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Dundee University to provide 110 graduate apprenticeships

by The Courier, February 22, 2019

The places are to be funded by the skills provider, with the University working in partnership with employers to provide qualifications in subjects covering business, civil and manufacturing engineering, IT and software.

It will allow graduate apprentices to combine their tuition while working at an organisation involved in their relevant sector of study.

Our preoccupation with Oxbridge says a lot about how we view class in Britain

by Independent, February 22, 2019

It is rare that a week goes by where Oxford or Cambridge universities do not make the headlines. Readers hoover up stories on these institutions. As a society, we are slightly obsessed with Oxbridge.

Just a few days ago, a study revealed that three in four Britons believe that both Oxford and Cambridge universities are not doing enough to recruit poorer students. Of course it is right to call these institutions out when they fail to boost diversity. But why are we fixated on just these two?

University secures new funding for computer education

by Birmingham Post, February 22, 2019

A Birmingham university has been handed a £250,000 grant to help create a new generation of computer programmers.

Birmingham City University (BCU) has been officially named as the region's provider for the new National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE).

The body has been created by the Department for Education with the goal of improving computing education across primary and secondary schools by upskilling teachers in computer science.

UK universities fear Augur review could starve funding for arts

by Financial Times, February 22, 2019

At the bustling campus of the Chelsea College of Arts, in central London, Genevieve Edelmann, a specialist graphic design teaching technician, leads a workshop on techniques for hand binding books. Four students take up metal rulers and scalpels and carefully cut coloured card, as gentle music wafts from a laptop.

Tuition fees cut ‘is student cap by stealth’

by Financial Times, February 22, 2019

Leading universities have warned of a cap on student numbers by the back door if tuition fees are cut sharply.

The Russell Group told The Times that a de facto cap on student numbers would be inevitable if fees fell to £6,500 from £9,250, as has been recommended by a government-backed review of student finance.

The group, which represents leading institutions, said that the poorest students would be the worst hit and that universities would have less money to spend on widening participation.

'The unspoken conspiracy on recruiting sixth-formers must end'

by TES, February 22, 2019

Children are being encouraged to stay at school or go to university when neither is the right place for them. There is an unspoken conspiracy in our education system that means pupils are not being given the high quality career guidance they need if they are to raise their aspirations and choose their most appropriate next step.

Why private education is unfair

by The Boar, February 22, 2019

For some people, a private education is normal. It was just where they went to school. For many others, the image we conjure up when we think about private schools is one of ancient buildings strewn across rolling playing fields, of robed masters teaching Latin to the Camerons and Johnsons of our future. An image of extreme wealth and extreme privilege. It could be my Southern upbringing, or maybe my Chelsea boots, but it is often assumed that I went to a private school. I didn’t. And in a way, it’s hard to talk about something that I really have no experience of.

Access statistics that do not differentiate comprehensives from grammars are meaningless

by Varsity, February 22, 2019

When I was applying to Cambridge, I came across their admissions statistics online. There is a page on their website dedicated exactly to this. These comprehensive statistics paint an image of self-awareness and a desire for parity that was a shock to me even then.

But if we dig a little deeper, that parity starts to get a little blurred. In 2016, the most recent year for which we have this data, just over 5% of state-educated students attended a grammar school. And yet, in the admissions cycle for the same year, 36% of the state-school students admitted to Cambridge were schooled in grammars. This is a huge disproportion of success rates for those educated in the maintained sector. So, how can we seriously group comprehensives and grammars under the same umbrella? The success rate for “maintained-schools” access doesn’t show the reality: that students from grammar schools are admitted at a much higher rate than those from comprehensives. Full parity in access will never be achieved until we recognise the differences between these schools.

School curriculum fails to reflect the urgency of the climate crisis

by Guardian, February 22, 2019

I draw three circles on the board as my class watches.

“So, what might this gas be?”

“CO2”

“Good, but what does CO2 stand for?”

“Oh, carbon dioxide,” reels off the whole class as one.

Secondary students know CO2. The chemical formula rolls off the tongues of even those who disdain science. Carbon dioxide is frequently mentioned in lessons; as products in reactions, during tests for gases, in the carbon cycle, respiration, photosynthesis and even to explain the greenhouse effect. This common gas, essential for many processes occurring on our planet, is intertwined throughout the secondary school curriculum. But real insight into the impact those two atoms of oxygen and one of carbon will have on my students’ future varies drastically between individuals.

How parents have reacted to headteachers' warnings their kids 'deserve better'

by Daily Post, February 21, 2019

Parents have reacted angrily to the news that Conwy's schools are facing a a crisis of job cuts and larger class sizes.

Headteachers from every school in the county have taken the unprecedented step of writing to parents to warn them of the hardships to come.

A primary school sent stressed teachers on a 10 week wellbeing programme – here’s what happened

by iNews, February 21, 2019

More than 3,750 teachers were signed off on long-term sick leave last year due to pressures of work, anxiety and mental illness. Over the past four years 1.3 million days off have been taken by teachers for stress and mental health reasons, leading Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, to warn of an “epidemic of stress” engulfing the profession.

The School Cuts campaign

by Edexec, February 21, 2019

The NEU – with the support of other education unions – is running an ongoing campaign against cuts to school funding. The campaign has seen thousands of teachers, school staff and parents protest against the cuts and lobby the secretary for education. EdExec looks at the facts and figures behind the initiative

'GCSEs may not be scrapped, but we have other options'

by TES, February 21, 2019

The winds of change have once again started to whip through the education sector, as two leading figures have called for sweeping educational reform. Following on from chair of the Commons Education Select Committee Robert Halfon’s call for GCSEs to be scrapped, leading scientist and president of the Royal Society Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan has argued that A levels are too “narrow” and should be replaced with a more flexible education system.

News MPs granted rare debate on detail of DfE’s school spending plans

by Schools Week, February 21, 2019

Leaders of two powerful parliamentary committees have been granted an opportunity to grill education ministers on the details of their budget planning.

Teachers to join climate protests to demand curriculum reform

by Guardian, February 21, 2019

Teachers will follow on the heels of striking students on Friday with a protest to demand the national curriculum be reformed to make the climate and ecological crisis an educational priority.

The Extinction Rebellion group will support the demonstration outside the Department for Education, which organisers describe as a “peaceful nonviolent protest that may involve civil disobedience”.

UK universities are lucky to be under the microscope

by Times Higher Education, February 21, 2019

The increased scrutiny of university finances and governance is proof that universities continue to play a critical role in society and economic growth, argues Robert Van de Noort

'Primary and secondary shouldn't see each other as aliens'

by TES, February 21, 2019

In Stephen Petty’s recent Tes article, he defined primary and secondary as being like "alien worlds". In this figurative space race, Petty argues, primary teachers have the tougher job, be it in terms of pupil need, assessment or simply the number of snotty noses they have to contend with on a daily basis.

'Google isn't interested in degrees': is the UK snobby about technical education?

by Guardian, February 21, 2019

The prime minister’s review of post-18 education, set to report next month, is expected to recommend ways of encouraging young people to consider vocational training routes when they leave school. This will be no small task. In Germany the so-called dual training route, where young people spend a third of their time in college and two-thirds learning on the job with a company, has long had high esteem, and roughly half of young people choose this route instead of university. But in the UK the picture is very different. Before Christmas the education secretary, Damian Hinds, described the British as a nation of “technical education snobs” who consider university the only path to a decent job. Will this ever change? And what does all this mean for universities?

GCSEs: Six podcasts to help support your pupils

by TES, February 20, 2019

Being successful in an exam is down to a complex web of factors that go beyond simply knowing the material you will be tested on. The latter is, of course, a huge part of it. But being prepared mentally – confidence, motivation, reduced anxiety – plays a huge role, too.

Education is Everyone's Business

by CBI, February 20, 2019

Education and skills is a key driver of productivity and businesses across Scotland have a crucial role to play in ensuring our education system equips young people with the attributes they need to succeed.

Research shows that four or more workplace encounters while at school can make a real difference to a young person’s future. Furthermore, access to skills is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses in nearly all sectors and developing a future talent pipeline is more important than ever.

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