Inquiry into Muslim infiltration claims extends to 25 schools

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 19:16
Council extends inquiry to 25 schools despite doubts over 'Trojan Horse' letter and warnings of a 'witch-hunt' against Muslims






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Operation Trojan Horse: Now 25 Birmingham schools under investigation for alleged Islamic extremist takeover plot

The Independent - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 18:41

The investigation into an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to take over schools in Birmingham has widened after more than 200 complaints were received by the city council amid claims that religious hardliners threatened to overthrow secular head teachers.








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Laws calls for 'education stability'

BBC - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 18:09
A "significant period of stability" in schools should follow wide-ranging changes to policy under the coalition government, Schools Minister David Laws says.
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Nick Clegg backs probe into school extremism claims

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 18:05
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says faith schools should not be allowed to become "silos of segregation" but should use their religious identity as "engines of integration"






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David Laws in veiled swipe at Gove's education 'revolution'

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 18:02
David Laws, the Schools Minister, admits that the education system is being damaged by 'excessive politicisation' as he sets out clear dividing lines between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives ahead of the 2015 General Election
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Seeing red

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 18:00
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Schools Minister David Laws calls for a period of calm for teachers

The Independent - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 16:47

Teachers need a period of calm and consensus in education rather than a "permanent revolution", Schools Minister David Laws said today.








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Teachers demand code of conduct for Ofsted inspectors

The Independent - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 15:55

Teachers' leaders are demanding a code of conduct for school inspections after warning education standards watchdog Ofsted had "lost all credibility".








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Ofsted is 'broken', teachers claim

BBC - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 14:14
Teachers accuse England's education watchdog of being broken and not fit for purpose, and call for a charter governing school inspections.
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Teachers missing out on lunchbreaks, conference told

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 13:04
Disappearance of staffrooms and increasing workloads mean many teachers do not get proper break, ATL conference hears

Too many teachers are missing out on lunchtime breaks as schools scrap staffrooms and increase teacher workloads, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference has heard.

Many teachers are denied a break away from pupils, either because there is no staffroom available or because they are "required to do more in the same amount of time", teacher Alison Bradey told the conference in Manchester.

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Twenty five schools to be investigated over 'extremist Muslim' plot fears

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 11:46
A total of 25 schools will be investigated over concerns about extremist plots to take over institutions






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More schools to be investigated over 'extremist Muslim' plot fears

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 11:46
More schools will be investigated by the Department for Education over concerns about extremist plots to take over institutions






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Teachers report mental health fears

BBC - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 10:36
Teachers are increasingly experiencing mental health problems as a result of the pressures of their job, a survey suggests.
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DNA tests at French school over rape

BBC - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 10:34
French police investigating a rape collect DNA from more than 500 male students and staff at a school in La Rochelle, in an unprecedented step.
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Graduate starting pay 'falling'

BBC - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 10:33
Starting salaries for graduate jobs, even in the best-paid fields of medicine and dentistry, have fallen 11% in five years, research suggests
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Will doing a master's get you a better job? Well, maybe

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 10:09
Statistics suggest that people with a master's are more likely to find work, but such figures should be treated with caution

It was a love of comedy that encouraged Alex Blower to study a postgraduate degree in drama. After taking a year out to work as activities vice president at his student union, he decided that a master's qualification would allow him to specialise in his area of interest.

He says: "I wasn't sure at the time whether I wanted to go into higher education teaching or not, but I knew that I'd need a master's to do so, and that it would give me more of an idea of what academia was like."

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Graduate earnings 'premium' cut by up to a third in five years

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 06:31
Research by The Complete University Guide finds that the value of a degree in many subjects has declined since the economic downturn, even though tuition fees soared to a maximum of £9,000






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Bad behaviour in students is glossed over to maintain schools' reputation, says study

Telegraph - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 06:01
A new study reveals that many schools are providing 'misleading' information about pupil behaviour in order to ace inspections






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New HEA/QAA research: Beyond contact hours, towards independent learning

Higher Education Academy - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 02:00

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) have announced plans for a joint project to explore how directed independent learning is promoted in UK universities and colleges. The work will look at how courses are designed and delivered to do this most effectively.

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Statement from the Higher Education Academy

Higher Education Academy - Mon, 14/04/2014 - 02:00

Over recent months we have been developing our plans to deliver highly focused and evidence-informed projects which will support the sector in our shared drive to inspire teaching to transform learning. We can now confirm we have received the funding to do this.

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