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Ban school league tables. They’re not just misleading, they’re harmful

by Guardian, January 27, 2019

Yet another piece of academic research has been produced which shows grammar school performance in school league tables is not quite what it seems. You have to wonder how many more publicly funded research projects undertaken by leading academics it will require before such findings are taken seriously.

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

by The Registerer, January 25, 2019

GCSE computer science will be exam-only, the UK's education watchdog has said, after concluding it isn’t possible to fairly and reliably assess the secondary school qualification any other way.

Ofqual consulted on the planned changes to the GCSE, to be in place for those sitting exams in 2022, last year and has now confirmed it will be implementing its preferred option.

Education generated billions for the UK economy in 2016

by Yahoo News, January 25, 2019

The UK’s education sector is one of its most lucrative international assets, having brought in almost £20bn in 2016, according to government figures released Thursday.

The latest figures from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) show that education generated £19.5bn for the UK economy in 2016 through exports such as international students and English Language training.

Unconditional offers could be illegal, regulator warns

by Schools Week, January 25, 2019

The intervention from the Office for Students comes after the body revealed that a massive 117,000 offers with an unconditional element were made to almost 90,000 pupils in the UK last year, up from 3,000 in 2013.

It follows a pledge last April by the regulator to investigate the sharp rise in the use of unconditional offers, which promise university places to pupils regardless of their A-level results.

Ofsted to research how schools spend their money

by TES, January 25, 2019

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman says her inspectors will carry out research into how schools spend their money.

The pledge came in response to a recommendation from the Commons Public Accounts Committee that she give her views on the causes of poor school performance, including the impact of funding pressures.

#Brexit concern over filling technical roles as apprentice and graduate jobs rise by nearly a third

by FE news, January 25, 2019

Brexit is not impacting the number of apprentice and graduate jobs available this year, but employers are concerned about filling specialist and technical roles.

Institute of Student Employer’s (ISE) Pulse Survey 2019 found that some of the UK’s largest employers are increasing their apprentice and graduate vacancies by 27% this year. Respondents are offering more than 17,000 entry jobs and the majority (70%) don’t anticipate Brexit will have any impact on their recruitment needs.

I couldn't have gone to university without support for my disability

by Guardian Education , January 24, 2019

Just two in five disabled students at university know that there is targeted funding available for them before starting their course, according to a recent government survey. This is worrying news: Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) provide vital support for many disabled students, by contributing to costs such as computer equipment or non-medical helpers support. As a visually impaired person with a mental health condition, I know how important they are first-hand. If I had faced studying without my DSAs, I simply wouldn’t have got through my course.

Tougher GCSEs widen gap between poorer and better-off pupils

by Guardian Education , January 24, 2019

The introduction of new, tougher GCSE exams in England has led to a widening gap in the results achieved by disadvantaged pupils compared with their better-off peers, according to official figures.

The Department for Education’s (DfE) analysis of last summer’s GCSE exams reveals that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and others at secondary school grew by 0.6 percentage points, after two years in which the gap narrowed.

Secondary school league table: Search for the top schools for A-level results

by Telegraph, January 24, 2019

Thousands of schools across the country have their A-level results figures published by the Department for Education on an annual basis.

This year's results are for last year's academic year, which ended in the summer of 2018. Each school has been ranked in our searchable league table according to the average points per academic entry and then on the percentage of students achieving AAB or better with two facilitating subjects.

Secondary school league table: Search for the top schools for GCSE results

by Telegraph, January 24, 2019

Thousands of secondary schools across England have their GCSE results published by the Department for Education on an annual basis.

This year's results are for last year's academic year, which ended in the summer of 2018. Each school has been ranked in our searchable league table according to the percentage of students achieving five A*-C or 9-4 grades, depending on individual subjects.

Top grammar schools in the UK according to GCSE league tables

by Telegraph, January 24, 2019

Two schools are tied neck and neck at the top of the tree when it comes to GCSE performance among grammar schools in the latest school league tables.

Queen Elizabeth's School in Barnet and Colchester County High School for Girls both achieved 100 per cent rates of students getting five A*-C/4-9 grades in 2017-18.

Take an artful approach to engaging students

by TES, January 24, 2019

At Canewdon Primary School in Rochford, we believe that every child should engage in meaningful and motivating art experiences. We want them to have moments that stretch their imaginations, as well as enabling them to build confidence and develop new skills.

Postgrad pressure: 'the expectations can feel impossible to sustain'

by The Guardian, January 23, 2019

For more than a decade, post-doctoral researcher Liz Mistry found it hard to leave her bed. “I felt so lonely, some days I would pull the covers over my head and cry for hours.”

Whole class feedback: fad or workload saviour?

by TES, January 23, 2019

The concept of feeding back to a whole class on a piece of work isn’t something new. It has been around for years,. But recently, it seems that there has been a realisation that if done properly, this can be a real timesaver in terms of teacher workload. So much so that it is being held up as some sort of marker of an informed approach to teaching.

How to have happier, smarter children: read them a story

by iNews, January 23, 2019

When was the last time you read aloud to your children? It seems that, increasingly, not all of us do, or at least not as often as we might sometimes like.

Often, this is for perfectly good reasons: we are tired, our children are easily distracted; something good is waiting for us on Netflix. In 2017, 54 per cent of children aged 0 to four were read to every day, and just 33 per cent of those between five and 10. In 2018, those figures dropped to 50 per cent and 29 per cent respectively. The stats get lower as the child ages: 8 per cent of children aged between 11 and 17 are read to on a daily basis.

The 9 things the DfE must do to improve academy accountability, according to MPs

by Schools Week, January 23, 2019

MPs have taken aim at the academies sector in a damning report that demands big changes to the government’s accountability regimes.

The parliamentary public accounts committee has made a series of recommendations for the government and academy trusts in order to boost transparency and accessibility of information.

UK skills gap set to widen as schools fail to prepare students for a digital future

by FE news, January 23, 2019

New research from Microsoft UK shows more than half of teachers (58 per cent) believe the current education system is failing to encourage lifelong learning.

77 per cent feel unable to do their best work due to time and resource constraints
While 74 per cent agree technology aids students’ learning, just 15% feel confident using it
44 per cent of teachers don’t believe today’s classrooms are set-up to facilitate modern learning
Only 42 per cent say their school is primarily focused on instilling the skills students need for success in the world of work

Master's apprenticeships: elevating managers to the next level

by Guardian Education , January 23, 2019

Back in 2015, when level 7 apprenticeships first launched, there were just 30 places on offer – and few companies had heard of them. Three years, and a further 4,500 starts later, these apprenticeships, which offer the equivalent of a master’s degree while you earn, are becoming big news.

The range on offer has increased, too. The digital and technology solutions specialist apprenticeship, for example, takes in leadership skills and how to transform the workplace, as well as designing complex IT systems. It was developed with employers including Accenture and and Capgemini.

WHAT IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST PROBLEM THAT COMES FROM THE NEED TO DELIVER A NEW ASSEMBLY EVERY DAY?

by School News, January 23, 2019

During the course of their primary school lives most children will take part in over 1000 assemblies.

Which provides a significant challenge. How can one ensure that each day’s assembly has an immediate impact on each child, and then additionally ensure that some of these assemblies have such an impact that they will be remembered for months (and sometimes even years) to come?

Can we teach our children to spot fake news?

by iNews, January 22, 2019

When Donald Trump first tweeted the words “fake news” about his unfavourable press coverage in 2017, it soon entered the common lexicon. However, while Trump used it as a catch-all slur against media he disliked, the rise of actual fabricated stories across social media to push political agendas intensified.

The idea of falsifying accounts of an event isn’t a new phenomenon. As far back as the 13th century BC, it was recorded that Rameses the Great spread lies about the Battle of Kadesh, painting biased murals on walls that portrayed the fight as a mighty victory for the Egyptians, when it was recognised as more of a stalemate.

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