Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs

BBC - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 16:44
The government is failing to tackle "significant teacher shortages"' in England, MPs say.
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Teacher shortage due to 'workload and pressures'

BBC - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 16:29
The government is failing to tackle "significant teacher shortages" in England, MPs say.
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Four ways to help your students overcome impostor syndrome

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 15:32

Are your pupils prone to feeling like a fraud when they succeed? Try these ideas to help them realise their potential

Ever felt like a fraud at work? As if at any moment, everyone else is going to realise that you’ve bluffed your way to your current position? This phenomenon is known as the impostor syndrome, and even those who are at the top of their professional game feel it. Emma Watson recently admitted that she’s uncomfortable receiving praise because she feels like an impostor, and Rénee Zellweger and Kate Winslet have also acknowledged similar feelings.

Research into impostor syndrome shows that it is characterised by feelings of anxiety – thinking that you are not as talented as others believe, that your success is down to luck and that one day soon your lack of ability is going to be exposed in front of everyone.

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Local authorities have no control over government funding of schools | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 13:55

Sutton council made headlines in your paper (‘The future looks bleak,’ headteachers tell parents in letter, 10 February) after local schools wrote to me about reductions in their funding. Sutton council has the challenging task of working with schools to manage demands on funding from schools, nurseries and other early years provision, supporting young people with special educational needs, while per-pupil funding is at best steady in cash terms, implying a real-terms cut when rising costs and growth are taken into consideration.

The vagaries of school funding and the role that local authorities now have in education undermine confidence in the system and give rise to misunderstandings such as those expressed last week. Local authorities have no control over how much money is provided from central government to distribute to schools. This is a central decision of an ever more centralised system. We have no control over costs relating to pensions, national insurance, pay or the apprenticeship levy. Nor do we benefit from the savings sought.

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Princess Nokia in row over 'public display of sexism' at Cambridge University

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 12:46

Witnesses say rapper walked off stage and hit audience member after alleged verbal abuse during her performance at a university charity show

Princess Nokia was reportedly involved in a “public display of sexism and misogynoir” at Cambridge University last week.

The New York rapper and R&B artist performed at a charity fashion show at the institution on 15 February, but is said to have left the stage after three songs. A post, written by Richelle George and Jason Okundaye of Cambridge University’s network and forum for women and non-binary people of colour, Fly – or Freedom. Love. You, detailed an incident that the musician was allegedly “left shaken by” and that “will inevitably shape her perception of Cambridge”.

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Peter Smith obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 12:31

My friend and former colleague Peter Smith, who has died aged 77, taught day-release classes to Yorkshire and Derbyshire coal miners, steelworkers, railway workers, engineers and local authority manual workers. The courses had been arranged by their respective trade unions in agreement with their employers.

The syllabuses were partly drawn up by the students themselves and the subject areas included economic and social history. Class members presented papers to each other and the topics ranged from collective bargaining to global politics.

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Cappuccino with extra Italian? Pop-up classes bring a buzz to adult learning

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 07:30
As further education colleges face funding cuts, could evening classes in coffee shops bring students and teachers together?

It’s a rainy February evening in a Costa coffee shop in East Putney, south-west London. The shop is closed to the public but a group of men and women are gathered there, drinking coffee and practising Italian phrases with teacher Alessandro Fantauzzo. Two are here for work reasons, others to build their language confidence for holidays.

In the past, they might have gone to a night class at a local adult education college. But over the past decade, funding for courses that don’t lead to a formal qualification has been slashed. Since 2010, the adult learning budget has been cut by about 40%, meaning the days when adults could learn flower arranging, languages or guitar at their local college in the evenings – for a subsidised fee or even free – are long gone.

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The US travel ban would be bad news for American universities | Mary O’Hara

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 07:15

No wonder leading US higher education institutions opposed the president’s executive order – the benefits offered by international students are clear

When Donald Trump issued his shambolic and destructive executive order shortly after his inauguration, attempting to suspend immigration to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries, the shockwaves were swift and far-reaching. Objections have come from campuses all over the country, and with good reason.

The ban clearly affects Muslims, including current and prospective students, but its reach (even after clarifications on green-card holders) is far wider. Alongside other visa changes being mooted and talk of “extreme vetting” it makes for a disturbing climate.

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Academic selection: Policy group criticises 'negative impact'

BBC - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 07:01
A policy group set up and run by the Department of Education (DE) criticises the impact of academic selection.
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Universities and Brexit: ‘We’ve 2,500 EU students – talent we don’t want to lose’

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 06:59
Glasgow University’s principal, Anton Muscatelli, says fears about the UK’s place in the research community post-Brexit are already affecting recruitment

Anton Muscatelli remembers his shock on the morning of the EU referendum result. He felt upset, shaken by its implications and by the forces that drove the vote to leave. It was “that feeling that something had changed, and that feeling of deep uncertainty. Not only the future of one’s own sector but the future of the country, the future of Europe.”

Muscatelli, the principal and vice-chancellor of Glasgow University, is perhaps the most prominent and politically active of Scotland’s university executives. As chair of Nicola Sturgeon’s European advisory council, he helped to shape the first minister’s stance on Europe. And he has helped to entrench devolution with the Calman commission. But now Muscatelli sees a future with conflicting, contradictory trends.

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We must ensure all Scottish public buildings are safe | Neil Baxter

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 06:29

The damning Cole report on standards at 17 PFI-built Edinburgh schools should not be shelved. All Scottish councils need to review their public buildings

The knee-jerk reaction to last week’s calls by the Scottish government and subsequently by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) for urgent action over all Scottish public buildings created through private finance initiatives seems mainly to be a sad rush to find space on bookshelves for John Cole’s 272 pages of considered reporting.

That is a great pity. It seems, at best, ill-considered to dismiss the Cole inquiry’s relevance to buildings elsewhere built under similar regimes to the Edinburgh schools. Perhaps some see the pending local elections in May as an opportunity to pass on the whole issue.

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'Firmer grip' needed on education improvement grants

BBC - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 06:12
Ministers need to get a "firmer grip" on grant support for some of Wales' lowest achieving pupils, an assembly committee says.
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Watchdog to pursue essay-cheat websites

BBC - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 01:03
The universities minister is calling for tough action against the misuse of essay-writing services.
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Plan to crack down on websites selling essays to students announced

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 00:01

Universities minister Jo Johnson has asked institutions and students for guidance to combat plagiarism via so-called essay mills

Ministers concerned about the growing scale of cheating at university have announced a crackdown on so-called “essay mill” websites that provide written-to-order papers for students to submit as part of their degrees.

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, has asked student bodies and institutions for guidance to help combat “contract plagiarism”, where tens of thousands of students are believed to be buying essays for hundreds of pounds a time.

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