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England to promote education exports amid Brexit uncertainty

by Financial Times, January 22, 2019

The UK is set to launch a fresh diplomatic and commercial push to boost education export revenues against a backdrop of uncertainty over Brexit.

Damian Hinds, education secretary, said the plans would focus on attracting more foreign students into British higher education, encouraging branches of schools and universities abroad, and supporting educational technology companies.

Why schools need to stop being afraid of the web (sponsored)

by TES, January 22, 2019

Technology has changed our relationship with information. There are many debates about how much tech should be used in schools, alongside well-founded concerns about device use among adolescents.

But wherever you stand on these issues, it is undeniable that people who want to know things are now able to do so more easily than ever before.

WHAT IS THE SIMPLEST WAY OF ENSURING THAT PARENTS FULLY APPRECIATE THE EXCELLENCE OF YOUR STUDENTS’ WORK ON STAGE?

by The Schools News Service, January 22, 2019

While most of the energy in drama productions is taken up with rehearsals there is one factor that can hugely affect how the final work is appreciated by the audience.

And it is, unfortunately, a factor that can on occasion is overlooked because of the sheer volume of work involved in putting on a production.

Oxford scholarships should be for the poorest, not just the brightest

by Guardian Education , January 22, 2019

Last month, the University of Oxford confirmed its plans to establish a new postgraduate college, focused on maths, physics and life sciences. The university’s wider aim is to increase its postgraduate intake by 850 students per year by 2023.

What Camhs can do to help schools

by TES, January 20, 2019

First, I just want to say thank you to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs) staff. They have helped tremendously with many cases and, without them, I would be at a loss.

How the education establishment got it wrong on cuts

by Spectator, January 20, 2019

One of the most successful political campaigns of recent years has been on school-funding, with various teaching unions driving home the message that state schools are desperately under-funded. This week, though, their credibility suffered a serious blow.

Can AI Powered Education Close The Global Gender Gap?

by Forbes, January 20, 2019

Education is one of the most powerful predictors of future success that human society has at its disposal. How we gather, process, and disseminate knowledge to each successive generation impacts not just individual success, but a host of other related factors such as economic growth, political empowerment, and technological innovation. It is no secret that access to more effective education for individual students is a key factor in the overall betterment of society – and to women’s role in society.

Cut tuition fees and you shut the door to poor students

by Guardian, January 20, 2019

Last week, universities in England were preparing reports on how they have diversified their student populations. These reports will be submitted to the director of fair access at the Office for Students. My university, King’s College London, will report, happily, that our undergraduate intake is now 77% state school, more than 52% ethnic minority and has the fastest growing population of low-income students in the Russell Group.

How Ofsted is trying to tackle the culture of teaching to the test

by Schools Week, January 18, 2019

Inspection should capture the things that no data measure can, says Amanda Spielman. ‘We need to look at how a school has achieved results, not just take them at face value’

2017 saw a record number of higher education enrolments

by ITV News, January 18, 2019

A record number of enrolments at higher education has been welcomed by Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

Student numbers have increased by 18% from 196,000 in 2011/12 to almost 232,000 in 2017/18.

Why should skills be the victim of a 'knowledge-rich' curriculum?

by TES, January 18, 2019

If you believe the buzz, knowledge is king right now. Knowledge is power. “Look on my knowledge, ye Mighty, and despair!” will be the battle cry of all school leavers fending off competition for jobs and university places (knowing full well they’ve just referenced a 19th dynasty Pharaoh and a drowned Romantic poet).

'Sometimes you feel alone': studying at university with a disability

by Guardian Education , January 18, 2019

While the number of disabled people studying at university is growing, they are still far less likely to go than their non-disabled peers. The universities minister, Chris Skidmore, is now calling on universities to do more to support their disabled students, in the hope of encouraging more applications. Here, several disabled students share their stories about what starting university was like for them.

Cutting tuition fees won’t help poorer students – reduce interest rates instead

by Guardian, January 18, 2019

Recent research has shown that higher education students from wealthier families are paying off tuition fees in England upfront, in order to avoid debts and “sky-high” interest rates. The findings, from the Intergenerational Foundation, showed that the “bank of mum and dad” was once again intervening in a world of deep inequality and unfairness.

WHAT’S THE SIMPLE AND COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP MATHS LESSONS BE MORE PRODUCTIVE, BOTH FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS…….?

by Schools Week, January 17, 2019

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons. They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption, even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

University should be free for all students, not just the wealthiest

by Guardian, January 17, 2019

Advocates of the current university tuition fee system in Britain argue it is fair and progressive because only a fraction of students will ever pay the government back in full. Until graduates make more than £25,000, they pay nothing, and thereafter – once in higher-income work – they pay no more than 9% of their salary. Of course, interest continues to accrue, but only around 30% of students will pay back all of their loan.

Highest number of first class degrees on record as almost one in three students graduate with top marks

by telegragh , January 17, 2019

The highest number of first class degrees on record were handed out last year, with almost one in three students graduating with top marks amid concern about grade inflation.

Of those who completed undergraduate degrees last summer, 110,475 students across the UK (28 per cent) were awarded a first.

London state school secures 41 Oxbridge offers

by BBC News, January 17, 2019

Dorcas has been in care since she was 14 and has just received an offer to study Law at Oxford university.

She is one of 41 students at Brampton Manor, a state school in east London, to have secured an offer to study at either Oxford or Cambridge this year.

Ofsted pledges new ranking for schools in tough areas

by BBC News, January 16, 2019

A school in a tough area which has great teachers and a great curriculum could be rated outstanding from September, even if pupils' results are mediocre, says Ofsted.

But the watchdog denies its proposed new inspection framework for England will mean a dumbing-down of standards.

It says too many schools game the system by "teaching to the test" or "off-rolling" lower ability pupils.

'Ofsted needs to become a force for improvement again'

by TES, January 16, 2019

The Association of Colleges (AoC) welcomes the publication by Ofsted of its proposed new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), which is now subject to a twelve-week consultation, with a view to it being in use from September 2019.

GCSE exams 2019: Five pitfalls to avoid

by TES, January 16, 2019

Whatever subject you teach, you will already be well into your preparation for this summer’s GCSE exams. Here, a member of AQA’s relationship management team, who regularly visits schools to provide advice, describes some of the most common gaps that she sees in exam preparation and explains how to make sure they don’t trip your students up.

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