MPs want better help for poorer pupils

BBC - 1 hour 26 min ago
The Public Accounts Committee calls for more effective support for two million disadvantaged school pupils.
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£10,000 extra a year – the reward of a degree from a top university

The Guardian Unlimited - 2 hours 16 min ago

Report claims Oxbridge graduates will earn this much more annually than those with degrees from most universities – while many with a top apprenticeship can also earn more than those with a university education

The financial rewards of a degree from an elite university are revealed today in a report which estimates that an Oxbridge graduate will earn an average £10,000 more every year of their lives than a graduate of a non-Russell Group university.

According to the report by the Sutton Trust, graduates from Oxford and Cambridge will over their lifetimes earn on average £46,000 annually, compared with £41,000 earned by other Russell Group graduates, and just under £36,000 by graduates from other universities.

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Oxbridge graduates 'earn double £200,000 Russell Group premium'

Telegraph - 2 hours 19 min ago
Graduates of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge earn £400,000 more over a lifetime than students from non-Russell Group universities

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How conflict narratives reveal much about power | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 18:52

Of course, students need to be aware there is a “Jewish story” and an “Arab story”, as Michael Davies’ article points out (Education, 6 October), just as they need to be aware there are always different narratives in conflict situations, like colonialism. The question is, why does one narrative triumph and the other fail to gain even a proper hearing, or simply become lost to recoverable history? The answer is that conflict narratives are constructs of power and powerlessness. The issue about Israel and Palestine and their Jews and Arabs (to say nothing of their Christians) is which of these narratives about 1948 and 1967 determines how the power structure works and for whose benefit on a daily basis, and why the other narrative is unable to effectively challenge and change this decision-making process.
Dr Robert Smith
High Littleton, Somerset

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Paying markers won't raise standards, says head of Ofqual

Telegraph - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 18:13
Glenys Stacey also said double marking could cost as much as £10 million extra

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First-born children ‘up to 20% more likely to develop short-sightedness’

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 17:38

Researchers suggest contributing factor may be that parents invest less in education of later children, though they don’t prove a causal relationship

First-born children are up to 20% more likely to develop short-sightedness than later-born children, a large study suggests.

Analysis of 90,000 white people aged 40 to 69, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, found that first-born individuals were 10% more likely to have myopia and 20% more likely to have a more severe form of the condition.

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College's board removed by ministers

BBC - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 17:18
The Scottish government replaces the entire board at Glasgow Clyde College following "repeated incidences of failure relating to governance".
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Boarding schools should be cheaper to help middle-class parents, says former Eton head

Telegraph - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 15:52
Tony Little says cheaper "no-frills" options for those struggling to pay soaring fees should be made available in the UK

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Teacher illegally sold goods on eBay

BBC - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 15:33
A Wrexham teacher convicted of making her own Doctor Who merchandise and selling it on eBay is reprimanded at a disciplinary hearing.
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Council workers speaking Cornish? What a splann plan | The Kernow King

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 15:10
Few people speak Cornish as their first language – but that’s exactly why Cornwall council has the right idea. Let’s celebrate the tongue of our ancestors

Cornwall council, based in Truro at Lys Kernow (Cornwall Palace is the direct translation), frequently gets a tough time from the people it serves. Planning decisions have meant there has been no major sports stadium for a generation but now two seem to be on the way, along with more supermarkets than there are shopping trolleys in Asda.

Then there is a continuing saga with a BT contract that’s on the way to court. Not to mention several councillors who have in recent memory made extraordinary comments that resulted in their resignations being called for but not tendered.

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Paid, local internships can be just as valuable as working at the UN

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 14:44

Students keen on a career in international development do not need to take unpaid placements to be successful, says one former UN intern

The summer of 2011 was memorable for the most intensive job search I have ever undertaken. I needed to find an internship placement for a master’s in development studies from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Like most prospective interns who don’t have a trust fund, I researched paid internships. Out of 51 applications, I secured an unpaid internship with Unicef in New York and a paid internship with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Lithuania. I chose the unpaid internship because I wanted to experience life in the Big Apple and see how international affairs across the world operate from New York.

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Could liberal arts colleges become America's finest export?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 13:24

Tiny and community-spirited, American liberal arts colleges are a peculiar breed in higher education. But they’re starting to catch on across the globe

Unlike cheerleading, ultimate frisbee and flip cup, one feature of US higher education that has struggled to cross the Atlantic is the concept of small, campus-based, liberal arts colleges.

These tiny private institutions may seem completely different from the UK’s typically large, research-intensive, state-funded universities. But, with its focus on both teaching and research, holistic admissions processes and flexibility for students, the liberal arts model is catching on all over the world.

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Scouts to encourage young volunteers

BBC - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 13:13
Young people often lack the chance to help in their local communities as volunteers, suggests research for the Scout Association.
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Which jobs could a 100-year-old do?

BBC - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 09:49
Which jobs could a 100-year-old worker do?
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Six classroom management tips for new teachers

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 07:00

Smile, be consistent and add some fun – teacher and blogger Michael Linsin explains his behaviour management basics

As a new teacher facing their first classroom experience, you will have no doubt been bombarded with information.

It’s hard to know what’s important and what can go to the bottom of your priority list. Well here’s the straight scoop: everything takes a back seat to classroom management because if you can’t effectively control your classroom, nothing will work as it should. You must master this one area first otherwise teaching can be especially unforgiving.

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Scenes from a North Korean hospital – in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 05:05

Student doctor Josiah Cha joined a group of international medics on a mission to the DPRK. He met committed staff struggling amid a crumbling system

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Large proportion of those referred to UK deradicalisation scheme are under 18

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 00:01

Of 796 people reported to the government’s Channel counter-terrorism programme for possible intervention, 312 were under 18 years old

More than 300 people referred to a deradicalisation scheme between June and August were under 18, figures show.

Of the 796 individuals reported to the government’s Channel programme for possible intervention, 312 were under 18, statistics obtained by the Press Association show.

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