Are economics degrees fit for purpose?

BBC - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 00:13
Are economics degrees fit for purpose?
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Tomb Raider creator to open two free schools with digital focus

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 00:01

Games magnate Ian Livingstone’s schools in London and Bournemouth will teach latest in technology and creative thinking

The founding father of the British games industry, who helped bring Dungeons and Dragons and Lara Croft to the world, is to open two free schools aimed at preparing pupils for the digital world.

Ian Livingstone, who co-founded Games Workshop, which became one of the world’s biggest games companies, is promising students the latest in technology and creative thinking, including Dragons’ Den-style competitions to start up mock companies at school.

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Maths and physics not just for the ultra-bright | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 19:14

We are calling on other business leaders to join forces with us and educators to increase the dangerously low level of maths and physics subject uptake at secondary schools (Class revolt, G2, 2 February). Tough Choices, a new report by Your Life campaign in partnership with AT Kearney and supported by the CBI, found that young people are deterred from studying maths and physics A-levels, which are seen as too theoretical, inaccessible, and only for the “ultra-bright”. Yet they unlock a vast array of exciting jobs, which are fundamental to the businesses we operate and the UK’s global competitiveness.

There is a need for businesses and schools to work together and forge better links between the curriculum and careers. By bringing our experience of the workplace to the classroom, we can help teachers, parents and careers advisers to explain the opportunities maths and physics subjects can offer students. Together we can empower young people to develop vital skills that will underpin the UK’s future economic growth.
Mark Page Managing director, UK and Ireland, AT Kearney
Vicki Saward Strategic pursuit director, applied intelligence, BAE Systems
Richard Howson Chief executive, Carillion
Barb Samardzich Chief operating officer, Ford of Europe
Jane Griffiths EMEA company group chairman, Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson
Richard Martin Technical director, Nestlé Confectionery UK and Ireland
Debra Valentine Group executive, legal & regulatory, Rio Tinto
Sally Martin Vice-president, HSSE Downstream, Shell

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May wants police commissioners to set up free schools for 'troubled children'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 17:56

Home secretary proposes major expansion of powers for elected officials into areas of youth justice, probation and court services

Elected police and crime commissioners should be given the power to set up their own free schools to support “troubled children”, Theresa May has announced.

The move will be part of a major expansion of the powers of police and crime commissioners into the areas of youth justice, probation and court services to be proposed after their second set of elections take place in May.

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Half of Oxford students come from state schools

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 17:51
Figures show 55.7 per cent of Oxford entrants in 2014/15 were from the state sector while nearly 100 per cent were from state schools in smaller specialist institutions

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Academy chain 'failing too many pupils'

BBC - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 17:51
The biggest academy chain in England has been accused by Ofsted of "failing too many pupils", particularly poorer young people.
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Confessions of a tutor to the super-rich: they aren't faceless symbols of injustice any more

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 17:38

Children of the super-rich are often too stressed and distracted to engage in lessons. Seeing their lives has made me realise there are no winners with wealth inequality

I am reading about cars with my teenage tutee. Although the article is difficult and English is not his first language, he gets the gist: cars are pollution-generating status symbols. “That reminds me!” he says, grabbing his phone and chatting loudly to someone in Arabic. “I told my driver to fix my Land Ranger.” It’s fine though, he says, he has eight cars. I feign being unfazed by this; it’s my first experience of tutoring the super-rich.

I was employed through an agency to teach English to Salman* and, while rather disengaged, he was chatty and we got on well. It’s a long way from where my teaching career began in an inner city state school with a bad Ofsted rating. Like Salman, many of my pupils there were immigrants – the difference being, most were living in poverty: while Salman worries about his SUV, my former students are preoccupied by having no money for heating and worn out shoes.

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Could you complete this tough maths challenge for schoolchildren?

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 16:21
As 200,000 pupils aged 14 to 16 took on the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge today, we take a look at some past questions. Could you pass?

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South Africa's Julius Malema attacks decision not to remove Oriel's Cecil Rhodes' statue

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 16:18
The opposition politician says ignorance about colonial-era pain is understandable, but the battle must go on

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Largest academy chain letting down too many pupils, says DfE

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 14:50

Ofsted says AET’s secondary performance ‘mediocre’ and proportion of good or better primaries is below national average, prompting government rebuke

The UK’s largest academy chain, which has been dogged by criticism since it was set up eight years ago as part of the government’s drive to improve standards in struggling schools, is under fire again for failing too many of its pupils.

The education standards watchdog, Ofsted, delivered a damning indictment of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) following a focused inspection of seven schools last November and telephone discussions with a further 18.

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Money Talks: would staggering school terms save holiday costs? Plus, how to beat fraudsters

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 14:39

Also, help to buy London launches, homes with famous ex-owners and ministers accused of mis-selling women’s pensions

Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed.

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To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch voted most inspiring character

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 13:36

Despite last year’s revelation in Harper Lee’s sequel of his later racism, a survey of UK readers has declared him literature’s most stirring hero, over Harry Potter, Bridget Jones and Frodo Baggins

Atticus Finch, hero of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is the most inspiring character in literature, according to new research – despite his outing as a racist in Lee’s sequel last summer.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults to mark the 10th anniversary of literacy charity Quick Reads found that Finch, the lawyer father of Lee’s child heroine Scout, topped the list of the most inspiring literary character for both men and women. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman, but in Go Set a Watchman, the surprise sequel published by Lee last summer, he takes a different perspective on race, asking his daughter: “Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?”

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Teachers 'bump up A-level predictions'

BBC - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 13:09
The head of the university admissions service says teachers are boosting pupils' predicted grades.
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Quiz: Can you pass a primary school grammar test?

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:39
Is it time to brush up on your grammar skills? Take the test

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Heads hit out over English Bacc 'tables'

BBC - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:18
The government is accused of shelving a new measure of school accountability in England before it is introduced.
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Want to work in football? There are degrees for that at Wembley Stadium

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:33

The football sector is employing more people than ever and one college, which was set up in Burnley before expanding to Wembley and now to the Etihad in Manchester, is trying to produce graduates qualified for this unusual industry

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Philip Wilson, the provost and chief executive of UCFB, spreads his arms out wide and beams with unrestrained pride and satisfaction. “Not a bad back garden is it?” Wilson asks wryly as he surveys the view from his office at Wembley Stadium. It is indeed impressive, overlooking the pristine turf upon which so many dreams have been realised. Wilson wants to do the same for his students.

The University College of Football Business opened its door to students in its first home at Turf Moor in 2010. It is very much the new kid on the block in comparison to some of its competitors, such as the universities of Southampton and Liverpool. Even Loughborough University, which was awarded its charter as a university in 1966 and is often considered to be a young establishment, has origins that stretch back over 100 years. So the need for UCFB to establish credibility and build a reputation is essential.

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Student union anti-banning society threatened with ban

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:15
The LSESU Speakeasy, a free speech society which campaigns against the banning of student groups, could itself be banned

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Law students: look beyond London for a better work-life balance

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:10

Always dreamed of being a lawyer in the capital? It’s not all sunshine and rainbows – consider widening your job search to other UK cities

When students consider a career in law, they may picture themselves working on million-dollar transatlantic deals in fancy international law firms in the City of London. However, what many don’t consider is that there is legal life outside the capital.

As the cost of living rises and millennials demand a better work-life balance, trainees and newly-qualified lawyers are deciding to work outside of London. According to Law Society figures, there are around 160,000 solicitors in the UK, roughly one third of whom are based in London, with a sizeable share of the overall total (19.8%) in City firms. This means the majority are actually located elsewhere.

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Labour warns on curriculum 'diktat'

BBC - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 07:48
Labour is calling for England's school curriculum to be based on the needs of a modern economy, rather than the political "pet projects" of ministers.
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Racism in universities: 'There is a sense your face doesn't fit'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 07:00

New research shines a light on the insidious racism that blights higher education in the UK

Covert racism and discrimination persist in the UK’s colleges and universities, according to new film, Witness, commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU). The project, initiated by the UCU Black Members’ Standing Committee, chronicles the experiences of the union’s black members.

Related: How much does your university do for racial equality?

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