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Cloud tech for education providers gets UK government backing

by Out-Law, April 5, 2019

The recommendation was made by the Department for Education (DfE) in a new strategy for education technology, or 'edtech'.

"We recommend that all education providers actively consider and evaluate the benefits of moving to a cloud-based approach for their IT system (moving away from relying solely on ‘on-site’ servers)," the department said in the strategy paper. "Cloud-based systems are usually more secure, cheaper to run and enable more flexible working."

'It's about how people can better their lives': students on why PhDs matter

by Guardian Education , April 5, 2019

Social science research is about improving people’s lives. But this objective isn’t always understood.

A writing competition launched by the Economic and Social Science Research Council is aiming to highlight the impact that PhD-level social science research has on society in the UK and around the world. Here are excerpts from three shortlisted projects.

Ofsted inspection grades challenged

by BBC, April 5, 2019

Parents should have more reliable measures than Ofsted grades to compare schools in England, says a report from a new education think tank.

The EDSK report challenges the accuracy of grades such as outstanding, good or requires improvement.

Think tank director Tom Richmond says there is no evidence to support "summarising an entire school in a single number or phrase".

Fewer than one in three headteachers think GCSEs prepare students for work, survey finds

by Independent, April 4, 2019

The proportion of headteachers who think GCSEs prepare pupils for employment has fallen to less than a third following significant government reforms, a survey from the exams regulator has found.

Only 31 per cent of heads last year agreed that the qualification for 16-years-old is good preperation for students for work, compared to 42 per cent in 2017, according to research from Ofqual.

Three UK projects shortlisted in prestigious global education awards

by FE news, April 4, 2019

Three British education and training initiatives were selected out of 15 projects from 9 countries selected by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) for their innovative and impactful approaches to today’s most urgent education challenges.

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation, which supplies small electronic devices to help children code, made the shortlist along with United World Schools for their project “Teaching the Unreached”, which develops community schools in remote villages in East Asia, through a low-cost sustainable model. The third British project to be selected is the Street Child organization’s “Family Business for Education”, which provides tailored support to out of school and at-risk children and their families in Sierra Leone, to sustainably remove economic and social barriers to education.

Funding for pupils with special educational needs drops 17%

by Guardian, April 4, 2019

The government has been accused of failing children with special educational needs after a report found funding for pupils had been cut by 17% across England since 2015.

The report by the thinktank IPPR North also revealed the north had been worst affected, with cuts of 22% per pupil. Researchers found government spending on support for children and young people with the most complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) had failed to keep pace with rising demand, resulting in a reduction in funds available per pupil.

Stress-busting sessions to help students with pressure of exams

by Lancashire Telegraph, April 4, 2019

Kay Johnston from Karma Minds will be holding Exam Stress Solution Workshops at three venues throughout the Easter Holidays.

Mrs Johnston, from Oswaldtwistle, said the sessions will aim to improve mental well being, increase emotional intelligence and educate students on how they can enhance their confidence and resilience.

She said: "Young people are suffering with mental health issues due to the pressure of revising and taking exams.

Apps launched to transform careers advice for students

by Edexec, April 4, 2019

The government has released details of two apps created to help pupils choose the best higher education to suit their career
Two new apps, launched by universities minister Chris Skidmore, will allow the next generation of students to take greater control of their future career paths.

The apps aim to empower young people to make better choices regarding where and what to study for higher education.

The two innovative apps, created by the winners of a government competition receiving around £150,000 funding each, set out simple and accessible information about graduate outcomes for prospective students.

Office for Students says higher education in ‘reasonable financial health’ but warns of ‘over-ambitious’ student number forecasts

by FE news, April 4, 2019

The OfS has written to all registered universities and other higher education providers in England to alert them to the projections – part of a new report 'Financial sustainability of higher education providers in England' which tracks key financial trends in the performance of English colleges and universities.

Overall, the sector is expecting a 10 per cent growth in student numbers over the next four years (equivalent to an increase of 171,000 full-time students); including an overall predicted increase of approximately 78,000 full-time UK and EU undergraduates. This is despite a projected decline in the UK population of 18-year-olds of five per cent over the same period.


by The Schools News Service, April 4, 2019

The Child Mental Health Charter was launched on 11th March. It has evolved from the ‘Children’s Mental Health beyond the Green Paper,’ report published on 30th January 2019 produced by a range of experts and practitioners, members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me by Kate Clanchy review – the reality of school life

by Guardian, April 4, 2019

“Hide the fact / You are alienated” commands Priya, a schoolgirl poet taught by Kate Clanchy, who considers her life as a migrant. “Chew on the candy floss. / It melts in your mouth. Such foreign stuff!” The poets Clanchy has nurtured at the comprehensive where she teaches in Oxford are now well known. They’ve won poetry competitions and been included in her anthology England: Poems from a School. In Some Kids I Taught Clanchy has set out to tell the story of how this happened, while analysing the wider educational landscape in Britain over the past 20 years.

Exclusive: DfE using 10 different IT systems to manage academies

by TES, April 3, 2019

The Department for Education has been using 10 different IT systems to oversee and manage more than 7,000 academies and free schools, it has been revealed.

The government is now set to spend £2.2m employing a technology giant to streamline its systems following criticism of the department’s oversight of these schools.

DfE looks at NHS-style five-year funding plan in education

by TES, April 3, 2019

The Department for Education is working on the case for long-term plans for funding and strategy in education, MPs heard today.

Speaking at a Commons Education Select Committee hearing today, skills minister Anne Milton said that, following a five-year funding plan and a ten-year strategic plan for the NHS, there was “a very strong case” for the same to be done in education.

Register proposed for children not currently educated in schools

by Edexec, April 3, 2019

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has launched a proposal for all children not being educated in schools to be placed on a register.

The aim is to compost a clear picture of where children are if they are not attending school.

It’s estimated that around 60,000 children are educated at home, but that number may be rising by as much as a quarter each year.

A register of children not in school would, according to the Department for Education, transform a local council’s capacity to identify and intervene where the standard of a child’s education isn’t good enough or, in rare instances, where they are at risk of harm.

The Skipton Academy receives funding to work with 'outstanding' Ilkley Grammar School

by Ikley Gazette, April 3, 2019

THE Skipton Academy is to work with ‘outstanding’ Ilkley Grammar School after being awarded Strategic School Improvement Funding from the Government’s Ministry for Education.

The school, which has previously received the same funding to work with Skipton Girls High School, says continued support from the education department will allow it to continue to improve.

Home schooling: What’s behind the boom in the UK and is it a cause for concern?

by iNews, April 3, 2019

Home schooling conjures up halcyon images of childhood: books open on the kitchen table, barefoot students rushing outdoors between lessons to pick wildflowers.

Over the past three years, the numbers of home-schooled children in the UK has grown substantially to an estimated 60,000 – almost double the 34,000 estimate recorded in 2015.

The real number of children being taught at home is believed to be much higher as parents are not legally obliged to provide this information.

A second year of funding for Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme has been announced by the British Council

by FE news, April 3, 2019

British Council launches funding for creative economy partnerships between the UK and Central Asia, South Caucasus and Ukraine 

A second year of funding for Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme has been announced by the British Council.  

Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme will fund 12 more international partnerships between universities and creative institutions, building on the 38 partnerships from the programme’s first year. Each partnership will receive a maximum of £40,000.  

EdTech Strategy marks 'new era' for schools

by GOV.UK, April 3, 2019

The use of technology in education will be transformed by a new Government strategy published today to reduce teacher workload, boost student outcomes and help level the playing field for those with special needs and disabilities.

Universities spending millions on marketing to attract students

by Guardian, April 3, 2019

Universities are spending millions of pounds on marketing in a battle to recruit students as competition intensifies in the higher education sector, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

Data obtained from freedom of informationrequests shows universities spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on digital advertising and social media in a direct appeal to 18-year-olds, as well as adverts on billboards, buses and the London underground.

One in 7 Ofsted teacher training reports never mention SEND, new research finds

by Schools Week, April 2, 2019

One in seven Ofsted inspection reports of initial teacher training providers failed to make any mention of pupils with special educational needs over the past decade, research has found.

Fifty out of 354 inspections over the last ten years didn’t mention special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) once, according to literacy charity the Driver Youth Trust.

Of those, 10 providers were still graded ‘outstanding’ by the inspectorate.

It comes after chief inspector Amanda Spielman placed a new emphasis on improving outcomes for pupils with additional needs at the launch of Ofsted’s annual report in December.