Danny Alexander refuses to rule out further tuition fees rise

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 18:15
Liberal Democrats' most senior finance minister says party cannot guarantee fees will stay at £9,000 after next general election

The Liberal Democrats' most senior finance minister has said the party cannot rule out raising tuition fees higher than £9,000-a-year after the next election, despite the bitter row that engulfed the party when Nick Clegg abandoned a flagship pledge to oppose the policy in 2010.

In an interview with the Guardian, Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said he did not see at the moment any need to raise them but could not guarantee what Liberal Democrat policy would say going into the next election.

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Lecturers’ pay may be docked for marking boycott

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 17:26

Universities throughout the UK have warned they will dock lecturers’ pay in an unprecedented move which threatens to bring the entire higher education system to a standstill.








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Boycott marking and lose ALL pay, universities tell lecturers as salary row escalates

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 17:26

Universities throughout the UK have warned they will dock lecturers’ pay in an unprecedented move which threatens to bring the entire higher education system to a standstill.








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Fewer international science students come to 'unwelcoming' UK

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 14:41
Enrolments on Stem courses have dropped 10%, says House of Lords report

An "unwelcoming UK" has seen a drop in the number of international students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem subjects), according to a House of Lords report.

The report says the policy on immigration has had a negative impact on international student enrolments on UK Stem courses, which have fallen by more than 10% in the past two years.

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'Grunting teens need speech classes'

BBC - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 12:13
A former speech-writer to Tony Blair says schools need to do more to help teenagers improve their communication skills.
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Head teacher criticised for booking a month off during school term to get married

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 12:03
Primary school head teacher criticised by parents for booking a month off during school term time to get married






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Students: bring your own technology to uni

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 11:39
Asking students to use their own tech in lectures could save money, but will it damage attention spans?

A few years ago, if a student got their phone out in a lecture, this was quite a clear sign that they were no longer paying attention. But today, using a phone or tablet in the lecture hall is actually encouraged by universities, many of which are asking students to use their own technology to access learning resources.

The trend, known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), has swept across countless institutions, including University College London, where a dedicated IT service desk will connect any device to the university's wireless network, Eduroam.

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Classroom teddy bears 'encourage competitive parenting'

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 11:09

The practice of children taking home a classroom teddy bear and recording how they spend their time with the fluffy companion is breeding new levels of competitive parenting.








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My father died when I started university, and I didn't tell anyone

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:05
After my father's death I quietly imploded without anyone around me at university noticing

My father died when I was 18. It still feels very strange to write that, much less say it out loud. One afternoon halfway through my first week at university he suffered a bowel infarction, and died almost instantly.

My dad was not the picture of healthy living he was a chain smoker and a heavy drinker. But you still do not expect a parent to drop down dead with no warning three days after you leave home.

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I didn't practise any German in bilingual Berlin

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:00
Following a trip to Berlin, Anna Codrea-Rado reflects on why she didn't manage to speak very much German

I went to Berlin and didn't speak German. What's even worse is that I didn't really try that hard, either.

It all started to go wrong at the hotel reception. The immaculate staff at the Amano spoke perfect English, I'm not talking the level of English you'd expect in a decent hotel, I mean the kind of English where you can't even place the speaker's native accent.

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How well do you know your grammatical terminology?

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:10
Subject or object, past perfect or present? Recognising grammatical terms in English could make foreign language learning easier. Test your knowledge






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Parents reprimanded for taking children out of school for family funeral

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 07:19
Parents Andrew and Danielle Overend-Hogg say they are disgusted after they were issued a written warning for taking their three children out of school to attend their late grandfather's funeral
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Monosyllabic teenagers 'need speaking lessons' at school

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 06:03
Peter Hyman, a head teacher and Tony Blair's former speechwriter, says that schools need to provide speaking and listening lessons because of concerns that large numbers of teenagers are unprepared for the world of work






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Pushy parents 'locked in competition over the class teddy'

Telegraph - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 06:00
Most teddy bears would be happy with a picnic, but research by the TES shows how rising numbers of pushy parents are attempting to out-do each other by taking the class mascot to the orchestra, sailing trips and VIP events






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No buts, children should be taught to speak eloquently, says leading headteacher

The Independent - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 00:16

Talking is just an important a skill to learn as reading and writing to combat the image of the “grunting, monosyllabic teenager”, a leading headteacher and former senior adviser to Tony Blair says today.








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Class bears 'prompt parent rivalry'

BBC - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 00:13
Classroom teddy bears that go home to stay with pupils for the weekend are prompting new levels of competitive parenting, the TES says.
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Immigration talk 'deters students'

BBC - Fri, 11/04/2014 - 00:11
"Overblown rhetoric" on efforts to bring down immigration has contributed to a drop in students doing technology, engineering and maths courses at UK universities, peers say.
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Anger as school run stumbles upon animal carcasses

Telegraph - Thu, 10/04/2014 - 23:45
Pupils at an independent secondary school in Devon disturbed as their cross-country route is interrupted by stag hunt
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Rise in number of unqualified teachers at state-funded schools in England

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 10/04/2014 - 21:40
In 2012 Michael Gove gave academies and free schools choice to hire unqualified staff; there are now thousands more of them

Unions reacted angrily on Thursday after official figures showed a sharp rise in the number of unqualified teachers employed by state-funded schools in England.

The growth follows education secretary Michael Gove's 2012 decision to give academies and free schools the freedom to hire staff without standard qualifications such as a postgraduate certificate in education.

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More than 20% of parents say they have been fined for unauthorised holidays

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 10/04/2014 - 21:25
Poll of 1,000 parents reveals how many have been fined for taking their children on trips during school term

More than 20% of parents say they have been fined for taking their children on unauthorised holidays during the school term, while a majority of parents have lied to avoid getting into trouble, a national survey has found.

According to the poll of 1,000 parents for ITV's Tonight programme, 22% said they had been fined for a child's unauthorised absence, with the highest rates in the east and West Midlands, where more than one in three parents said they had been fined.

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