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What it was like to go to the first Welsh language school in Cardiff

by Wales Online, May 29, 2019

Glowing coal fires, stories from the Mabinogion, reciting times tables and travelling to class in school dinner vans smelling of gravy with peas rolling on the floor - these are some of the memories of pupils who attended the very first Welsh medium school in Cardiff.

Seventy years on, the original pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Caerdydd are marking the anniversary of their school opening with a parade planned next month involving the now 17 Welsh medium primaries and three Welsh secondaries in the city.

QS research reveals international students’ views on UK higher education post-Brexit

by Study International News, May 29, 2019

Universities must rise to the challenge presented by the changing dynamics in demand from international students, according to a new report from QS, a leading global higher education company providing university rankings and student recruitment, retention and international relations solutions.

The unique survey – the largest of its kind – spoke to over 75,000 prospective students globally from 191 different countries, 23,557 of whom were interested in studying in the UK. The report recommends that now is the time for the UK Government to work with the higher education sector to ensure that the immigration system post-Brexit is best prepared to grow global education.

Exclusive: DfE to press Home Office on teacher visas

by TES, May 29, 2019

The Department for Education is to continue pushing the Home Office to give teachers higher priority for visas, Tes can reveal.

This morning, the Migration Advisory Committee published its long-awaited review of the "shortage occupation" list (SOL).

Although the review flagged up recruitment difficulties in the profession related to pay and workload, the MAC said extra teaching roles should not be added to the list.

'Serious questions' over free school finance failings

by TES, May 29, 2019

Ministers are set to face questions over why an investigation failed to identify how more than half a million pounds of public money was spent in related-party transactions at two doomed free schools.

The Department for Education's system of oversight has been criticised after a lack of evidence in free schools' accounts meant it could not uncover whether spending rules had been breached over payments made to a company linked to two free schools.

'Swallow your pride and ask for help', first-time students told

by BBC, May 29, 2019

Ethnic minority, mature and working-class students should be more confident and persistent about asking for help at university, a research paper claims.

The University of Reading study says a mix of fear and pride can stop these "non-traditional" students from accessing available support services.

The study urges them to "swallow their pride" and come forward for help.

"Take advantage of your tutors and make use of the academic staff and support staff," mature student Alexis says.

Kids are increasingly worried about paying for college

by Yahoo News, May 28, 2019

Parents, of course, worry about paying for college. Increasingly, their children share that concern.

Over the last decade, tuition and fees jumped 44% at four-year, private colleges and by 55% at public four-year schools. As a result, student debt has reached record proportions, with $1.6 trillion in loans outstanding.

Now, high school students are more cost-conscious than ever when it comes to choosing a school, according to the College Savings Foundation's 10th annual "How Youth Plan to Fund College" survey.

Have faith in the transforming power of FE

by FE news, May 28, 2019

Transforming power of FE: Equality, Education and Equity = Philanthropy

I am a proud Mancunian and Northerner - living proof that social mobility was possible for those of us lucky enough to born in the UK in the middle of the 20th century - and whose second half of life is now being lived through the opening years of the new millennium.

Equality, Education, and Equity are my passions and the hallmarks of my life over the last six decades, and working together I believe they are the bedrock of philanthropy.

Forty kids are kicked out of school every day — we’re creating a generation of forgotten kids

by The Sun, May 28, 2019

ACCESS to education is one of the pillars of a civilised society. Yet a growing number of our children are being denied this basic right.

Far too many pupils, often from disadvantaged or troubled backgrounds, are being excluded from schools, often on dubious grounds.

'Less middle-class bias' in Sats reading paper this year

by TES, May 28, 2019

Despite teachers' fears, there appeared to be less middle-class bias in the Sats reading paper this year, which included a story about a park being closed to the public so flats could be built on it.

The DfE has today published the Sats papers taken by 600,000 Year 6 pupils earlier this month, which reveal the reading paper also included a comprehension about bumblebees and an adventure story set in a different world about a girl who earns money by finding things and selling them.

From the magazine: Running schools efficiently

by Edexec, May 28, 2019

In the final instalment of his ‘Really Important Bits’ (RIBs) series, STEPHEN MITCHELL, chief operating officer at the Spencer Academies Trust, Nottingham, examines some of the issues around making sustainable decisions, how his previous RIBs articles all contribute to the process, and considers some of the tools available for guiding such decisions – in particular, financial ones
This series of articles was started over a year ago, based around the concept of reviewing each of the modules within a MBA – taking the important elements and making them relevant to us in our work in schools.

Articles have been written in this magazine covering all of the topics in the above image, and this final one will lean on the learnings within each of these.

Most parents don’t pick the closest school for their child, report shows

by Edexec, May 28, 2019

According to the BBC, a new report has shown that the majority of parents don’t passively pick the closest school for their children to attend
A new study shows that the majority of families choose not to send their children to the nearest school.

In fact, over 60% choose a school that’s further away.

The researchers, from the universities of Cambridge and Bristol, said: “Contrary to a widely-held belief, only a minority of parents choose their local school as their first option.”

‘It was a no-brainer’: but does a degree from abroad really make a difference?

by The Guardian, May 28, 2019

Adam Hussain was about to go to university in 2013 when tuition fees in the UK nearly trebled to £9,000. With additional loans for living costs, he realised he would incur debts of £40,000. So when he saw a television report about an exodus of UK students to the Netherlands, Hussain decided to attend an open day at Maastricht University, where annual fees were €2,000 (then about £1,700). That year more than 1,000 British freshers started university in the Netherlands.

Refer unsuitable students to FE, Hinds tells universities

by TES, May 26, 2019

Universities should advise students to consider technical education or an apprenticeship if they think they are not suited to higher education, the education secretary has said.

Damian Hinds called on universities to drop or revamp courses delivering poor value for money as new analysis showed that on more than one in 10 of all courses, there is a 75 per cent chance that graduates won’t be earning enough five years after leaving university to start making loan repayments.

ITT review to look at what happens in schools

by Schools Week, May 26, 2019

A new advisory group formed to review the content of initial teacher training will focus on the time trainees spend in school.

Professor Sam Twiselton, director of the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University, told Schools Week the review would seek to persuade all schools of “the benefit to them, but also their obligation to the system of getting involved in initial teacher education”.

The group would produce “detailed, more precise guidance” about how schools should support trainees on placement, considered by the panel to be “the most powerful bit” of initial teacher training. This would cover mentoring and other support offered by schools.

Education Secretary call's for an end to "low value" degrees

by FE news, May 26, 2019

A recent IFS study showed that for many people – and women in particular – going to university enhances both their employability and earnings potential. This is based on graduate’s earning aged 29.

Surprised by young people being kind? Don't be

by TES, May 26, 2019

We all know young people can be thoughtful and selfless, but this is not often pointed out. Tom Starkey's viral tweet shows how heartwarming it can be

Former Ofsted head says government school funding claims are misleading

by Guardian, May 26, 2019

The government is “misleading” the public with its claim of giving schools record levels of money, the former head of school standards has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector at Ofsted, also said proportionately fewer children from the north make it to university than from the south, adding that regional and ethnic differences were affecting educational success.

Postcode lottery denies poor A-level students a musical career

by Guardian, May 26, 2019

Musicians and academics are warning of a crisis in music education as research reveals that in some of the UK’s most-deprived areas not a single student is taking A-level music.

The study found a distinct correlation between schools not offering music A-level and wider social deprivation. It says: “The most-deprived areas in the country face significant difficulties as A-level music provision continues to shrink, while across a number of large regions there is no provision at all.”

The latest Ofsted reports for primary, secondary and specialist schools in Trowbridge area

by Somerset Live, May 25, 2019

From September 2019, the way Ofsted inspections are carried out will change.

Inspectors will focus on making sure learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success.

They will spend less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a nursery, school, college or other education provider has achieved their results.

That is, whether they are the outcome of a broad, rich curriculum and real learning, or of teaching to the test and exam cramming.

The Government Backed A Crowdfunding Site For Tech In Schools. They Ended Up Using It For Essential Supplies.

by Buzzfeed, May 25, 2019

In the run-up to his SATs exams, 10-year-old Mitchell logged on to his school computer to practise his spelling. In the past, the programme had read out words for him to type, but this time there was radio silence.

"I tried plugging in the headphones and obviously they didn’t work. I was just sat there for 20 or 25 minutes typing in random words to the computer, hoping it worked," he said, sitting among other pupils who were frustrated with the ageing and broken equipment in their IT room.