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Tuition fees cut could be devastating for universities, say peers

the guardian - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:01

Committee says struggling universities would need to be compensated with grants

Proposals to reduce tuition fees for students in England would have severe consequences for universities, which are already struggling in a challenging financial environment, a Lords committee has said.

The Augar review into post-18 education and funding, which reported this year, recommended that annual tuition fees should be cut to a maximum of £7,500 per year, from £9,250 at present. Ministers are considering the proposal.

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Grundschule: Mit viereinhalb zum Sprachtest

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 19:40

Viele Bundesländer überprüfen vor der Einschulung die Deutschkenntnisse der Kinder. Und dann? Eine Übersicht.

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Sprachförderung international: Mal freiwillig, mal Pflicht

sueddeutsche_bild - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 19:39

Kinder integrieren, die nicht die Landessprache sprechen: Das ist für viele Staaten eine Herausforderung. Wie machen es zum Beispiel Kanada, Großbritannien, Frankreich und Dänemark?

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Make Your Own Animated Movies, Frame by Frame

NYTimes - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 16:00
Stop-motion animation is a great way to bring toys and other objects to life — and learn the basics of filmmaking.
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Same-sex couples living together up by 50%

bbc education - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 13:17
There were 232,000 in 2018, compared with 152,000 in 2015, the Office for National Statistics says.
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Oxbridge summer schools should be for the disadvantaged, not the wealthiest | Ruby Woolfe

the guardian - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 09:00

Oxbridge colleges make thousands of pounds renting out facilities. What if they spent that money on widening access?

Three hours after graduating from Cambridge University, an email pinged into my inbox. Failure to vacate my college room by 10am the next morning would result in a £100 fine. Having spent the past two summers employed at Oxbridge language schools, I knew why: edu-businesses needed to set up shop in college rooms.

Private summer schools, pitched at the sons and daughters of the global elite, offer an Oxbridge experience at eye-watering prices (nearly £10,000 for a four-week programme). Both Oxford and Cambridge universities told me that individual colleges are responsible for their decisions to accept money from private companies which rent their facilities. These colleges already own a combined £21bn in wealth – more than the combined investments of the other 22 Russell Group universities, and enough to pay the tuition fees of every home and international student in the UK with £3bn to spare.

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Concern over 'staffing crisis' at private nurseries in Scotland

bbc education - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 02:52
Hundreds of childcare providers are facing recruitment problems ahead of an increase in free nursery entitlement.
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A School Laptop Under $500 That Isn’t Junk

NYTimes - Wed, 07/08/2019 - 00:30
To get a laptop that’s usable for most schoolwork, you need to spend at least $450 to $500. I’ve tested dozens of laptops, and here’s what I’d recommend.
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Parents ‘in limbo’ ahead of Coatbridge school safety review findings

bbc education - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 23:13
An independent report looking at contamination fears at a school campus in Coatbridge is due to be published within days.
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Dartmouth Reaches $14 Million Settlement in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 22:52
The class-action suit had been filed by nine women who said they were raped or harassed by their professors.
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Interview am Morgen: Grundschul-Debatte: "Man kann nicht einfach bestimmte Kinder von der Schulpflicht ausschließen"

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 20:30

Zur Schule darf erst, wer Deutsch spricht? Die Lehrerin Heidrun Quandt hält nichts von der Idee. Alarmiert ist sie trotzdem.

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Northamptonshire: New children's home to cut out-of-area placements

bbc education - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 19:54
A troubled council is setting up a children's home in one of its town centre buildings.
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Parents devastated by closure of Bristol special needs school

the guardian - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 19:38

Children ‘traumatised’ by sudden closure of St Christopher’s over safeguarding concerns

Parents have expressed their devastation at the sudden closure of a special needs residential school in Bristol, which left their children – who have severe and complex learning difficulties – distraught and without suitable alternative placements.

Parents were called at work and summoned to pick up their children from St Christopher’s – an independent special school and care home in Westbury Park in the north of the city – after the schools’ regulator Ofsted suspended its registration because of safeguarding concerns.

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Schule: Lernt man in Vorklassen besser Deutsch?

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 18:29

Kinder, die nicht genug Deutsch können, sollen später eingeschult werden. Diese Forderung hat eine aufgeregte Debatte ausgelöst. Praktiziert wird das mancherorts längst - mit unklarem Nutzen.

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Scottish exam rates fall for fourth year in a row

the guardian - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 17:50

Scottish Labour and Conservatives say decline is down to budget and teacher cuts

Scottish ministers have been accused of failing to invest enough in education after pass rates in nearly all school qualifications fell for the fourth year in a row.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority said A-C passes in Higher grades, roughly equivalent to an A level, fell to below 75%, after four consecutive years of decline, while Advanced Higher grades also fell to their lowest pass rate since 2015.

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Leserdiskussion: Ist Begabtenförderung unfair?

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 16:42

Hochschulstipendien kommen überproportional oft Kindern aus Akademikerfamilien zugute. Doch ein Stipendium unabhängig von der sozialen Herkunft sei ebenso willkürlich, kommentiert SZ-Autor Bernd Kramer. Denn Begabung und Intelligenz suche man sich nicht aus.

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Stipendien: Warum Elitenförderung immer ungerecht ist

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 13:15

Wer bekommt an den Hochschulen ein Stipendium? Es ist vor allem der Nachwuchs aus Akademikerfamilien. Man kann das ändern - fair wird das System trotzdem nicht.

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‘This is oppression’: gagging orders used to muzzle teachers

the guardian - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 09:03

Staff have little legal protection if they blow the whistle about exam cheating, discrimination or assault

Jackie Evans*, a special needs teacher for 20 years, was on holiday when she got a call from her headteacher. A complaint had been made by another member of staff about her disciplinary methods.

It had never happened before and Evans felt it was blown out of proportion. “They did an investigation and it was obvious they weren’t going to drop it. I was terrified they were going to sack me. I didn’t know how I was going to feed my kids.”

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Call for universities to stop lobbying against admissions overhaul

the guardian - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 09:00
Vice-chancellors need to accept that applying after A-level results would be fairer, say campaigners

Universities must not be allowed to squash moves towards a system in which sixth formers would apply for a degree course after A-level results, some vice-chancellors are warning. They are concerned that many of their colleagues will resist change for fear of disrupting the summer holidays or having to alter their campus calendar.

The admissions service, Ucas, reported last week that unconditional university offers rose again this year. This is likely to be met with serious disapproval in Westminster, and accelerate a change in the admissions system.

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There is a way out of the schools LGBT protest mess – but ministers need to get behind it | Colin Diamond

the guardian - Τρίτη, 06/08/2019 - 08:45

Unicef’s children’s rights charter helped Birmingham after the Trojan horse crisis and offers a basis for relationship education

The introduction of mandatory relationships and sex education (RSE) in English schools was always going to be controversial. When the government consulted with the public, 40% of the responses were from people of faith. Overall, 58% of respondents disagreed with the content of relationships education in primary school and there was considerable opposition to teaching about LGBT relationships. Socially conservative Christian, Jewish and Muslim parents made their opinions known. But were they heard?

The Department for Education’s guiding principles remained unchanged and schools were left to determine how to implement the teaching. The government seemed to think things would somehow sort themselves out and headteachers could navigate their own path. The DfE was unwilling to discuss how the guidance would play out in complex multi-faith, multi-ethnic schools and communities. This was a dereliction of duty by ministers.

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