University starts from scratch in exile

Times Higher Education - Mon, 26/12/2016 - 00:00

One of Ukraine’s most highly regarded institutions has decamped to a new home 100km away to escape fighting in the war-torn region close to Russian border

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Teacher shortages confirmed in England

BBC - 4 hours 33 min ago
The government has missed its teacher recruitment targets for the last four years amid growing teacher shortages, says the official spending watchdog.
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Growing teacher shortages as Government misses recruitment targets

Telegraph - 4 hours 34 min ago
A report from the National Audit Office highlights growing teacher shortages as the Government accuses unions of "scaremongering"









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Teachers are leaving as government falls short on recruitment, NAO finds

The Guardian Unlimited - 4 hours 34 min ago

Number of teachers leaving the profession has risen 11% over three years, NAO says, and recruitment targets have been missed for past four years

The number of teachers leaving the profession has increased by 11% over three years as the government continues to fall short of recruitment targets, Whitehall’s independent spending watchdog has found.

Despite spending £700m every year on training, ministers have failed to reach their own goals for recruitment for four consecutive years, according to the National Audit Office.

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Berlin named top European university city for British students

Telegraph - 4 hours 34 min ago
Despite free tuition in Germany, research reveals that nearly two thirds of UK students wouldn't consider studying abroad









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How physics makes the world your oyster | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 19:08

The world is your oyster if you’re a physics polymath (Letters, 5 February). Integrating physics and maths in cross-curriculum education for all opens up a whole world of possibilities. My daughter’s choice of A-levels – physics, geography and English literature, especially including an in-depth study of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – was spot on for her career as an officer in the merchant navy. Now she calculates velocities and sets vectors as she navigates over sunken plate tectonic boundaries while writing poems about sonar-spotted deep sea mounts below inspired by celestial night-time constellations observed overhead. A physics-inclusive education that leads her all over the world.
Rosalind Todhunter
Northwich, Cheshire

Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com

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Lizzie Calder obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 17:36

My mother, Lizzie Calder, who has died aged 82, was a linguist and artist who became an energetic community member of the postwar new town of Crawley in West Sussex.

Born in Hong Kong to Mary (nee Norton), a journalist, and Alfred Palmer, an insurance manager, Lizzie was educated at Cheltenham ladies’ college and won a scholarship to Newnham College, Cambridge, to study modern languages.

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Academy chain schools 'not good enough'

BBC - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 16:14
Ofsted has warned the E-Act academy chain that the quality of education for too many pupils is "not good enough".
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Girl's drive to find 1,000 'black girl books' hits target with outpouring of donations

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 15:00

Eleven-year-old Marley Dias’s appeal #1000blackgirlbooks, which gathered huge support, grew from her frustration at only being given stories ‘about white boys and their dogs’

An 11-year-old girl who was frustrated about only being given unrelatable books to read at school has reached her goal of finding 1,000 “black girl books” after starting the campaign #1000blackgirlbooks.

Marley Dias, who goes to St Cloud elementary school in West Orange, New Jersey, began her drive in November after she told her mother she was tired of the books that she was being given at school. Her mother, Janice Johnson Dias, asked her what she was going to do about it, and Dias decided to launch her drive with the help of her mother, who is the co-founder of the social action organisation GrassROOTS Community Foundation.

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Calls to improve education for 'vulnerable' children outside mainstream schools

Telegraph - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:46
A report from Ofsted found that at one in 10 alternative providers there were "substantial gaps" in pupils' timetables including in English and maths









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Young 'ignore social media age limits'

BBC - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 12:02
More than three-quarters of 10 to 12 year olds in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, a survey for CBBC Newsround suggests.
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VIDEO: Entrepreneurship in village schools

BBC - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:49
India has become a hub for start-ups in recent years. Most investment has been focused on cities, but as a majority of Indians live in rural areas, what difference would teaching entrepreneurial skills to village students make?
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Why I'm protesting alongside healthcare students to save the NHS

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:23

We should all rally behind the healthcare students battling to save NHS student bursaries – everyone’s future is at stake

In the 2016 autumn spending review, the government announced plans to scrap the NHS student bursary and replace it with tuition fees, landing future nurses with £65,000 worth of debt. Healthcare students point out that this would mean students end up effectively paying to work for the NHS on their placements.

These funding cuts being driven through by the Tories start from a totally incorrect assumption: that education only benefits the individual, and therefore the individual should bear the cost. But nowhere is it clearer than in the case of student nurses, that education benefits everyone in society.

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Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case

BBC - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 09:45
A woman with dyslexia wins a discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was disciplined for falsifying documents.
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One hundred years of Soas - in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 07:15

As the School of Oriental and African Studies celebrates its 100th year, we look back at a century of life on its campus. From preserving knowledge of disappearing languages to developing radical economic theories, the school is famous for changing prevailing views of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Share your memories of Soas in the comments below...

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Valerie Amos: the coolest of cool to handle Soas’s hot potato

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 07:15

The new Soas director and first female black head of a UK university has a lifetime of achievement and diplomacy to draw on. In these troubled times, she may need it

100 years of Soas in pictures

The curious thing about Valerie Amos is most people have never heard of her and those who have can’t quite put their finger on what she’s done. In fact, her achievements are staggering. When she became international development secretary in 2003, she was the first British cabinet minister from an African-Caribbean background. Now, newly installed at age 61 as director of London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), she is the first black woman to head a UK university. She has been leader of the House of Lords, high commissioner to Australia and, despite being a Labour life peer, was recommended by David Cameron for a top UN post as undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs.

She ought, you feel, to be an inspiration for young black Britons and a prominent spokesperson for their hopes, fears and frustrations. It is not her style, however, to seek the limelight or play to the gallery. She is a doer, not a publicist.

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School admissions – the dodgy practices need to stop

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 07:10
Hundreds more schools control their own admissions, and there is too much temptation to admit only the easiest pupils to teach

The past six months has seen a rash of stories about schools placing undue pressure on parents to make financial contributions. It is a tricky issue. As funding cuts bite, schools will inevitably turn to their local communities to make up the shortfall, but that will lead to more inequality between schools in the worst- and better-off areas.

It is also easy to see how this would deter some parents from applying to certain schools, especially if, as was the case with a school attended by the children of the prime minister, David Cameron, and the last education secretary, Michael Gove, the request for money was linked to the admissions process.

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Bring Google's '20% time' to your classroom with passion-based learning

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 07:00

Teacher Adam Schoenbart gives his students an hour a week to pursue a topic that interests them – and it has transformed their engagement

Half a century ago, a scientist called Art Fry added a little glue to the back of a piece of paper – and created the Post-it.

Fry made this stationary staple at the science and technology company 3M during “15% time” – a scheme that allowed employees to spend 15% of their time pursuing their own ideas rather than simply completing tasks set by managers.

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Let’s hope the justice ministry teaches Gove to regret killing Mockingbird

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
The novel tells a moral tale that in today’s divided and unequal world teenagers need to study more than ever

I vividly remember my first encounter with Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. As a teenager, bored one day in Bolton library, I picked the novel from the shelves and was entranced by its immediacy, and its strangeness. I loved its acutely observed depiction of southern American manners – of ladies “who bathed before noon … and by nightfall were like soft tea-cakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum”. And I fell for its hero, Atticus Finch – who was last week voted the most inspiring character in literature.

Later, as a young English teacher taking her first O-level class, I found this book a sure-fire standby to capture – and hold – a class of 15-year-olds.

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Harris academies boss’s salary nudges £400k after latest pay rise

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 06:44

In our diary: Is Sir Daniel Moynihan the world’s highest-paid school leader? Plus: Harris pupils go awol; Sunderland school closure shocks students; pay progression – only for some

Does England have one of the world’s best-paid leaders of schools in the form of Sir Daniel Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris academies chain? The question arises after the Harris Federation’s annual accounts revealed another pay rise for Moynihan in 2014‑15, with his salary climbing by 5%, or £20,000, to £395,000-£400,000.

Moynihan also received pensions contributions from his employer of £40,000-£45,000, a slight drop on the £50,000-£55,000 paid in 2013-14. His salary, which is now approaching three times that of the prime minister, has risen by 83% since 2009. Moynihan’s position is akin to a local authority director of education and so as far as we are aware his salary in that position is unmatched in the UK.

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