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Breck Bednar: Play tells story of boy who met his killer online

bbc education - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 02:15
Based on the real-life murder of Breck Bednar, the play aims to teach teenagers about online grooming.
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Rail firm offers free trips to university open day

bbc education - Sat, 13/07/2019 - 02:11
All students are offered free train tickets to a university open day, after fears of excessive cost.
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Notenschluss: Wenn in der Schule für die Ferien geübt wird

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 19:49

Stehen die Zensuren fest, flaut der Unterricht ab: Filme gucken, Ausflüge, Spiele. Eltern ärgert das. Mancherorts greifen nun die Behörden durch, damit die laue Zeit nicht ausufert.

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Applying to university: how to make an open day worthwhile

the guardian - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 18:28

Grill tutors on course specifics or just get a feel for the town vibe on these fact-finding days

Open days are not just a good opportunity for students; they also give family members an insight into university life. But parents shouldn’t try to “relive their youth”, says James Busson, co-director of student recruitment at the University of Sheffield. Instead, they are there to play a supporting role, to help students learn about a university.

So how can you all get the most out of the day?

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Schulabschluss: So unterschiedlich fällt das Abi 2019 aus

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 16:37

Die Prüfungen sind geschrieben, die Abiturienten feierlich verabschiedet. Doch die Ergebnisse unterscheiden sich in den einzelnen Bundesländern teils deutlich. Ein erster Überblick.

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Lecturers aren't to blame for university grade inflation – the government is | David Yarrow

the guardian - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 14:03

The soaring number of first-class degrees is a direct result of our marketised university system

Yet again, universities have been blamed for grade inflation. Responding to findings by the universities regulator, the Office for Students, that there has been an “unexplained” 80% rise in first class degrees, the education secretary, Damian Hinds attributed this problem to “unfair practices” by universities. It follows his comments last year that universities “should be accountable for maintaining the value of the degrees they award”, with fines mooted for those which fail to comply.

This displaces the blame. Grade inflation is a product of the government’s university marketisation agenda and neoliberal policymaking in higher education over the past 20 years. Governments dating back to New Labour have placed an increasing emphasis on delivering “value for money” to students. Linked to the political decision to introduce (in 1998) and then treble (in 2010) tuition fees, young people have been encouraged to view their education as a financial investment that should deliver a return – ideally in the form of enhanced labour market prospects. These trends form part of a wider ideology which understands education as a private good and reimagines students as consumers and academics as service providers.

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Improving kids’ mental health with dogs, therapy and quiet classrooms

bbc education - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 03:35
A London primary school has introduced innovative measures to improve pupils' mental wellbeing.
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Baccalauréat 2019 : Jean-Michel Blanquer dresse le bilan d’une session mouvementée

lemonde_edu - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 03:32
Dans une interview accordée au « Parisien », le ministre de l’éducation livre un état des lieux chiffré d’une crise inédite. Et condamne une nouvelle fois les enseignants grévistes, tout en affirmant que le dialogue social doit reprendre de manière apaisée.
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Colin Palmer, Historian of the African Diaspora, Is Dead at 75

NYTimes - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 01:21
He emphasized that diaspora meant more than just the American slave trade. It began in prehistoric times, he said, and continues to this day.
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Schule: Eisenmann fordert Zentralabitur "auf bayerischem Niveau"

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:45

Baden-Württembergs Bildungsministerin buhlt um die Zustimmung von Markus Söder.

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Government calls on OfS to clamp down on university grade inflation

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:29

Proportion of students awarded first class honours rose by 80% in just seven years

The proportion of university students awarded first class honours has rocketed by 80% in the last seven years, prompting renewed calls from government for an immediate clampdown on grade inflation.

New figures released by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), show that 16% of students who graduated from an English university in 2010–11 attained the highest possible degree classification, but by last summer the proportion had gone up to 29%. Over the last year alone the proportion of firsts has increased by more than 2%.

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More than 300 English primary schools forced to become academies

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:01

Some failing schools shunted between trusts as sponsors collect millions in grants

More than 300 primary schools across England have been forced to become academies in the last three years against a backdrop of mounting opposition from parents, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

Analysis of government data has shown that 314 schools were forcibly removed from local authority control after being rated inadequate by Ofsted. The Department for Education (DfE) has paid out at least £18.4m to academy trusts for taking on the schools.

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'Grade inflation' means 80% more top degree grades

bbc education - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:38
The university watchdog challenges a continuing rise in the proportion of first-class degrees.
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The Warwick 'rape chat' case exposes universities' failings on sexual violence | Nicole Westmarland

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:33

A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students

The Warwick case is widely referred to as the “rape chat” case. It sounds relatively innocuous on first hearing, but actually refers to a serious case of sexual misconduct including making threats to rape. Many student societies or courses now have large Facebook or WhatsApp chat groups outside of formal university communication systems. The Warwick case involved a chat group with 11 male students, who sent extremely sexually explicit and violent (as well as racist) messages over a long period of time. Messages included references to gang rape and genital mutilation.

Related: Warwick University apologises to women targeted by ‘rape chat’

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Doctors couldn't diagnose my mental health problems. But then they saw my art

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:42

I was sectioned until painting changed my life. Now I want to help other people heal through embracing their artistic side

I spent nearly 20 years of my life mentally unwell, detained in various psychiatric hospitals while doctors argued about what was wrong with me. I received numerous conflicting diagnoses which I would add to my growing collection, still feeling unheard and misunderstood.

While I was in Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, I would paint how I was feeling. Suddenly, I would begin to splash paint around my room, on large pieces of paper placed on the floor. It was very messy but incredibly cathartic. I would interpret my pain and torture, and create dashing, blurred, abstract compositions or wonky self-portraits. There seemed to be a metaphysical transition from my illness to the painting. I was never very good at drawing objects or people accurately, but these works would directly and precisely express my illness.

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La polémique sur les programmes de philosophie en classe de terminale continue

lemonde_edu - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:07
Une deuxième version du programme de philosophie est présentée jeudi au conseil supérieur de l’éducation, une instance consultative où siègent les organisations syndicales.
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England university applications hit record numbers

bbc education - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 03:06
Nearly 240,000 England school leavers try for university, but applicant numbers in the rest of the UK fall.
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'I gave my daughter something which killed her'

bbc education - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:18
Annie McVey’s teenage daughter died in 2000 from the human form of mad cow disease, vCJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease).
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Chinese students' applications to UK universities up by 30%

the guardian - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:01

UK higher education is benefitting from tensions between US and China, say experts

Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30% since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.

The Ucas university admissions agency revealed on Thursday it had received almost 20,000 undergraduate applications from students in China this year (19,760, up from 15,240 in 2018), compared with 18,520 from Northern Ireland. The real figure will be higher as not all Chinese applications are made via Ucas.

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Harvard Suspends Roland Fryer, Star Economist, After Harassment Inquiries

NYTimes - Wed, 10/07/2019 - 18:08
The decision will sideline the researcher without pay for two years, and close his lab, in a case that has roiled the profession.
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