by Guardian, November 25, 2014

Private schools should play state schools at competitive sport and participate in debating societies, the shadow education secretary has said in a speech urging private schools to end the “Berlin Wall” in the education system.

In a Guardian article, Tristam Hunt said he would consider withdrawing £700m of tax breaks over the next parliament if private schools did not do more to improve the quality of education in state schools. He said private schools had been asked politely to cooperate with the state sector, with limited effect.

Maths warning for younger children

by Courier, November 25, 2014

Too many children are falling behind in maths before they even start school, experts have warned.

More than one in four youngsters fail to achieve the level expected of them in the subject at the age of five, according to a report published by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for maths and numeracy.

The study argues that too many pre-schools and nurseries are not providing young children with a good start to their maths education.

Menzieshill High School closure plan: councillor says parents deserve more information

by Courier, November 25, 2014

A report into a proposal to close Menzieshill High School has been branded as “having the structure of a playground joke”.

Councillor Laurie Bidwell told the education committee it was akin to someone saying: “I have good news and bad news for parents and carers in Dundee.

“The good news is that we are proposing to build a new shared campus primary school in Whitfield ... and the bad news is that we will close Menzieshill High School and gamble that we have enough secondary school places for children in the combined catchment area.”

Hunt warns private schools over tax

by BBC News, November 25, 2014

A Labour government will strip private schools of valuable tax breaks worth hundreds of millions of pounds unless they do more to help the state sector, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt is warning.

In a keynote speech today, Mr Hunt will tell private schools in England they will lose business rates relief - worth an estimated £700 million over the course of a parliament - unless they are prepared to meet minimum standards of partnership with their state counterparts.

11 schools rapped after snap visits

by Courier, November 25, 2014

Eleven schools have been censured by inspectors after unannounced visits found that "pupils were not being well prepared for life in modern Britain", Ofsted said today.

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said the schools, among 35 which received "no-notice" visits in September, were failing to teach students respect for faiths and communities other than their own.

Private school business rate relief warning from Labour

by BBC News, November 25, 2014

Independent schools could lose millions in business rate relief under a Labour government unless they worked more closely with state schools.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt says many private schools are not doing enough to earn this "subsidy".

Private schools would be asked to help state schools by lending teaching staff and helping with university admissions.

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