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‘School leaders will be pleased to see the back of’ exam results being used to define ‘failing’ schools

by Edexec, January 30, 2019

As reported by The Guardian, exam results won’t be used to define failing or coasting schools any more
According to Damian Hinds, exam results will no longer be used to define whether a school is failing or not.

This is part of the education secretary’s plan to make the education sector more appealing for new and current teachers.

Schools won’t be judged on whether they are ‘failing’ or ‘coasting’ depending on national testing, as this process has been criticised over unfairness.

The truth about mental health in schools

by TES, January 30, 2019

Mental health among teenagers is out of control, there is an epidemic of issues, and things are so much worse than they used to be - that is the message that has been perpetuated in the media and that has largely been bought into in schools.

Lords approves two-year degree course plan

by BBC Newsround, January 30, 2019

Plans to expand two-year degree courses at universities in England have been approved by the House of Lords.

Universities will be able to charge higher fees for these shorter, more intensive courses from this September.

But the government says students who take up two-year degrees will still save at least £5,500 in total tuition costs compared with a standard course.

We need to talk about maths!

by FE news, January 30, 2019

“I’m no good with maths”

“Maths just isn’t my strong point”

“I don’t do maths!”

How often have you heard statements like this – not just from students, but maybe members of your own family? Maybe you’ve even said something like this too?

In the UK, it seems almost OK not to be good at maths. Where we would hide in shame (and many people do sadly) if we couldn’t read, many of seem to be fine with having a similar lack of maths skills.

More worryingly, this lack of skills is affecting students’ wellbeing and self-esteem. Every year, over 300,000 young people resit their GCSE maths and, worryingly, some 19 year olds are now on their sixth or seventh maths GCSE resit.

‘Grouping primary children by ability is indefensible’

by TES, January 30, 2019

For more than 30 years, primary schools have been in the habit of grouping children according to ability. So, in almost every primary up and down the country, we find spelling groups, reading groups and maths groups with children being placed by dint of their “ability”. This system is outdated, indefensible and entirely unfit for purpose.

Poorer students less likely to study history at GCSE under government reforms, study says

by Independent, January 30, 2019

Disadvantaged students are less likely to study history at GCSE than their peers under major government reforms, research has found.

The reforms, from then education secretary Michael Gove, have “deepened” the divide in access to the traditionally academic subject between high and low achieving students, academics say.

Students want their curriculums decolonised. Are universities listening?

by Guardian Education , January 30, 2019

When students at the University of Cambridge called two years ago for more non-white writers and postcolonial thought to be included in their English curriculum, there was a backlash. Lola Olufemi, who led the call, became the target of online abuse after one report wrongly suggested it meant replacing white authors with black ones. Sam Gyimah, the then universities minister, later appeared to weigh into the debate when he reportedly warned that universities “should be cautious of … phasing out parts of the curriculum that just happen to be unpopular or unfashionable”.

Students may need this skill as much as maths and literacy to succeed in life

by Study International News, January 29, 2019

Research suggests that oracy, or the “ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech”, is an essential life skill that can impact your success in life and improve employability.

However, in most instances, there is a limited focus on this in schools, apart from in extracurricular activities that can contribute to the development of these skills among students.

Grammar schools in the south to benefit from £50 million Government grant

by ITV News, January 29, 2019

Grammar schools across the South will receive a share of a £50 million Government grant in a bid to increase the number of places they can offer.

Education Secretary opens the Bett Show 2019

by GOV.UK, January 29, 2019

Welcome to Bett 2019 - the most amazing, brilliant showcase of education technology and innovation at its very best. Actually, not just its best, but its biggest. Here we are at the 35th Bett Show – bigger than ever - it just keeps on growing.

Speaking of keeps on growing, we’re really proud that this show happens here in London because we’re very proud in the UK of our EdTech sector; the fourth largest in the world with a projected export value of around £170million (over $200million). And I want that to keep on growing as well.

Lower and middle classes being ‘squeezed out of private education’

by Edexec, January 29, 2019

A private school head teacher has stated that people from less advantaged background are being “squeezed out of education” while the ‘squeezed middle’ receives the lion’s share of bursaries
As reported by The Telegraph, head teacher in Buckinghamshire has claimed that private schools aren’t doing enough to support children from less advantaged backgrounds.

Dr Anthony Wallerstainer has said that independent school bursaries are being used to top up middle class pupils’ fees, rather than going towards helping those from poorer households receive a private education.

It's a good thing that the middle class are embracing apprenticeships

by Telegraph, January 29, 2019

Perhaps I am not your usual apprentice. In fact, such a path seemed inconceivable to me just a few years ago, during the careers advice sessions we were given in my final year of college. Conversations with my teachers all followed a similar pattern: “Apprenticeships can only help those who want to work in manual industries,” I was told, and “apprenticeships are not valued as highly as degrees”.

Ofsted strategy director Luke Tryl to lead New Schools Network

by Schools Week, January 29, 2019

The charity, set up by government to promote and support free schools, has been without a permanent boss since March, when Toby Young resigned over numerous offensive comments he had made on social media.

Tryl, who served as a special adviser to Morgan during her tenure as education secretary, has been Ofsted’s director of corporate strategy since early 2017, having served briefly as director of the Public Policy Projects think tank after Morgan left government in July 2016. He is also a former head of education at LGBT+ charity Stonewall.

Oxford Uni recognises framework to double student achievement

by FE news, January 29, 2019

EdTech Researcher’s Methods for Doubling Student Achievement Inducted into Oxford University’s Research Encyclopedia for Education

Dr. Sonny Magana’s T3 Framework for Innovation is a Moonshot For K-12 Education, providing highly reliable strategies for doubling student achievement.

Imagine what would it be like to double student achievement. What impact would that have on classrooms, schools, and communities? Despite the explosion in educational technology use, its average impact on achievement has been dismal and unchanged for 50 years (Hattie, in Magana, 2017). So how can we transform technologically rich schools into innovatively rich learning environments?


by FE news, January 29, 2019

Transitions between school, further education (FE) college and university can put pressure on students’ mental health, according to a report published today by Centre for Mental Health and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Finding our own way explores the impact of transitions into and between further and higher education on students’ mental health, and looks at ways these can be improved. It finds that going to FE college or university involves several periods of transition, all of which can affect a young person’s mental health.

The report, which sought the views of young people and school staff, found that many students experience worries about academic demands, living at university, making friends and financial pressures. School is generally viewed as a supportive ‘safe’ environment, with staff and students expressing concerns that students would become just a ‘face in the crowd’ at university or FE college.

Exclusive: 84% of school leaders back Ofsted curriculum plans

by TES, January 29, 2019

Ofsted’s plans to put an increased focus on the curriculum in its new inspection regime have overwhelming support from school leaders, a new survey shows.

Star of the Week … do some primary school rewards do more harm than good?

by Guardian Education , January 29, 2019

On a frosty winter’s morning in Oxford, pupils at St Aloysius’ Catholic primary school file into the hall for their end-of-week assembly. Today the headteacher will be handing out certificates to those who have displayed the school’s “virtues”. The head, Tom Walker, calls on one or two children from each class to receive awards highlighting how they have supported friends, or taken a risk, or perhaps played with a child who was on their own.

Teachers to be offered cash to stay in school

by BBC News, January 28, 2019

Cash incentives and a better work-life balance are part of a new attempt to solve England's teacher shortage.

Plans published on Monday by ministers will offer some young secondary teachers £5,000 in their third and fifth years in the classroom - on top of initial £20,000 training bursaries.

Young teachers could also have some protected time for extra training.

Head teachers' unions said more help for young recruits was essential to tackle the crisis in teacher numbers.

Currently, teachers in subjects with shortages, such as physics, chemistry, and languages, can receive a bursary of up to £26,000, but there are no further payments.

Transfer test: Children receive exam results

by BBC News, January 27, 2019

Thousands of children in Northern Ireland have received the results of their post-primary school entrance exams on Saturday.

Both the AQE and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) reported a rise in entrants this year.

There were 16,507 entrants in total in 2018-19, up about 8% from 15,319 in 2017-18.

'In the crazy world of edtech, some really do care'

by TES, January 27, 2019

The USB-powered juggernaut of Bett drew to a close this week. Technology and education has, once again, been at the forefront of the minds of many a teaching and learning team (or whatever they call the folk that get sent to Bett looking for the edtech holy grail). I’ve attended in the past as I always like to have a nose at what’s new and shiny on the edtech scene – but my primary mission has always been to stock up on free pens to hand out to my lot so I don’t have to spend my hard-earned at the pound shop.


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