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The awful price paid by children permanently excluded from school and left in limbo

by Wales Online, March 8, 2019

Tyler left school for good three months ago with two GCSEs.

Permanently excluded twice from two different secondary schools, with a year in between schools when he had no education at all, his life hopes are in tatters.

He dreams of a career in the Armed Forces but that looks a distant hope unless the ADHD sufferer can get several more GCSEs in a range of subjects.

Students receive career advice from industry specialists

by Evening News 24, March 8, 2019

Students have received career advice from an industry specialist to help then secure a job.
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Sixth form students at University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN) were given the top tips by technical recruitment specialists TEC Partners.

The talk was given as part of National Careers Week with TEC Partners giving a talk to year 11 and 12 students about how to write CVs and advice for job interviews.

Does taking Friday afternoon off school do children any harm?

by The Guardian, March 8, 2019

As much as Jess Phillips is right to denounce the cuts that force her son’s school to close on a Friday afternoon (Report, 6 March), will it do him much harm? In East Lothian, where my four grandchildren go/went to school, they all quit at lunchtime on Friday and have done as far back as the millennium (I think). I was told that nothing much ever got done on a Friday afternoon.

Maybe their parents should all have stormed Holyrood, but given it was supposedly for their children’s benefit, they seemed to accept it.

Degree apprenticeships dominated by white students and those from more affluent areas, report finds

by Independent, March 8, 2019

White students from more affluent areas are more likely to do degree apprenticeships, report finds.

More needs to be done to ensure disadvantaged and underrepresented young people have access to degree apprenticeships, which combine paid work with study, the Office for Students (OfS) has said.

Only 13 per cent of young people who took up degree-level apprenticeships, which were launched to help widen access to higher education and fill skill gaps, were the most disadvantaged students.

Meanwhile in the same year (2016-17), 28 per cent of young people from the most advantaged areas undertook these qualifications - which are paid for by the employer and government.

CAREER GUIDANCE FOR ALL, NOT FOR THE PRIVILEDGED FEW #NCW2019

by FE news, March 8, 2019

It’s National Careers Week: a nationwide campaign that promotes good careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities, ensuring that all students in the UK are informed and empowered to make key career decisions.

In the past, careers guidance has been overlooked in our education system, and there is a lack of national standard or curriculum throughout all schools and colleges. This resulting inconstancy can create an inequality of opportunity for students, with access to good careers guidance can be a lottery to young people, dependent on the school they attend, their social background and even their postcode. It can be the case that those who attend the most poorly-funded schools miss out on the informative career advice afforded to others.

Cambridge to offer ‘second chance’ places to deprived students

by Edexec, March 8, 2019

As reported by the BBC, Cambridge university will soon begin taking in 100 applicants from deprived backgrounds as part of a ‘second chance’ scheme
Following the news that Oxbridge universities aren’t taking in enough UK students – particularly those from poorer backgrounds – Cambridge will now begin offering ‘second chance’ places this summer to boost the numbers of disadvantage students.

Around 100 places will be made available – but only for deprived young people.

University drop out rates are worse among disadvantaged students, official data shows

by Telegraph, March 8, 2019

University drop out rates are worse among disadvantaged students compared to their wealthier peers, official data shows.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has warned that universities must step up their efforts to tackle the “damaging” drop out rates, adding that the regulator will intervene if they fail to do so.

In 2016/17, 8.8 per cent of the most disadvantaged students failed to complete their degrees, up from 8.6 per cent the previous year, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

Music lessons 'being stripped' out of schools in England

by BBC, March 8, 2019

State schools in England have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the last five years, research suggests.

At the same time, access to music in independent schools has risen by 7%, according to figures from the BPI.

The gap widens amongst poorer pupils, with just one in four schools in deprived areas offering music lessons.

'Schools perform miracles with nothing, and the nothing is getting less'

by The Guardian, March 8, 2019

Michael Ferry is the headteacher of St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in Crawley, West Sussex. The school has 943 pupils and is rated as good by Ofsted. In 2017-18 it received income worth £5,157 per pupil, nearly £700 below the national average.

We have had to save in the region of half a million pounds by not replacing staff who have left. That’s £500,000 saved, and we still need to find more. I can’t rule out having to make similar savings in the future.

Senior learning and teaching group expands at Imperial

by Oxford Times , March 7, 2019

Imperial's teaching community continues to expand, as eleven staff members take up more senior positions within their departments.

Three of these colleagues sat down with Murray MacKay to talk about their varied careers and their hopes for the future of teaching within their departments.

How apprenticeships can help address social mobility

by TES, March 7, 2019

Social mobility in the UK is getting worse for a generation of young people.

Young people from low-income homes are a third more likely to drop out of education at 16 are 30 per cent less likely to study A levels that could get them into a top university, than those from higher income homes.

Let school leaders decide mobile phone policy

by Edexec, March 7, 2019

Call me politically naïve, but I’m guessing that the health secretary doesn’t routinely dish out advice to doctors on the best techniques for haemorrhoid reduction. And yet when schools minister Nick Gibb ‘calls on schools to ban mobile phones’, we somehow accept this as the political norm. When did that happen, exactly?

After all, the great mantra behind England’s convulsive educational reforms was that no-one knows better than leaders how to run great schools.

In his 2011 speech to the, once-proud, National College for School Leadership, education secretary Michael Gove looked his audience of headteachers in the eye and said, “You are 120 of the best school leaders in England – which means 120 of the best school leaders in the world. And 120 of the most important people in this country. Educational progress in this country has not been driven primarily by politicians; it’s been driven, generation after generation, by teachers. And especially headteachers. People like you.”

Universities Minister visits Leeds on University Mental Health Day

by Leeds University , March 7, 2019

Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, is at the University of Leeds today to learn more about mental health support for students.

The visit coincides with a Government announcement to create a student mental health taskforce to help people successfully manage the new challenges that going to university presents.

Freshers to be offered training to overcome pressures of starting university, Government announces

by Telegraph, March 7, 2019

Freshers are to be offered training to overcome the “overwhelming” pressures of starting university, the Government has announced.

Students will be told how to deal with social media and the drive for “perfectionism”, under plans being developed by a new taskforce on mental health.

They will also learn about how to manage finances, how to have realistic expectations of student life and how to make friends.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that moving away from home to start university can be “daunting” for youngsters.

Readers' World Book Day costumes – from the Cat in the Hat to Mr Tickle

by The Guardian, March 7, 2019

Here are some of the characters you told us about after late nights on the sewing machine

We asked you to send in your best efforts for World Book Day and you did not disappoint. Below are some of the photographs we received (we wish we could include more) and your inspiration behind the costumes.

‘There were some late nights on the sewing machine’
Fakhrul from Walsall sent in a great photo of his son Raheem’s costume (pictured above in the main image).

Education Secretary warns universities over dropout rates

by FE news, March 7, 2019

Damian Hinds is calling on universities to tackle high rates of students dropping out as new figures are published today.

Universities must do more to cut ‘damaging’ dropout rates or risk undermining the progress made in improving access to higher education, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said today (8 March).

As new figures are published showing dropout rates by institution – identifying those with the worst non-continuation rates – Mr Hinds has challenged universities to focus on successful participation as well as admissions, particularly for students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups who are more likely to drop out.

'Harry's story shows the challenge of illiteracy'

by TES, March 7, 2019

"I give it, like, five days. I'll probably be kicked out."

Harry (pictured above) has just left the celebrated Reach Academy Feltham, in West London. He’s got a new school place at a social, emotional and mental health provision in West London. After two years, Reach’s staff have concluded that they can no longer offer Harry the support he needs when it comes to learning to read and write.

MATHS, SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOLS IN MATHS, PHYSICS AND MEDICINE

by The Schools News Service, March 7, 2019

Debate Chamber Science and Mathematics courses are aimed at students who enjoy an intellectual challenge, and who are curious about the ways in which their knowledge can be applied to help with real-world questions. Our courses are academically intense, with an emphasis on independent thinking and collaborative problem-solving, providing a valuable insight into university level education.

Our tutors (typically Masters or PhD students) are selected for their exceptional communication skills, charismatic and inspiring classroom presence and very strong subject knowledge.

Working in groups of 12 – 14 students over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Schools must prepare students for the future of work

by UK TECH, March 6, 2019

James Uffindell, CEO and founder of Bright Network, explains why careers guidance must start at school, especially for work in tech.

This week is National Careers Week, a great initiative that promotes the indispensable value of careers education for young people across the country. Careers guidance is something that has too often been deprioritised within our education system, and this lack of focus has created a crisis of confidence in young people.

In last year’s Bright Network graduate survey of 3000+ students, we found that 39% did not feel prepared to enter the workforce and 43% were not confident they would gain a graduate role after university.

UK companies favour 'education over diversity' when recruiting

by Recruitment Grapevine, March 6, 2019

British companies give greater priority to education over diversity in the executive search process, a new study has revealed.

The data, which was discovered by Cornerstone OnDemand, claims that only 25% of UK companies said that diversity is a priority in the process, whereas more than 40% said education was the key to discovering new talent.

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