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Tackling skills education ‘undermined by policies’

by Edexec, May 21, 2019

As reported by the BBC, chief executive of the City and Guilds training body has spoken out about skills policies and questioned how effective they are
Chief executive of the City and Guilds training body, Chris Jones, has said that skills training and education has been undermined by “short-term, disjointed and inconsistent” policies.

He said that multiple announcements and initiatives from politicians only gives the illusion that they are doing something, and that spending on T-Levels could be wasted.

Oxford University to offer free year of study to disadvantaged students with lower grades

by Independent, May 21, 2019

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds that fail to meet the A-level grades required for entry to the University of Oxford will be offered a free year of study under new measures to widen access.

The institution is launching programmes to help disadvantaged students who are offered a place at Oxford but struggle to meet entry requirements, or need help with the transition.

One in four undergraduates at Oxford will be from the UK's most underrepresented backgrounds by 2023, the university has claimed. Currently only 15 per cent are from this group.

Academy withdraws pupils from A-level exams over poor mocks

by BBC, May 21, 2019

Students at an academy in London have been withdrawn from A-level exams after they did badly in mock exams.

Students at UCL Academy said they now feared having to defer their university applications, while others worry that they may have to pay about £450 to sit an exam elsewhere.

The Association of School and College Leaders described it as "pretty unethical conduct".

The school said it has "robust plans in place" to support students.

"In some cases this takes the form of an additional year in the sixth form to overcome whatever barriers there are," it added.

"Our very experienced careers adviser and our student wellbeing service is core to this support."

University of Oxford is promising a "sea-change" in admissions, with plans for a quarter of students to come from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2023. The university wants to tackle accusations that it is socially exclusive. Oxford will soon announce that

by BBC News, May 21, 2019

University of Oxford is promising a "sea-change" in admissions, with plans for a quarter of students to come from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2023.

The university wants to tackle accusations that it is socially exclusive.

Oxford will soon announce that 60.5% of its most recent intake are from state schools - the highest since the 1970s.

But vice-chancellor Louise Richardson says she wants to "accelerate the pace at which we are diversifying".

Kent's best and worst secondary schools based on 2018 GCSE results

by Kent Live, May 19, 2019

Pupils across Kent are currently sitting their GCSE exams as they aim to hit the best grades possible.

The first tests of the 2019 calendar got under way at the beginning of the week (Monday, May 13).

Over the next five weeks, students will put all their learning and revision into practice and the final GCSE exams this year will be completed on Friday, June 21.

With that in mind, you may be interested to recap on how every school in the county got on last year.

We've compiled a list of the best and worst performing secondary schools based on their GCSE results in 2018.

Without quality sleep, it’s hard to carry out quality teaching

by TES, May 19, 2019

Exams are here and so are the stresses that go with them, piled high on top of teachers like on a plate at an unlimited buffet (I’m sorry, I’m writing this in my lunch break).

Sweaty-palmed kids and their sweaty-palmed teachers stand side to side against the oncoming rush of hours of questions that can mean so much to the future of a child. These are tumultuous times at best and can often lead to negative effects of the pressure.

Do international students get what they pay for?

by BBC, May 19, 2019

Canada is competing against countries like the UK and US for the minds - and wallets - of international students. But what happens once they get there?

Jobandeep Sandhu is a hard worker.

The 22-year-old worked pretty much full time as a truck driver while studying to be a technical engineer, so he could help put himself and his brother through college in Ontario.

"My thinking was that working isn't a crime," he said.

One year for charity helping struggling kids stay in education

by Lynn News, May 17, 2019

Dropping out of school may be the start of a downward spriral, but a Lynn-based charity is helping to ensure young people recover the education they need.

Hexagon Education, based at the Highgate Community Centre, works with those aged from 12 to 19-years-old who are not in education.

The charity has celebrated its first anniversary recently, taking on around 25 children in its inaugural year.

Manager Mary Harper, who set up the charity, said: “We are a charity so none of us take a wage so we are dependent on funding mainly to pay bills.

“The building was a community hall in 1920 but it is from the 1850s we think. It used to be a school for a church. It’s old and not pretty, but it’s functional.”

I want to drop out of university – what are my options?

by Guardian Education , May 17, 2019

On the morning of the most important exam of his second year, Harry Smith* woke up and realised he’d missed it. “I fell asleep revising,” he says.

With a series of poor grades and two failed units behind him, his degree at University College London ended up taking two years longer than expected. This included summer resits, which he kept secret from his family, and various retakes. He graduated with a 2:2.

“I handled uni really badly,” he says. “I did everything wrong. I went out too much, I didn’t work hard enough and I ignored all the warning signs.”

Primary schools urged not to waste £320million physical education funding opportunity

by Telegraph, May 17, 2019

Primary schools have been urged to maximise a collective £320 million opportunity to improve the provision of physical education and sport amid significant concerns that funding is not being universally used to create a long-term legacy.

Both the Youth Sports Trust and the Association for Physical Education welcomed recent communication from policy officials at the Department for Education that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will continue at its current doubled rate for the 2019/20 academic year, but there are also calls for the opportunity not to be wasted.

Decline in spending on children’s mental health services

by Edexec, May 17, 2019

A recent report finds that nearly 60% of local authorities in England have seen a real-terms fall in spending on low-level mental health services. Local authority spending on these services, meanwhile, ranges from £5.32 to £17.88 per child – experts warn this postcode lottery is leaving pupils at serious risk
The report Early access to mental health support was published last month by Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England. It looks at the amount spent on ‘low-level’ mental health support for children in England, including preventative and early intervention services for treating problems like anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

Investigation: Number of pupils in private alternative provision soars

by Schools Week, May 17, 2019

Spend on private alternative provision (AP) has rocketed by almost £7 million in the past three years, with councils sending more vulnerable pupils to settings that are not inspected by Ofsted or registered with the government.

A Schools Week investigation has found 26 cash-strapped councils are now spending at least £23.8 million sending pupils to private AP, with the numbers of youngsters sent to such settings nearly doubling.

Careers talks 'boost GCSE results'

by TES, May 17, 2019

Encounters with the world of work have a positive impact on young people's GCSE results – with lower achievers and the less engaged benefiting the most, new research suggests.

A report from charity Education and Employers indicates that participation in career talks can change the attitudes of key stage 4 pupils to their education.

Careers lessons push up GCSE grades

by BBC, May 17, 2019

Teenagers taught about the world of work are more motivated to get higher GCSE results, say researchers.

A careers charity study found pupils who heard directly from employers about the realities of getting a job went on to get better grades.

It also seemed to provide the incentive for increased revision.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds says it shows the value of telling students how subjects taught in school are "relevant in later life".

College to axe A-level department at a time of quality and financial concerns

by FE Week, May 16, 2019

A college that crashed two grades from ‘outstanding’ last year is consulting on plans to close down its A-level provision – putting around 20 jobs at risk.

Highbury College, which is also in a precarious financial position partly because of an ongoing legal battle with a Nigerian state to recover a £1.4 million debt, informed staff of plans to shut its sixth form academy yesterday.

DfE launches consultation on fully-funded digital functional skills qualifications

by FE Week, May 16, 2019

The Department for Education is calling for views on the content for new digital functional skills qualifications that will become available for first teaching and free of charge from August 2021.

They will replace the existing functional skills qualifications (FSQs) in ICT, which will stop being available from July 2021.

The legacy ICT qualifications are currently available at entry level 1 to 3, level 1 and level 2. It is proposed by the DfE that the new digital FSQs will be made available at entry level 3 and level 1.

Tuition fees cut expected as Theresa May's legacy

by BBC, May 16, 2019

A review recommending a cut in university tuition fees in England is expected to be published in the next couple of weeks.

A lower fee of about £7,500 is expected to be part of Theresa May's "legacy" plans, ahead of her anticipated departure from No 10.

The review, headed by Philip Augar, will argue for better funding for vocational training, including wider access to student finance.

But universities fear a loss of income.

Is your teaching in line with your values?

by TES, May 16, 2019

In teaching, the arrival of the sun signals the turning point in the academic year.

It’s the point where we can start looking back at the school year so far, tracking the overall learning arcs for students, and making changes.

It is time to review, reflect, modify and renew.

Sats: We're turning Year 6 pupils into 'robots'

by TES, May 16, 2019

Last Sunday night, I was perusing EduTwitter. I was hoping to find some light-hearted entertainment before Sats week, and I was faced with panic from fellow teachers. They were desperately rereading the administration guidance, double- and triple-checking that they had taught everything that must be covered (too late anyway, surely?), and most worryingly, they were discussing what they were going to be teaching/ testing/ working on during the afternoons.

GUIDANCE FOR GRADUATES: RECOMMENDED READING

by The Schools News Service, May 16, 2019

In the next couple of months, many will find themselves finishing up their degrees at university and bound for graduation. Even if you graduated last year, it may still feel like it’s just you and your trusty degree against the world? Feel reassured in the knowledge that you won’t be the first nor the last person to find yourself in this situation… feeling fairly daunted by the prospect of what’s on the horizon. It can be an emotional journey and so, we’re here to offer some guidance with our top five books for recent graduates. Find a title that works for you…