Latest Educational News

Ofsted inspections 'won't examine internal school data'

by TES, December 21, 2018

Ofsted inspectors will not look at a school’s internal performance data under the watchdog's planned new inspection regime because it says it can be unreliable and diverts teachers' time away from education.

Six STEM education trends to look for in 2019

by UK TECH, December 21, 2018

Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits, considers how children can be more involved in STEM, helping empower them to solve the challenges of the future. Here she gives her top trends for 2019.

Down's syndrome no bar to bilingualism, study suggests

by BBC News, December 21, 2018

Raising children with Down's syndrome bilingually does not put them at a disadvantage, despite concerns it leads to language delays, a study says.

'Teaching has rekindled the magic of December again'

by TES, December 21, 2018

And, lo, David drew unto the school. The one where he will be gainfully employed as a TA next term. Yes, he is to earn money teaching for the first time: a Christmas miracle has come to pass. David bowed his head and did like what he saw.

UK schools to receive mental health support from NHS

by Edexec, December 21, 2018

The UK government has revealed a plan to work with schools and colleges to make expert mental health support available to pupils across England.

Best independent schools in 2018: Compare league table results for GCSEs

by Telegraph, December 20, 2018

St Mary's School Ascot is at the top of the tree when it comes to GCSE performance among independent schools this year.

Best grammar schools in 2018 according to GCSE league tables

by Telegraph, December 20, 2018

The Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames is at the top of the tree when it comes to GCSE performance among grammar schools.

NHS to work with schools on improving mental health support

by TES, December 20, 2018

The NHS will start working with schools next year to provide mental health support to some half a million pupils, the government has announced.

How do universities prepare graduates for jobs that don't yet exist?

by Guardian, December 20, 2018

Universities determine the future: they shape it through their research and prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs. But in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, it’s hard to know what the future will look like. Technological changes such as automation and artificial intelligence are expected to transform the employment landscape. The question is: will our education system keep up?

Fair funding needed for post-18 education and skills

by FE news, December 20, 2018

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning consider the future of post-18 education, in their recent volume of opinion pieces: 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime' , where Mark Corney reiterates the need for fair funding for post-18 education and skills:

Total spending on higher education, adult further education and adult apprenticeships in England, covering tuition and maintenance, is approximately £20bn and rising.

5 facts & figures you should know about UK higher education in 2018

by Study International News, December 20, 2018

‘Oxbridge elitism’, ‘grade inflation’, ‘Brexit’ – these are some of the topics dominating UK education news today. While most of these articles are accurate, informative and provide the necessary check and balance expected of the Fourth Estate, the one trait that binds them can be their biggest folly: they are focused on singular issues.

It’s something that can make you lose sight of the forest for the trees. Worse, it could paint a false picture of what the UK’s higher education is doing well and what it isn’t.

Future graduates will need creativity and empathy – not just technical skills

by The Guardian, December 20, 2018

Rapidly advancing technology, including automation and AI and its impact on education, skills and learning in the UK, is a subject of much debate for universities. How can institutions equip students with the skills they need to succeed in a changing jobs market? It’s a valid question, though often the answers are the problem.

Since technology is driving these changes, there’s an assumption that the government should keep focusing on Stem subjects. These are often referred to as “hard skills”, which are prioritised in primary school and right through to university level. In the meantime, “soft skills” – which are already disadvantaged by the term’s connotations – are being relegated even further down the pecking order in terms of curriculum must-haves.

How working millennials can invest for higher education

by Times Now News, December 19, 2018

If you have decided to proceed with higher education, it becomes a non-negotiable goal that will loom on the horizon after a certain number of years. Investing a certain amount of money per month can help you fund your way to this goal, but there are a few things to be kept in mind before you get started.

‘A Classics education can drive social mobility’

by TES, December 19, 2018

Do you think of Classics as an elitist subject? The question reveals a great deal about prevailing attitudes towards education, as well as the problematic status of the subject itself. The presence of Classics in mainstream culture is reaching new heights, with an unbroken stream of TV programmes, novels, plays and video games set in the ancient world. And there is the enormous celebrity of Dame Mary Beard.

'Society has a duty to help poor students': university leaders on tuition fees

by Guardian, December 19, 2018

With student numbers continuing to rise, UK universities thought that tuition fees – currently set at £9,250 a year – had lost their political heat. But last year’s general election proved them wrong: Labour pledged to abolish tuition fees and students came out in force to vote. The government responded by setting up an independent review into fees and funding in post-18 education, and universities are nervously awaiting its verdict, due early in the new year. The Office for National Statistics has changed the way student loans are accounted for, potentially raising government borrowing estimates by about £12bn a year.

Number of students getting first class degrees sky-rockets as universities are accused of grade inflation - making 'Desmond' (2.2 awards) almost extinct

by Daily Mail, December 19, 2018

The number of students getting first-class degrees has rocketed in recent years with one university awarding them to half of graduates amid damning evidence of grade inflation, a major report warns today.

What would the curriculum look like without exams?

by TES, December 18, 2018

“Imagine there’s no courses, it’s easy if you try. No qualifications to aim for, above us, only sky. Imagine all the students, learning for today…”

Have you ever wondered what post-16 education would look like if we were suddenly free of the need to enrol our students on qualification-based courses?

5 tips to ensure author school visits are successful

by TES, December 18, 2018

We spend a great deal of time asking how we can encourage students to read, but we rarely discuss how to make the best use of the experts: the authors.

What it's really like to be a teacher on the front line, by Telegraph readers

by Telegraph, December 18, 2018

Anew report released this week by the Policy Exchange think tank found that two thirds of teachers are currently, or have previously, considered quitting the profession due to poor pupil behaviour.

Poorer children in half of areas across England falling further behind peers for communication skills

by Independent, December 18, 2018

Poorer children in half of areas across England are falling further behind their classmates in vital communication skills during the first year of primary school, new analysis finds.