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Ofsted launches a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework

by GOV.UK, January 16, 2019

The new framework proposes a shift that will rebalance inspection to make sure that young people are being taught the best of what has been thought and said. Instead of taking exam results and test data at face value, Ofsted will look at how a nursery, school, college or other provider’s results have been achieved – whether they are the result of broad and rich learning, or gaming and cramming.

No escape as 'snow day' becomes 'e-learning day'

by BBC News, January 16, 2019

Snowy weather has already arrived in parts of the US and Europe and is forecast for the UK later this month.

For school students, it means the chance of benefiting from the long-standing tradition of the "snow day", when schools are forced to close and students get an unexpected day off.

Rich students save by paying fees up front

by BBC, January 15, 2019

The wealthiest students are going to university in England for the lowest cost, by paying their tuition fees up front, say researchers.

About 10% of students are not taking out loans and so avoid interest rates of 6.3% paid by other students, says the Intergenerational Foundation.

The think tank says it "makes a mockery" of claims that the fees system is fair for poorer students.

New site to help schools save thousands on recruitment costs

by GOV.UK, January 15, 2019

Schools will save thousands of pounds in recruitment costs as the Government launches a new online tool to help them avoid agencies that charge excessive fees.

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds today (15 January) announces an online tool which will clearly show the fees recruitment agencies charge on top of staff wages, so school leaders know what they are getting for their money. It will also help schools avoid agencies that charge fees for making temporary staff permanent.

A Best Practice For Student Engagement: It's Called Studying

by Forbes, January 15, 2019

The 2018 results of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) were released last November. The NSSE is an annual survey that asks first-year and senior students at hundreds of four-year schools the extent to which they believe their education has contributed to abilities such as “writing clearly and effectively,” “thinking critically and analytically,” and preparing them with work-related skills. Other NSSE items tap how often students interact with faculty, attend artistic and cultural events, and engage in activities like studying, working, socializing and taking part in internships, service projects, and extracurricular activities.

Is there such a thing as too much education data?

by Schools Week, January 15, 2019

We are awash in data about education. The Department for Education routinely releases information about schools in England, covering everything from academic attainment and pupil demographics to school staffing and finances. (Schools in other parts of the UK are administered separately and data provision there is patchier.)

‘Confused by school data? You’re not the only one’

by TES, January 15, 2019

Education data has been in a state of flux for some time. Undoubtedly, this has partly been down to changes within the education system – from curriculum adjustments to incorporating new performance measures – and the need to reflect these.

University switches off social media to help student well-being

by BBC, January 15, 2019

De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how "unrestrained social media use" can be harmful to the mental health of young people.

The university operates nine different social media channels, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

Directed improvement and reflection time: does it work?

by TES, January 13, 2019

New initiatives don’t seem to emerge in schools so much as they burst upon us fully formed. You just look around one day and realise that everyone has suddenly started speaking about something as though you will know what on Earth they are talking about. We saw it with the term “wave one intervention” (which essentially just means inclusive teaching) and “tier two vocabulary” (tricky words, the kind you always had to explain) and then we saw it with "Dirt".

Colleges need to speak with one voice

by FE Week, January 13, 2019

This feels like a truly transformational moment for the Association of Colleges. The incredible energy and commitment to the #LoveOurColleges campaign is a great foundation to build on in the year ahead as we seek to influence the comprehensive spending review to put right the disparity between funding in FE and other parts of education.

Schools face staffing shortage as the number of applications from EU teachers falls

by iNews, January 13, 2019

The number of school teachers from EU countries wanting to work in England has fallen in the past year following repeated warnings of staffing shortages. Applications for the right to work in schools in the country fell by a quarter in 12 months, including a 17 per cent drop in applicants from Spain and an 18 per cent drop from Greece, reports the Observer.

Sleep-deprived pupils need extra hour in bed, schools warned

by Guardian, January 13, 2019

Sleep experts are warning of an epidemic of sleep deprivation among school-aged children, with some urging educational authorities to alter school hours to allow adolescents to stay in bed longer.

Britain’s private school problem: it’s time to talk

by Guardian, January 13, 2019

The existence in Britain of a flourishing private-school sector not only limits the life chances of those who attend state schools but also damages society at large, and it should be possible to have a sustained and fully inclusive national conversation about the subject. Whether one has been privately educated, or has sent or is sending one’s children to private schools, or even if one teaches at a private school, there should be no barriers to taking part in that conversation. Everyone has to live – and make their choices – in the world as it is, not as one might wish it to be. That seems an obvious enough proposition. Yet in a name-calling culture, ever ready with the charge of hypocrisy, this reality is all too often ignored.

Video 'I went to Oxford with undiagnosed TB'

by BBC, January 11, 2019

Tilly Rose was barely able to go to school after she was struck down with a mystery illness at the age of 11.

Despite that she says "I basically taught myself", so determined she was to get an education.

Meet the man who thinks grammar schools are the answer

by TES, January 11, 2019

Jim Skinner is stuck for words when asked where he would be today if he hadn’t gone to a grammar school.

It’s a path which led him to Oxford University and into a career in education where he ended up as headteacher of an "outstanding" grammar school.

Ucas deadline 2019: When is the application day and what do I do if I miss it?

by Independent, January 11, 2019

Prospective students need to submit their university applications to Ucas within a matter of days.

The universities admissions service Ucas says applicants should leave enough time to complete their application and check they have entered their qualifications and reference correctly.

Exclusive: The schools reversing the languages decline

by TES, January 11, 2019

Making language lessons fun, staging foreign film nights with exotic food laid on, and focusing on high-value language and transferrable structures to make it easier for pupils to have conversations in the language they are learning.

DfE to test and ‘quality-mark’ education apps

by Schools Week, January 11, 2019

Officials will also consider extending the assessment to apps for older children if the process is a success.

But experts in educational technology say that the scheme’s success will hinge on whether teachers with experience of learning with apps are the ones chosen to test them.

How will #Brexit Impact Further and Higher Education in the UK?

by FE news, January 11, 2019

Education and Training Foundation - QTLS
As the UK stands on the verge of an agreement on the withdrawal from the European Union (EU), or a no-deal situation, what impact is going to be felt by our education establishments when the UK finally leaves?
Well of course no-one knows the answer, but I’ve given some thought to those aspects of education that could feel the greatest impact.

The new GCSEs are suited to robots - not pupils

by TES, January 10, 2019

This Sunday morning I’m rehearsing the return to school routine, and my brain’s a bit bleary at this early hour. So I might be forgiven for misreading Joe Nutt’s headline “English GCSE needs a reboot” as “Why English GCSE needs a robot.” But on further reflection, is my misreading such a misrepresentation of the reality?

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