How to hack your home: why there’s never been a better time to tinker

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 14/12/2014 - 07:00
As presenter of this year’s Christmas lectures, Professor Danielle George wants us to ‘hack our homes’. Here she explains why hacking – as in tinkering with technology, not sabotaging it – has become a key skill for today’s children Continue reading...






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New careers college set to fill skills gap

The Independent - Sun, 14/12/2014 - 00:00

It has a marine simulator which can reproduce at the touch of a button a replica of ports around the world that any ship's navigator will sail into. It can also conjure up a range of weather conditions from calm to stormy as you stand at the helm of your ship – giving you the impression of listing when you are, in fact, on terra firma.








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Pupils with special educational needs are being failed by mainstream schools, says Mencap

The Independent - Sun, 14/12/2014 - 00:00

Parents who have children with special educational needs (SEN) believe that mainstream schools are failing to help them reach their full potential, according to a report published today. A survey of 1,000 parents by the charity Mencap, which supports people with learning difficulties, found mainstream schools are failing children with learning disabilities – with 81 per cent of parents saying they are not confident their child's school is helping them do their best.








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How to make perfect festive treats for your staffroom

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 13/12/2014 - 08:30

The season to eat indulgently is upon us, and what better way to impress colleagues than with Christmas treats? Here are a few recipes to try

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Secret Teacher: my Christmas party mischief got me on the naughty list

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 13/12/2014 - 06:59

The Jaegars and false tattoos may have caught the head’s attention for all the wrong reasons, but the festive antics proved that my colleagues are true friends

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How I coped when my daughter left home

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 13/12/2014 - 06:30
Emma Freud’s only daughter is just finishing her first term away at college. So how did she cope when Scarlett left home? Here are her top tips for anyone whose child is heading off next year to live miles away from the family Continue reading...
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Christmas with the cathedral chorus

Telegraph - Sat, 13/12/2014 - 06:00
December brings cold, late nights, but young choristers wouldn't have it any other way, says Eleanor Doughty






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If I were queen for the day I would send children into the wilderness

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:49
Parents, be ready to pack your children off with just a kiss and a bag of essentials – and mobile phones are not allowed Continue reading...
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'State guardians' instead of parents informed about under age sex

Telegraph - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:35
The Scottish Government issues guidance to schools stating teachers should tell the SNP's planned network of 'named persons' instead of parents about concerns they have about children's welfare.






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Lying is an "important social skill" for young children

Telegraph - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:13
A psychology expert at Lancaster University says that lying is a necessary part of growing up, as research finds that punishing children who fib is often counterproductive






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Examiners 'rehashed old questions in A-level test paper'

Telegraph - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:17
A report from Ofqual finds that exam boards made a series of marking errors and set impossible test questions this summer, potentially damaging public confidence in exams






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More grades changed after challenges

BBC - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:46
There has been a steep rise in the number of GCSE and A-Level grades changed after schools challenged the results.
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Ofqual: schools playing the system to boost pupils' grades

Telegraph - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:57
The exams watchdog pledges to investigate a sudden spike in the number of schools demanding extra help for pupils - and even cheating - in this year's GCSEs and A-levels






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Ofqual say quality of GCSE and A-level marking ‘not yet good enough’

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:37

Exam watchdog reveals one in every 100 grades were changed after being challenged this summer

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How to do Christmas presents on the cheap – and still look like the best friend ever

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:53

It’s all about gift bundles – curated collections of tiny items that show you’ve thought about everyone’s passions and preferences

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Which surveillance agency just released an encryption app for kids? Answer: GCHQ

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:47

Cryptoy Android app focuses on historic cryptography tools, despite chief’s recent criticism of tech firms for making modern encryption easier

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Learning and teaching in cyber security grants awarded

Higher Education Academy - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:35
Friday, 12 December, 2014

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have awarded Development Fund grants of up to £40,000 to Newcastle College, Birmingham City University, Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores

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A guide to the REF for the shameless academic

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:30

Palm your teaching off on gullible colleagues and get yourself a TV show – Glen Wright shares his tips for success in the Research Excellence Framework

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Disadvantaged pupils' results, top class teachers and secondary schools slip

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00

Education round up: Primary school students with poor backgrounds achieve best ever results, Ofsted note growing divide between north and south, and teachers’ Christmas videos

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GCHQ app targets budding sleuths

BBC - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:28
The government's electronic monitoring agency GCHQ hopes to target future cyber sleuths as it launches its first app.
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