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Want to motivate students? Tell them learning boosts earning power

by TES, February 13, 2019

f your students knew how much more money they could earn if they studied hard, went on to further education and got good grades, do you think it would make a difference to them?

That was part of a question posed in a new paper published in the Journal of Development Economics and featured in the January edition of the Centre for Education Economics’ (CfEE) Monthly Research Digest.

COULD ONE WORKSHOP MOVE PUPILS FROM A LEVEL 5 TO A LEVEL 6?

by UK Schools Blog, February 13, 2019

Five years of preparation towards the all-important exams create a plethora of challenges along the way, alongside which schools are expected to prepare pupils for the real world.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development now forms an integral portion of the OFSTED handbook which declares that an outstanding school would have a “thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Deaf children fall behind at school, says charity

by BBC News, February 13, 2019

Deaf children in England are falling behind their classmates from primary school through to GCSE, analysis by the National Deaf Children's Society shows.

Only 30.6% achieve a GCSE strong pass - Grade 5 or above - in both English and maths, compared with 48.3% of children with no special educational needs.

Boost grammars: they're the engine of social mobility, says STEPHEN POLLARD

by Express.co.uk, February 12, 2019

Grammar schools were one of this country's proudest boasts, providing a world-class education and offering a ladder of opportunity to poor, bright pupils. In today's educational world, private schools are often thought of as the academic crème de la crème. But it's often forgotten that in the years following the Second World War, private schools were in severe decline.

Where will we find the time for character education?

by TES, February 12, 2019

Well, thank goodness some of our politicians have finally stepped in and told us how we can develop good character. After all, what better models of strong moral courage and well-rounded behaviour are there for our young people to aspire to than our political leaders?

'Technical education has every right to demand recognition'

by TES, February 12, 2019

The awarding of the first three Technical Teaching Fellowships, by the Education and Training Foundation and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, at the end of January was a significant day, not just for the three individuals on whom they were bestowed, but for the whole of technical education.

SDG4: Six lessons in green education

by Business Green, February 12, 2019

What business needs to know to embed sustainable learning into their business strategies

Education doesn't start and end with school. For years personal training and development has been a core component of a firm's HR offer, but rarely have such initiatives coincided with efforts to promote sustainability or environmental care.

Yet as BusinessGreen highlighted last week in its long-read feature into SDG4, the UN Sustainable Development Goal targeting quality education for all, there is a clear need to twin the world's educational efforts with work to tackle climate change and other environmental issues. After all, the climate challenge is, if nothing else, the task of re-designing our thinking about the world and its resources.

Principal calls for widespread integrated education in Northern Ireland

by Edexec, February 12, 2019

As reported by Irish News, a local principal has stated that segregation is all too rife in Northern Irish schools and that integration is necessary for financial sustainability.

According to Nigel Frith, principal at Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh, the growth of integrated education has been stunted by Northern Ireland’s education system.

Frith told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that “unacceptable segregation” is still flourishing due to “lack of vision” and “system inertia”.

What is the point of higher education if it doesn’t make people happy?

by Guardian Education , February 12, 2019

In The Methods of Ethics, a book read only by philosophers with an overdeveloped sense of duty, the late Victorian utilitarian moralist Henry Sidgwick argued that other philosophers of his day were wrong to believe that human beings act only for the sake of their own happiness or pleasure. There is a second spring of human action, he argues: the pursuit of excellence. A poet, a philosopher, or a sportsperson working obsessively may hope to be happy, but, more likely, what matters to them most is what they can achieve.

Cambridge doesn’t need a £100m gift but other universities do

by Guardian Education , February 12, 2019

In choosing to contrast Birkbeck with the University of Cambridge, Marthe de Ferrer hits a nail squarely on the head (If you’ve got £100m to spare, don’t give it to Cambridge, 7 February). The decade I spent teaching at Birkbeck taught me more about the spirit and purpose of education than three spent in more conventional universities. Lacking almost all the perquisites now seemingly essential to attract full-timers, without exception Birkbeck’s mature part-timers made up for what they might have lacked in facile sophistication with hard work, a genuine desire to learn, and respect for knowledge. Benefactors can of course do as they wish, but “Matthew principle” (Matthew 25:29) donations to Cambridge, at a time when my old college and others really could use a fraction of the same money to far greater effect, simply offend me.

'Pockets of success for the wealthy elite are not good enough' Eleanor Busby Education Correspondent

by Independent, February 12, 2019

A-levels do not give young people the best start for securing good jobs and should be reviewed, the president of the Royal Society has said.

Venki Ramakrishnan is calling for an urgent independent review of post-16 education in the UK.

In a speech to business leaders and teachers on Tuesday, Mr Ramakrishnan will warn that A-levels are not fit for purpose and do not equip young people with skills needed for the workplace.

WHAT IS THE BEST REACTION YOU CAN HAVE TO THE DAILY ASSEMBLY?

by UK Schools Blog, February 12, 2019

Imagine a child going home after school and volunteering to his/her parents the story of what happened during the day (rather than waiting to be asked, and then offering the shortest of answers).

And imagine further that what the child chooses to talk about is the school assembly, with parents also bringing up the subject when they attend a parents evening, talking to you about how certain assemblies have really made an impact on their child.

'Pointless' GCSEs should be scrapped, says senior MP

by BBC News, February 12, 2019

GCSEs should be scrapped and A-levels should be replaced by a mix of academic and vocational subjects, says Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee.

His radical rewriting of England's exam system is designed to give young people a much broader range of skills for their working lives.

The former Tory minister says GCSEs for 16-year-olds have become "pointless".

The Department for Education defended GCSEs as "gold standard" exams.

Book review – Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem

by TES, February 10, 2019

Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem
Author: David Kynaston and Francis Green
Publishing: Bloomsbury publishing
Details: £14, 320 pp, hardcover
IBSN: 9781526601261

David Kynaston and Francis Green have produced a fascinating but contentious book on what they see is “Britain’s private school problem”. The intention of the book is to “kick-start a long overdue national debate” on the independent sector, which they argue is a significant block to social mobility.

Let’s start with the idea that private education is at the root of inequality in the UK. No one would dispute that there is inequality in the education system, but a narrow focus on independent schools will in fact do little to solve the problem of inequality. ly isn’t true. Robert Putnam, the Harvard sociologist, brilliantly argues this in Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. It is a book that everyone involved in education should read.

Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads

by Guardian, February 10, 2019

Headteachers across the country will this week be faced with a tricky dilemma: should they allow their pupils to go on strike?

Thousands of schoolchildren are expected to absent themselves from school on Friday to take part in a series of coordinated protests drawing attention to climate change.

At a time when politicians fret that young people are failing to engage with the political process, a headteacher’s decision to take a hard line against the strikers could be counter-productive. But equally granting permission for a day off could set a dangerous precedent and lead to safeguarding issues, it is feared. Parents could be fined for taking a child out of school.

Leave no stone unturned to find Peterborough education solutions

by Peterborough Today, February 10, 2019

However, there are downsides: manufacturing jobs are under pressure. It also means that every child is growing up not just competing with their local peers for opportunities; they’re facing challenges from every corner of the world.

Some may think the only way to help our young people is to build new walls to protect them: this seems an odd idea in a world where data flows in an endless cascade over any barrier. Some may blame the presence of migrants: but Peterborough is not alone in having a substantial number of newcomers, yet other cities seem to cope far better. Truly, the only way to ensure that our children get the best possible start in life is to give them a good education, so they have the skills to cope with our endlessly changing world.

Character or attainment: which would you choose?

by Schools Week, February 10, 2019

Parents and teachers value the character development of young people more than exam results, but may need support to recognise
that they share this priority, says Rachael Hunter

The inclusion of character education in the draft Ofsted framework for inspection of schools was another significant step towards ensuring children receive an education that prioritises academic ability and life skills. Under the heading of personal development, inspectors will be looking for evidence that “the curriculum and the school’s wider work support pupils to develop character”.

Behaviour management: 'It’s all about confidence'

by TES, February 10, 2019

The first time I ever taught a whole lesson on my own during my PGCE, I spent three hours planning it.

Despite all that planning, just 40 minutes into the one-hour lesson, I had completely run out of material. With no real experience to fall back on, all I could do was mouth the word “help” pathetically to the class teacher, who was marking at the back of the room.

He promptly stood up, rubbed his hands toget

Private schooling at the public’s expense

by Guardian Education , February 8, 2019

Robert Halfon, chairman of the House of Commons education select committee, is right to defend the principle of “continuity of education” for government staff serving overseas (which applies to the MoD, FCO, DfID and families from other departments).

However, he is wrong to say that use of exclusive, eye-wateringly expensive “public” schools by government staff at taxpayers’ expense is due to the lack of availability of state boarding schools (Charitable status? Critics take aim at subsidies given to private schools, 5 February).

Disadvantaged pupils could benefit from summer schools

by The Northern Echo, February 8, 2019

SOME of the North-East's most disadvantaged pupils could benefit from the launch of special summer schools – if organisers can raise enough funds for the project.

A partnership between education programme Lexonik and Teesside University will result in the launch of summer schools for up to 200 secondary school pupils across the region.

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