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English university given £900k emergency loan by regulator

by Guardian, November 16, 2018

A university received a £900,000 emergency loan from the higher education regulator in England this year, it has been revealed, in a move that calls into question claims by the regulator that it would not bail out struggling institutions.

Tes FE podcast: Can WorldSkills transform education?

by TES, November 16, 2018

In this week's episode of the Tes FE podcast, deputy FE editor Julia Belgutay speaks with Tes columnist and podcast host Sarah Simons about how skills competitions are changing the face of technical education the world over.

Exclusive: Academy postcode lottery - DfE performance in your area

by TES, November 16, 2018

An analysis of the academy system has revealed a postcode lottery across eight regions of England.

The data comes from a DfE analysis of the key performance indicators of its eight regional schools commissioners (RSCs), who oversee the academy system in their areas, for 2016-17.

The UK's strength in science is because of the EU – not in spite of it

by Guardian, November 16, 2018

Brexit negotiations may be in turmoil, but UK universities need the government to encourage even stronger links with the remaining 27 member states in the European Union, no matter how we finally decide to leave. We must ensure the UK remains a beacon of scientific excellence, driving improvements in productivity, job creation and growth.

Britain drops down university global rankings for employability over decade, new report finds

by Independent, November 15, 2018

British universities are struggling to keep pace with global institutions in preparing students for the modern workplace, a new report on world rankings suggests.

The UK has experienced a sharp drop in performance for graduate employability at its universities over this decade following intensified global competition, the analysis finds.

Young people from ethnic minorities most positive about universities - poll

by Guardian, November 15, 2018

Far more young people than older people think that they have personally benefitted from universities – primarily in terms of improved job prospects, according to new research from Universities UK.

Polling showed that 55% of 18-24 year-olds and 44% of 25-34 year-olds felt universities had a positive impact on them personally, compared to just 35% of people aged over 65. People in the younger age groups are more likely to have attended university, since nearly half now enter a degree by the age of 30.

Teachers are third biggest influence on people's lives

by TES, November 15, 2018

Teachers are the biggest influence on a person's life, behind only parents and friends, new research suggests.

Some 82 per cent of people said teachers were very, or quite, influential on the lives of others, according to the results of a survey published by the Get Into Teaching campaign.

On call: how much support should academics give students?

by Times Higher Education, November 15, 2018

Round-the-clock demands from students can take a toll on lecturers. With a THE survey highlighting rising expectations, Anna McKie asks where the line should be drawn between professional and private life.

Councils face £536m shortfall in Send budgets, says LGA

by The Guardian, November 15, 2018

The scale of the crisis gripping services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) has been laid bare by research that indicates council budgets are facing a potential funding shortfall of more than £500m.

School delay call for summer-born pupils in Wales

by BBC News, November 14, 2018

Parents are calling for more flexibility over when summer-born children can start primary school in Wales.

Campaigners say they should be allowed to start reception classes later than aged four to give them time to develop and catch up with their peers.

They want ministers to issue councils with stronger guidance over requests to defer entry.

University 'not for people like us'

by BBC News, November 14, 2018

Going to university was not on the cards for "people like us", says a US academic who next month will receive a major education prize.

Growing up in a poor family in California, Professor Larry Hedges thought university was something that was out of reach for people from his background.

School system 'too narrowly focused on the academic'

by TES, November 14, 2018

The current school system has a narrow academic focus that fails to recognise the talents of all children, the outgoing chief executive of a social mobility charity has warned.

We must not deprive our children of school libraries

by TES, November 14, 2018

I first saw the magic that can happen in a school library early on in my twenty-year teaching career.

I was working in a North London primary and I had a boy in my class called Jonathan, who suffered with selective mutism. This is a severe anxiety disorder where a child is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates or teachers at school, or to relatives they don't see very often. A child with selective mutism doesn't refuse or choose not to speak, they're literally unable to speak.

Alternative provision schools: 'We all deserve an education'

by BBC News, November 14, 2018

Research by the BBC has revealed that the number of fixed-term exclusions in the most deprived areas of England has gone up by over 70% in the last four years - four times the rate of the least deprived, which has risen by 15%.

'Schools should have consistent policy on phones'

by BBC News, November 13, 2018

Pupils in schools where smartphones are banned like being free of the associated pressures, says England's Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield.

Ms Longfield said schools across England should have a consistent approach to the use of mobile phones.

She told the Commons Science and Technology Committee that every school seemed to have its own policy on whether pupils could use phones.

Tell us: What impact is private tuition having on education?

by Guardian Education , November 13, 2018

In recent years there has been a sharp rise in private tutoring of children from infant school to university. Research from the Sutton Trust this year found that more than a quarter of state-educated 11 to 16 year olds in England and Wales pay for private tutoring. The charity, which measures social mobility, found that in London as many as two out of five children had been given private tutoring at some point.

Exclusive: Careers advice best in deprived and coastal areas

by TES, November 13, 2018

Schools and colleges in deprived communities and those based in coastal areas tend to perform better on careers advice, according to a new report published today.

If spending on poor pupils seems lavish, it’s a drop in the bucket compared with cuts

by Guardian Education , November 13, 2018

There are many tricky questions facing education policymakers but here is a conundrum: why, if funding for poorer pupils is now outstripping money spent on those who are better off, is it proving so hard to narrow the attainment gap?

What to put in your Ucas personal statement if you don’t have grade 6 flute

by Guardian Education , November 13, 2018

The hardest part of applying to university via Ucas has to be the personal statement: your one chance to define yourself to your potential tutors and persuade them you are worth an offer. It seems like a minefield. What’s the right tone – boasting or humble? Does two days at your mum’s office qualify as work experience? And for some students it is extra challenging. What if you don’t have grade 6 flute, or even grade 1, or a Duke of Edinburgh award, and didn’t have the contacts for a work placement?

Five tips for teaching comprehension

by TES, November 12, 2018

Teaching comprehension used to be all about strategies in my classroom. I had a lot of techniques like inference that I would teach, and I would hope for the best.

I don‘t do that anymore.

Research by cognitive psychologists such as Daniel Willingham and the work of writers such as ED Hirsh Jr. and Doug Lemov have led me to believe that reading comprehension relies heavily on background knowledge and that the explicit practising of key strategies such as inference, predicting, and summarising will only get you so far.

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