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Prestigious universities edge out rivals in UK's battle for students

the guardian - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 20:09

Less selective institutions bear brunt of demographic decline in number of school leavers

Prestigious universities are squeezing out their rivals in the battle for undergraduates, setting a trend that could continue for several years and place some institutions under greater pressure to attract students to secure their funding.

The shift comes as the university admissions clearing house, Ucas, reported that record numbers have been placed on university courses a day after hundreds of thousands of students received their A-level results across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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‘Teens get a bad rap’: the neuroscientist championing moody adolescents

the guardian - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 17:07
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s studies of the adolescent brain have won her awards. So when she says GCSEs are damaging to teens’ health, perhaps we should listen

Annual media coverage of August’s exam results has traditionally conformed to an unwritten rule that all photos must show euphoric teenagers celebrating multiple A*s. This year, the images may tell a different story. Radical reforms to GCSEs are widely predicted to produce disappointment, and many teenagers are bracing themselves for the worst.

Parents may be unsympathetic, however, if their 15- or 16-year-old spent the exam year ignoring all their wise advice to revise, and instead lay in bed until lunchtime and partied all night with friends. Even if the exam results turn out to be good, many will wonder why their teenager took so many risks with their future.

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Trojan Horse review – Islamic schools ‘plot’ powerfully revisited

the guardian - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 17:00

Summerhall, Edinburgh
A sobering examination of British children caught in media crossfire

In the spring of 2014, what was the Trojan horse? Was it the Islamist doctrine allegedly smuggled into 21 Birmingham schools by a shadowy group of teachers and governors? Was it the vulnerability in the government’s flagship academy programme that allowed corrupt ideology to slip in unnoticed and set to work poisoning our children? Or could the Trojan horse have been the government’s ideology – a divisive blend of free-market dogma and zealotry that found indoctrination where there were only exemplary grades and restrictions where there were only liberal values?

This last version of events is the proposition of Lung’s straight-talking, clear-headed and elegantly presented piece of documentary theatre that revisits the much reported – and much inflated – news story. It exposes the factors that turned what should have been a quick dismissal of a vexatious complaint into the subject of national outrage. Drawing on 200 hours of interviews, as well as material in the public domain, the play’s writers, Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead, make the case that a government fearful that terrorism was being nurtured on its watch, egged on by a rightwing press too ready to believe it, encouraged the over-hasty acceptance of an anonymous document alleging an Islamist conspiracy to game the system.

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Thousands of top university places still up for grabs

bbc education - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 16:51
Tens of thousands of degree places still available, even in medicine, which are usually at a premium.
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A Delhi, les enfants apprennent le bonheur à l’école

lemonde_edu - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 16:08
Dans la métropole du nord de l’Inde, la « classe du bonheur » est un module scolaire quotidien destiné à rendre les élèves plus heureux. Une manière de lutter contre l’absentéisme et la dépression.
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Aretha Franklin’s voice ripped and caressed ... and liberated black girls like me | Candace Allen

the guardian - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 15:31
Until she came along, we swayed on the sidelines. Then, suddenly, we were enraptured and empowered

That voice, in 1967. Before the homage, the titles, the analyses and even the wonder, it was that voice, penetrating our ribcages, grabbing up all that we were and ever would be, laying down and providing beacon light for our ways out of no way. Most every single one of us who were black girls in 1967 has our own personal Aretha story that has been generating smiles and tears. Here is mine.

Related: Aretha Franklin obituary

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Top cancer scientist has £3.5m in grants revoked after bullying claims

the guardian - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 15:30

Prof Nazneen Rahman resigned from the Institute of Cancer Research in London before disciplinary action could be taken

One of Britain’s leading cancer scientists has had £3.5m in grant money revoked after allegations of bullying by 45 current and former colleagues.

Prof Nazneen Rahman, who resigned from her post at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London last month, is the first scientist to be sanctioned under anti-bullying rules introduced by the Wellcome Trust this year. In a letter to the ICR, her former colleagues accused her of “serious recurrent bullying and harassment” and creating an “intimidating and humiliating” working environment.

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Nonfictin: What Role Do Teachers Play in Education?

NYTimes - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 12:00
Andrea Gabor’s “After the Education Wars” looks at efforts to reform the classroom through technology and standardized testing.
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Etats-Unis : l’école de médecine de NYU devient gratuite

lemonde_edu - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 05:18
Les trois quarts des médecins américains diplômés en 2017 étaient endettés. La dette moyenne d’un diplômé était de 202 000 dollars.
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'Trojan Horse' hearings against teachers and governor cost £1.27m

bbc education - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 03:22
Misconduct cases were brought against 14 teachers in Birmingham but only one was found at fault.
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NYU offers free tuition for all its medical students

bbc education - Fri, 17/08/2018 - 03:18
The New York medical school will fund all students, due to fears of graduates' "overwhelming" debt.
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A-level results: foreign languages suffer further slump

the guardian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 22:18

Number of people studying German fell 16%, while French also experienced steep decline

A-levels in traditional foreign languages have suffered a further slump, with the number of people taking German falling so steeply that it has been overtaken by Mandarin.

About 3,000 students sat German A-levels, a drop of 16% on last year and a 45% fall since 2010. French, the most popular modern foreign language, also suffered a steep decline, as part of a shift by students away from humanities towards the stem subjects of science, maths and computing.

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A-level results are out, but what about those not going to university? | Fiona Millar

the guardian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 21:04
A significant number of young people are turned off by traditional higher education. They should have a decent alternative

This year’s A-level results day saw grades down slightly, universities awash with places, and signs that young people might be starting to vote with their feet, and not in the direction successive governments have predicted. What is going on? For the past 20 years, encouraging more young people into higher education has been a central aim of education policy. Until now there was no real reason to think this plan wasn’t working.

Around a third of all school-leavers go on to higher education at 18, and that figure rises to almost 50% by the age of 30. But a survey tracking aspirations for a university education among pre-GCSE pupils released on Thursday by a social mobility charity, the Sutton Trust, suggests that the wind might now be blowing in a different direction. The trust has been monitoring aspirations for the past 15 years and reports a falling proportion of young people who think university matters. The survey also shows there is still a marked difference in attitudes towards higher education between students from different social backgrounds.

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The Guardian view on higher education: more egalitarianism please | Editorial

the guardian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 20:45
The UK government’s review into post-18 education must recognise that it is clearly a good that would benefit society if more widely available

Has the engine of education concentrated ability of a certain kind under the latest changes? It would certainly seem so. Students in England receiving their A-level results on Thursday were the latest to do so under a revamp wrought by Michael Gove when he was education secretary. They are part of a move away from grades awarded on the basis of coursework to marks based on a final exam in such subjects as geography and drama. The result seems to be the persistence of trends in educational achievement – with girls continuing to outperform boys in most subjects and sciences attracting more entries. This will encourage the backers of this approach to laud it.

Adopting this outlook means considering the downsides. We must beware of sieving people according to education’s narrow band of values. After all, 1.5 million children took A-levels and 3.8 million people took vocational qualifications. To the government’s credit, it has belatedly realised that there needs to be a serious look at post-school technical and academic options. When Theresa May launched her wide-ranging review in February of post-18 education, it was expected to take a year. However, with the chaos in government engendered by Brexit, no one is sure where Mrs May’s review is going.

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A-level results 2018: Teenagers achieve rise in top grades

bbc education - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 20:25
A-level results show a rise in top grades, as a record proportion of 18-year-olds head to university.
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I managed to become a doctor, despite my devastating A-level results

the guardian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 18:55

After missing the grades I needed for medical school, I found another way to realise my dream

It was August 2007; I stood in the classroom, surrounded by my school friends, clutching the large brown envelope that contained my A-level results. I wanted to become a doctor and had the next five years of my life all planned out. I opened the envelope to find three As and two Bs staring back at me. My heart sank.

Related: ‘I ran to the toilet and cried.’ A-level students whose results were a lesson in life

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Three Years Later, Yeshivas Investigation Has Little to Show

NYTimes - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 18:39
The city’s Department of Education has not been able to visit half of the schools it is supposed to be investigating and it has asked the state how to proceed.
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All credit to Stormzy. But Oxbridge must do more for black students | Jason Osamede Okundaye

the guardian - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 17:13
The star’s scholarships are welcome, but the top universities need to engage and support more BAME young people

Stormzy is the people’s champion. In the past two years, he has proven himself to be one of the most committed public figures to furthering the interests of young black British people. He has made surprise appearances at youth sports days, access conferences and even singing at a funeral for a fan. From sponsoring Oxford University alumna Fiona Asiedu to take up a place at graduate school at Harvard, to launching the publishing imprint #MerkyBooks in partnership with Penguin, Stormzy has kept us on our toes, eagerly anticipating his next big move.

So I was proud to participate in a photoshoot last Friday to announce his latest initiative: a scholarship fund to cover the tuition and maintenance fees of two black students a year to study at my alma mater, Cambridge. Against the background of A-level results day and celebrations for those achieving top grades and entering their first choice of university, the scholarship has been met with roars of praise, hashtags of #blackexcellence and black students eagerly asking how they can secure one.

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Musician Stormzy on why he's funding university scholarships

bbc education - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 16:56
The musician says he'll fund two black British students to go to the University of Cambridge.
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Non, les cours d’éducation sexuelle ne sont pas une mesure de la loi Schiappa

lemonde_edu - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 16:33
De nombreux sites présentent la future mise en place, à la rentrée, de cours d’éducation sexuelle comme une mesure figurant dans le texte de la loi Schiappa, promulguée début août.
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