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Measuring academic progress and inspiring creativity without the stress

by Surrey Life, April 9, 2019

The NSPCC reported in May 2018, in the midst of the exam season, that the number of referrals by schools in England seeking mental health treatment for pupils had risen by more than a third.

This is worrying and undoubtedly, standardised national tests, such as SATs, which require students to revise a specific subject for a formal exam, can be a source of stress. We also know that ‘teaching to the test’ discourages children from developing inquisitiveness and their ability to explore a subject independently. However, there are ways to measure academic progress and inspire creativity without the stress for students, parents and teachers.

UK universities furthering the success of future healthcare practitioners

by Study International News, April 9, 2019

Humanity has reached a turning point in the global healthcare sector.

Through its Future of Healthcare report, The Economist explains that, “Healthcare is about to enter a period of rapid change. Longevity and the advance of new technologies and discoveries – as well as innovative combinations of existing ones – are among the many factors propelling patient empowerment, which is fundamentally changing how we prevent, diagnose and cure diseases.”

At the forefront of continuous advances, today’s healthcare students and graduates can make a huge impact on our interconnected ecosystem.

Exclusive: Brexit ‘nightmare’ could see GCSEs and A-levels postponed

by TES, April 9, 2019

Pupils might have to sit their GCSEs and A-levels on later dates or at alternative sites in the “nightmare” scenario of a no-deal Brexit causing significant traffic disruption, Tes can reveal.

Speyside pupils boost skills with Developing the Young Workforce support

by Edexec, April 9, 2019

As reported by Press and Journal, Moray pupils recently attended a football match and carried out various activities in order to boost their maths and English skills
Pupils at Speyside High School teamed up with a Highland League in order to boost their maths and English skills.

They attended a match in Rothes with the aim of carrying out a variety of tasks that would aid their education.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) supported the initiative.

Harrogate Grammar School celebrates global university success

by Harrogate News, April 9, 2019

Students from Harrogate Grammar School are celebrating success with offers from esteemed universities and establishments around the world. Oxbridge could be home to four students currently in year 13. In addition, another year 13 student, has received a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music for 4 years and a sixth student has received an unconditional offer to study at Harvard University, USA.

Royal National College for the Blind sells off part of campus in funding crisis

by Guardian, April 9, 2019

The historic Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), which counts the former education secretary David Blunkett among its alumni, has sold off part of its campus in an effort to survive a funding crisis that is engulfing special educational needs (SEN) provision across England.

The RNC, which is based in Hereford and has been training and educating visually impaired young people for almost 150 years, has seen student numbers decline to unsustainable levels in recent years as a result of SEN funding reforms that have coincided with deep cuts to local authority budgets.

UK schools are turning to foreign governments to fund languages

by Guardian, April 9, 2019

In Holly class, Matilda, aged six, calls the register. “Ciao, Tyler,” she says. “Presente,” he replies. “Ciao, Arthur,” she says next. “Ciao, Maestra Matilda,” he says. The class collapses into giggles: Matilda is taking the register as part of today’s Italian lesson. Her teacher, Stefania Cellini, helps the children count aloud to check everyone is there. Even though these year 1 pupils are only five or six, they easily count to 28 in Italian. “You are all bravissimi,” Cellini says.

School funding 'down £500 per pupil' over 10 years

by BBC, April 9, 2019

School spending per pupil in Wales will have fallen by almost a tenth over 10 years, according to new research.

One economist estimates there will have been a cut of 9% or £500 per pupil in real terms between 2009-10 and 2020-21, if spending plans stay the same.

In recent weeks, schools in Vale of Glamorgan, and Conwy have written to parents highlighting squeezed budgets.

Ministers said despite "considerable financial challenges" spending has not fallen at the same rate as in England.

The Welsh Government has previously committed to increasing spending on school standards by £100m in this Assembly term.

Thetford Grammar School makes experimental festival a success

by Bury Free Press, April 7, 2019

The first Norfolk Science Festival was hosted last weekend by Thetford Grammar School.

The event opened on Friday, March 29, in the town’s Carnegie Room, with Helen Sharman OBE giving a talk about her life as Britain’s first astronaut, called Out of this World.

She explained it all began after hearing an advert for astronauts on the radio when she was a chemist, working in a chocolate factory and also talked about her time in space.

Parents in legal challenge over grammar schools’ plan to reduce 11-plus pass mark

by Schools Week, April 7, 2019

Parents are raising cash to challenge an academy trust’s plans to lower the pass mark for entry to its grammar schools.

The King Edward VI Academy Trust, which runs six grammar schools in Birmingham, plans to introduce new catchment areas from next September that will give priority to disadvantaged pupils who live close to a school, but achieve slightly lower entry scores.

However, thousands of parents have signed a petition against the plans with the BBC reporting this week that the Save Birmingham Grammar Schools group is raising funds for legal advice about challenging the proposals.

New grammar test to be taken by primary school pupils is slammed by top authors as 'batty'- so how many can YOU get right?

by Daily Mail, April 7, 2019

Top UK authors have slammed a compulsory grammar test aimed at primary school pupils, calling it 'batty'.

Celebrated authors Sir Michael Morpugo, who penned War Horse, and Anne Fine, who wrote Madame Doubtfire, both said they couldn't answer one of the questions from the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test (SPaGs) that ten and eleven-year-old pupils will have to take at the end of this school year.

Teachers have criticised the test for discouraging pupils from being creative and for putting them off writing altogether.

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy review — one of the most inspiring books about teaching you’ll ever read

by The Times, April 7, 2019

Connor has foetal alcohol syndrome: unable to progress at school, underdeveloped, small head and mask-like face. All the older men in Darren’s family are in prison; he witnessed the murder of a child when he was five; he has “anger issues”. Shakila from Afghanistan saw a suicide bomber and then a head on the street; she didn’t know if it belonged to the bomber.

Exclusion or poor mental health: which comes first?

by Schools Week, April 7, 2019

Children excluded from school are more likely to have poor mental health than their peers, but the direction of causality is hotly debated, says Tamsin Ford

How much can and should we do to prevent exclusions? How do we balance the needs of the student who struggles to cope in school with those of their classmates whose education may be impacted by the resulting disruption?

Children who are excluded often face multiple other vulnerabilities. In the Avon longitudinal study of more than 14,000 children and parents, exclusion was more common among children of lower socio-economic status, boys, and those with language difficulties, lower educational attainment or special educational needs. Family characteristics, such as poor parental mental health and engagement with education, also predicted exclusion.

EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Most Inspirational Secondary School Teacher, sponsored by UK Produce Industry Expo 2019

by Spalding Today, April 7, 2019

In a recent speech about teaching, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "The key to education is the person at the front of the classroom."

Based on 2018 figures, three out of the top ten secondary schools in Lincolnshire for students' progress between the end of primary school and the end of secondary school were from the south-east part of the county.

Universities defy funding shortfall to spend millions on art

by Guardian, April 7, 2019

Cambridge University spent more than £1.6m on works of art last year, an Observer investigation reveals, at a time when UK universities are facing severe financial uncertainty, with many warning of staff redundancies.

The university spend on art in 2017-18 – which excludes any donated works – does not include acquisitions made by its individual colleges, which are separate legal entities and public authorities, so the overall figure is likely to be higher.

How to become a teacher - what you need to know

by Telegraph, April 7, 2019

If we have learnt anything from Matilda’s Miss Honey or Mr Keating from Dead Poets Society, it’s that teachers can have a big impact on their students’ lives. Whether you are heading to university or tired of your desk job, you can train to become a teacher and pursue a more fulfilling and active career.

Before sending off your UCAS application, though, make sure this is the right career for you. Shadow classes in a variety of schools or volunteer as a classroom assistant.

Autism: 5 research-based tips to help students

by TES, April 5, 2019

“Don't say the wrong thing. Don't stare at people. (But don't forget to make eye contact!). Don't laugh at the wrong time. Don't speak too loudly or too softly or too often or too infrequently.”

This is how Cynthia Kim, an autistic writer, describes how all-consuming and exhausting social interaction can be for autistic people.

When Sats fever takes hold everything else suffers

by TES, April 5, 2019

When shall my drama group meet again?

The human brain isn’t always good at remembering things. Recently I have forgotten several passwords, the staffroom door code and how to reset the clock on the oven when the time went forward. The odd thing is, I can recall in precise detail events that happened half a century ago. Maybe some things are just more memorable.

The abject failure of marketisation in higher education

by Guardian, April 5, 2019

The enormous sums spent by many universities on marketing should come as no surprise (Report, 3 April). Nor should the fact that it is mostly the less prestigious institutions that are doing most of the spending. Like grade inflation, the rise in unconditional offers and vastly inflated vice-chancellors’ salaries, it is the direct, foreseeable and foreseen consequence of the marketisation that began with the removal of the subsidy for overseas students in 1980, as described in my 2013 book with Helen Carasso, Everything for Sale: The Marketisation of UK Higher Education.

EDUCATION SECRETARY THANKS SCHOOL LEADERS FOR ACADEMY SUCCESS

by FE news, April 5, 2019

The success of the school academies programme and the impact it has had in raising school standards across the country was honoured by the Education Secretary yesterday (4 April).

Seventy-six school and sector leaders joined Damian Hinds at Lancaster House to mark the milestone that 50% of pupils in England are now studying in academies and free schools.

To celebrate the successes of the academies programme – which placed freedom into the hands of school leaders in thousands of schools across England since 2010 – Mr Hinds hosted leaders from top academies and free schools, including the Harris Federation, Co-op Academies Trust and STAR Academies to thank them for their hard work.