Nursery teachers higher status call

BBC - 11 hours 34 min ago
Nursery school teachers should be given the same status and pay as those in primary school, the Pre-School Learning Alliance says.
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Nursery teachers should be given the same status as others, campaigners claim

The Independent - 12 hours 27 min ago

Teachers of early years children should be given the same status and pay as the rest of the profession, parents and campaigners for better nursery education said today.








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School standards £5m funding fears

BBC - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 21:37
There are fears millions of pounds could be diverted from current schools' improvements programmes to fund a new policy also aimed at raising standards.
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A peculiar sort of debt

BBC - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 17:45
The true costs of running the student loan scheme
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University Clearing: what we learned from the process last year

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 16:01
It can be a stressful time for both universities and students. Those at the forefront of the admissions process offer some guidance and tips Continue reading...






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Schools tackle 'perfectionism' in pupils

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 15:29
According to a leading psychiatrist, the race for "absolute perfection" by some teenage schoolchildren should not be blamed on schools, as many are tackling the issue






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Schools' fight against 'perfectionism' in pupils

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 15:29
According to a leading psychiatrist, the race for "absolute perfection" by some teenage schoolchildren should not be blamed on schools, as many are tackling the issue






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Employers prefer 'soft' skills

BBC - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 14:40
Employers prefer "soft" skills rather than technical knowledge in graduates they are recruiting, a study says.
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What you said: the term-time holidays debate

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 14:32
Your view: More than 200 readers had their say on the law banning term-time holidays. Here's a snapshot of your arguments






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Primary school headmaster investigated after taking time off to compete in Austrian triathlon

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:16
A headteacher at a primary school is being investigated by the council to determine whether he was allowed to take time off to complete in a triathlon






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Visa rules mean UK is 'unwelcoming' for foreign students

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:44
Universities say that new immigration measures will be an "enormous burden" at a time when international students are "crucial for the UK economy"






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A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 10:53
Share your enthusiasm with pupils and welcome probing questions from 'nerds', a former pupil suggests

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Five ways colleges can use digital technology to improve communication

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 10:00
Ideas on how colleges can use online tools to boost student learning, drive recruitment and support staff development Continue reading...






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Australia's top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 09:27

Group of Eight vice chancellor describes deregulation as holy grail for universities

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Soft skills valued over technical knowledge in graduates

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 08:42
A report by education provider, Kaplan, suggests that graduate employers value confidence and effective communication over technical knowledge when recruiting






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Mathematical and statistical needs of undergraduate students

Higher Education Academy - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 02:01

A series of reports produced by the Higher Education Academy STEM project: Skills in Mathematics and Statistics in the disciplines and tackling transition are published today.

The five discipline-specific reports accompany an overarching report, Mathematical transitions, and present findings of a major project funded and run by the HEA which looked at the mathematical and statistical needs of undergraduate students in disciplines including Business and Management, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, and Sociology. Broadly speaking these are disciplines where there is a clear need for Mathematics and Statistics, but where an A-level in Mathematics is not usually a pre-requisite for acceptance at university.

The main findings of the project suggest that many undergraduate students are surprised at the amount of mathematical content in their degree programmes and some struggle to cope with this content. For some time, there has been concern in the HE sector about the mathematical and statistical skills of students entering undergraduate degree courses in these disciplines. In particular there are many questions regarding the extent to which students’ skills match the actual requirements of university degree courses.

The reports consider the mathematical demands of the subjects, what the HE departments are doing to meet the students’ needs, staff and student expectations and the signalling HE provides about the need for mathematical and statistical skills. Throughout a particular emphasis is placed on the transition into university study.

Dr Mary McAlinden, Discipline Lead for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research at the HEA says: “Mathematical and statistical skills are embedded within the university curricula of many subjects both in STEM and more widely. They are fundamental tools which students need to acquire in order to be able to understand and appreciate academic literature and research findings within their subject domains. There is, therefore, a clear need for a greater understanding between the HE and pre-university sectors about the need for students to be able to apply their mathematical and statistical skills within their subject domains.”

The reports are available to download from the HEA website here.

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Strategic enhancement programmes – call for participation

Higher Education Academy - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 02:01

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) invites expressions of interest from HEA subscribing higher education providers from across the UK to participate in three strategic enhancement programmes commencing in October 2014.

The three programmes – Embedding employability into the curriculum, Internationalising the curriculum, and Engaged student learning – form key elements of the HEA’s four enhancement workstreams for 2014-15. A call for participation in two further strategic enhancement programmes relating to flexible learning, and retention and attainment, will be issued in October 2014.

Participating institutions will receive HEA-facilitated support for enhancement initiatives that they are taking forward during 2014-15 that align to the programme. Support will take the form of a series of network meetings tailored for each of the three programmes, plus bespoke support for each participating institution. Specific projects designed to strengthen the evidence base in the areas covered by the programmes will be commissioned by the HEA.

The deadline for submission of applications is: noon on Monday 15 September 2014.

More information about the programme and how to apply is available on the HEA website.

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Learner attitudes to Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Higher Education Academy - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 02:01

A report presenting the findings of a study commissioned by the HEA and conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS)/NUS Services has found that on the whole students are positive about the use of OERs.

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New student loan model discussed

BBC - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 20:00
Ministers and officials have been considering an idea that could bring major changes to England's student loan system, BBC Newsnight learns.
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Trust told academies need to improve

BBC - Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:35
Ofsted tells an academies trust led by a former government adviser that too many of its schools are not improving fast enough.
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