Open University staff strike over cuts

BBC - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:59
Open University staff stage a one-day walk out as plans to close seven regional centres are agreed.
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Cambridge Gates scholars urge foundation to divest

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:54

Recipients of Gates foundation scholarships at Cambridge University attack ‘untenable’ investments in fossil fuels

Recipients of Cambridge University scholarships funded by and named in honour of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have attacked the global health charity’s “untenable” investments in fossil fuels.

In a letter, 98 present and former Gates scholars urged the world’s largest charitable foundation to drop coal, oil and gas companies from its $43bn fund.

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Muslim woman governor chose to sit apart

BBC - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:53
The female governor at a private Muslim school in Birmingham - at the centre of criticism from Ofsted - chose to sit separately from men, says the school.
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Homophobic taunts 'change career hopes'

BBC - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 11:40
Homophobic bullying in school can lead to thousands of children changing their career plans, warns Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
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All pupils at non-faith schools must study atheism, judge rules

Telegraph - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 10:55
All non-faith schools will be forced to teach non-religious views following a landmark judgment by the High Court that ruled the Education Secretary unlawfully excluded atheism from a new GCSE

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VIDEO: Schoolgirl changes 'sexist' syllabus

BBC - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 10:31
A UK student who lobbied to change the A-level music syllabus after spotting it featured no female composers has spoken to the BBC's 100 Women about her campaign.
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Ignore the advice and fall head over halls at university

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 10:29

Halls of residence romances rarely last, but that’s no reason not to give one a go

Throwing caution to the wind, and doing exactly what I said I wouldn’t do before I started university, I found myself in a relationship with someone a staircase away within three months of starting university.

There is something ​unique about ​​having a close bond with someone when university life is still relatively new

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Nicky Morgan: Schools 'plagued' by homophobic bullying

Telegraph - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 07:10
Bullies are pushing gay and lesbian teenagers to choose 'safe' career options, 'screwing' their future prospects, the Education Secretary has said

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Will video kill the lecturing star?

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 07:00

No. But ‘flipping’ your classroom gives students the chance to apply ideas rather than simply absorbing them

You may have heard about the flipped classroom approach, in which lectures are viewed at home and class time is used for discussion, project work and other practical exercises. You may also have been wondering whether to bother with it, and how it actually would work in practice.

For our modules on conflict resolution and international relations, we have created short video lectures for our students – from first-year undergraduates to master’s – to watch at home. And when they come to class, we work on applying what they have already learned. Here are our tips on how to flip:

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Michael Sterne obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 17:15

My grandfather, Michael Sterne, who has died aged 79, was a tireless advocate for educational equality, in particular speaking up for children with special educational needs.

Michael worked in various local education authorities, always deeply concerned with providing opportunities for the most disadvantaged, advocating community education and lifelong learning. He worked with the British Dyslexia Association and Prisoners Abroad, and he co-founded and chaired the National Literacy Association, which championed better access to books for children, particularly those in public care.

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Ofsted warning over faith schools

BBC - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:09
Ofsted inspectors warn that a number of private faith schools are not doing enough to respect women, or people of other faiths and beliefs.
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Teachers work 'longer classroom hours'

BBC - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:07
An annual international comparison from the OECD shows long classroom hours for UK teachers and high fees for students.
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Classroom technology 'rarely used' by half of teachers

Telegraph - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:00
Thousands of pounds worth of classroom technology is going unused as teachers lack the training to integrate it into lessons, survey suggests

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One of San Francisco's toughest schools transformed by the power of meditation

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 15:51

A pioneering programme has reduced stress and improved grades at Visitacion Valley middle school – with lessons other schools can learn from

There was a time when Visitacion Valley middle school in San Francisco could have featured in a gritty US crime drama. Surrounded by drugs and gang violence, the kids were stressed out and agitated. One day children came in to find three dead bodies dumped in the schoolyard. “In 2006 there were 38 killings in our neighbourhood,” says Barry O’Driscoll, the school’s head of physical education (PE). He says the lives of students were infected by violence in the community, and several fights would break out every day.

In 2007 a meditation programme called Quiet Time was brought in to meet some of these challenges. “When I first heard about it I thought it probably wasn’t going to work,” says O’Driscoll. “We get thrown a new thing every couple of years so I didn’t put too much faith in it.” But in April, just a month after meditation began, teachers noticed changes in behaviour. “Students seemed happy,” says O’Driscoll. “They worked harder, paid more attention, were easier to teach and the number of fights fell dramatically.”

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Dozens of 'white student unions' appear on social media amid racism protests

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 14:29

Groups claim to speak for students at Stanford, New York University, University of Missouri and elsewhere, but their origins are uncertain

At least 30 social media profiles of so-called “white student unions” have been set up in the last week, in response to nationwide student protests demanding action to address campus racism.

The pages claim to represent students at universities like Stanford, New York University and UC Berkeley, as well as at the University of Missouri, where protests this month forced the ouster of president Tim Wolfe and inspired activism on campuses elsewhere.

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Female governor 'forced to sit in separate room to male colleagues'

Telegraph - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 14:23
The governor at Darul Uloom Islamic High School was unable to fully engage in meetings, according to a damning letter by Ofsted

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Ofsted finds serious failings at private faith schools

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 14:13

Chief inspector raises concerns with education secretary after 17 of 22 schools inspected were judged inadequate or ‘requiring improvement’

Segregated governors’ meetings, pupils who thought France was part of Britain, toilets without paper or hot water and broken fire escapes were among the “serious concerns” uncovered by Ofsted inspectors during visits to private faith schools across England.

The failings were outlined in a letter by Ofsted’s chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, after inspections of 22 independent Islamic and Christian schools made by Ofsted since dismantling the inspectorate previously overseeing private faith schools.

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Reform could force universities to choose between teaching and research

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 13:59

The Tef is call to action for leaders, but it could unite or divide – and exacerbate existing tensions with staff

One of the overlooked aspects of the coming reforms to higher education is the clear challenge to its leaders. The green paper – and specifically the Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) – represents a subtle call to action for vice-chancellors, the response to which could reshape the sector.

Many who work in universities feel there is a growing disconnect between managers and practitioners – the leaders and the teachers. The Research Excellence Framework (Ref) is usually held up as Exhibit A in this argument, and the National Student Survey as Exhibit B. Managers are too reliant on metrics to boost funding and reputation, the argument goes, and perverse incentives mean that not enough time is given either to teaching or to research.

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