Latest Educational News

'Student crazes? Show interest, even if you're clueless'

by TES, November 11, 2018

I enjoy working with young adults, but sometimes I have absolutely no idea what they’re on about. It’s not that they’re not talking loud enough (never much of a problem, I’ve found), it’s just that their cultural points of reference have steadily shifted further away from me over the years until they’re now somewhere in the middle distance if I squint a bit.

Primary pupils encouraged to spread kindness

by TES, November 11, 2018

An initiative encouraging primary school children to focus on the acts of kindness around them is being launched today.

The Kindness Book is being piloted in 15 London primary schools, with the aim to roll the scheme out throughout London, the UK and Europe.

‘Narrowing the curriculum benefits no one’

by TES, November 10, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Venki Ramakrishnan knows more than most about the benefits of studying a variety of subjects. Although his award in 2009 was for his groundbreaking work in chemistry, he initially went to university to study physics before switching to biology – the strand of science he now concentrates on. Meanwhile, his son, Raman, was set to follow his father into a career in science, before deciding to become a concert cellist.

Private schools now taking out legal insurance for teachers amid rise in legal action from parents

by Telegraph, November 10, 2018

Private schools are now taking out legal insurance for teachers, amid a rise in parents calling in top law firms when their children are in trouble.

If a complaint to a housemaster or head of year about their child does not yield favourable results, wealthy parents are increasing turning to solicitors’ firms in an attempt to force the school’s hand.

‘It’s hard to watch your child struggle. All you can do is chase people’

by Guardian Education , November 10, 2018

As a former bouncer working in north London nightclubs, John Roden thought he knew a thing or two about stressful situations. But taking on the care of his five-year-old granddaughter Hope brought his greatest confrontation. Hope is disabled, and her rare condition means she cannot walk unaided and communicates using a form of sign language.

‘Devastating’ cuts hit special educational needs

by Guardian, November 10, 2018

A crisis in funding for children with special educational needs is plunging councils across the country deeper into the red and forcing parents into lengthy legal battles to secure support, according to an Observer investigation that reveals a system at breaking point.

We can’t let poorer pupils be frightened off higher education

by The Guardian, November 9, 2018

Back in the days when higher education was mostly for the benefit of a select group of middle-class kids, I had a meeting with my school careers teacher, who asked me what I wanted to do in the future. When I told her I was thinking about furthering my studies and finding a job that involved writing, she declared that a suitable plan for me was to leave school at 16 and train to become a secretary. Apparently I didn’t look like the sort of person who should attend university.

Exclusive: Scripted lessons 'don't allow teachers to excel'

by TES, November 9, 2018

The head of a major teacher training provider has questioned the value of scripted lessons which direct what teachers should say in lessons.

Professor Sam Twiselton, the director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University has said that for teachers to improve they need to learn to be flexible and responsive.

One school pupil in every classroom is bullied every single day, survey suggests

by Independent, November 9, 2018

One child in every classroom has been bullied every single day over past six months, survey suggests.

Almost half (45 per cent) of 11 to 16-year-olds questioned said they had been bullied face-to-face, and more than a third (34 per cent) have been bullied online, at least once in the last six months.

Bullying: Children point finger at adults

by BBC News, November 9, 2018

Research among 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 by the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggests worrying numbers of children see adults setting a bad example.

Children in that age group highlighted adults who behaved poorly to each other face-to-face, online or in the media.

Millennials fail GCSE financial skills test aced by baby boomers and 16-year-olds

by Independent, November 9, 2018

Classified as 11 Plus.

Four years after the introduction of financial education in English secondary schools, 16-year-old leavers today have better money management skills than most adults.

That’s according to results from an experiment designed to test the effects of compulsory money lessons on the country’s youngest earners and highlight the potential issues for those left behind.

Too often, school removes all the fun from learning

by TES, November 8, 2018

On a cold, frosty clear morning, shivering around a log fire I count some 15 three and four-year-olds busy making, cutting, drilling and sawing.

One grandad (that’s me) and his granddaughter are experiencing the outdoors with few rules. There is help provided, but only when needed. Over the next two hours, the little one made her own bread, moulding it onto a whittled stick and cooked on the open fire. (Not once did I hear the staff saying that fire could burn...)

One in six maths Sats reviews successful

by TES, November 8, 2018

More than one in six requests for reviews of maths tests in this year’s key stage 2 Sats have been successful, according to new data from the Department for Education.

A report published this morning shows that 17.9 per cent of review applications for maths were successful.

Speaking out and keeping safe: NSPCC talk to kids about their right to be safe from abuse

by BBC Newsround, November 8, 2018

A big children's charity has told Newsround that it wants children to speak out and ask for help if they are being hurt or treated badly.

Teams from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) go into schools to talk about something called abuse.

Where do teachers get the most respect?

by BBC, November 8, 2018

If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem.

But their colleagues in Brazil, Israel and Italy are at the other end of this "teacher status index", based on research from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and the Varkey Foundation.

DfE reveals who will run computing education centre

by TES, November 8, 2018

A consortium that includes the Raspberry Pi Foundation will run England’s first National Centre for Computing Education.

The £84 million project was announced by chancellor Philip Hammond in last year’s Budget.

British teachers work harder than peers in most other countries, study finds

by Independent, November 8, 2018

British teachers work harder than peers in most other countries in the world, global study suggests.

But the public underestimates the number of hours teachers put in by almost a whole school day per week, according to the new research.

Higher education reform is our priority

by Guardian Education , November 7, 2018

I welcome the debate on what universities and higher education should be for, but Zoe Williams clearly needs to look at the education committee’s findings more closely rather than just highlighting one line out of one of my speeches (For Tories, the poor don’t need education, Journal, 6 November).

Our report this week is focused on skills, social justice and good graduate outcomes. The fact is we have a huge skills deficit in our country, with the manufacturers organisation, the EEF, warning that almost three-quarters of businesses are concerned about finding workers with the skills they need. Yet just eight out of 24 Russell Group universities are offering degree apprenticeships.

Poorer children in UK priced out of learning to play musical instruments, report warns

by Independent, November 7, 2018

Poorer families in the UK are at risk of under-representation in the music industry as children are being priced out of learning to play musical instruments, a new report suggests.

Families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, earning less than £28,000, are half as likely (19 per cent) to have a child learning an instrument than families who earn at least £48,000 (40 per cent).

'Potential teachers need impartial, honest advice'

by TES, November 7, 2018

Pupil numbers are rising but the number of recruits into teaching is falling and more people are leaving the profession than are entering.

Recruiting new teachers is high on the government agenda. The approach appears to be “do more of the same” – there appear to be more recruitment events than ever of various sizes up and down the country.

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