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UK school funding crisis threatens children’s basic education

by WSWS, March 26, 2019

The funding crisis wracking UK schools is wreaking havoc across the country. Schools are being forced to manage their budgets in ways that did not seem imaginable a decade ago and taking desperate measures to balance their budgets.

At the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), heads warned that there is a “£5.7 billion funding shortfall” that could leave many schools bankrupt.

Many schools have already cut administration staff and reduced extra-curricular activities on offer. There have been staff redundancies and pay cuts for many.

Locals oppose special school closure

by Edexec, March 26, 2019

Local parents and councillors are opposing the closure of a SEND school in Monmouthshire.

The local council’s heads have said that Mounton House School is failing to cater for enough children who need additional learning support.

Declining pupil numbers are also driving up placement costs to £114,000 per child.

The school currently only takes boys aged 11 to 16, and supporters believe that broadening the age range could help with its issues.

The 10 best student cities in Britain

by Telegraph, March 26, 2019

When choosing a university, there’s a lot to take into consideration. Is there a well-stocked library? Will the course help you get a job? More importantly, is there a nightclub within a two-mile radius?

University open days answer some of these questions, but they also give universities the chance to be on their best behaviour, allowing them to show off their extra-curricular activities and facilities.

People can only answer HALF of these questions – can you do any better?

by Daily Star, March 26, 2019

It doesn’t matter if you were a straight A student in high school, this test will definitely put your knowledge to the test.

This spelling and grammar test from the 1980s promises to leave even the brightest brains scratching their heads.

GCSEs: why students creating revision questions should be a last resort

by TES, March 26, 2019

As part of their package of revision tips, teachers often recommend that pupils create their own test questions. Pupils also often do this naturally, as part of their own self-testing, whether they have been told to or not.

The benefits of the task appear obvious: generating questions encourages students to revisit material, rework what they have learned and encourages self-testing on that information.

School holiday fines: Parents hit by penalties rise 93%

by BBC, March 21, 2019

The number of fines issued to parents for taking children on term time holidays has almost doubled in a year, Department for Education (DfE) statistics show.

Penalty notices in England rose by 93% to almost 223,000 in 2017-18.

Jon Platt, a father who lost a Supreme Court battle against a fine, said he felt "partly responsible" for the rise.

"Unauthorised family holiday absence" was the most common reason for attendance fines, the DfE said.

Term time holiday fines
Penalties issued per 1,000 pupils during 2017-18

'We need more "real science" in our schools'

by TES, March 20, 2019

Many students and teachers are already on the frontline of scientific discovery, writes Professor Becky Parker

By 2024 we need to be training 186,000 engineers every year to keep up with demand. And the bottom line is that we are not doing nearly enough to make a mark on those figures.

But, given the chance, we know that school students relish the opportunity to roll their sleeves up and get involved in "real science".

Councils 'struggle to recruit educational psychologists'

by TES, March 20, 2019

DfE launches £31.6m procurement programme to improve the supply of educational psychologists

More than two-thirds of local authorities are struggling to fill educational psychologist vacancies, according to new research.

The findings were published as the government launched a £31.6 million fund to boost the pipeline of psychologists.

According to research commissioned by the Department for Education, 68 per cent of councils had difficulties filling vacant educational psychologist posts in 2018.

PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

by BBC, March 20, 2019

The education secretary is calling on payments firms such as PayPal to block transactions for essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats.

Damian Hinds says it is "unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business".

He also suggests UK universities should consider US-style "honour codes" where students promise not to cheat.

A PayPal spokesman says an "internal review is already under way" into essay-writing services.

'Unscrupulous'
There have been repeated warnings from university leaders about the risk of cheating from students using online essay writing firms.

Such firms might say they are offering legitimate help for students, but the higher education watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency, has warned they can be "unscrupulous services that damage reputations and lives".

The awful price paid by children permanently excluded from school and left in limbo

by Wales Online, March 8, 2019

Tyler left school for good three months ago with two GCSEs.

Permanently excluded twice from two different secondary schools, with a year in between schools when he had no education at all, his life hopes are in tatters.

He dreams of a career in the Armed Forces but that looks a distant hope unless the ADHD sufferer can get several more GCSEs in a range of subjects.

Students receive career advice from industry specialists

by Evening News 24, March 8, 2019

Students have received career advice from an industry specialist to help then secure a job.
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Sixth form students at University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN) were given the top tips by technical recruitment specialists TEC Partners.

The talk was given as part of National Careers Week with TEC Partners giving a talk to year 11 and 12 students about how to write CVs and advice for job interviews.

Does taking Friday afternoon off school do children any harm?

by The Guardian, March 8, 2019

As much as Jess Phillips is right to denounce the cuts that force her son’s school to close on a Friday afternoon (Report, 6 March), will it do him much harm? In East Lothian, where my four grandchildren go/went to school, they all quit at lunchtime on Friday and have done as far back as the millennium (I think). I was told that nothing much ever got done on a Friday afternoon.

Maybe their parents should all have stormed Holyrood, but given it was supposedly for their children’s benefit, they seemed to accept it.

Degree apprenticeships dominated by white students and those from more affluent areas, report finds

by Independent, March 8, 2019

White students from more affluent areas are more likely to do degree apprenticeships, report finds.

More needs to be done to ensure disadvantaged and underrepresented young people have access to degree apprenticeships, which combine paid work with study, the Office for Students (OfS) has said.

Only 13 per cent of young people who took up degree-level apprenticeships, which were launched to help widen access to higher education and fill skill gaps, were the most disadvantaged students.

Meanwhile in the same year (2016-17), 28 per cent of young people from the most advantaged areas undertook these qualifications - which are paid for by the employer and government.

CAREER GUIDANCE FOR ALL, NOT FOR THE PRIVILEDGED FEW #NCW2019

by FE news, March 8, 2019

It’s National Careers Week: a nationwide campaign that promotes good careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities, ensuring that all students in the UK are informed and empowered to make key career decisions.

In the past, careers guidance has been overlooked in our education system, and there is a lack of national standard or curriculum throughout all schools and colleges. This resulting inconstancy can create an inequality of opportunity for students, with access to good careers guidance can be a lottery to young people, dependent on the school they attend, their social background and even their postcode. It can be the case that those who attend the most poorly-funded schools miss out on the informative career advice afforded to others.

Cambridge to offer ‘second chance’ places to deprived students

by Edexec, March 8, 2019

As reported by the BBC, Cambridge university will soon begin taking in 100 applicants from deprived backgrounds as part of a ‘second chance’ scheme
Following the news that Oxbridge universities aren’t taking in enough UK students – particularly those from poorer backgrounds – Cambridge will now begin offering ‘second chance’ places this summer to boost the numbers of disadvantage students.

Around 100 places will be made available – but only for deprived young people.

University drop out rates are worse among disadvantaged students, official data shows

by Telegraph, March 8, 2019

University drop out rates are worse among disadvantaged students compared to their wealthier peers, official data shows.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has warned that universities must step up their efforts to tackle the “damaging” drop out rates, adding that the regulator will intervene if they fail to do so.

In 2016/17, 8.8 per cent of the most disadvantaged students failed to complete their degrees, up from 8.6 per cent the previous year, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

Music lessons 'being stripped' out of schools in England

by BBC, March 8, 2019

State schools in England have seen a 21% decrease in music provision over the last five years, research suggests.

At the same time, access to music in independent schools has risen by 7%, according to figures from the BPI.

The gap widens amongst poorer pupils, with just one in four schools in deprived areas offering music lessons.

'Schools perform miracles with nothing, and the nothing is getting less'

by The Guardian, March 8, 2019

Michael Ferry is the headteacher of St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in Crawley, West Sussex. The school has 943 pupils and is rated as good by Ofsted. In 2017-18 it received income worth £5,157 per pupil, nearly £700 below the national average.

We have had to save in the region of half a million pounds by not replacing staff who have left. That’s £500,000 saved, and we still need to find more. I can’t rule out having to make similar savings in the future.

Senior learning and teaching group expands at Imperial

by Oxford Times , March 7, 2019

Imperial's teaching community continues to expand, as eleven staff members take up more senior positions within their departments.

Three of these colleagues sat down with Murray MacKay to talk about their varied careers and their hopes for the future of teaching within their departments.

How apprenticeships can help address social mobility

by TES, March 7, 2019

Social mobility in the UK is getting worse for a generation of young people.

Young people from low-income homes are a third more likely to drop out of education at 16 are 30 per cent less likely to study A levels that could get them into a top university, than those from higher income homes.