The solution to today’s puzzle
In my puzzle blog earlier today, I set you the following “common knowledge” puzzle:
Nine balls - marked 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 - are in a lottery machine. The machine dispenses one ball each to three people, Apple, Bean and Cherry. Each person knows only the number of their own ball; they do not know the balls that the others were given, nor the ones left in the machine.Continue reading...
A ‘very small number’ of students had access to the paper ahead of those sitting the exam in late June
One person was allegedly the source of a leak of an A-level maths paper this summer, an exam board has said.
In addition, five students have been disqualified and a further 30 are being investigated over their involvement, according to Pearson.Continue reading...
No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?Continue reading...
A logic puzzle about knowledge
Of the many types of puzzle I have posed over the years, the genre that readers seem to respond to best are “common knowledge” logic puzzles. In these problems, there is a situation involving at least two people, each of whom has incomplete information about each other, and the solver makes successive deductions hopping back and forth from each person’s point of view. There is usually a charm to the set-up and even though no technical mathematics is used they are very brain-twisty!Continue reading...
Maureen Beattie also hopes anti-harassment measures set out by UK actors’ union will be adopted by wider industry
Working class youngsters who dream of becoming actors or performers are increasingly being kept out of the profession because of the cost and failures in the education system, the new president of Equity has warned.
Maureen Beattie became the union’s president last month after being elected unopposed. In her first interview she has talked of the challenges ahead, including tackling harassment and bullying, pay, the union’s profile and the particular struggle for youngsters from less well-off backgrounds.Continue reading...
Students are reassured they will not be disadvantaged by sitting ‘tougher’ exams
The chief qualifications regulator in England, Sally Collier, said that year’s A-level and GCSE students would not be suffer from being the first to take the new, tougher, exams.
Collier, head of the Ofqual assessment watchdog, sought to reassure parents and students – as hundreds of thousands of families anxiously awaited the publication of this summer’s A-level and GCSE results – saying that although the new exams were more testing, the final grades would be fairly distributed and in the same way as in previous years.Continue reading...
In Schule und Job wird an Linkshänder oft nicht gedacht: Zum Weltlinkshändertag erzählen Leser von quälenden Häkelstunden, gescheiterten Bewerbungen und Hausaufgaben in Spiegelschrift.
Fast jeder zweite ist Linkshänder, die meisten wissen es nur nicht - ihr Hirn muss deshalb mehr als nötig arbeiten, sagt der Arzt Hanns von Rolbeck. Eine oft unerkannte Ursache für Burnout, Legasthenie und ADHS?
Calls for public inquiry grow amid anger at lack of clear schedule for displaced residents and businesses
Local residents and businesses have described their ongoing exclusion from homes and premises around the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building as “tortuous”, amid growing calls for a public inquiry into the cause of the second blaze to devastate the building in four years.
Nearly two months on from the fire that gutted “the Mack” on the night of 15 June, there is growing anger and frustration at the lack of any timeline for re-entry for those whose properties remain inaccessible. But Tom Inns, the school’s director, has told the Guardian that he hopes the security cordon, imposed by Glasgow city council building control as the painstaking work to stabilise the remaining structure continues, will be reduced in a fortnight.Continue reading...
In DDR-Schulen unterrichteten Erzieherinnen, mit der Wende wurde ihr Abschluss wertlos. Nun sollen sie den Lehrermangel lindern.
Pensionäre werden zurückgeholt, Quereinsteiger eingestellt und nun sogar DDR-Erzieherinnen angefragt: Am Grundproblem ändert all das nichts.
Der neue HRK-Präsident Peter-André Alt erkärt, warum es im Studium nicht einfach darum geht, Studenten auf die Wirtschaftsbetriebe vorzubereiten. Wichtig ist, wieder mehr Grundlagen zu vermitteln - auch ethische.
The transformational benefits of a university education aren’t just for the young
A university degree can transform your life at any age, and each year thousands of mature students enrol on degree courses. For some, it is a second chance for the education they missed out on in their youth. For others, it can be an opportunity to further a passion or interest in the company of like-minded enthusiasts or change career tack.
Clearing is popular with mature students who are less likely to have been helped by schools and colleges to meet the earlier deadlines. Universities keen to fill their places advertise their courses throughout the summer and last year direct entries in August and September were up by 14% on 2016. Of the 16,950 people accepted at university last year after applying directly through clearing, over a third, 67%, were aged 20 or over.Continue reading...
Not interested in traditional campus life? Apprenticeships, colleges and private institutions provide alternatives
These are offered by employers, usually in partnership with a training provider, such as a university or further education (FE) college. You’ll end up with a degree, and you’ll earn money while you get it. Many degree apprenticeships also offer a job at the end. “What’s so perfect about the management apprenticeship is that you can work and get on-the-job experience, but still get the qualification of a degree and professional accreditation,” says Afam Sadiku, who is currently working as a channel development manager in premier banking at Barclays UK. He’s doing his chartered manager degree apprenticeship (CMDA) with Anglia Ruskin University. “These kinds of programmes make you mature very quickly,” he adds. “It’s tough, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Richer applicants shop around through clearing to detriment of poorer peers, say experts
Middle-class teenagers and their parents are increasingly using university clearing to shop around for the best courses to the detriment of their less well-off peers, education experts have warned ahead of A-level results day next week.
A growing number of applicants are picking and choosing better offers as the Russell Group of leading research universities have significantly increased the number of students they accept through clearing in recent years, according to admissions officers.Continue reading...
A decade ago, Britain was in the early stages of what would turn out to be the deepest recession of recent times. It has never really recovered.
Only twice in the past 10 years has the economy broken out of its post-crisis torpor. The first time was in late 2009 and early 2010, when the country was jolted back into life by the monetary and fiscal stimulus provided by the Bank of England. That rally was killed off by George Osborne’s ill-timed austerity and by the protracted troubles of the eurozone.Continue reading...
If you’ve already got a hobby, there’s a society catering for it. If you haven’t, now’s the time to experimentContinue reading...