Cardiff Uni develops virtual assistant

BBC - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 13:34
Cardiff University has developed a virtual assistant that will ask questions as well as answer them
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Children seek mental health help on web

BBC - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 12:34
England's Children's Commissioner says young people are not confident enough to go to a doctor or school nurse for mental health advice.
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How the student protesters of 2010 became the Corbyn generation | Michael Chessum

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 11:53
The leader of the opposition’s victory is a product of protest – something we never thought possible at the time of the tuition fee marches

On 4 November, as the government plans further attacks to maintenance grants for the poorest students, the student movement will hold a national demonstration for free education. It will mark the fifth anniversary of the student movement of 2010, when the occupation of Conservative party offices at Millbank Tower triggered one of the biggest mass movements in recent years. More than 100,000 walked out of classes and blockaded city centres. Dozens of university campuses were occupied. When the vote to triple tuition fees narrowly went through, 30,000 of us held a protest that was audible inside parliament, burning benches to keep warm in the police kettle.

Related: NUS begins legal action to prevent government scrapping maintenance grants

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VIDEO: Pupils 'daily mile' scheme improves health

BBC - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 11:39
A Stirling primary school has pioneered a scheme to ensure all of its pupils walk or run a mile every day.
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Will international love help your language skills blossom?

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 09:55

Dating a native can be useful when you’re learning a language, but it’s not a magic formula for fluency

Looking to meet the love of your life? You might just find them on your year studying abroad. Over a quarter of Erasmus participants meet their long-term partner while studying in another country, and around a million “Erasmus babies” have been born since 1987, according to research by the European Commission.

Dating a native speaker is also touted as the holy grail of language-learning. When I went on my year abroad to Paris, everyone from relatives to colleagues and strangers in bars told me I needed to find a French lover if I wanted to improve my shaky language skills.

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Good news Friday: China in the North

Telegraph - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Good news Friday: Corgi cupcakes cause a stir at St Hilary's School, while Lion Dance opens Bolton School celebrations

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'Clever girls clam-up in mixed schools,' says leading head

Telegraph - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 07:00
Girls are held back in co-educational schools, while single sex education lessens the pressure of an increasingly "sexualised society", leading heads have said

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Young and dyslexic? You’ve got it going on | Benjamin Zephaniah

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 07:00

As a child I suffered, but learned to turn dyslexia to my advantage, to see the world more creatively. We are the architects, we are the designers

Related: Dyslexic entrepreneurs – why they have a competitive edge

I’m of the generation where teachers didn’t know what dyslexia was. The big problem with the education system then was that there was no compassion, no understanding and no humanity. I don’t look back and feel angry with the teachers. The ones who wanted to have an individual approach weren’t allowed to. The idea of being kind and thoughtful and listening to problems just wasn’t done: the past is a different kind of country.

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Qur'an verses dating from seventh century go on view in Birmingham

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 06:00

Some of the earliest surviving pages of the Qur’an in the world were discovered by an Italian scholar in a volume in the Birmingham university library

The Birmingham Qur’an manuscript exhibition officially opens to the public on Friday, but many of the local Muslim community have already been invited in to see the manuscript, on display in a quiet room under the dome of the Birmingham university’s music building. Many were overwhelmed by the experience.

“Thank God I can attend this exhibition in person,” one visitor wrote in a message left on the noticeboard in the exhibition room. “Please keep struggling to find another piece of the whole Qur’an,” wrote another.

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Soft skills give public school edge

BBC - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 01:50
It is not good grades but a "grounding in soft skills" that gives people who went to independent schools their edge, claims a former public school head.
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Student leader rules out Cage link-up

BBC - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 01:38
The president of the National Union of Students has emphatically ruled out working with the controversial advocacy group, Cage.
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State schools are using general studies to boost league table rankings

Telegraph - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 00:01
Pupils at the top 500 state schools account for 90 per cent of A-Level general studies entries but some universities don't accept the subject

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UK apprenticeships plan attacked by key employer groups

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 02/10/2015 - 00:01

The CBI and EEF sceptical about government plan to create 3m apprenticeships in five years, fearing high cost to business and low quality of training

The government’s plan to charge a new levy on businesses to help reach ambitious apprenticeship targets is facing resistance from big employer groups who warn ministers not to sacrifice quality of training.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the levy in his summer budget as a key part of his bid to show he was on the side of working people. The government has pitched it to business as a way to end years of under-investment in training and solve skills shortages with 3m new apprenticeships by 2020.

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Top graduates 'offered £30,000' to teach physics

Telegraph - Thu, 01/10/2015 - 17:59
The Government has today announced an increase in financial incentives to encourage top graduates to train as teachers in academic subjects

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Music education is out of tune with how young people learn

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 01/10/2015 - 17:18

By focusing on exams, and undervaluing informal approaches to music, we are preventing young people reaching their full musical potential

What’s the best way to learn music? For many, progression is best measured by the formal exam journey – from the treasured early prize of grade 1 through to the proficiency and skill of a grade 8. It’s a time-honoured route: easy to understand and evaluate, and effective, but it only tells a small part of the story.

The established music education sector remains fixated on formal learning (an area that draws an alarmingly narrow demographic) and in doing so fails to reflect the diversity of young people, the ways in which they engage with music and the achievements of those who learn away from the exam system.

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Exeter University plans online degrees

BBC - Thu, 01/10/2015 - 16:55
Masters students could have the option to study online at a leading UK university from next year.
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