Like many teachers, as well as students and parents, I am already holding my breath over this summer’s results following the debacle over exam marking in the past few years. Experienced teachers know their classes and what they are capable of.
Recruitment adverts for GCSE and A-level markers placed on buses and even in the pages of cruise holiday magazines may not be enough to help solve a staffing shortage, the head of a major exam board has warned, amid calls for reform of the system.
“Lad culture” that can result in sexual harassment is being allowed to fester at British universities because of a lack of action by institutions, the National Union of Students (NUS) has warned.
Leaving the European Union would hit the economy, harm scientific research and damage graduates’ job prospects, university vice-chancellors will warn as they launch a drive to rally support behind Britain remaining in the organisation.
The phrase “glass floor” is relatively new. The phenomenon isn’t. It evokes a memory from years ago. I submitted a TV pitch to an independent production company. When I went in for a meeting, they circulated copies of the pitch that had been expanded and revised. Aside from the fact that the argument of the piece had been obliterated, the spelling of the location (Bournville) had been changed throughout, which was annoying as I do know how to spell the name of my home town. I suggested, politely, that we might be more likely to sell the programme if it were clear that we could spell the place where it was set. The woman in charge of the meeting blew her stack. “The girl who did that is an intern, she’s working for free,” she snarled. Might payment yield a candidate who could spell a word written on bars of chocolate in every newsagent in the country, I asked her – and took the pitch elsewhere.
Television is a hugely desirable industry to work in, but the barriers to entry are considerable. Unpaid internships have been commonplace for years, which limits the pool not to the best and brightest, but to those who can afford to work unpaid in central London for months at a time. The meek don’t inherit this earth. Rich parents count for a lot.Continue reading...
Victims of rape and sexual assault say they are not being taken seriously by elite universities, with devastating results, a Guardian investigation reveals
When Lindsay’s friends dropped her off a block from her home in a cab after a night out, they expected that the Oxford law student would return there safely. But Lindsay, then in her second year, never made it to her home that night in October 2011.
When she came to in the morning, she was in the bed of a stranger that, it turned out, was about 30 minutes’ walk from her home. The man began to sexually assault her. He told her he had found her wandering the streets, lost and cold.Continue reading...
Headteacher Tricia Kelleher reflects on how tablets and digital technology are revolutionising the way her students work outside the classroom
Homework – the lot of schoolchildren across the ages. In the minds of many adults, there is a correlation between the amount of homework set and the progress made. Work is given, completed, marked and returned, providing a comfort blanket of visibly “doing something”.
But pressure from the Department for Education and Ofsted can mean that homework is caught up in broader issues of school improvement and data; there is certainly little time to think imaginatively about it. But what if we could? What if we had tools that could change the dynamic of learning beyond the classroom?Continue reading...
It’s the must-have skill-set of the 21st century, yet unless you’re rich enough to afford the training, or fortunate enough to be attending the right school, the barriers to learning can be high. Now a movement of pioneering coders is challenging the stereotype by offering free training for all
‘Why are we not doing more to have coding colleges and technical, vocational education alongside university education?” This question, raised by Labour’s Yvette Cooper during an interview with the Observer in May, reflects a wide concern about the availability and equality of software training, an area with a reputation for being elusive, exclusive, expensive and overwhelmingly male.
Calls to improve the state of digital education in the UK have become commonplace, with new coding initiatives appearing all the time. The international Hour of Code claims to have given millions of Britons a taste of programming, while the government declared 2014 the official Year of Code”. Female programmers can join Girls who Code’ or Ladies who Code’ programmes; the BBC recently launched its Make it Digital’ campaign; and even the online grocer Ocado has thrown its hat in the ring with a scheme called Code for Life’. But while the national curriculum now includes programming for children as young as five, there is still a dearth of affordable, vocational options in higher education, despite a rocketing number of well-rewarded jobs for software developers. A budding programmer can try to learn their trade online, tackling one of the hundreds of coding tutorials, or they can stump up the hefty tuition fees for one of the many private coding academies that have sprung up in the past decade.Continue reading...
Tired of children being “put into pink or blue boxes”, two transgender rights campaigners have created what they say is the first book that allows young readers to decide the gender of the main character.
One of the country’s leading universities is allowing prospective students to pre-register their interest in a degree course more than two weeks before A-level results are published.