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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

bbc education - 57 min 13 sec ago
Theresa May confirms UK participation in student exchange will continue for a period after Brexit.
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Ofsted, faith schools and ‘British values’ | Letters

the guardian - 1 hour 28 min ago
Readers respond to Catherine Pepinster’s article about Ofsted’s criticism of faith schools

Does Catherine Pepinster really see no difference between teaching ethical debate for GCSE and teaching children that abortion is wrong (Ofsted is wrong to criticise faith schools, 14 December)? “Fundamental British values” may be hard to define: such is the nature of values. We may criticise the law of the land, and particular laws, and criticise the national curriculum or particular exams. In doing so we help to realise and hope to establish what is valuable. Even if the influential Ms Pepinster believes there is no difference between her two examples of teaching ethics, this is not an argument against faith schools. It does though suggest the schools find friends in the media who think more clearly about these important matters.
Janet Dubé
Peebles, Tweeddale

• Catherine Pepinster appeals to “freedom to choose”, yet she ignores precisely that value in asserting the “wrongness of abortion” halfway through the same article. That’s what people really object to about faith schools: the hypocrisy, the bias, the meddlesome mixing of religious doctrine (not faith, which is universal) with what should be open-ended education for its own sake.
(Fr) Alec Mitchell

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Poor primary school pupils increasingly left behind by peers

the guardian - 1 hour 48 min ago

Data in England shows bright children on free meals lose out as gap grows for high attainment in literacy, writing and maths

Bright primary school children receiving free school meals (FSM) are being left behind by their peers, with the gap in high attainment in literacy, writing and maths widening between the two groups, according to official data.

The results of key stage two national tests in England – known as Sats – of 11-year-olds showed children not on FSM surging ahead of their disadvantaged peers, with more doing better than expected compared with previous years.

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Exam boards ‘in muddle’ over students challenging GCSEs

the guardian - 2 hours 56 min ago

Watchdog says some boards awarding better results despite not finding errors in the original marking

Exam boards caused a “massive muddle” this summer over students appealing their GCSE results, according to an official report by Ofqual.

The exams watchdog’s investigation showed that some boards were awarding extra marks despite not finding errors in the original marking and that re-marking rules imposed by England’s exam regulator were ignored.

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Schwer erziehbar

sueddeutsche_bild - 3 hours 12 min ago

In Hamburger Schulen werden an Aufmerksamkeitsdefizit erkrankte Kinder  mit Sandwesten beruhigt.

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Can Kindness Be Taught?

NYTimes - 3 hours 39 min ago
A program prompted by a challenge from the Dalai Lama is bringing kindness training to the classroom. Research suggests it helps.
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L’interdiction des téléphones portables à l’école fait aussi débat à l’étranger

lemonde_edu - 4 hours 29 min ago
Le ministre de l’éducation nationale entend généraliser l’interdiction des portables à l’école. Comment d’autres pays gèrent-ils leur omniprésence pendant le temps scolaire ?
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Des écoles de Seine-Saint-Denis en grève pour réclamer davantage de moyens

lemonde_edu - 5 hours 26 min ago
Si le département a pu bénéficier de mesures importantes sous le quinquennat précédent, des syndicats craignent que la situation ne « se dégrade très rapidement ».
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This Christmas, don't give books to non-readers

the guardian - 7 hours 49 min ago

For bibliophiles, it is tempting to buy books as presents to ‘fix’ people who don’t read – but this is snobbery of the worst kind

You’re making a list, you’re checking it twice, and your fall-back position will be a nice book or two for friends and family to unwrap on Christmas Day. Everybody loves a good book, right?

But wait. What about those who don’t read? (Take it from me, these people exist. I’ve seen them. I’m even friends with a few.) Now you and me, we know that books are great. Books enrich, educate and entertain. People who read books are smarter, nicer, more attractive. People who don’t read books live grey, humdrum, fiction-free lives, bereft of that essential spark that infuses the lives of us readers, allows us to walk on clouds, hear choirs of angels and piss rainbows.

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Primary league tables: Special-needs pupils struggle with new tests

bbc education - 7 hours 52 min ago
Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.
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Le bac nouvelle formule : moins d’épreuves et un grand oral

lemonde_edu - 11 hours 40 min ago
Le gouvernement précisera sa réforme au printemps. Le nouvel examen est attendu pour 2021.
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Christmas books to inform and inspire your work in universities

the guardian - 13 hours 34 min ago

After a difficult year in higher education, the festive break is a time to reset and rethink. Here are four inspiring reads for your stocking

It’s a truth more or less universally acknowledged that universities have had it tough in 2017. Their leaders have been under fire for high pay, students have questioned whether their degrees represent value for money, and some institutions have been reprimanded for failing to diversify their student body, while others have been accused of complacency over sexual misconduct.

But 2018 is a whole new year. There are glimmers of hope on the horizon, with a Brexit deal looking likely, the promise of a review of university funding, and a new regulator which claims to have widening access at its heart. It remains to be seen how those developments will pan out, but in the meantime, four higher education thinkers have recommended books to inspire even the most hardened university pessimists during their Christmas break.

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Universities are bastions of privilege. They have to change | Simon Jenkins

the guardian - 15 hours 4 min ago
The astronomical course fees for these bloated institutions are no longer defensible. Two-year degrees would be a good move

The ice mountain is cracking. The glaciers are loosening. The greatest cultural confidence trick since the medieval monastery is dissolving. This week the universities minister, Jo Johnson, said the unsayable: the British three-year university course, virtually unchanged in 100 years, is absurd and should end. That many foreign universities are equally conservative is neither here nor there.

To Johnson, the overwhelming majority of courses can be done in two years. The internet has transformed – or should have transformed – both teaching methods and student research. The astronomical cost of a course – averaging some £60,000 – is no more defensible than the outrageous vice-chancellors’ salaries, the inflexibility of teaching time, and curbs on free speech.

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Greening pledges £23m to help poor pupils with talent

bbc education - 19 hours 24 min ago
The education secretary wants to stop clever children in poor areas from missing out on their potential.
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Wealthy students tighten grip on university places

bbc education - 19 hours 33 min ago
Figures show the gap between poor and wealthy students going to university continues to widen.
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Prof Mary Beard backs school Classics funding appeal

bbc education - 20 hours 9 min ago
High Storrs School wants to raise £100,000 to subsidise Latin and Classics classes for students.
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Poorest school-leavers half as likely to attend university as their peers

the guardian - 21 hours 5 min ago

Ucas admission data shows that entry rate for pupils on free school meals was 17% while rate for others was 34%

The gap between students on free school meals able to study at university widened this year compared with their better-off peers – making the poorer group only half as likely to attend university in England.

The figures from Ucas, the university admissions clearing house, showed that school-leavers in England from the most deprived backgrounds were the least likely to attend university, with the gap widening for the second year in a row.

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Justine Greening unveils strategy to increase poor children's opportunities

the guardian - 21 hours 5 min ago

Education secretary attacks Labour’s ‘money and slogans’ as she launches plan including £50m for school nursery places

The education secretary, Justine Greening, has accused Labour of offering nothing but “money and slogans” to tackle schools standards, as she announces a national strategy aimed at closing the attainment gap between rich and poor children.

Greening will use a speech on Thursday to set out measures including £50m for schools to open new nursery places.

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Vice chancellors' pay: Universities to agree new code

bbc education - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 21:55
University leaders have agreed to a new code on senior pay, which will be published in the next few weeks.
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Universities minister demands restraint over vice-chancellors' pay

the guardian - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 21:44

Jo Johnson says pay policies should be published more openly and VCs should not sit on committees that set their salaries

Universities in England must introduce specific reforms to rein in rises in vice-chancellors’ pay, the higher education minister has said at a meeting with leaders from the sector.

In unusually blunt terms, Jo Johnson told the delegation he expected pay policies for senior staff to be published more openly, and that vice-chancellors should be barred from sitting on the committees that set their pay.

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