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Why we need more support for mental health in primary

by TES, June 26, 2019

When we talk about mental health in schools, most of us picture a teenager.

When we discuss delays to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and share stories of mental health challenges, again its not younger children who are usually the focus. And even the government seems to have decided that secondary is where mental health is the biggest challenge: its mental health first aid pledge is applicable to secondary schools only.

Empowering children through education: 'All they need is an opportunity to thrive'

by Yahoo News, June 26, 2019

Lilibeydy Manrique quit her job as a teacher in private schools in Colombia and set up an award-winning school to try to help the vulnerable communities she came from. She said she felt she had been investing resources and time in communities which "already had it all". We spoke to her about why she changed her life, and how it's helping the children. Manrique is the director of Fundación ABLE, which aims to bring bilingual and artistic educational programmes to the wider community.

Britain's highest paying degrees, according to graduate salary revealed

by Telegraph, June 26, 2019

In an age where students have to fork out large tuition fees, the courses - like law, business and economics - that result in the highest graduate salaries are becoming increasingly attractive.

With the exam season coming to an end and the Oxbridge deadline, as well as that for courses in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, on the horizon in October, it's time to start weighing up universities options.

While monetary earnings aren't everything in a degree, it's important to know the sorts of graduate salaries you can expect to earn after graduating - and there are some big discrepancies depending on what you choose.

Times letters: Private education’s grip on the professions

by The Times, June 26, 2019

Sir, Both your report on the research done by the Sutton Trust (“Privately educated elite tightens its grip on politics and the professions”, June 25) and the research itself make an important omission. People at the top of their professions are likely now to be aged in their forties, fifties and sixties. This means they will have been at school in the era of, first, the government’s direct grant system which, between 1945 and 1976, funded places at independent schools for up to a third of their pupils and, second, the assisted places scheme, which did something similar in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fully funded school places were awarded on an 11+ academically selective examination, enabling bright children from less well-off homes to attend.

How Will Brexit Affect The Education System In The UK?

by Shout Out UK, June 26, 2019

How will a No-Deal Brexit Impact on the Freedom of Movement in the UK?
One of the biggest challenges will be posed by an end to the freedom of movement, which currently allows students, teachers and researchers from the EU to relocate easily to the UK.

As of January last year, there were almost 147,000 EU students pursuing a higher education qualification in the UK, contributing a whopping £5.1 billion to the economy and supporting up to 20,000 jobs.

Further education colleges struggle to cope with UK funding squeeze

by The Financial Times, June 26, 2019

The glass and metal rotunda at Croydon College gives the impression of a well-funded training institution, but the nearby paving stones are cracked and the ageing windows of the surrounding classrooms let in the cold and nearby construction noise.

Such dilapidation at the south London institution encapsulates the crumbling state of England’s vocational and technical training sector, which a government-commissioned review published last month said needed an urgent injection of £1bn to reverse years of funding and enrolment declines. More than 160 college leaders have since signed a letter urging ministers to follow its findings.

46% of parents believe #EdTech has a positive impact on children, despite thinking they spend too much time online

by FE news, June 26, 2019

RS Components asked parents around the UK their thoughts on kids and technology. The survey included a series of questions that covered the amount of time they thought their kids spent on different devices, the appropriateness of different social media platforms, if they used parental controls and whether they checked their children's devices.

Children are spending, on average, 3 and a half hours on their smartphones a day, however parents across the UK think their children are spending an average of 1 hour 18 minutes - that’s a difference of over 2 hours. Almost half (47%) of the parents asked agreed that children spend too much time online.

Thousands of parents eligible for £150 School Uniform Grant - here's how to apply

by Yorkshire Evening Post, June 25, 2019

Thousands of parents may be eligible to apply for a one-off discount to help cover back to school costs from this Sunday (30 June), as applications for the School Uniform Grant open.

Parents in England, Wales and Scotland could be eligible for the discount, which offers up to £150 off your child's expenses for the new academic year.

'The apprenticeship has exceeded my expectations'

by TES, June 25, 2019

My name is Anthony, I’m 18 and I’m from South Shields. I’m undertaking an apprenticeship as a junior dealer, which is a job I truthfully didn’t know existed. It’s a level 6 apprenticeship (so it’s classified as a degree-level apprenticeship). I’m employed by Newcastle Building Society and I’m just over five months into my apprenticeship. The apprenticeship programme lasts two years overall and my probation period ends after six months, so I’ve got my fingers crossed!

Private schools are a canary in the pensions mineshaft

by TES, June 25, 2019

A small earthquake just happened in North Oxford. No cups rattled, no birds fell from their branches, but its shockwaves will travel far and wide across all independent schools.

The two-day strike by the staff of St Edward’s, protesting about the school’s decision to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), could be of huge significance, and it is unlikely to be contained within the sector. It will ripple into every staffroom in every school in the country, primary or prep, comprehensive or selective.

My sector is a test case, a canary in the mineshaft of staff benefits, and there will be politicians and special advisers, actuaries and policy wonks, watching how many people rush to save that brightly plumed but privileged bird, before turning their attention to the maintained sector.

2+2=5? WHY FINANCIAL LITERACY SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS

by The Schools News Service, June 25, 2019

Money makes the world go round, and it’s at the centre of our day-to-day lives for a variety of reasons. A 2018 study found that three quarters of Britons were worried about their finances, and further research concluded that over half of UK adults are concerned that their mental health is suffering in relation to money worries. It’s really is a matter of education, as young adults often feel that they were not taught enough about money and budgeting during their years in education. So, what’s the current situation and how can we improve on teaching young people how to manage their finances? We take a look, with some help from Business Rescue Expert, company liquidation specialists.

Private school and Oxbridge 'take top jobs'

by BBC, June 25, 2019

A social mobility charity says top professions in the UK are still unduly dominated by people who have gone through private schools and Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission analysed the educational background of 5,000 people in top jobs.

It found these influential people were five times more likely to be privately educated than the average population.

University graduate in seven-year battle with Home Office after being ‘robbed’ of post-study visa

by The Independent, June 23, 2019

A graduate of a UK university is embroiled in a seven-year legal battle with the Home Office after the promise of a post-study work visa was “robbed” from her just weeks before she completed her degree.

Mahe Henadeerage decided to leave Sri Lanka and pay tens of thousands of pounds to study in the UK after she was told she woud have two years to amass work experience after finishing her course.

3 reasons why the best homework is project-based

by TES, June 23, 2019

My children regularly come home with homework and it terrifies me. The endless worksheets! And my children are often unsure what they are supposed to be doing with them – or learning from them.

The screams, the tantrums! Sitting down with your child and supporting them should be easy, especially if you are a headteacher with lots of classroom experience like me, but unfortunately it really is not as easy as it seems.

Project-based homework, however, holds no such fears. It is engaging and

4 steps to ensure pupils read for pleasure

by TES, June 23, 2019

If you had any doubts about the importance of reading for pleasure, a quick look at the research would settle them instantly.

The OECD report into reading in 2002 found that reading enjoyment is even more predictive of educational success than familial socio-economic status. The difference in reading ability between a child who reads for pleasure for 30 minutes a day and those who never read was more than a year.

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.