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Government must better support professional development of STEM teachers, report shows

by Edexec, February 1, 2019

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was recently a leading contributor to a newly-launched report: ‘Engineering Skills for the Future – the 2013 Perkins review revisited’.

The report revisits the landmark 2013 ‘Review of Engineering Skills’ by Professor John Perkins FREng, which reviewed engineering education from primary to professional, and sets out a roadmap for government and the engineering community that identifies urgent priorities for action.

Working to strengthen the further education sector

by FE news, February 1, 2019

I hope you’ve all had a great start to the year!

It has been an exciting start for us with the launch of our new apprenticeship campaign – “Fire It Up’.

The campaign and new website aims to help raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships as well as highlight the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

What makes for an outstanding teacher? A key question for teachers and their managers

by FE news, February 1, 2019

Surely all teachers would like to be outstanding – whether Ofsted is on the scene or not. Yet so much of the end result – student attainment and satisfaction - is actually beyond the control of teachers. So what should an outstanding teacher actually be accountable for?

In this short article I offer my personal views, based on personal experience teaching, then managing and training teachers.

And for me, it boils down to what I’m calling ‘The Rule of 4’: four key teaching components, crucial to success, owned by teachers, for which they should be accountable.

Five things teachers need to stop doing

by TES, February 1, 2019

A 2017 mental health survey of educational professionals discovered that a horrifying 75 per cent of participants had experienced behavioural, psychological or physical symptoms of poor mental health as a result of their work.

Similarly, 2018 research from the Liberal Democrats found that one in every 83 teachers is off work for a month or more, as a result of mental illness.

Music education ‘needs to be democratised’, says report

by Arts professional, February 1, 2019

A new report calls for music education to be “reshaped and democratised” to better reflect the interests and activities of young people and make sure those from less privileged backgrounds do not miss out on opportunities.

Research into the views and experiences of young people aged between seven and 17, commissioned by the charity Youth Music, finds that young people are more likely than they were a decade ago to see themselves as musical and participate in musical activity.

Universities could lose league table positions for diversity failures

by Guardian, February 1, 2019

Universities’ prized league table positions may be under threat if they fail to tackle ethnic disparities among students, and in staff recruitment and research, as part of an initiative announced by the government.

The effort to “explain or change” ethnic disparities is the latest official attempt to help underrepresented groups enter and succeed in higher education in England, backed by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education.

Linking university loans to grades would punish mature students

by Guardian, February 1, 2019

The most recent “leak” to have emerged from the government’s Augar review of post-18 education suggests that students who have obtained less than DDD at A-level will be barred from accessing government loans. University leaders have criticised the plan as a backwards step for social mobility, particularly for BAME students. The students such a move would affect disproportionately, however, are mature students.

iLearn Connect attracts international client base owing to latest functionality

by Learning News , January 31, 2019

iLearn Connect unveiled a suite of mobile apps six months after launching in 2016, providing users with access to extensive resources via all devices. In July 2018 the platform released updated functionality, a brand refresh and a new, interactive website. The latest release now allows for customisable platform design to meet company branding, as well as the option of importing pre-existing content.

Increased number of Scots from deprived areas in higher education, Ucas finds

by ITV News, January 31, 2019

More people from Scotland’s most deprived areas are securing places at higher education institutions, figures have indicated.

The latest Ucas End of Cycle Report showed a 54% offer rate for applications in 2018 from quintile one – the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland.

How we targeted Tier 2 vocabulary and boosted writing

by TES, January 31, 2019

“He won the race! He won the gold medal! He was very happy!”

Happy? Really? After years and years of hard work, dedication, not to mention the blood, sweat and tears, is he really just "happy?" Is that the most effective word choice?

This is the conversation I had with my Year 6 pupils this week and it is a conversation I have had so many times with children over the past 10 years.

As educators, we spend a lot of time talking about pupils using "effective vocabulary", but how can we expect children who have not been exposed to a breadth of vocabulary in their lifetime to have a range of words to choose from?

Funding for new autism school agreed

by Edexec, January 31, 2019

Following a wave of stories centring around the lack of education provision for SEND pupils across the UK, some good news has emerged: funding has been agreed for a new autism school in Cumbria.

Damian Hinds has collaborated with The Cumbria Academy for Autism Trust to come up with a plan for the funding of the Cumbria Academy for Autism, which is already being built.

The school will have 56 places for children aged four to 19.

20 universities account for bulk of rise in unconditional places

by Guardian, January 31, 2019

A small group of institutions are causing the sudden explosion in the number of unconditional offers being made to sixth formers applying to UK universities, figures have shown.

Data released by Ucas, the higher education admissions service, reveals that most universities only make offers conditional on school-leavers achieving certain grades, and that the bulk of the increase in unconditional offers has come from about 20 institutions.

Eight in ten offers are unconditional at one British university, Ucas figures show

by Telegraph, January 31, 2019

Eight in ten offers are unconditional at one British university, new figures from Ucas show.

Suffolk University promised 1,110 offers to students last summer irrespective of their A-level grades.

Unconditional offers made up 83.8 per cent of all offers the university made in 2018, rising steeply from the 23 per cent it made the year before.

Gap between rich and poor students at top universities widens for first time in decade

by Independent, January 31, 2019

In 2017, the most privileged students were 14.5 times more likely to enter top universities than their disadvantage peers – and this increased in 2018 despite a push to widen access to higher education.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the data was “extremely disappointing” and “unacceptable”.

He said: “One problem may be the fact that it is very difficult to live away from home on the level of funding provided by the student maintenance loan. Middle class parents are able to pay towards their children’s accommodation and living costs, but this is not the case with disadvantaged families. Poor students may therefore be more inclined to live at home and unless there is a high-tariff university nearby, this will restrict their choice.”

Two-thirds of British children make music, study finds

by Guardian, January 31, 2019

New research has found that more than two-thirds of young people are active musicians.

The study by music charity Youth Music, in tandem with Ipsos Mori, polled more than 1,000 British children aged seven to 17 about their music habits. Unsurprisingly, 97% of them had listened to music in the previous week – but 67% had also engaged in “some form of music-making activity”. It’s a huge rise from 39% in 2006, when Youth Music conducted their previous survey.

Latest school categorisation results published

by GOV.WALES, January 31, 2019

The National School Categorisation System, introduced in 2014, places schools into one of four colour-coded support categories to demonstrate the level of support they need - green, yellow, amber and red.

There are now more schools in the green and yellow categories when compared to last year. Green schools require just four days of support and yellow schools receive up to 10 days of support.

How Two Public School Districts Are Improving K-12 Education For Military Children

by Forbes, January 30, 2019

Members of the military who have school-age children move six to nine times before their kids finish high school. Most of those 1.2 million students attend schools around military installations, so they are exposed to the vagaries of U.S. education far more than their civilian counterparts. The education of military children can suffer as students are regularly put at a disadvantage of being either ahead of or behind their peers.

The colourful 'pods' helping special needs children go to school

by BBC News, January 30, 2019

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Thousands of children in England are missing out on the support for special educational needs they are legally entitled to.

For some, this means they do not have a school place at all, as councils' special needs budgets slip into the red.

Clarks shoe shop staff to be trained to speak to children amid Government drive to improve language skills

by Telegraph, January 30, 2019

Clarks employees will be trained to speak to children as part of a drive to improve early language skills, the Department for Education has announced.

Staff at the shoe shop will be taught to strike up conversation with toddlers while they try on shoes, so they can practise talking and responding to questions.

Training will take place over the summer so that Clarks staff are able to talk to children who are bought to the shop by their parents to buy school shoes ahead of the new academic year.

Education Secretary urges more faith schools to consider academy conversion

by GOV.UK, January 30, 2019

Faith leaders are being encouraged to convert more of their schools to academies – joining hundreds of schools across the country already benefiting from higher standards after academy conversion and building on the leading role faith groups have played in delivering the Government’s education reforms.

At a round-table of representatives from all major faiths held on 29 January, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out the benefits of becoming an academy school – placing freedom into the hands of school leaders and helping schools to work together to achieve more than they can alone.

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