Artemisia Gentileschi’s 17th-century work to be displayed at secondary school in Newcastle
A baroque period masterpiece bought by the National Gallery for £3.6m last year is to go on display alongside the GCSE artwork of probably apprehensive schoolgirls.Continue reading...
Warwick Scholars programme will also include bursaries and support for local applicants
Warwick University is to launch an ambitious effort to recruit disadvantaged students from within its region, with a package of measures including financial support, reduced admissions barriers and aid to local schools.
The university says it is prepared to spend £10m a year on the programme, named Warwick Scholars, to improve the admissions prospects of talented students from deprived areas or underrepresented groups living within a 30-mile radius of its campus.Continue reading...
Amanda Spielman says testing becomes a big deal for pupils ‘if people make it so’
Teachers risk piling the pressure on their pupils by simply asking them how they are feeling about their exams, the head of the school inspections body Ofsted has said.
Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, said merely speaking about tests could subliminally cause a child anxiety. As thousands of youngsters across England and Wales began their Sats and GCSEs this week, Spielman said: “Good primary schools manage to run key stage tests often with children not even knowing that they’re being tested. Seven-year-olds [think] ‘oh we did a maths booklet today, great’.Continue reading...
University had no plan to help woman cope with event on day she was found dead, court told
No meaningful plans were in place to help a chronically shy university student through a presentation in front of more than 40 colleagues that was due to take place on the day she was found dead, an inquest has heard.
Staff knew that Natasha Abrahart, a Bristol University physics student, was vulnerable and had discussed ways of helping her through the “laboratory conference”, which involves a small group taking to a stage in a theatre to debate an experiment in front of peers and assessors.Continue reading...
Ehemals eine Eliteneinrichtung ist das Gymnasium heute die weiterführende Schule der Mehrheit. Damit übt es eine wichtige integrative Wirkung aus, kommentiert SZ-Redakteur Johan Schloemann, doch die Anforderungen sinken.
Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe sold his home in Nigeria to pay tens of thousands in fees to Dundee University
Dundee University took tens of thousands of pounds from a blind Nigerian PhD student and promised him “state of the art” disabled facilities if he came to the UK with his young family to complete his studies.
Instead, Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe, who is totally blind, claims that the university gave him failing IT equipment and repeatedly obstructed his studies to the extent that he was not able to complete his work. When he complained, they failed him and cancelled his student status. Then they contacted the Home Office, who have said they will deport Agbakuribe and his family on 5 June.Continue reading...
Claims of ‘social engineering’ at Oxbridge are our elites reacting to criticism in the time-honoured way – by playing the victim
The plight of the privately educated in Britain is now, apparently, akin to the plight of Jews under Adolf Hitler’s genocidal regime. Stare in bafflement all you like, but this was the claim, splashed on the front page of the Times on Saturday, of the head of Stowe School, a mediocre Buckinghamshire private school, who argued that questioning the disproportionate numbers of privately educated people in positions of power was akin to “the conspiratorial language of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, and the language of “Hitler and his henchmen”. Do you have concerns about the privileged buying their children places at the top table? That those from less privileged backgrounds are drastically underrepresented in key British institutions? And think widening educational access is fundamentally a good thing? I’m sorry to report that you are a Nazi.
It is a story that future historians may regard as a fascinating insight into Britain’s crumbling social order. When those with wealth and power fear that their privilege is even mildly challenged, they invariably clothe themselves in the garbs of victimhood. The crux of the Times’ splash was the fear that Oxbridge was discriminating against the privately educated in favour of state school pupils, constituting “social engineering”. Let’s leave aside the fact that private education is the most striking example of social engineering in our society. The line of argument here is one I’m long familiar with – when I was at Oxford, I vividly recall a private school student claiming that state school alumni such as myself only got accepted because of preferential quotas.Continue reading...
Research recommends wider use of teacher assessment, saying it accurately reflects ability
Assessments by teachers of pupils’ abilities could replace traditional tests and exams such as Sats and GCSEs to reduce costs and “bring joy back to the classroom”, according to new research.
In a paper published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers found teacher assessments accurately reflected the ability of their pupils’ performance in later exams in English, maths and science, including A-levels and university admission.Continue reading...
Growing gap in funding for public and private schools will worsen inequality, says Australian Education Union
The gap in funding for public and private schools has increased, and some Catholic schools in marginal Victorian seats are receiving more in recurrent government funding than public schools.
That is the conclusion of an Australian Education Union analysis of new Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority data.Continue reading...
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