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New qualifications to boost teacher career progression

bbc education - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 16:40
New teacher qualifications will support those who want to progress their careers in non-leadership roles.
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Number of small schools in England halves since 1980

the guardian - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 14:07

Rise of ‘superjumbo’ primaries leaves villages mourning loss of community asset

The number of small schools in England has halved in recent decades, with those in rural and village settings twice as likely to have shut their doors to pupils as those in urban areas, according to research.

The study says primary schools have undergone a dramatic transformation, with children increasingly being taught in “super-jumbo” institutions in towns and cities, many with more than 800 pupils, leaving villages to mourn the loss of a vital community asset.

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Budget 2020 : une hausse à relativiser pour le ministère de l’éducation

lemonde_edu - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 12:23
L’augmentation de 1,04 milliard d’euros du budget de l’éducation nationale est moins dûe aux réformes lancées qu’aux charges importantes du ministère, responsable de la moitié de la fonction publique d’Etat.
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Chimps bond after watching movies together

bbc education - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:51
Feeling closer after watching a video together can be experienced by chimps as well as humans, say scientists.
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Domestic abuse report exposes hidden side of rural life

bbc education - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:51
Victims of domestic abuse in rural areas suffer longer and are less likely to get support, says report.
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Government proposals 'fall short' on helping home-schooled children

the guardian - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 02:01

Councils should be given powers to enter homes to check on a child’s schooling, LGA says

The government has been accused by councils of watering down plans to improve oversight of the growing number of school-aged children who are educated at home in England, leaving some of them at risk of a second-rate education or worse.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, says government proposals to introduce a compulsory register for home-schooled children are welcome but do not go far enough to protect children and ensure they get a high-quality education.

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School textbooks are on the way out – and pupils will lose so much with them | Sam Leith

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 18:56
Now Pearson is moving to digital-only, new generations will miss the memories bound up with the sight and smell of books

The world’s largest publisher of textbooks is preparing to throw in the towel on print and paper: Pearson has announced a digital-first strategy for its US market. New books will be published in electronic rather than print form, and Pearson will update its physical textbooks much less often from here on in. The UK is expected to follow in due course.

Students in the US, who increasingly opt to rent secondhand textbooks rather than buy them new, are eating into Pearson’s profits; so it has decided to cut the problem off at the source. Or, as it puts it, “It is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products.”

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Budget 2020 : les ministères gagnants et les perdants

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 18:31
Les armées, l’éducation nationale, le ministère des solidarités et de la santé et celui de la justice verront leur budget augmenter l’an prochain. Les baisses de dépenses concerneront le logement, les contrats aidés ou encore l’audiovisuel public.
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Pearson to pivot towards Netflix-style rental model for textbooks

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 16:31

Academic publisher hopes to convince students to subscribe to access online materials

The era of students using their loans to buy expensive textbooks upfront could be coming to an end, after the academic publisher Pearson announced a shift towards a Netflix-style subscription-based model.

The British company has for years profited from the demand for specialist textbooks at US universities, which students can be required to purchase despite them sometimes costing hundreds of dollars.

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‘I loved my time at uni. I struggle to remember anything bad’ – alumni stories

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:46

How has university changed through the years? Previous generations recall how it went for them

They’re supposed to be the best days of your life – but is university everything it’s cracked up to be, now that it comes packaged with more stress and financial worries? Twenty or 30 years ago there were no tuition fees, students had grants and there seemed to be more time for socialising, drinking and generally having fun.

We asked people from that era how they felt about their time at uni – and whether they really would describe it as the time of their lives.

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Almost all new students worry they won’t make friends. Freshers’ week is there to help

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:42

With freshers’ events that don’t involve drinking, plus hundreds of societies to choose from, universities cater to all personality types

Before your child starts university, it’s helpful to think about challenges they have already faced, and talk with them about how they might handle these at university. Although it’s a new start, problems don’t just go away – university life is, and should be, challenging. So help your children develop practical skills (cooking, shopping, budgeting) but, equally importantly, let them lead on making decisions for themselves and managing the consequences of those decisions.

It’s much better for them to be prepared for what they may encounter at university rather than struggling because the demands on them come as a surprise. At Reading, for example, we run workshops called Life Tools, which help equip students with strategies for managing academic pressure, using critical feedback constructively and building confidence.

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Kids off to uni? Here's how you can help

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:42

Your children will need advice, but don’t expect them to act on all your suggestions – it’s their life, after all

Before his teenage sons left for university, Richard Marshall taught them to make curry, bread and home-brewed beer. As a single parent, he had already passed on the “ability to live on a fairly tight budget” and involved them in running the house: “They could operate a washing machine without ruining clothes, knew how to iron – even if my advice was not to bother – and could do all those chores I’d seen new students fresh from home struggle with.”

The road to university is a long one, and Marshall was right to start early. Gaynor Loxley, outreach and widening participation manager at the University of Sheffield, suggests looking at university courses as soon as GCSEs are over, so you can ensure you pick the relevant A-levels.

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Experience: ‘My son going to university made my own course possible’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:35

Carol Wilhide Justin started an MA in print at the Royal College of Art while son Jack was at the University of East Anglia and daughter Celia was doing her A-levels

The empty nest hit me quite hard, perhaps because Jack was the first to go away. But although that first year was difficult, and I really missed him, the bonus was that I felt free to go off and do my own thing a bit more.

Before that I had been teaching art in after-school clubs for a few years, and had started a printmaking course, just one morning a week. That was my time, and I had to pack everything into those three hours. It opened up some amazing opportunities, including a residency to learn printmaking in Japan. For the first time, I had the space and time to work on something on my own without being interrupted. Jack going to university made that possible.

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Personal statements: How to help them sell themselves

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:35

They have 4,000 characters to convince a university that they’re a great catch. Here’s how parents can help

A student’s personal statement is exactly what it sounds like – a chance for the student to put their case for being accepted, above others, on a specific course. It should outline interests, skills and experience, and no university or college application is complete without one.

But that doesn’t mean the task of writing it should be solitary; there are ways parents can make it simpler on their offspring. Start by having a quick brainstorming session, and make sure you get the ball rolling early. “A strong personal statement is a crucial part of any Ucas application, so you’ll want to leave plenty of time for proofreading and further drafts,” says Callie Hawkins, Ucas adviser experience manager.

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University green rankings at risk despite climate emergency

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:15
This year’s People and Planet league table could be the last unless the Office for Students has a change of heart

While young people call for urgent action on the climate emergency, universities are lagging behind, with two-thirds likely to fail their 2020 targets for the reduction of carbon emissions. And academic conferences are partly to blame.

Air travel is estimated to be responsible for more than 2% of global human-induced emissions, and lecturers’ flights could be adding significantly to the carbon footprint of many universities, according to transport data provided voluntarily by 67 institutions.

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Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:14
Pearson says students will only be able to rent physical books as it makes all products "digital first".
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Empty nests: ‘I don’t want to be their friend on Facebook’ because it’s their world, not mine

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

Should you expect a daily text, or radio silence? Striking the right communications balance is essential to the parent-child relationship

It’s never been easier for parents to stay in touch with their student children. That sounds good, but it has brought new dilemmas. These days many parents expect to remain closely involved in their children’s lives, even at university. There are clearly downsides – not just for students who feel they’re being stalked, but for parents too, and for the changing relationship between them.

Used sparingly, texting, WhatsApp and the rest can offer just what’s needed: an informal way of communicating without being too intrusive. “Things like WhatsApp family groups have made it much easier to stay in touch,” says Juliet Bernard, whose sons are 24 and 20. “It’s like all being in a room together; you can choose how involved you are in the conversation. Our boys don’t have to comment but they still feel part of it.”

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Experience: ‘Young people can get “happy ears”. We wanted to inject some realism’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

Fiona Scott and her daughter, Sammie, combined scheduled talks and town highlights to get the most out of their open day

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The open day at the University of Gloucestershire, where Sammie now studies, was very well organised. There was a marquee and from there you could plan your day and timings. We went to a few talks and two lecturers gave us a tour of the arts studio and answered our questions. We also looked around the shopping centre and the accommodation to get a feel for the city.

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State-school kids who rose to the top in universities

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

Only 16% of university heads were privately educated, in contrast to judges and elite civil servants. Why the difference?

Steve Smith’s parents were devastated to be told at school parents’ evening that the best their working‑class son could hope for was a job sweeping floors in the local shoe factory. He is now vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter, part of the elite Russell Group.

Nick Petford left school at 16 and worked in a tool-packing factory before training to install air-conditioning. He is now vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton.

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Student accommodation: from halls to houses (and the family home)

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

What type of independent living will your child go for? Perhaps they’ll commute from home instead?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. After pinpointing which subject and university to study at for at least three years, the next serious conundrum for prospective students is accommodation.

Price undoubtedly is an issue, with 97% of first-year students citing value for money as an important factor, and 96% citing overall cost, according to a survey by Ucas and Knight Frank. That means compromises will likely need to be made. “If being on campus is a priority, you could look at reducing your room cost by sharing a bathroom,” says Trudi Vout, director of campus and accommodation services at the University of Hull. “Or if having your own en-suite is essential, investigate options off-campus – or go for slightly less modern options.”

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