The world's top 10 fashion schools for undergraduates – in pictures

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 12:05

Where’s the best place to be a fashion student? Industry bible the Business of Fashion (BoF) has revealed its first global fashion school rankings based on global impact, learning experience and long-term value
• UK fashion schools top global rankings, but are their students ready for work?

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UK fashion schools top global rankings, but are their students ready for work?

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 12:04

Central Saint Martins is rated best for undergraduate courses in the Business of Fashion’s ranking, with five other British colleges in the top 20. However, some students think more could be done to prepare them for industry
• The world’s top 10 fashion schools for undergraduates – in pictures

The BA press fashion show at Central Saint Martins (CSM) attracts leading fashion journalists, buyers and employers, and this year’s glittering event was no exception. In the glamorous atrium of the art college, now part of the University of the Arts London, models showed the work of 40 undergraduate students. But as guests left the show, they were met with a silent demonstration by almost 100 other students whose collections had not been chosen for the catwalk. “They were standing in silence, modelling their own designs or they had got friends to do it. There was amazing talent there and when you think how much they had spent on course fees and on their collections you can understand why they were so disappointed not to get shown,” says Sarah Mower, fashion journalist and ambassador for emerging talent at the British Fashion Council. It can cost students £10,000 to prepare an MA collection, she says.

“I think the problem comes from the college accepting too many people on the course,” says graduate Dilara Findikoglu, who came up with the idea for the demonstration. “There used to be 20 to 40 and now it’s 120. Throughout the year everyone works really hard and puts equal love and effort into their collection and it is very upsetting not to see your name on the list.”

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Schools are 'too focused on exam results and don't prepare students for the workplace', survey finds

The Independent - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 11:09

Schools are too focused on exam results and are not doing enough to equip students for the workplace, according to a recent survey.

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Are tablet computers harming our children's ability to read?

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 10:43

The last few years have seen the biggest change in how young people spend their time since the invention of the television – but is it a good thing?

Since the invention of the television, a box you could put a child in front of and leave them passively entertained, nothing has changed how children spend their time as much as the tablet computer.

Four years ago, just 7% of 5- to 15-year-olds in the UK had access to a tablet. By last year it was 71%. Some 34% of this age group even owned the tablets themselves, as well as 11% of 3- to 4-year-olds, according to Ofcom figures.

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What students can learn from older people

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 10:25

Young volunteers and the older people they work with tell us what they have learned from each other

Being lonely is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Older people, who are more likely to live alone, or have health conditions that make it harder to leave the house, are particularly susceptible to loneliness and isolation. But so are students, who often move to different parts of the country for university and can have trouble settling in and making friends.

Unless you have grandparents you are close to, students and young people can have little contact with members of older generations – meaning they miss out on the value of those types of relationships and conversations.

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The tale of a toy designer: drawing inspiration from the classroom

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 08:59

When architect Gillian Logan was asked to give a presentation about her job to pupils it sparked her business idea

About two years ago, I was asked to be my son’s show and tell. I’m an architect and his class was doing an architecture project. I tried to find a fun, hands-on kit to take with me but I couldn’t find anything suitable. All the art toys I found were either fashion-focused or very crafty. So I did my own thing and, knowing children like the absurd and bizarre, I based it on famous lookalike buildings including London’s Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), Cheesegrater (Leadenhall building), Shard and Pringle (Olympic velodrome) – as well as Glasgow’s Armadillo and Beijing’s Bird’s Nest (national stadium).

The kids loved it. And the seed of an idea, which turned out to be Skinny Sketcher, was planted.

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The school places police

BBC - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 02:47
The investigators hunting school admissions cheats
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Escalating child health crisis feared due to lack of school nurses

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 00:01

Royal College of Nursing says school nurses have unique opportunity to help improve key issues facing children’s health, particularly obesity

The nursing union has warned of an escalating health crisis among children due to a lack of school nurses.

The Royal College of Nursing said school nurses had a unique opportunity to help improve some of the key issues facing children’s health, particularly the huge problem of childhood obesity, with one in three children in the UK overweight and one in five classed as obese.

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Church schools top the league as study reveals cost of kitting out a child for the school year

The Independent - Mon, 24/08/2015 - 00:00

Parents will spend £236 on average to send a child to school this coming term, according to a new report.

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All praise the pound shop: a guide to classroom decoration on a budget

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 23/08/2015 - 08:00

Get your classroom in order this autumn with our money-saving ideas – including transforming a foil baking tray into a snazzy homework in-tray

Along with every other aspect of education, how to decorate your classroom is a matter of debate. Some say learning spaces should be kept bare so that students can concentrate on learning rather than the Gandhi quote dangling from the ceiling. Others go for rooms that look like the end result of a death match between a dictionary and a rainbow.

The best classroom I have ever been in was a bright, spacious science lab which had huge 3D displays – including a human digestive system with moving parts. It felt like a place where you couldn’t help but learn. One of the worst was my own room in the same school. It was cramped and permanently hot with aerated block walls covered in posters that would never stay up, despite my experiments with every type of adhesive known to the pound shop.

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GCSEs: the great debate

Telegraph - Sun, 23/08/2015 - 07:00
Last week GCSEs underwent their annual performance review, with numerous critical voices clamouring to be heard. Eleanor Doughty reports

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Nicola Sturgeon must try harder to kill off elitism in Scotland’s schools | Kevin McKenna

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 23/08/2015 - 00:07
Since devolution, Scotland has had an unbroken pattern of left-of-centre government – yet unearned social advantage runs through our education system

For a moment or two last week, it was possible to imagine that Scotland will soon be setting the global gold standard on raising attainment levels for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. When you witness Nicola Sturgeon talking with quiet passion about her dream of giving all children in Scotland, regardless of background or status, an equal chance of fulfilling their potential, you want immediately to join the marching band. Pledging to bridge the chasm in attainment between children from poor areas and those from the most affluent neighbourhoods, which currently disfigures education in Scotland, she said: “My priority… is that every young person should have the same advantage that I had when I was growing up in Ayrshire.”

Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s newly elected leader in Scotland, had signalled she will place educational attainment at the centre of her strategy to breathe new life into her stricken party. She, too, spoke passionately about the pattern of inequality that runs ruinously through our education system. “When I went to study law at Aberdeen University… I was surrounded by privately educated pupils who would spend holidays at their parents’ law firms; I would work preparing food containers for oil rigs… It made me realise that what I really needed to do was to change the system.”

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Religious education is being 'watered down', argues Church of England

Telegraph - Sun, 23/08/2015 - 00:01
Reverend Nigel Genders, the chief education officer of the Church of England, has said that changes to the GCSE system are also watering down religious education

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Taxpayers owed millions from loans wrongly given to foreign students

Telegraph - Sat, 22/08/2015 - 17:03
They were handed grants and loans due to inadequate checks, and only one tenth of the money has been repaid

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Over-18s staying in foster homes rises

BBC - Sat, 22/08/2015 - 11:41
More vulnerable young people are choosing to stay with their foster parents past their 18th birthdays, the government says.
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Deciding to study abroad can be tricky for minority ethnic students

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 22/08/2015 - 09:00

Planning time abroad is stressful for any student, but for BME students there’s also potential racism to contend with

Preparing to study abroad is nerve-wracking whoever you are. It may be exciting, but the build-up can also be stressful: from finding a place to live to navigating foreign bureaucracy.

However, for many minority ethnic students, there can often be an added concern, particularly when heading to countries that are less racially diverse or tolerant than the UK.

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'Millions' owed by foreign students

BBC - Sat, 22/08/2015 - 08:44
Millions of pounds in taxpayers' money wrongly awarded to foreign students is yet to be recovered, figures from the Student Loans Company show.
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