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GCSE maths is about big ideas, but it takes small steps

by TES, June 12, 2019

Maths teachers are often accused of taking a reductionist approach to teaching; turning the curriculum into a set of rules and procedures that simply need to be memorised, with constant drilling and testing to ensure performance.

And whilst there is (in my opinion, at least) a place for memorising content, and for drills and for testing, this isn’t and can’t be all that our subject is.

Government must do more to promote online learning and #Artificialintelligence in education #AIEd

by FE news, June 11, 2019

Research into the online learning and artificial intelligence education markets and their effectiveness in supporting the development of skills in the English workforce.

Findings from a study which examined the effectiveness of the online learning and artificial intelligence in education markets.

It’s still misleading to say 1.9 million more children are in good or outstanding schools

by FullFact, June 11, 2019

On the Andrew Marr Show, and then the following day at the campaign launch for his bid to become Conservative party leader, former education secretary Michael Gove repeated a claim that we’ve seen a lot of: that there are now 1.9 million more children in schools rated as “good” or “outstanding” compared to 2010 when the Coalition government came to power.

This claim is technically accurate but misleading, because it ignores some important context: it doesn’t factor in the fact that pupil numbers have risen, and inspection practices have changed. Attributing the rise to government policy alone is wrong.

GCSE exams: They're stressful enough without the strange behaviour of invigilators

by BBC, June 11, 2019

For students in an exam room already under pressure, the last thing they want is to be stressed by an invigilator.

But according to some experiences shared on social media, invigilators can be a big distraction.

Exams might need invigilators - they have to check that no-one is cheating and who else is going to sprint like their life depends on it to pick up that pencil you dropped on the floor?

But some students would rather that they stayed silent and out of sight and stopped disturbing their concentration.

Ending BTECs could lead to students dropping out, warns ASCL

by Edexec, June 11, 2019

The ASCL has warned that ending BTEC funding in favour of A and T levels could prove detrimental to the education of certain pupils
Scrapping BTECs risks leading to more young people dropping out of education, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has warned.

ASCL has formally responded to a government consultation on the future of qualifications for 16-18 year-olds which it is concerned will lead to the end of applied generals – the most-well known of which are BTECs – to clear the way for the government’s flagship policy of T levels.

Enhance Digital Teaching Platform continues to hit milestones and evolve

by FE news, June 11, 2019

The Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF’s) EdTech online training service, the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform, has recently hit several important milestones:

2,000 bite-size training modules completed
1,000 digital badges awarded
700 registered users

What do these milestones mean and why does it matter to you?
These are significant achievements for the service, that was only launched in January 2019, as it continues to evolve in response to user and provider feedback.

Ending exclusion: specialist teachers trained to support most vulnerable

by Guardian, June 11, 2019

I felt teachers often judged me because of the way I looked. I didn’t get support for my anger management issues. I wasn’t given chances and often left in an exclusion room.” So says 16-year-old Mehdi, describing his experience in mainstream schools.

Mehdi says that his approach to education has been transformed since he arrived at London East Alternative Provision (Leap), in Tower Hamlets. While acknowledging the reasons for his exclusion from his last school, he says he felt unsupported in mainstream schools and that teachers were more concerned with the majority of less needy pupils.

Vulnerable children risk missing out on speech and language therapy amid ‘postcode lottery’

by Independent, June 11, 2019

Vulnerable young children who need vital speech and language therapy face a "postcode lottery" amid real-terms cuts to spending, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned.

Spending on these services has fallen in more than half of areas in England over the past three years, Anne Longfield warned in a new report. Nearly one in five children start school without expected communication skills, it stated.

Technology vs #MentalHealth - It’s Time for Education to Take a Lesson in Wellbeing

by FE news, June 7, 2019

You’re fine, how am I doing? As two psychologists were heard to say.

As record numbers of people are leaving the education profession and increasing numbers of staff across the whole spectrum of education are reporting stress related health issues, my contention is that it’s time for education to take a lesson in wellbeing.

For leaders in compulsory education, surrounded by young people looking to the future, there are lessons to be learnt from the next generation.

Why schools in the North need more funding to help struggling pupils

by Chronicle Live, June 7, 2019

Campaigners have stepped up calls for reforms to school funding so that more cash goes to the North of England.

And they warned that the gap between school results in London and the North is getting larger rather than smaller.

School pupils will be less disruptive if teachers greet them individually at classroom door, report suggests

by Independent, June 7, 2019

Students could become less disruptive in lessons if teachers greeted them individually at the door of a classroom, a report suggests.

A bold path to success: how St Andrews broke the Oxbridge duopoly

by Guardian, June 7, 2019

Perched on the edge of the North Sea, miles from anywhere, without even a railway station and less famous than the local golf course, the University of St Andrews would seem to have no business being one of the best universities in the world.

But not only has St Andrews thrived for centuries, it’s done so on its own terms. In recent years, it has embraced the equality and diversity agenda to widen its student intake, without joining the corporate dash for growth seen among its peers in London, Birmingham and Bristol.

Now, for the first time since the Guardian University Guide of 2003, St Andrews has disrupted the Oxbridge duopoly, overtaking Oxford to be ranked second overall among UK universities, thanks in part to its academic excellence, but also to its track record in student achievement before and after graduation.

More cash for state and private school partnerships

by TES, June 7, 2019

State schools, independent schools and universities will be able to bid for up to £20,000 to help build partnerships, the Department for Education has announced.

The DfE said the money could be used for things such as transport costs between sites and extra curriculum resources, as well as the cost of holding CPD sessions for teachers.

School reports: what teachers wish they could say

by TES, June 7, 2019

It’s report writing season again – that glad time of year when teachers spend hours they don’t have hunched over laptops fervently trying to summon up the words to paint a true and accurate picture of the achievements and personality of each child.

‘It needs serious homework’: how to find the perfect university course

by The Guardian, June 7, 2019

Choosing your course at university is a bit like choosing your life partner,” says Mary Curnock Cook. “You need to be in love with it first.

“If you’re not getting that flutter of excitement when you read the course details and the module options, then you could be in for three years of hard labour. If you get it right, your degree and the university experience will genuinely be part of your future.”

There is no shortage of information out there for students thinking of going to university. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The biggest problem is the sheer volume of stuff to read and the number of experts to consult. But out of all the voices, the column inches written, the glossy prospectuses and burgeoning websites, Cook is one of those worth listening to.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in education

by Open Access Government, June 6, 2019

Dr Elaine Garcia, Senior Programme Leader at Interactive Pro explores the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in education
The rise of technology within the education sector over the last few decades has been astounding. This is certainly the case if we consider that teaching with technology has become pervasive in almost every classroom environment. Within today’s classroom, for example, we find ourselves surrounded by devices such as smart boards, AV, computers, laptops, tablets and phones, to name but a few technologies which are now being integrated into teaching.

The Importance of #MentalHealth Awareness in Education

by FE news, June 6, 2019

Following on from Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to make people aware of the negative impact mental health illnesses can have on people's daily lives. Mental health problems are a real illness which can happen to any one of us, even young people!

People often too quickly dismiss mental illnesses as an ‘unreal problem’. ‘Just be happy’ or ‘things will get better’ are common ‘solutions’ from people who don’t fully understand what the person suffering is going through.

Would you tell someone with a broken leg to ‘just get up and walk?’, we didn’t think so!

Tension between lower level and high-level apprenticeship training provision needs to be resolved

by FE news, June 6, 2019

As an end-point assessor our main focus is apprenticeships.

The work we do is predicated on the advice and regulations laid out by the government. In many respects, these new apprenticeship standards, the levy, the shift in definitions, expectations and opportunities resemble one large experiment.

We, like many other in the education sector, are excited by the potential and are starting to see good numbers of apprentices go through end-point assessment.

We are also seeing businesses move past perceiving the Levy as merely an additional tax. Critically in our sector, logistics, we finally have a vocational training opportunity that could help resolve the skills crisis.

School delivers four maths qualifications in one class

by TES, June 6, 2019

A Scottish school is teaching four maths qualifications – from National 4 to Advanced Higher – in one classroom, it has emerged.

At a time of huge concern about the apparent "explosion" in multi-course teaching in Scottish schools, new figures show that over 100 schools are teaching three qualifications in the same classroom, with a total of 11 delivering four courses in the same class.

The data comes from a freedom of

New evidence grammar system hits life chances of many

by TES, June 6, 2019

Education outcomes for pupils attending non-selective schools in areas with grammars are lower than for similar pupils in non-selective areas, according to a new analysis.

The research by FFT Education Datalab found that students attending secondary moderns and comprehensives in selective areas did worse when it came to getting the best GCSE grades and going to top universities.