'Fake research' comes under scrutiny

BBC - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 00:41
The scale of "fake research" in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests.
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Bringing WW1 battlefields to life with virtual reality

BBC - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 00:14
Virtual reality tours of WW1 battlefields offer students a different type of history lesson.
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Apprenticeship levy will deepen north-south divide, IPPR says

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 00:01

Thinktank’s analysis suggests new £3bn levy on larger employers will raise less money and have smaller impact on areas that need it most

The government’s new £3bn apprenticeship levy threatens to deepen Britain’s north-south divide, according to a new analysis, with London and the south-east benefiting most from the government’s shakeup of staff training.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has warned that the apprenticeship levy, which comes into force next month, will raise less money and have a smaller impact in the areas that need it most. These areas are those that have been hit by deindustrialisation and suffer from low levels of qualifications, low productivity and low pay.

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Mental health problems rife among teenagers but teachers lack skills to help

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 01:05
Four in five 12- to 16-year-olds experience ‘emotional distress’

The vast majority of teenagers say they experience “emotional distress” after starting secondary school but claim teachers don’t have the skills to help them, research has found.

Four in every five 12- to 16-year-olds in the survey said they felt they had mental health problems but just one in 20 would turn to a teacher for help if they felt depressed, anxious, stressed or emotionally unable to cope.

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Brazil teacher changes hairstyle to support bullied girl

BBC - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 15:51
"A boy had told my pupil her hair was ugly, and she was sad. I told her she was wonderful."
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Secret Teacher: we're afraid to use unions, but we must stand together

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 08:00

Colleagues accept workplace bullying and excessive workloads. We need to pluck up the courage to ask for support

I grew up surrounded by political and union activism. My grandparents passed down the ideal that I had an unspoken right to be part of a movement that would defend me as a worker and as a human. But when I joined my current school, I was wooed by a conviction that we “do not need the union here”.

Now I have come to feel that speaking to or involving a trade union in any school matter is sealing the deal on your marching orders. There is no union representative at my school, and in my naivety I felt that this was proof that they were truly not needed here. I was told that if any issues were raised, they were better dealt with internally by management.

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High cost credit products must be tackled, say Lords

BBC - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 01:08
The Financial Exclusion Committee says banks are failing the customers who need them the most.
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Prince George to attend Thomas's School in Battersea

BBC - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:34
The prince, who is four in July, will attend a preparatory school in south London from September.
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Behaviour is a national problem in schools in England, review finds

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 17:15

Headteachers have ‘perverse incentives’ to hold back on poor conduct in their schools for better Ofsted ratings, government adviser says in his report

Schools have a national behaviour problem and there are “perverse incentives” for headteachers to paint their school in the best light, according to the government’s behaviour tsar.

Poor conduct remains a significant issue for many schools in England, and there needs to be better ways available to help tackle the problem, Tom Bennett, who advises the government on behaviour issues, said in a report.

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Segregated schools persist because parents maintain the divide | Lola Okolosie

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 13:30
Integration is presented as an obligation for others, mainly Muslims. No wonder many parents choose not to send their children to ethnically mixed schools

In the wake of Wednesday’s horrific terrorist attack, the prevailing sentiment is that we defeat such hatred by emphasising our unity. It is a heartening response to such a catastrophe, but how do we realise such cohesion when so many communities are divided along race, class and religious lines?

That people from different backgrounds are leading “parallel lives” has been a recurring concern for successive governments. This may not be the term used by authors of a new report on segregation in schools in England, but it is, nevertheless, what comes to mind as we read their stark findings. More than a quarter of primary schools are ethnically segregated with the figure jumping to a depressing 40% when we look to secondary schools. When it comes to class, the report, carried out by iCoCo Foundation, SchoolDash and The Challenge, finds that nearly a third of all primary schools are segregated along socio-economic lines.

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Read all about it! How to get students discussing current affairs

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:45

An online platform is connecting children with each other and experts to learn about the news. So how can its principles be used to help foster debate?

If you find the current news agenda head-spinning, imagine how young people feel. I work for a charity teaching the critical thinking skills needed to navigate the news, and recent events have put some big political issues at the forefront of students’ minds. The Brexit result left many young people feeling let down, and the outcome of the US election sent out further shock waves.

Now, the term “fake news” is rattling around and political opinions are becoming increasingly polarised. Just this week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recommended schools teach children how to spot fact from fiction. But with young people spending more time online, how do we provide a space where pupils can discuss the big issues, without fear (or fake news) getting in the way?

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Poor behaviour 'not taken seriously enough in schools'

BBC - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 12:07
Behaviour tsar Tom Bennett says the poor behaviour in schools has not been taken seriously enough.
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Opening hearing?

BBC - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 11:12
Many judgements from courts in England and Wales are still not being made public.
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I sell degrees – but don't tell students they might be worthless

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 08:00

At open days I pitch my university to young people, even though fewer graduate jobs and high tuition fees means their qualifications may not pay off

Although I love a lot of things about my job as a lecturer in the social sciences at a mid-ranked post-92 university, there is one aspect that really troubles me – I often feel like a reluctant salesperson.

Potential students come to open days, or we go out to schools, and we have to court them. At one level, this is fine. They’re entitled to choose what and where they study, and we want students who want to be here. I’m genuinely committed to my topic, which I believe comes across in my teaching and open day talks, and the degree we have is established, cohesive, and well taught.

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100,000 more children missed school for family holiday last year, figures show

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 07:00

Government data reveals sharp rise in unauthorised leave during term-time in England

There has been a sharp rise in the number of children missing school in England because of unauthorised family holidays, according to the latest government figures.

While overall pupil absence rates have remained stable and are at a historic low, figures published by the Department for Education reveal that an additional 100,000 children missed school for an unauthorised family holiday in 2015/16 compared with the previous year.

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Four out of 10 schools letting out buildings to raise money, study finds

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 01:01

Schools facing budget cuts are setting up daycare provision and hosting weddings and fitness classes to boost finances

Schools facing budget cuts are hosting weddings, setting up nurseries and laying on community fitness classes to try to bring in additional money to boost their finances, according to a new study.

A survey of just under 1,200 school leaders found that 42% were letting buildings and facilities to raise money, 13% were building partnerships with local businesses and 10% were opening on-site nursery provision.

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I'm no extremist, says school governor banned in Trojan horse row

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 17:51

Tahir Alam, former chairman of governors at Park View school in Birmingham, tells tribunal he believes in democratic values

A former chairman of governors at a state secondary school embroiled in the alleged Trojan horse controversy has told a tribunal that he would not describe himself as extremist or radical.

Tahir Alam told a care standards tribunal that he was a Muslim who believed in democratic values and held generally mainstream political views.

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Pinner school faces closure after chalk mine discovery

BBC - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 17:26
Geological surveys have found the ground beneath the Pinner Wood School is unstable.
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Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 17:19

A district will drop the Mercator projection, which physically diminished Africa and South America, for the Peters, which cut the developed world down to size

When Boston public schools introduced a new standard map of the world this week, some young students’ felt their jaws drop. In an instant, their view of the world had changed.

The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than usual. And what had happened to Alaska?

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