University starts from scratch in exile

Times Higher Education - Mon, 26/12/2016 - 01:00

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

Categories: Education news feeds

More youngsters shut out of work or training, study finds

The Guardian Unlimited - 4 hours 13 min ago

Long-term analysis says official statistics underplay larger proportion of young people shut out of work, education and training

One in six young people in the UK are spending six months out of work, education or training, according to new research that suggests government figures are underplaying youth unemployment.

Official figures have shown a drop in the proportion of Neets – young people not in education, employment or training – as the economy has recovered from recession since mid-2011.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Pupils return to safety probe schools

BBC - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 20:32
Youngsters at three schools in Edinburgh closed over safety fears return to their own classrooms.
Categories: Education news feeds

Trust to run city's children's services

BBC - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 19:37
Birmingham's children's services will be run by a trust after failings that saw the department named "a national disgrace".
Categories: Education news feeds

Don't turn student recruitment into a battle of the sexes

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 16:55

More women attend university than men, and perform better when they are there. But their job prospects are still worse

Gender inequality is a complex issue in higher education. A recent report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), however, risks oversimplifying it, stating that women get more out of university than men. It highlights the fact that, in January of this year, 94,000 more women had applied to university than men – and they are more likely to get first-class degrees and less likely to drop out.

Related: While quantity of research is the name of the game, women are left on the sidelines

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

The secret to calm classrooms? Lose the shoes

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 16:47

Research suggests schools could benefit from doing away with shoes – and teachers should go barefoot, too

Shoes are, as many teachers might tell you, one of the battlegrounds in a school’s uniform policy. Heel height, colour, whether or not a pupil’s shoe could actually be classed as a trainer are all argued over. But research suggests schools should do away with shoes altogether. The issue has been looked at as part of the Learnometer project, examining the physical conditions of classrooms, including temperature, light, sound and CO2. In the project, children surveyed each other at other schools in different countries, and one of the things that appealed to them, particularly after speaking to children at schools in Scandinavia, is introducing shoeless classrooms.

Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, who is running the project, has observed many shoeless schools now, and has seen the effects, including better behaviour. Going shoeless also has a particular impact on bullying. “It seems to be difficult to be a bully with your shoes off,” he says. “All the places we’ve been where kids have their shoes off, they report calmness.”

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

When a hoax call disrupts exams

BBC - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 16:23
Hundreds of pupils across the UK have faced disruption to exams following a spate of hoax calls.
Categories: Education news feeds

Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 16:10

Oregon city’s education board will now insist on teaching that ‘the climate crisis is created by human beings’

Schools in Portland, Oregon, have voted to abandon textbooks that “express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities”.

The resolution follows a proposal by environmental groups put to the Portland public schools board, which argued that “it is time for school districts to redefine what it means to educate students for a future of certain climate change”. Stating that “there is overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that the climate crisis is created by human beings”, the proposal said that it was “essential that in their classes and other school activities students probe the causes and consequences of the climate crisis – as well as possible solutions – in developmentally appropriate ways”.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Luton Islamic school trust investigated by charities regulator

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 15:31

Inquiry into Rabia Educational Trust follows series of adverse Ofsted findings such as gender segregation of staff

The educational trust behind an independent Islamic school in Luton that has been criticised for segregating staff by gender and treating male and female pupils differently is being investigated by the Charity Commission.

The inquiry by the charities regulator into the Rabia Educational Trust comes after a series of adverse judgments by the school standards watchdog, Ofsted, following inspection of Rabia girls’ and boys’ school.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

School funded by Facebook founder stalled due to water shortage

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 15:00

A free school for low-income students set to open this fall in Silicon Valley with Priscilla Chan as CEO can’t get permits to start building

A new school funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is facing delays in construction due to a water crisis in East Palo Alto, a Silicon Valley city that has struggled with poverty amid the region’s tech boom.

The Primary School, a private school for low-income students scheduled to open this fall with Chan as CEO, cannot currently get permits to build its facilities due to a major local water shortage that is creating obstacles for numerous development projects in East Palo Alto, according to city officials.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Famous Five spoof books to be published

BBC - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 13:41
A spoof series of four books called Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, which reimagines the Famous Five as adults, is being published.
Categories: Education news feeds

Why are so many children around the world out of school? – podcast transcript

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 13:25

Lucy Lamble looks at why 75 million children can’t access adequate education, and at a new initiative to raise funds to deliver education for all children

Reporter and presenter:

LL Lucy Lamble

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Six graduation outfits guaranteed to annoy Edinburgh University | Nell Frizzell

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:59
Edinburgh’s advice to female students was to go for ‘sophisticated glamour’, because ‘image is everything’. So, a James Brown sequin cape?

There is a very specific charm to standing in the midday sun, holding a tepid glass of white wine, surrounded by people you’ve barely spoken to for the past three years, waiting to be given a rolled-up sheet of A4 by somebody dressed like a wandering Beefeater. And yet, for many, graduation is one of the happiest, proudest days of their life.

So it’s such a shame that the University of Edinburgh made the decision to slough a bucket of manure on the whole occasion. I’m talking about the sartorial advice given in the student newspaper, and tweeted by the university. Advice that started “Girls,” for oh how we as grown and educated women like to be referred to as girls. “Girls, this is your time to invest in some sophisticated glamour.”

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Uni's Mauritius campus is 'madness'

BBC - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:40
Aberystwyth University's Mauritius campus is criticised by its former vice-chancellor after just 40 students enrol in the first two terms.
Categories: Education news feeds

Schools reduced to rubble and ruins by conflict – in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 11:38

From Yemen to Syria, South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, children are missing out on education as schools are destroyed by war

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Schools ministers should explain gaping hole between rhetoric and reality

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 07:15

Education ministers claim to be for flexibility and freedom, but they dictate policy details. And it’s leading to problems

It has not been the best of times for education ministers. The past few months have been dominated by the fallout from the white paper and a trail of problems and complaints with this year’s statutory tests. It must be tempting to dismiss this overlap of events as no more than a coincidence – after all, it isn’t unusual for departments to have a run of problems once they are in the spotlight. But in this case, it is less bad luck and more evidence of serious cracks beginning to emerge in key areas  of policy.

The present ministerial team under Nicky Morgan claim to be devolutionists. They rally around a banner of freeing schools, trusting teachers and schools leading the system. But it is the growing divergence between this rhetoric and the reality that is a major cause of the present crises. While politicians talk about the new freedoms they are giving schools, our teachers are working with a curriculum, assessment and pedagogy that are increasingly directed by ministers’ own priorities and prejudices.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Suffolk’s Tory council cries foul over new middle school plan

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/05/2016 - 07:00
In our diary: A return to three-tier education?; language cuts; airport offers a flying new start; and Harris school’s ‘ridiculous’ teacher turnover

Government arguments with Conservative local authorities did not end when ministers backed down over plans to force the conversion of all English state schools to academies.

In a fast-developing dispute in Tory Suffolk, the local authority is launching a judicial review to challenge Department for Education-approved plans for a new middle school by the Bury St Edmunds All-through Free School Trust.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Emergency education fund for war zones

BBC - Mon, 23/05/2016 - 18:07
An emergency fund to provide education during conflicts and natural disasters is launched at the World Humanitarian Summit.
Categories: Education news feeds

How to teach ... statistics

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 23/05/2016 - 16:00

Whether it is stem and leaf diagrams or school litter surveys, here are some resources to help your students understand and interrogate figures

Statistics are everywhere – from Brexit to Britain’s Got Talent. The way these numbers are presented – or manipulated – shape our understanding of the world. Just this month, a misleading representation of data on local elections caused a furore after being shared widely on Facebook.

It’s important to equip your students with the skills to understand and interrogate figures so they can work out what they really mean. Here are some ideas on how you can make statistics add up in your classroom:

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds

Angelina Jolie gets new role as visiting professor at LSE

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 23/05/2016 - 15:30

Actor to join ex-foreign secretary William Hague as ‘professor in practice’ as part of new MSc in women, peace and security

She met her husband Brad Pitt while playing an assassin, and won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sociopathic patient in a mental hospital, but Angelina Jolie’s latest role may be her most surprising yet.

The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, teaching a course on the impact of war on women.

Continue reading...
Categories: Education news feeds