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Should twins be taught separately?

bbc education - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 14:49
A study suggests not - and says there should be no strict rules about separating twins at school.
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Going private would give Oxford and Cambridge what they want: impunity | Jim Dickinson

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 14:34
The new universities regulator has rattled the elites, who would probably rather operate above the law

Over the years, I’ve come to know and almost love the hardy perennial higher education news stories: students so broke they’re turning to sex work, student political correctness gone mad (these days reframed as an avalanche of snowflakes), and the prospect of Oxford and Cambridge going private.

In the latest iteration of the latter story, the crossbench peer Lord Butler, a former master of University College, Oxford, argues that the government should view the idea of Oxford and Cambridge going private with sympathy. It comes amid a likely long-term fees freeze and concerns about the powers of the controversial new universities regulator, the Office for Students. After all, why should England’s oldest and most elite universities be subject to what they see as onerous regulation, and a tuition fee cap of £9,250?

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The world of work is changing. We need more adult education, not less

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 09:30

The Open University crisis exemplifies the UK’s failure to support adult learning. It’s time to seek inspiration elsewhere

The current crisis at the Open University illustrates how public support for adult learning has gone so badly wrong in the UK. For nearly half a century, the OU has served a unique role in British educational life, complementing face-to-face learning in place-based institutions with distance education. While the 2012 tuition fees rise increased budgets for most universities, they have been disastrous for the OU, Birkbeck and others serving part-time mature students.

But the crisis in adult higher education participation is not limited to specialist institutions. Step by step, opportunities for adults to learn have been eroded. First, the 100-year tradition of university extra-mural departments aimed at adults closed one by one. Second, state funding for mature students to study at the same level or below their highest qualification went out of the window. Meanwhile, widening participation strategies were concentrated more and more on school leavers. Then the fees rise devastated mature and part-time study, especially at sub-degree level. And once the student number cap was lifted, most universities opted for the easily administered full-time young entrant over the less tidy part-time adult.

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Universités : « La loi permet d’organiser un accompagnement vers la réussite pour l’ensemble des étudiants »

lemonde_edu - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 08:00
Dans une tribune au « Monde », soixante-trois présidents d’université expliquent que la loi orientation et réussite des étudiants (ORE) et le dispositif Parcoursup répondent aux besoins des étudiants mais les mettre en œuvre sans moyens serait les condamner à l’échec.
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'My teacher saved me from suicide'

bbc education - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 05:10
Now 26, Hati Sparey-South is herself training as a teacher, determined to help today's pupils.
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Syracuse Fraternity Suspended for ‘Extremely Racist’ Video

NYTimes - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 03:47
Theta Tau members’ actions were “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist and hostile to people with disabilities,” the university chancellor said.
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Narrow vocabulary 'hits pupils' grades'

bbc education - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 02:14
Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary.
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Teachers in UK report growing 'vocabulary deficiency'

the guardian - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 02:00

Problem exists throughout primary and secondary school, leading to lower self-esteem and negative behaviour

Teachers are encountering increasing numbers of children with stunted vocabularies – haunting many pupils from primary to secondary school – and they fear “vocabulary deficiency” will hold them back educationally and socially.

In response some schools said they had adopted approaches such as highlighting pupils’ use of informal words such as “innit” and encouraging them to improve and widen their use of language.

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Manchester 'snack' teenager explains his viral head boy campaign video

bbc education - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 01:42
Chilombo's comical take on running for head boy has been viewed more than a million times on Twitter.
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Ministers under fire as student loan interest hits 6.3%

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 21:08

Use of RPI figure condemned as students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland face rise

Ministers are facing renewed criticism over university funding after an increase in student loan borrowing costs using a “flawed” measure of inflation. The interest rate on loans for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will rise by up to 6.3% from September, up from the current 6.1% for anyone who started studying after 2012.

The change is a consequence of the increase in the retail price index (RPI) for last month to 3.3% from 3.1% in March a year ago. The government links the interest rate on student loans to the RPI reading for March each year, plus 3%.

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Inclusion in education works. We must respect it | Letters

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 19:53
Readers respond to John Harris’s article about schools being forced to abandon pupils with special needs

It was my great privilege to lead an inclusive secondary modern school in the selective nightmare that is Lincolnshire (Forcing schools to abandon inclusion leaves us all poorer, 16 April). We actively welcomed those with complex social and emotional needs, and our school community benefited enormously. Clive (not his real name) had Asperger’s. Everyone got to know him. Everyone recognised his difference.

By educating all about Asperger’s, it was possible for Clive to be himself and be accepted. We learned more from him about the autistic spectrum than any course any of us attended. He blazed a trail so that staff and students could welcome those with the other alphabet soup of conditions that demand inclusion but are so often met with intolerance and exclusion.

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British girl wins gold medal in international maths competition

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 19:18

Emily Beatty from King Edward VII school in Sheffield came joint-first among 200 teenagers

A 17-year-old Briton has won a gold medal in an international mathematics competition, becoming the first UK entrant to achieve full marks.

Emily Beatty, who attends King Edward VII school in Sheffield, came joint-first among nearly 200 teenagers who took part. She was one of only five competitors to get a perfect score of 42 out of 42.

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The teachers of Idlib on the impossible struggle to educate their students

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 19:05
In a city under siege, schoolchildren take public exams in cellars to escape the shelling, and classes are conducted by WhatsApp. Their teachers describe what it’s like to run a school in a war zone

Abdulkafi Alhamdo is an English teacher in Syria. He loves Coleridge and Shakespeare and is currently teaching his students Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In 2016, he was evacuated from Syria’s very own heart of darkness – Aleppo – where he taught traumatised school children in cellars and bombed-out buildings throughout the siege, even as they starved. Now he lives and works in the rebel-held north-west province of Idlib, where he and fellow teachers are struggling with few resources and little support to educate the next generation, those who will shape the future of Syria.

Idlib, the largest province in Syria to remain outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has seen a steady increase in violence in recent months with bombing raids by Russian and Syrian jets and the arrival of refugees fleeing from other war-ravaged zones, which – according to Alhamdo – makes the ongoing work of Syria’s teachers all the more vital. “We want education to continue because we don’t want these young children or students to think of guns,” he says. “Without schools, they would carry guns but, because of their attendance at school, they are students.”

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'Intensive but fun': all you need to know about studying architecture

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 18:08

The course involves long hours and a huge workload, but it can be hugely rewarding and can give you the skills for a range of careers

Doing an architecture degree can be hugely rewarding. But it is also among the most challenging – with long hours, a huge workload and focus on detail – so it’s vital to understand what you’re letting yourself in for. Here we answer students’ commonly asked questions.

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Governors quit free school where no pupils did GCSEs

bbc education - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 16:53
An Ofsted inspection last year rated Route 39 Academy inadequate in all areas.
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Student loans interest rate to rise in line with inflation

bbc education - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 15:51
Rates charged on student loans will go up from 6.1% to 6.3% from September.
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Is it time to get rid of head girls and boys?

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 15:06

A headteacher in Guernsey has abolished the posts, replacing them with a leadership team. But without gender balance and a wider variety of roles, discrimination is always likely

Head boys and girls sound like a Harry Potter creation, but most secondary schools in Britain have some version of the role.

Twenty years ago, when I was selected as head girl at Fairfield High in Widnes, a mini scandal broke when the head announced it would be decided by a pupil vote instead of senior leaders. Teachers worried that this would lead to distracting campaigns. But they forgot we were teenagers, and therefore lazy. Mostly, I won because no one else wanted to spend their evenings showing potential new parents around.

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Dénonçant une « dictature macronienne », des élèves bloquent l’accès à Sciences Po

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 13:07
Une cinquantaine d’élèves ont occupé l’établissement dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi. Ils se veulent solidaires de la mobilisation contre la réforme de l’accès aux études supérieures.
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A Nanterre, le président de l’université tente de renouer le dialogue après son appel aux CRS

lemonde_edu - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 12:45
Une assemblée générale a rassemblé 1 600 étudiants mardi, qui ont voté à une large majorité la poursuite du blocage et appelé à la démission du président de l’établissement.
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Test anxiety can be debilitating. But schools can help students manage it

the guardian - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 12:38

Helping students understand the nature of anxiety makes all the difference to how well they are able to cope in stressful situations

Related: Government unveils controversial plans for testing four-year-olds

In a 2015 interview with the Guardian, author Matt Haig made an interesting observation: anxiety makes you curious and curiosity leads to understanding. It’s unusual to hear people speak about the positive aspects of negative emotions. After all, anxiety can be debilitating and can significantly reduce wellbeing. In schools, it’s common to see students experiencing test anxiety.

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