Some of the students who have helped Andover Trees United become this year’s Young Green Champions, sponsored by Ecover
“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is a phrase nobody understands better than Andover Trees United. Established in 2011 by teacher Wendy Davis, the project’s aim was to ensure that every young person in the Hampshire town and surrounding area planted a tree in their school nursery bed, later moving it to a dedicated woodland space. “We wanted it to be something that would bring together the community,” says Oonagh Pope, 63, a retired teacher who helped Davis plant the very first batch of saplings at Portway Junior School. Since then 4,000 trees have been planted in Andover’s seven-acre Harmony Wood, and things show no sign of slowing down.
More than 25 Andover schools are currently involved in the scheme, with children ranging from primary to sixth-form level. Although nothing would have been possible without a strong team of school support gardeners, the children have been an essential part of the process, mucking in on everything from logo design to seeking out the newest planting spots. Sebastian Duff, 11, regularly gives presentations and attends meetings to engage more children in the project. “I know how much impact it has on the climate,” he says. “This is a project for kids, and we’re very motivated by it.”Continue reading...
Every year, at the beginning of July, hundreds of boys converge on Gary Hickey’s school to sit an exam that only about one in six will pass. And every year the headmaster gets a somewhat disturbing insight into the things some parents will do to ensure their child gets the golden ticket.
It’s not at all unusual, apparently, when the bigger cars roll up to the gate, to spot personal tutors in the back, pushing their 10-year-old charges through one last 11-plus test paper. Parents whose children fail to get into this popular state grammar despite such cramming will often ring Hickey in tears; once a mother demanded that he write a formal letter berating her child for having failed, and expressing his disappointment that the child had not worked harder. (Thankfully, she got short shrift).Continue reading...
More than one in five secondary school maths lessons is now taught by a teacher without a degree in the subject, official figures have revealed.
Lobachevsky University’s former vice-rector Kendrick White leaves country after state TV accuses him of being part of western fifth column
A United States citizen has been fired as vice-rector of a Russian university and has left the country after state television suggested he was harming national interests, joining a growing number of foreign specialists to face pressure amid anti-western rhetoric.
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod said in a statement that its vice-rector for innovation, Kendrick White, had been relieved of his duties as part of a “restructuring of the management system”. Colleagues quoted by the Kommersant newspaper said White, who is also the chief executive of the Russia-focused investment consultancy Marchmont Capital Partners, had flown to Florida.Continue reading...
Russel Group chair Sir David Eastwood says minister’s claims are not borne out by student surveys, and predicts tuition fees will have to rise
Today’s students work hard and demand top-quality teaching rather than “coasting” through soft degree courses as suggested by ministers, according to the UK’s most senior university leader.
Sir David Eastwood, the vice-chancellor of Birmingham University and chair of the Russell Group of leading research institutions, rejected criticism from the higher education minister, Jo Johnson, who said British universities were guilty of grade inflation and failed to offer value for money.Continue reading...
With education increasingly in the global spotlight, research must be undertaken to pinpoint the factors that cause girls to struggle or drop out
Schools have the potential to transform girls’ lives, unlocking the door to future opportunities, better health and greater autonomy. But in many places, schooling falls short of that aspiration.
In May, global educators gathered at the World Education Forum in Korea to agree on a post-2015 global education agenda. In June, the US first lady Michelle Obama visited the UK to help launch a UK/US partnership that will invest nearly $200m (£128m) in supporting girls’ education in countries affected by conflict, starting with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Continue reading...
The Government needs to lift the £9,000 tuition fee cap in England in line with inflation, says an advocacy organisation for higher education institutions.
2:1 classifications at university are becoming too common and are allowing students to “coast” through, the universities minister, Jo Johnson, has said.
The founder of Africa’s first drug discovery and development centre explains why scientific research is key to unlocking the continent’s potential
The continent of Africa suffers a crippling disease burden, which continues to choke economic growth in addition to causing high morbidity and mortality. It is therefore vital for Africans to contribute to finding solutions to their health problems. The discovery and development of new medicines in Africa led by Africans is essential to that.
Long-term sustainable provision of new affordable medicines in Africa can only be ensured through committed investments in research and development (R&D) through African-led local and international public-private partnerships so that risks, and not just benefits, are shared. Africa needs science, not aid.Continue reading...
Visa controls make life difficult for international students who want to stay in the UK after graduation
International students account for almost a fifth (18%) of those in higher education, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa). However, unlike their British and EU-national peers, non-EU students have only four months after the end of their course to find a job, or they face deportation.
Most non-EU graduates go home after their studies, but of those who want to work in the UK, many apply for a Tier 2 visa. To be eligible for a Tier 2 visa:Continue reading...
Minecraft in Education portal aims to get educators sharing tips on how Mojang’s popular game can be used to teach children
Millions of children are already playing Minecraft at home, whether on computers, consoles or mobile devices. Now the game’s parent company Microsoft wants to encourage more teachers to use it in the classroom.
Microsoft, which bought the game’s developer Mojang for $2.5bn in 2014, has launched a new site aimed at teachers, aiming to foster a community of educators swapping lesson plans and other tips based on Minecraft.Continue reading...
Limited funding and an arbitrary target to recruit 3,000,000 apprentices could undermine attempts to raise the reputation of professional education
Apprenticeships have been thrust centre stage by the new government. In May, it was revealed in the Queen’s speech that – much like the title “university” – the word apprenticeship will become a protected term. The aim is to prevent low-quality schemes being described as apprenticeships when they are really just short-term training rebadged.
Many people still struggle to understand the difference between training and educationContinue reading...