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Why I have organised a march against UK-wide school funding cuts

by Guardian, March 29, 2019

Fund our schools! I hate foolish funding cuts!” This is what my daughter has written on a homemade banner she has made for the April Fools’ Day march in Cambridge, when she and I and hundreds of other parents, teachers and children will march into the city to protest against school funding cuts.

‘Maybe school league tables are good for something after all’

by TES, March 29, 2019

There is a human obsession, almost a reflex reaction, to do the opposite of what you are told if it is said with urgency. Tell a pupil, or colleague, “Don’t look out that window!” And there is an almost certainty that they will. Someone emailed me that window this week and told me it was too disgusting to read: those cobbled-together league tables, claiming to show the list of Scotland’s schools from the best to the worst.

Nearly three million children in poverty despite parents working

by BBC Education, March 28, 2019

A record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid, the latest figures show.

This means 70% of all poor children were in working families last year, up from 67% on the previous year, official statistics show.

The face of child poverty is also getting younger with 53% of poor children aged under five, data shows.

Chinese investors buying UK private schools will help keep sector afloat, says ex-Harrow head

by Telegraph, March 28, 2019

Chinese investors buying private schools in the UK will help keep the independent sector afloat, the former headmaster of Harrow School has said.

Struggling private schools should be “jolly pleased” that companies from the Far East want to buy them up, according to Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

Hearing loss: what teachers need to know

by TES, March 28, 2019

Hearing impairment is often described as a hidden disability because it isn’t always immediately obvious when someone has it (especially if they have found strategies to help to negotiate daily tasks).

As a teacher, you are likely to work with a number of young people with hearing difficulties over the course of your career, so it’s important to understand the signs, symptoms and implications.

Independent schools at ‘competitive disadvantage’

by TES, March 28, 2019

The Scottish government has finally published its Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill, which follows the Barclay Review of business rates. To no great surprise, the bill includes the proposal to make independent schools “ineligible for reduction or remission of rates”. This is despite a majority of respondents to the formal consultation, including the OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) itself, opposing a move which created a two-tier system of charitable relief.

EU exit guide: data protection for education providers

by FE news, March 28, 2019

Data controllers and data processors in the education sector, who transfer personal data between the UK and the EU or within the EU, will be aware of the need to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU. Educational establishments, such as schools, colleges and universities, are data controllers in their own rights.

No deal data protection planning for the education sector
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it will impact how you process personal data. You need to make sure transfers of personal data in your organisation continue to comply with data protection laws.

Earnings continue to grow for recent graduates

by GOV UK, March 28, 2019

Earnings for recent graduates have continued to increase, reinforcing the financial benefits a degree can bring for the vast majority of students, new figures have revealed today (28 March).

The statistics published by the Department for Education show that median earnings in 2016/17 for graduates one and three years after completing a degree have increased from the previous year to £19,900 one year after graduating, and £23,300 three years after graduating. These earnings at one and three years also increased after being adjusted for inflation.

Revealed: The 16 members of the ‘College of the Future’ commission

by FE Week, March 28, 2019

The 16 people that will form an independent commission to set out a “new vision” for colleges in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been revealed.

The commission on the “College of the Future” will be chaired by Sir Ian Diamond, chair of Edinburgh College’s management board, and also features BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern, chief UK policy director at the Confederation of Business Industry Matthew Fell, National Union of Students president Shakira Martin, and FE Week contributor professor Ewart Keep.

New commission launched to create new vision for colleges

by Edexec, March 28, 2019

An independent commission has been assembled to help set out a vision for colleges across the UK
A new independent commission has been launched to set out a new vision for colleges in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Independent Commission on the College of the Future will be chaired by Sir Ian Diamond, who led a review which saw the overhaul of Welsh higher education funding and the introduction of maintenance grants to cover costs for full-time and part-time students.

The commission also features prominent names from industry, education, the media and the trade union movement, as well as national and international experts from across the four nations of the UK.

Can an arts education in school improve academic performance?

by Study International News, March 27, 2019

Are students who lack exposure to music and the arts disadvantaged academically?

Recent research in the US, published by the journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, suggests so.

Researchers followed a large and diverse sample of pre-school children until they completed sixth, seventh and eighth grade; 40 percent of students took some kind of art elective course (music, dance, drama, visual art) during middle school.

Pooling school budgets ‘wasn’t as painful as you might think’, says academy trust boss

by Schools Week, March 27, 2019

Rowena Hackwood, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, told a Westminster Education Forum seminar this week that her chain “doesn’t have a glorious financial history”, and set out the drastic measures she had to take to deal with a rising deficit.

GCSE English literature: how to help pupils achieve

by TES, March 27, 2019

English literature has a reputation for being a difficult subject. This means that many students will be preparing for their GCSE literature exams with more trepidation than for their English language exams.

In some ways, students are right to be worried, says Jennifer Webb, an experienced English teacher, senior leader and author of How to Teach English Literature: overcoming cultural poverty.

Scrapping BTECs 'rash and reckless', warn principals

by TES, March 27, 2019

Scrapping applied general qualifications would be "rash and reckless", according to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA).

The qualification is taken by more than 200,000 students every year and allows many young people to enter university, according to the ASCL. Restricting student choice by scrapping applied generals, such as BTECs and Cambridge Technicals, would not be in the interest of learners, it added.

More than NINE out of 10 Brits don’t know more than two words of British Sign Language

by FE news, March 27, 2019

There are 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK*, yet new research has revealed that a staggering 94% of Brits admit that they do not know more than two words of British Sign Language (BSL).

The research, conducted by adult-education college, City Lit, reveals that over a quarter of Brits (27%) feel embarrassed that they can’t communicate with people with hearing loss, with 59% calling for sign language to be made part of the National Curriculum.

University of East Anglia: 'Mental health improvements needed

by BBC, March 27, 2019

Students at a campus where four people died suddenly in less than a year have called on university bosses to lobby for better mental health services.

The University of East Anglia Students' Union (UEASU) has highlighted concerns about NHS services, course workloads and waiting times in a new manifesto.

Four students have died on the campus in Norwich since May.

Vice-chancellor Prof David Richardson said the university was focused on supporting staff and students.

Minister Skidmore: My vision for global higher education

by GOV UK, March 27, 2019

Good afternoon. And thank you for inviting me to speak at this year’s International Higher Education Forum here at Imperial College London on the importance of staying international. Please accept my apologies for not joining you in person. And all credit to the organisers – this Forum is certainly timely! We are now just a few weeks away from the UK’s departure from the EU. So, it is certainly important for us to be looking to the future and considering our relationships with the wider world.

Let me begin today by reaffirming our commitment to remaining international. Brexit may well mean that we are leaving the European Union soon, but it certainly does not mean that we are leaving Europe or, indeed, any of our global partnerships behind.

Trainee teachers leading innovation

by Ilkley Gazette, March 26, 2019

The teacher training programme which is designed solely by All Saints’ Primary School and delivered in partnership with local schools aims to ensure that the next generation of teachers bring about positive change in education.

As the trainees enter their final teaching placement, they have been tasked with designing and delivering a unique learning experience through a series of Super-Learner Workshops which aim to focus on opportunities beyond the National Curriculum, ensuring that learning is viewed in the broadest possible sense.

Research at the chalk face: connecting academia and schools

by Cambridge Network, March 26, 2019

Researchers in Cambridge’s Faculty of Education are working with teachers to improve the experience of learning in the East of England – and boost pupils’ life chances.

Twenty years ago, two head teachers walked into the University’s Department of Education with a proposal. We want to work with you, they told academics, but don’t just come and “do research on us”. We want to work in partnership.

The approach might have met short shrift in more traditional institutions, but the outward-looking Education Department, now the Faculty of Education, was different. Already working closely with over 30 schools on a school-based teacher education programme, and welcoming many teachers onto its Masterʼs and PhD programmes, it saw the chance to forge new bonds.

The Digital Future of Further Education #Ed4_0

by FE news, March 26, 2019

FE (further education) has never been more important or more relevant, an intuitive, digital future can help ensure its ongoing success.

Most of us will know someone who has been through the FE system. It offers a wide variety of learning opportunities, from traditionally academic to professional and technical subjects.