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England ranked worst in world for cyberbullying of students, education report finds

by Telegraph, June 20, 2019

England is the worst in the world for cyberbullying of students, a global education report has found.

Headteachers around the world were asked how many incidents of students, parents or guardians posting hurtful information online about students occurred at least weekly in their schools.

According to the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) report published today an average of 2.5% of headteachers reported such incidents.

Is ‘slanglish’ to blame for GCSE English failures?

by Edexec, June 20, 2019

New research shows that some pupils in the UK are failing their English language exams due to their use of slang terms.

According to TutorHouse.co.uk, students in the UK are failing their English language GCSE because they’re using slang terminology in exams.

The site surveyed 2,103 tutors and found that slang terminology is the most commonly-cited reason for pupils failing the subject.

England needs to close the north-south divide in higher education, too

by CityMetric, June 20, 2019

Higher Education provision in Britain is painfully imbalanced – and Philip Augar’s recent recommendations may exacerbate this gap.

Three southern cities, also known as the “golden triangle”, receive 46 per cent of government’s research budget. London is ranked as one of the best cities in the world for students. Oxford and Cambridge hold approximately £3bn in assets each; meanwhile, the combined total of the remainder of the national higher education sector totals only £2bn. The combination of London’s strength and Oxbridge’s privilege is propelling the South East ahead as the rest of the nation falls behind.

GCSE resits: Can resilience and metacognition help?

by TES, June 20, 2019

Last year, when I asked a student: “How did the exam go?”, I was told: “I answered question one and then went to sleep”. My heart sank. The student was a young carer with a ton of responsibilities on their shoulders. They could have easily achieved a grade 4. In class, they did well, thanks to lots of encouragement and affirmation. But during the exam, they just couldn’t get themselves through it.

What the law says YOU can do if your child is being bullied at school

by The Sun, June 20, 2019

Some forms of bullying are illegal and can be reported to the police, and you can even contact 999 if the person is in immediate danger.

This can cover cases involving violence or assault, theft, repeated harassment like abusive calls or text, and hate crimes.

By law, all state schools should have a behaviour policy in place to prevent bullying among pupils, and this is determined by each school.

Each school may deal with bullying differently, but you can complain if you feel they haven’t dealt with your concerns appropriately.

Tax rise ‘will make schools more elite’

by The Times, June 20, 2019

Private schools may become even more elitist and lock local communities out of their facilities if the Scottish government raises their tax bills, the charity regulator has warned.

Independent schools are due to be stripped of charitable rates relief in 2020 to bring them in line with state schools, which pay business rates.

A private school gets a castle-library, while we fundraise for public school music lessons

by Guardian, June 19, 2019

On the first Tuesday of the month, after the kids are asleep, my partner starts baking. This month it was chocolate zucchini cupcakes. He hates cake. He’s up at 10pm slathering cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and hundreds and thousands (so no one will notice the zucchini) so there may be music lessons at our daughter’s public school.

At afternoon recess the next day, parent volunteers at our suburban Sydney school lay out the cakes baked by parents the night before and the children solemnly line up, their gold – or silver – coin growing warm and ever so slightly sweaty in their eager little hands. They drop their coin into an old biscuit tin, and then stalk the cake stand, agonising over their irreversible decision. When recess is over, the parents pack up the stand and re-assemble it in another location, keen to eke every possible dollar out of the post-school rush. The money is collected in the tin, reported to that night’s P&C meeting (at which we consume the rejected cakes) and dutifully banked.

Teesside private school pupils are 'self-assured without a trace of arrogance', inspectors say

by Gazette Live, June 19, 2019

A high-flying private school on Teesside has been handed an 'Excellent' rating by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Pupils at Red House School in Norton were described as "self-confident and self-assured without a trace of arrogance” by inspectors - who also said the school feels like an "extended family".

Red House is seeing "unprecedented" interest and will soon be oversubscribed in several year groups, despite fees starting at £2,580 a term for primary school age and £3,680 for secondary.

Teens give mental health workshops to 1,000 Walsall pupils

by Express and Star, June 19, 2019

Year 12 pupils at Queen Mary's Grammar School have been going into primary schools in the borough at least once a week for three years to teach the youngsters ways to look after their mental health.

And now they have carried out workshops with their 1,000th pupil – at Short Heath Primary School.

Sophie McPhee, PHSE coordinator at Queen Mary's Grammar School, said the workshops aim to be proactive rather than reacting to problems once they are already there.

Pupil premium: If it's so powerful, why stop it at 16?

by TES, June 19, 2019

On Monday, a packed audience filled a room in Westminster to hear education secretary Damian Hinds give an eloquent and relaxed presentation about social mobility.

Billed as a “major speech”, it was certainly refreshing to hear a cabinet minister using evidence both openly and ably to frame what is always going to be a contested area of public policy. The space to make a speech like this (big on analysis and light on solutions) has opened up what feels like a phoney war before Treasury engages with government departments in the overdue spending review.

TEF: 25 colleges recognised for HE teaching

by TES, June 19, 2019

Dozens of colleges in England have received a Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) award this year, the Office of Students has announced.

The award measures excellence in higher education teaching. To be considered, the providers must meet demanding national quality requirements.

Traineeships help young people to access jobs and further study

by GOV UK, June 19, 2019

Traineeships are successfully supporting more young people into employment, an apprenticeship or further study, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today (19 June).

Traineeships are a flexible education and training programme aimed at helping young people aged 16- 24 to prepare for an apprenticeship or work.

New research published today highlights how traineeships are benefiting young people and employers across the country. Findings show that 75% of trainees get a job, take up an apprenticeship or go on to further study within a year of completing their programme. Employers including global professional services firm Aon have also reported how traineeships have helped them to recruit people from a range of backgrounds, leading to more diverse workforces.

Extra funding for work with universities

by GOV UK, June 19, 2019

A successful project which helps to develop innovative new policies by linking up government officials with universities across the UK, is to be extended for another three years.

The Open Innovation Team was set up in 2016 to help government departments work more closely with academics to develop analysis and ideas in key policy areas.

Teachers in England have 'unmanageable' job – global survey

by Guardian, June 19, 2019

More than half of all secondary schoolteachers in England say their job is “unmanageable”, according to an international survey revealing that teachers in England have one of the highest workloads in the world.

The survey of teachers and school leaders in 48 countries conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) makes depressing reading for those in the profession in England, who had longer working days than anywhere else other than Japan.

11-plus provider CEM bought by Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press

by Schools Week, June 18, 2019

Classified as 11 Plus.

The University of Durham’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), a leading provider of the 11-plus test, has been sold to Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.

The two organisations have jointly acquired the CEM, which has been used by the education sector for more than 30 years and in more than 70 countries, providing formative assessments for children of various ages.

The CEM is one of a number of providers of the 11-plus test used by schools and councils to assess pupils wanting to attend grammar schools. The organisation will continue to be based in north east England.

Record high in positive school-leaver destinations

by BBC, June 18, 2019

The proportion of young people who enter work, training or further study within nine months of leaving school is now the highest on record.

Statistics show that just over 93% of pupils had a "positive destination".

There are still large differences for "looked-after" children, despite an improvement in their educational outcomes.

But the government said the gap between pupils from the most and least deprived backgrounds was at its lowest ever.

Maths and English funding rate for T levels confirmed

by TES, June 18, 2019

The government will press ahead with plans for a £750, one-off payment per T-level student to support English and maths.

The Department for Education has not agreed to calls from colleges to make payments throughout each year of a T-level programme, or to increase that rate.

Poor courses, not poor students, are to blame for drop-out rates

by The Times, June 18, 2019

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are still far less likely to go to university than their better-off peers, far more likely to drop out when they get there, and less likely to get a good job when they leave. As the regulator for English higher education, we want to see this change: we are requiring universities and other higher education providers to recruit more disadvantaged students, support them so they do not drop out and get better jobs.

Zahida Hammond, headteacher at St Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, an 11-16 school in Middlesbrough, looks bewildered when I tell her how many schools seemingly don’t have good careers advice.

by Schools Week, June 18, 2019

There are eight separate careers criteria, called the Gatsby Benchmarks, and just 1.5 per cent of schools and colleges meet all of them.

“It’s about having a concerted drive,” she says. “It’s about having a dedicated leadership and a dedicated person who advocates it and keeps it on everyone’s radar.”

The benchmarks, which range from having a stable careers programme to understanding the job market, “are not particularly difficult”.

And Hammond knows what “difficult” looks like. She joined the school in 2016 just before it was placed in special measures, and bust a gut for its new grade, published this week. St Peter’s is now “requires improvement” with “good” leadership; English and maths results are improving, and the school joined the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust this year.

Senior professionals of education are earning on average £23,000 more per annum than the average UK salary

by FE news, June 18, 2019

New data analysed by RS Components has revealed the best and worst paid jobs across the UK.

Let’s be honest, we’d all love to see an extra zero (or a few) on our payslips, but unfortunately, that’s not very realistic. When it comes to choosing a career or considering a career change, it’s good to have an understanding of the average salary in that particular field.

So, if you fancy a pay rise, RS Components have found which jobs provide more pennies in your pocket by analysing 270 jobs across the UK. The average working Brit earns £29,558 a year, which works out as £569 a week to live off. However, the data has shown that 55% of jobs are paid under the UK average salary.