Sexist toys stop girls choosing to study sciences at school, says top academic

The Independent - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 23:15

Girls are still being put off science and engineering and it starts in early childhood with sexist toys and attitudes, according to one of Britain’s leading women scientists.

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Each hour schoolchildren spend watching television sees GCSE results fall by equivalent of two grades, says new research

The Independent - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 23:15

Each hour that schoolchildren spend in front of the television or computer every day sees their GCSE results fall by the equivalent of two grades, warns new research by the University of Cambridge.

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State schools across England are 'demanding money from parents', claims British Humanist Association

The Independent - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:34

Parents are reportedly being pressured to give money to budgets by at least 100 schools across England potentially in violation of the law, according to new research.

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Schools must 'urgently' hire more minority teachers to give students fairer perception of discipline, say American researchers

The Independent - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:54

Schools urgently need to hire more ethnic minority teachers because doing so will give students more positive attitudes and higher perceptions of fairness in discipline, according to a new study.

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Over 13 million children from the Middle East and North Africa are being prevented from going to school, says Unicef education report

The Independent - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 09:15

Millions of displaced children are being deprived of a basic education, according to a startling report from the United Nation’s (UN) children’s agency, Unicef, which adds how the hopes of an entire generation are at stake unless the international community acts.

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Thousands of teachers cannot afford to pay into a pension scheme

The Independent - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 03:15

It used to be the case that teachers would put up with less than the highest wages because they could look forward to a decent pension. Now, though, it seems that thousands are prepared to forgo that incentive because they simply cannot afford to pay into a pension. Latest figures show that a total of 5,317 left the teachers' pension scheme in the year up to March 2015 – up by 42 per cent on the figure that left the previous year.

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One in five students at London South Bank University has their fees paid for by employers

The Independent - Wed, 02/09/2015 - 22:24

One in five of Professor David Phoenix's 20,000 students at London South Bank University (LSBU) have all their fees paid for by employers – one of the highest percentages for any university in the UK.

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UK could learn from German policy on foreign students, report says

The Independent - Wed, 02/09/2015 - 18:07

The UK Government could learn from the Germans, who understand the value of international students to the economy, according to a major report.

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Number of parents moving to their desired school catchment area is increasing, according to Santander research

The Independent - Wed, 02/09/2015 - 11:14

The extent to which parents are resorting to to live within their desired school catchment area has been revealed in new research from Santander Mortgages as competition for places at the UK’s best schools continues to increase.

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Premature birth linked with less intelligence and less adult wealth, according to University of Warwick research

The Independent - Wed, 02/09/2015 - 09:44

People who were born prematurely are less intelligent later on in life and earn less money as a result, according to a new study by the University of Warwick.

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Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told 'the non-Jews' are 'evil' in worksheet produced by London school

The Independent - Tue, 01/09/2015 - 23:47

British three-year-olds have been told "the non-Jews" are “evil” in a Kindergarten worksheet handed out at ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London, it can be revealed.

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New London free school will teach pupils in the same way as the ancient Greeks

The Independent - Tue, 01/09/2015 - 23:00

A new free school will adopt the teaching methods of Ancient Greece to unlock the potential of its students.

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Scotland's national tests mean schools must avoid the pitfalls of teaching to the league table

The Independent - Tue, 01/09/2015 - 17:43

Note the words used by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she unveiled plans for the first ever national testing programme to improve literacy and numeracy in Scottish schools.

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Scotland to introduce national primary school tests to 'close gap between rich and poor pupils'

The Independent - Tue, 01/09/2015 - 17:28

National testing is to be introduced in Scottish primary schools for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to close the gap between rich and poor pupils, Nicola Sturgeon has said as she laid out her long term plans for the future of the country.

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Akram Khan: Choreographer says dance is 'as important as maths and being a doctor'

The Independent - Sun, 30/08/2015 - 18:25

Akram Khan, one of the most-acclaimed choreographers in the UK, has called for the Government to put dance in the curriculum saying it is as important as studying maths or medicine.

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Ucas is harming social mobility by blocking data on poor students, says senior MP

The Independent - Sun, 30/08/2015 - 17:37

A senior MP has joined the growing number of critics of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), the body that handles university applications, for refusing to disclose important data it holds on students from poor backgrounds.

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University to mark down students who say 'illegal immigrants' in class

The Independent - Sun, 30/08/2015 - 14:36

Professors at a US university have told students that they risk failing their assignments and even their semester if they use offensive or hateful language in class or submissions.

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University of Tennessee switches gender-specific pronouns 'he' and 'she' for 'xe' and 'ze' to promote inclusivity

The Independent - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:15

Gender-neutral pronouns for transgender and queer-identifying people - such as "xe" and "ze" - are being encouraged at a second university in the US.

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