How universities are using data to stop students dropping out

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 07:35

As universities accept students from increasingly diverse backgrounds, institutions are finding new ways to target support effectively

“With a shrinking demographic, these institutions are competing for students and if they keep doing what they’ve always done, they’ll get the same results,” says Cailean Hargrave, head of education at education technology consultancy Portal.

According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), more than 8% of undergraduates drop out in their first year of study. This costs universities around £33,000 per student – and costs students lost time, money (spent or borrowed), and the devastating confidence knock from failing.

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How would you improve Ofsted?

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 07:30
The schools watchdog is under fire again, this time for its purge of 1,200 inspectors. We asked for improvement ideas

Earlier this month, Ofsted announced a purge of inspectors, with 1,200 of them not being reappointed. The aim is to make inspections consistent, it says.

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School governors to be named on national database in wake of 'Trojan Horse' scandal

Telegraph - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 07:04
There is no central register of who serves as a school governor, raising concerns that schools could be taken over by groups with radical agendas









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Is academy status the answer for 'coasting' schools?

BBC - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 02:42
Is academy status the answer for 'coasting' schools?
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