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Meet the grammar guardian who finds sloppiness literally! everywhere

by Irish Times, February 15, 2019

With his finely tuned editing ear, Benjamin Dreyer often encounters things so personally horrifying that they register as a kind of torture, the way you might feel if you were an epicure and saw someone standing over the sink, slurping mayonnaise directly from the jar.

There is “manoeuvre”, the British spelling of “maneuver”, for example, whose unpleasant extraneous vowel evokes the sound of “a cat coughing up a hairball”, the American says. There is “reside”, with its unnecessary stuffiness. (“You mean ‘live’?”) There is the use of quotation marks after the term “so-called”, as in “the so-called ‘expert’,” which just looks stupid.

What to do about Britain’s private school problem?

by Financial Times, February 15, 2019

In 1948 George Orwell, the old Etonian socialist visionary, wrote that his alma mater represented “a form of education that is hardly likely to last much longer”. The UK’s private schools had at the time managed to swerve out of the line of fire of the great postwar social reformers. And having survived all major interferences from the state since its foundation in 1440, Eton College and the rest of the fee-paying sector have continued to prosper pretty much undisturbed to this day. It is now an internationally attractive service industry offering a golden ticket to a valuable university degree and a rewarding career to a fraction of British youth and the offspring of high-rollers from across the globe.

School Report: Does your school know your child?

by Lynn News, February 15, 2019

Today and yesterday it was parents’ evening at my school, and if you’re a parent or a carer it probably has been around this time that you have been in to see your children’s teachers to see how they are getting on.

We all want the best for our children. We all strive for providing for them a fulfilling, successful, healthy and most important, happy life.

Education Across the United Kingdom 1944-2017: Local government, accountability and partnerships, edited by Robert McCloy

by Church Times, February 15, 2019

Dennis Richards looks at 70 years of trying to get education right

SIX distinguished educationists are given an opportunity in this fascinating volume to reflect on UK schooling over the past 70 years. All six contributors are retired and lived out their careers in a wide variety of educational spheres. They are thus free to look back and, indeed, in some instances, forward, without fear or favour.

Clearly, a collaborative venture of this kind will inevitably be diverse — some might say, uneven — both in style and the contributors’ preconceptions. That being said, there are plenty of moments to cherish.

Closing early every Friday has IMPROVED education at my school, says head teacher

by Birmingham Mail, February 15, 2019

The head at a city primary school which has closed early on a Friday for the past 18 months says she has "no regrets" - as the decision has IMPROVED life for pupils.

Michelle Gay, head at Osborne Primary in Erdington , was one of the first in the city to reduce opening hours to save money.

Department for Education holds technical pitch

by Campaign Live, February 15, 2019

The Department for Education is holding a review to find an agency to handle the £3m account to launch and promote T Levels.

The DfE is keen to increase understanding, raise awareness and create positive perceptions of the new technical qualifications, which are due to start in September 2020 and will be equivalent to three A Levels.

Unconditional uni offers don't make us lazy, say teenagers

by BBC News, February 15, 2019

Harrison has his dream university place in the bag.

The Leeds City College student is off to study sports journalism at the University of Huddersfield in September, with an unconditional offer.

No matter what the outcome of his BTec extended diploma, the place is assured, and 17-year-old Harrison says he's thrilled.

Alone together, or how to find strength in numbers

by Guardian, February 15, 2019

It’s a very singular irony that in a world populated like never before, loneliness has become the disease du jour.

But you are not alone, if you don’t want to be. No matter who you are and where you are, there is a like-minded soul out there, a sympathetic voice, a support group, a project, a fellowship.

That’s what young people in England found when it turned out medical interventions for mental illness in their region were inadequate. They formed a support group and helped each other.

Why Britain’s private schools are such a social problem

by The Conversation , February 14, 2019

Private schools tend to be richly resourced and expensive, so those children lucky enough to attend them normally receive a good education, with academic advantages enhanced by a range of extra-curricular activities. But while this might be great for private pupils these schools pose a serious problem for Britain’s education system and society.

Britain’s private schools are very socially exclusive and there is no sign that attempts to mitigate this exclusivity through means-tested bursaries are working. The scale of bursaries is far too small to make a difference – just 1% of children go for free.

Harrogate Grammar School selected for Mental Health in Schools Award

by Harrogate News, February 14, 2019

Harrogate Grammar School has been chosen to work towards being accredited with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award. Carnegie School of Education, based at Leeds Beckett University, and Minds Ahead CIC have developed a School Mental Health Award to give schools a framework for whole school mental health development.

Here’s how technology is shaping the future of education

by Study International News, February 14, 2019

Technology is transforming just about every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate with others, consume news and watch movies, even to the way we purchase goods.

Despite these rapid technological changes, the education sphere is also embracing these developments, striving to meet the growing demands of the 21st century. This can be seen in the growth of online learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including computers and video games that facilitate student learning.

SNP administration’s proposed education cuts come under further fire

by The Courier, February 14, 2019

The SNP wants to reduced the devolved school management budget by 3% as part of a near £10 million package of cuts.

It also wants to change the management structure in high schools by scrapping the role of principal teacher and introducing new curriculum leaders.

West End Liberal Democrat councillor Fraser Macpherson, a former convener of education on the city council, said his party would put forward its own budget proposals next week.

CACHE chosen to deliver new T Level in Education and Childcare

by Day Nurseries, February 14, 2019

The Education and Childcare T-Level will contain 3 occupational specialisms; Early Years Education and Childcare, Assisting Teaching, and Supporting and Mentoring Students in Further and Higher Education.

The qualification will be one of the first three T-levels to be launched in 2020. Julie Hyde, director at CACHE (part of NCFE) said: “We are delighted that NCFE has been selected by the DfE as the delivery partner for the Education and Childcare T Level.

'We stand by our book: private education should be reformed'

by TES, February 14, 2019

In our book, Engines of Privilege, we argue that private schools, wielding something like three times the resources per pupil afforded to our state schools, represent a problem for our country. It is a poor way to concentrate Britain’s educational resources, and it helps to support a democratic deficit with so many positions of public influence being held by the privately educated; above all, it is extremely unfair in the way it skews life chances in the modern world, where education is so important.

Half of universities have fewer than 5% poor white students

by BBC News, February 14, 2019

More than half of England's universities have fewer than 5% of poor white students in their intakes, says an analysis of admissions figures.

The report, from the National Education Opportunities Network (Neon), shows low numbers of white students from deprived areas in many top universities.

'Universities stamp out creativity': are graduates ready for work?

by Guardian, February 14, 2019

A few numbers are enough to sum up how far the world of work is changing. More than six million workers fear their jobs could be replaced by machines in the next 10 years. Around 1.1 million people now work in the gig economy, using online platforms to find small, often on-demand, jobs. And a third of graduates find themselves mismatched to the jobs they secure on graduation.

Contracts awarded to deliver the first T Levels

by GOV.UK, February 13, 2019

A major milestone was reached today (13 February) as contracts to develop, deliver and award the first three T Levels have been awarded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute).

T Levels will be the technical equivalent to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement. Following a competitive bidding process, Awarding Organisation NCFE has been awarded a contract to deliver the Education and Childcare T Level, and Pearson has been awarded contracts to deliver T Levels in Design, Surveying and Planning as well Digital Production, Design and Development. Around 50 further education and post-16 providers will teach these T Level programmes from September 2020.

Coleg Cambria praised by parents and carers in new education study

by Leader Live, February 13, 2019

PROUD parents gave Coleg Cambria a glowing report in a new education survey.

More than 500 mums, dads and carers praised the North East Wales college in a variety of categories, including 98 per cent for overall satisfaction.

The study has taken place over the last three years, and every year there has been a more positive response and an increase in participation.

Disadvantaged pupils to receive better access to ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ places

by Edexec, February 13, 2019

A government initiative to enable disadvantaged pupils to receive better access to high-quality school places has been expanded with a £50m investment
According to a new government investment of £50m, disadvantaged pupils are set to have access to more ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school places.

GCSE resits: DfE updates English and maths policy

by TES, February 13, 2019

The government has announced a change to the condition of funding surrounding English and maths GCSE resits for 2019-20.

Students with a grade 3 (or D) will continue to be required to retake the qualification until they get a grade 4.


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