The world's most exclusive boarding schools

Telegraph - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 16:00
With private school fees at their least affordable since the 1960s, we take a look at some of the most expensive schools in the world









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Teenagers offered meningitis vaccine before university

Telegraph - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 12:11
Teenagers going to university are being urged to receive vaccination against deadly strain of meningitis, MenW









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New meningitis vaccine to be offered to UK teenagers and students

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 11:46

MenACWY vaccine will be introduced for 14-18-year-olds as well as students under age of 25 attending university for the first time this autumn

Students and teenagers across Britain will be offered a new meningitis vaccine to protect them against an outbreak of a highly aggressive variant of the disease.

Cases of meningitis W (MenW) have been on the rise since 2009, and in February the government’s joint committee on vaccination and immunisation declared an outbreak in England and Wales.

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School's out! A glimpse of holidays past - in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 10:30

As the summer break is in full swing for most UK pupils, we’ve swapped this month’s teaching resource for a brief look back at how previous generations of children enjoyed their freedom from the classroom - as captured in images from the GNM Archive.

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What is Nicky Morgan's big plan on tackling teachers' workloads? – cartoon

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 08:00

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has failed to impress with her tips on reducing bureaucracy in teaching – but what if teachers followed the example of how government keeps its workload at bay?

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Salisbury Cathedral harmony ruined by row over choristers' school

Telegraph - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 07:00
Plan to move Salisbury Cathedral School from its home in the Bishop's Palace creates divisions between parents and the church hierarchy









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School skirts - the long and short of it

Telegraph - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 07:00
Are trousers the answer in the great hemline debate? Head teachers aren't convinced, says Peter Stanford









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Secret Teacher: private school students are great – it's their parents I worry about

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 07:00

Demands for times table tests on the first day of school, Yale applications for six-year-olds – pushy parents are making my students’ lives a misery

As teaching goes, I have little cause for complaint. I work with sparky, engaged students in a small independent preparatory school. My classroom was once a grand family dining room. I read the tales of English author Julia Donaldson beneath its original cornices as the breeze comes through the French doors. PE lessons take place on rolling fields and small class sizes come as standard. I enjoy teaching as much as my enthusiastic students enjoy learning.

But in my five years in this luxurious setting, I have witnessed an often incomprehensible level of competitiveness from parents. When we begin a new topic, I am besieged by young voices informing me that they have already done this, read that or learned all about it. This, of course, is because many parents employ tutors to pore over class newsletters and teach 90% of the term’s listed objectives in advance (albeit in the solitary confinement of their kitchen island).

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A-level results: exam boards 'guesstimating' students' grades

Telegraph - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 06:00
Independent schools increasingly alarmed as A-level results day expected to lead to another sharp increase in appeals against grades









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Brian Groombridge obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 16:57
Researcher, writer and broadcaster who was a champion of lifelong learning

Brian Groombridge, who has died aged 89, championed the cause of lifelong learning as a researcher, writer, broadcaster, director and academic. His encouragement of ways through which adults of all ages might develop their talents and interests was a big influence on the development of adult education in the UK and internationally.

From 1960 he was a freelance writer and presenter of educational programmes for BBC radio and ABC television, and from 1964, as its deputy director, he increased the involvement of the National Institute of Adult Education (then NIAE, now Niace, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) in broadcasting. He was on the planning committee of the Open University, the world’s first successful degree-giving distance-learning body, which in its early years made great use of BBC radio and television at either end of the day. In common with the social activist Michael Young and the prime minister, Harold Wilson, Brian wanted to expand the opportunities of people who had not gone to traditional campus universities: realising their vision started in earnest in 1967 with the establishment of the planning committee, and four years later the first students were admitted.

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Top-five practical tips for parents when planning for their child's future university education, tuition fees, and cost of living expenses

The Independent - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 12:37

Of the 5,550 parents from 16 countries and territories across the globe – who were surveyed by HSBC into the value of education – more than 70 per cent said they believe university is unaffordable for most people.











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Student solutions to the world's food waste problem

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 10:11

During a competition in Milan, students were encouraged to come up with ways to reduce food waste

Wasting food isn’t usually associated with university students, who are often portrayed as scrounging for freebies at freshers’ fairs and keen to save money wherever they can.

But the global population is growing and climate change is threatening food security. This is an issue that affects everyone, particularly the young. One third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted annually.

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University Clearing: let's remove the stigma and rebrand

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 09:35

One vice-chancellor asks if it’s time to shake up the process and make it less intimidating and more meaningful to students

Clearing is a vital part of the student recruitment cycle. It gives prospective students a chance to revisit application choices in light of their A-level results, or because they have changed their mind about the course they wish to study.

But with more students taking professional courses such as Btecs, many school and college leavers opting to go into higher education at the last minute, and others not following the traditional Ucas cycle (such as mature students) it may be time to question again whether the cycle as we know it needs revising, and perhaps rebrand Clearing altogether.

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The top 10 universities for accommodation

Telegraph - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 09:20
A major part of the university experience is living in halls, we take you through the best universities in the UK for student accommodation









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More than 50 pupils are being suspended from schools across England each day, new Department for Education figures show

The Independent - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 09:11

More than fifty pupils are being suspended each day from schools across England for assaulting their teachers, a new government report reveals.











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Signing off: Finnish schools phase out handwriting classes

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 06:00

Joined-up writing lessons dropped in favour of keyboard skills, in recognition of changing methods of communication

Spidery scrawls across faintly lined paper or the carefully penned love letter will be the stuff of fairytales for many young Finns thanks to a new government policy. Schools in Finland are phasing out cursive handwriting classes in favour of keyboard skills, as officials accept that texting, tapping and tweeting have taken over as the primary means of communication in the modern age.

Children don’t have time to become fast at cursive writing, so it’s not useful for them

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