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PhD-level apprenticeships are a ‘perfect fit’ for today’s jobs market, says UVAC director

by FE Week, May 25, 2019

A university membership organisation has criticised those opposing PhDlevel apprenticeships, saying such resistance shows a “bewildering lack of understanding of higher education provision and contemporary skills programmes”.

Rise in special needs pupils forced to attend out-of-area schools

by Guardian, May 25, 2019

Almost 20,000 children with special educational needs such as autism are attending school outside their council area because of shortfalls in local provision – with the number rising by nearly a fifth in two years, the Observer can reveal.

EYFS: Why 'you’re okay’ is the worst thing to say to an upset child

by TES, May 25, 2019

Young children have yet to develop adult hang-ups about hiding emotion, so working in early years foundation stage, you get to witness every feeling a child has in its rawest form.

In response, and particularly when those feelings are sadness or pain, there tends to be a consistent and singular phrase that comes from nearly all adult mouths.

Fewer students taking design and technology and music at GCSE, figures reveal

by Independent, May 25, 2019

More pupils are turning away from technical subjects at GCSE and fewer students are choosing to study English at A-level, the latest figures from the exams watchdog have revealed. Meanwhile the government’s focus on more traditional academic subjects and the introduction of tougher GCSEs have narrowed the curriculum on offer in schools, education unions have warned.

Scrap student loans and give every 18-year-old who stays in training £20,000, report says

by Telegraph, May 25, 2019

Scrap student loans and instead give every 18-year-old who stays in training a £20,000 lump sum, a former Government adviser has said.

This would work out as better value for the taxpayer than the current system of student loans, according to a new report by Tom Richmond who is now director of EDSK, a think-tank specialising in education and skills.

Transfer test: Plans for single exam 'not fit for purpose'

by BBC, May 23, 2019

The chair of one of the transfer test providers has said proposals for a single test are "not fit for purpose".

John Mulholland, of the Association for Quality Education (AQE), strongly attacked the plans in a letter to school principals and governors.

There are two separate transfer tests in Northern Ireland.

In 2018, negotiators representing both providers agreed a draft format for a common test.

Grammar school reunion

by Harrogate Advertiser, May 23, 2019

An open reunion for all past students and staff of Harrogate Grammar School is to be held on Saturday June 8 from 10.30am-12.30pm.

This blast from the past will include the opportunity to speak with favourite past teachers, some of whom are still teaching at the school.

Don’t judge Curriculum for Excellence on a single year, say exam bosses

by TES, May 23, 2019

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) should be judged by the "outcome of the senior phase" rather than simply on concerns about subject choice in S4, according to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Senior figures at the SQA defended CfE when they appeared before the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee, saying it offered greater depth of learning and more choice.

7 ways to create an English curriculum for all

by TES, May 23, 2019

To write a curriculum is to make a political statement. Let me show you how through English.

English is a language with a complex and challenging history; it has provided a rich wealth of beautiful and profound literature for the world, but it also represents a dominating force that has maligned and squeezed out many voices from other cultures, even in their own countries.

Most parents reject nearest school

by BBC, May 23, 2019

Most families do not choose to send their children to their nearest school, shows the biggest ever study of state secondary school choices in England.

More than 60% opt for a school that is further away - usually because it is higher achieving.

"Contrary to a widely-held belief, only a minority of parents choose their local school as their first option," say researchers.

Maths and physics teachers to be offered extra cash to stop them leaving profession

by Independent, May 23, 2019

Maths and physics teachers in some areas of the country will be offered extra payments worth thousands of pounds in a bid to stop them from leaving the profession.

Teachers at the start of the career in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, and more disadvantaged areas of the country will receive £2,000 in a government attempt to solve shortages.

But unions say the plans do not go far enough to address the recruitment and retention crisis, claiming the cash incentives for some will not address issues with pay, workload and funding.

Russell Group scraps preferred A-levels list after arts subjects hit

by Guardian, May 23, 2019

Arts education organisations have welcomed a decision by the Russell Group of research-led universities to scrap its controversial list of preferred A-levels, after long-running criticism that it has contributed to a devaluation of arts subjects.

University sector rises to challenge from Education Secretary

by GOV UK, May 22, 2019

The Education Secretary has today (22 May) praised action taken by universities and companies after he challenged them to protect quality in higher education, while defending his right to speak out after being accused of making unlawful interventions.

Damian Hinds recently challenged the sector to do more to end the use of essay writing services, curb artificial grade inflation and stop using questionable student recruitment techniques.

‘My headteacher said: “Stop crying – you got into Oxford!”’

by Guardian, May 22, 2019

When Sophia Alexandra Hall received the response to her application for the University of Oxford in 2015, she opened it in front of everyone at her school. “I ran into the canteen and burst into tears,” she says. “I was sobbing, and I remember my headteacher saying: ‘Stop crying – you got into Oxford!’ No one at social services believed me.” As a care leaver, the odds of Hall making it to university, let alone Oxford, were very slim.

Should teachers be told if a pupil was born preterm?

by TES, May 22, 2019

In every classroom, there are likely to be at least three children who were born preterm. And according to Professor Samantha Johnson, those children may be missing out on vital support due to a dearth of knowledge in schools about the challenges these pupils might face and a lack of identification of the children who may be affected.

Teacher training 'will produce new generation of curriculum thinkers'

by TES, May 22, 2019

Changes to teacher training will help to develop a new generation of curriculum thinkers, according to the head of a new Department for Education expert panel.

Professor Sam Twiselton said the introduction of the new Early Career framework and the shifting focus of Ofsted inspections will mean that more emphasis is placed on curriculum during initial teacher training.

The new specialist maths school planned for Guildford

by Eagle Radio, May 21, 2019

Plans have taken a step forward for a new school in Guildford which will specialize in maths.
The Department for Education has given the green light the University of Surrey and the Guildford Education Partnership (GEP Academies) to progress to the next stage of development.

Both institutions are joining forces to create the Surrey Maths School (SuMS), which will deliver A-level education for 16-19 year-olds.

It will aim to increase the number of highly talented students from across the county applying to do STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathemtics) degrees at university.

Languages: Drop in number of pupils taking French

by BBC, May 21, 2019

There has been a fall of more than 40% in the number of pupils in Northern Ireland taking GCSE French over the past decade.

That is according to a study of modern language learning in schools carried out by the British Council.

Many teachers said languages were often perceived as too difficult by pupils, compared with other subjects.

Reporter's take: Why Ofsted needs powers to inspect academy chains

by TES, May 21, 2019

Last week, Tes published the first comparison of England's academy chains made according to Ofsted's ratings of their schools.

The rankings reveal some significant disparities between trusts in terms of the proportion of schools rated good or better at both primary and secondary level.

But perhaps just as importantly, the figures shine a light on an area of the school-accountability system where information has until now been in short supply.

Quick read: Ofsted checking just 12 MATs this year

Tables: MATs Ofsted ratings revealed

Background: Ofsted's plan for new MAT checks

The case is often made that graded inspections of schools are needed because they are valued by parents.

Establishing a framework for parental engagement and involvement

by Edexec, May 21, 2019

How can schools harness the power of parents and supercharge children’s education? Parentkind has launched a consultation on its Blueprint for parent-friendly schools, designed to guide schools on how to encourage parents to take part in their child’s education. Kerry-Jane Packman, development and membership director at Parentkind, explains
Parentkind has long-advocated the role of parents in their child’s education. The benefits of a strong home-school relationship, where parents work in partnership with teachers, brings many advantages – from better behaviour to improved academic achievement and greater emotional wellbeing. Despite this, many schools still lack the infrastructure to deliver a solid parental participation strategy. So, how can schools harness the power of parents and supercharge children’s education?