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Analysing the purpose and value of universities

by Guardian, June 1, 2019

Simon Jenkins asserts that: “A university course has barely changed its three-year structure of lectures, essays and exams in a hundred years” (What are our universities for?, Journal, 31 May). It’s true that the sector remains sceptical about two-year degrees, but teaching and assessment methods on most university courses today would be unrecognisable to anyone who was a student 30 years ago.

Average A-level Music class now has just three students, study finds

by Telegraph, June 1, 2019

The average A-level music class now has just three students, a study has found.

One in five entries for the subject are from fewer than 50 schools, according to research commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

Academics from Birmingham City University analysed patterns of entry for A-level qualifications in Music over the past five years and found that numbers had fallen by 35 per cent, from 8,369 to 5,440.

The study also found that independent schools account for a disproportionately high number of A-level music entries.

We need to let people study later in life. Ask my dad

by Guardian, June 1, 2019

This September, one of my oldest friends is going back to school. Three decades on from her last essay crisis, she’ll be back in the land of freshers’ pub crawls and student railcards, in pursuit of a new career that we didn’t even know existed in our 20s. And listening to her talk about summer reading lists, I am seized with an unexpectedly sharp stab of envy. Who doesn’t occasionally dream of turning back the clock and starting over? It should never be too late to experiment with something new, or to unwind decisions blindly made decades ago.

The UK must end its ‘one degree and you’re out’ education system

by The Financial Times, May 31, 2019

Productivity matters and so, therefore, do skills. Without the right skills, efficiency suffers and growth falters. Modern economies also change constantly. So, therefore, do the skills they demand. Rich ageing countries innovate and update, or they decline.

But a skilled workforce doesn’t just happen. I have been analysing England’s current performance as a panel member for Philp Augar’s government-commissioned review of post-18 education and funding. By OECD standards, we spend a lot on post-secondary education. Yet ours is also an economy where productivity growth has, since 2008, been extremely low. And many aspects of our post-secondary system are, in my personal opinion, bizarre.

'Underwhelming': Students react to higher education review's recommendations including tuition fee cut

by Evening News 24, May 31, 2019

Prospective and past university students in Norfolk have revealed mixed feelings about recommendations to slash university tuition fees by more than £2,500.

Why are students at university so stressed?

by Guardian, May 31, 2019

Mounting social and academic pressures mean that higher education can be a challenge for any student. A Uni Health study found that 80% of those studying in higher education reported symptoms of stress or anxiety, while one NUS survey found that nine in 10 students experienced stress.

New tests are useful, say majority of primary leaders

by TES, May 31, 2019

A survey of promoted staff in primary schools has found that the majority say the Scottish government’s highly controversial literacy and numeracy assessments are useful, with close to half reporting that the tests helped to inform teacher judgement about pupil progress.

Teachers demand 'culture change' in career progression

by TES, May 31, 2019

A culture change is needed at schools in terms of how teachers are able to progress their careers, according to one union – and something resembling a long-gone scheme that rewarded teachers for staying in the classroom could be on the cards.

Revealed: 54 colleges and providers chosen for second wave of Taking Teaching Further funding

by FE Week, May 31, 2019

The colleges and training providers chosen to recruit new FE teachers and improve links with industry for the second round of the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme have been announced.

Forty five providers are being tasked with recruiting 160 experienced industry professionals to work as post-16 teachers in four key sectors: childcare and education, digital, engineering and construction – areas that will be covered by T-levels from September 2020.

160 more industry professionals to be recruited as FE teachers

by UK GOV, May 31, 2019

Colleges and further education providers will receive a funding boost through the Taking Teaching Further programme to help recruit over 160 new FE teachers, Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today (Friday 31 May).

The latest round of funding from the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme will support 45 further education providers to recruit experienced industry professionals from sectors such as digital, engineering and construction, to work in the classroom.

The Government is also providing more than £900,000 to support 22 innovative projects to look at ways to improve the link between further education providers and industry so students are learning the skills and knowledge that employers require.

How Information Technology Has Improved Education

by Shout Out UK, May 31, 2019

Advancement in Information Technology has infiltrated every aspect of our social, economic, and spiritual ways of life. More than 75 per cent of the people in the world cannot spend a day without consulting information technology to accomplish one task or another. Of all numerous benefits of modern technology, its efficiency and reliability as a source of information are an invaluable aspect that we have all experienced in length and breadth. This has been the fundamental basis on which information technology has been incepted in education. As we know, learning and education are two continuous processes, which occur either knowingly or unknowingly. High-quality education equips learners with important skills in academic research and applications of a wide range of concepts through technology-based modelling.

Post-18 education must work better for everyone, prime minister says

by Edexec, May 31, 2019

Following a new report on post-18 education, the prime minister has shown her support by stating that it must work better for everyone
The prime minister has stated that post-18 education must work better for everyone.

Theresa May has welcomed the publication of an independent review on the topic; she ordered it specifically to ensure young people have more choice.

An expert panel – led by Philip Augar – yesterday published 53 recommendations for government.

Schools warned to be braced for 'more variation than usual' in GCSE and A-level as reforms take their toll

by Telegraph, May 30, 2019

Schools have been warned by the exam watchdog to be braced for “more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll.

This summer is the second year that students are taking re-vamped GCSE exams in a raft of subjects. The new courses were part of a package of reforms by former Education Secretary Michael Gove, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.

Post-18 education review: The 9 main recommendations for FE

by FE Week, May 30, 2019

The long-awaited review into post-18 education and funding has been released today, with the publication of a 216-page report.

The review, conducted by Philip Augar, says there is a “powerful” case for change in the FE sector that is subject to “inflexible” and administratively costly rules, and which in recent years has had its ability to innovate and plan for the long term “severely restricted” by the funding regime.

'Undervalued and underfunded': Theresa May on FE

by TES, May 30, 2019

Today saw the long-awaited launch of the government-commissioned review of post-18 education and funding, chaired by Philip Augar.

The event took place at the Westminster headquarters of the Policy Exchange thinktank. Dr Augar was joined on stage by prime minister Theresa May, who 472 days ago, first announced the review from Derby College.

DfE appoints temporary regional school commissioners

by TES, May 30, 2019

Two new interim regional schools commissioners (RSCs) have been appointed by the Department of Education to help oversee the performance of more than 8,600 academies and free schools.

Dame Kate Dethridge will take up the RSC post in North West London and South Central region in August, while Katherine Cowell will take up the RSC post in the North of England region in July.

‘Brilliant’ graduation ceremony for exceptional students

by FE news, May 30, 2019

Students at Clarendon Sixth Form College recently enjoyed a ‘scholars programme’ graduation at the University of Manchester.

The Brilliant Club celebrated the achievements of talented and gifted students from across Greater Manchester, as part of a national scheme to attract the best talent to the UK’s top universities.

Thomas Neumann, Heather Ward, Farhaan Ahmed, Fatima Tariq, Lauryn Goddard and Casey Omeltshenko received certificates recognising their achievements, which included writing a degree level assignment on ‘assistive reproductive technologies’.

Give worse-off students £3,000 to stay in education, says report

by Guardian, May 30, 2019

Disadvantaged students in England could receive grants worth £3,000 a year to encourage them to remain in education after leaving school, according to proposals from a government-commissioned report backed by Theresa May.

The report into post-age 18 education and funding would, if accepted by a future government, see a shift in funding from universities to further education (FE) and vocational training. Universities would lose income for “low value” courses while their graduates would be making higher student loan repayments until the brink of their retirement.

At the launch of the report, May is to say: “My view is very clear: removing maintenance grants from the least well-off students has not worked, and I believe it is time to bring them back.”

Cutting tuition fees misses the point. We need to overhaul the whole system

by Guardian, May 30, 2019

There are lots of good proposals in today’s Augar review of post-18 education and funding in England, including the restoration of maintenance grants for the poorest students, new funding opportunities for adult learners, and the expansion of further education colleges. Yet its downfall is that it fundamentally fails to grapple with the contradictions at the core of our marketised education system. As such, it gets some big calls wrong.

University tuition fees 'should be cut to £7,500'

by BBC, May 30, 2019

University tuition fees in England should be cut to £7,500, according to a review which would balance this by extending student loan repayments from 30 to 40 years.

The government-commissioned review calls for better funding for students in vocational education.

Maintenance grants to support poorer students, scrapped in 2016, should also be reinstated, says the review.

"I believe it is time to bring them back," said Prime Minister Theresa May.