Quiz: How good are your maths skills?

Telegraph - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 16:03
As a new study suggests that a third of 16 to 19-year-olds struggle with basic maths, put your skills to the test with our numeracy quiz

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IT teacher struck off after accidentally projecting porn onto classroom screen

Telegraph - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 15:40
Stephen Lawrie's personal screen was projected onto an interactive 'smartboard' in front of 13-year-old pupils

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Students with poor literacy and numeracy skills should not attend university, study suggests

Telegraph - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 15:20
A new study from the OECD suggests that young people are not well-prepared for university due to weak basic skills, which then undermine English degrees

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Police say bomb threats that led to evacuation of British schools 'not credible'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 14:37

Police attend several sites in Birmingham, and Met investigates malicious communications targeting London schools

Schools in London and across the West Midlands have been targeted by bomb threats, the latest in a series of incidents prompting pupils to be evacuated from classes.

The Metropolitan police said the London threats were being treated as malicious communications and refused to give any further details. The West Midlands force released a statement saying there was “no credible threat”, although officers were sent to investigate.

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#RealBurghley isn’t about Damian Lewis or class war. It’s about our brilliant school | Rachel Cohen and Harriet Yudkin

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 14:00
We wanted to disinvite Lewis from Acland Burghley’s 50th because we felt he was a strange choice to celebrate a diverse comprehensive like ours

Until this week it is doubtful that anyone in New Zealand had heard of the north London comprehensive Acland Burghley, let alone cared about its 50th anniversary. Yet, surprisingly, the story of our petition, signed by around 100 former students, to disinvite the actor Damian Lewis from appearing at the celebrations gathered international traction, and on Wednesday we were invited on to Radio New Zealand. Apparently we have reignited “class war”.

Our argument was that a 50th anniversary event should celebrate what made the school we loved great. Damian Lewis is a fine actor and – according to the many people who have tweeted or blogged about this – a very nice man. He was, however, educated at an exclusive prep school and then Eton, which now charges about £35,000 in fees a year. As such, he was an incongruous choice to celebrate a diverse and politically engaged local comprehensive.

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The evidence suggests I was completely wrong about tuition fees

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 12:57

For years I believed that tuition fees promoted inequality. But not only could scrapping fees be a terrible idea, there’s also a far better place to put the money

For a long time I hated tuition fees. I hated them for moral reasons and for selfish ones. I obviously wasn’t too thrilled to pay them. If I’m honest, it felt like a tax on effort, on intelligence, on wanting to make a contribution to society. ‘The country will benefit from me and people like me,’ I smugly and conveniently believed, ‘and so my education should be a taxpayer investment.’

A better reason to hate them was, I believed, the deterrent effect that they would have on poorer people entering university. If you make it more expensive to get a degree then naturally that’s going to favour people with more money. That much seems pretty obvious. It’s certainly obvious to Jeremy Corbyn, who has a whole policy built around the idea: scrap tuition fees completely, and fund the £10bn required by raising national insurance or corporation tax or borrowing money from unicorns or something.

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The chicken shop mile and how Britain got fat

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 11:00

With cheap and fattening food everywhere, there has been a shape shift that means people do not recognise obesity when they see it in the mirror

The Mile End Road in east London is awash with chicken shops – not places to buy fresh poultry but takeaways where the oil is always bubbling and everything comes with chips. One piece of chicken in batter with fries and a can of full-sugar drink for £1.99. Two pieces for £2.79. There are utilitarian tables inside with red and white plastic cloths and large containers of ketchup, but many of the customers eat as they wander home in their school uniform.

In this London borough – Tower Hamlets – one in eight children starting primary school are obese, and that doubles to more than one in four when they leave, at age 11. The borough has the fifth-highest rate of child obesity in London and the sixth in the country.

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Girls 'better GCSEs in all-girl schools'

BBC - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:52
Girls at single-sex state schools in England get better GCSE results than their counterparts in mixed schools.
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Creationist views 'risk going unchallenged in schools'

Telegraph - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:43
Radicalisation Prevent strategy has led to a "hypersensitivity" in schools about addressing Muslim creationist beliefs, a head has warned

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Lord Puttnam and Channel 4 launch MBA for media executives

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:15

Two-year course aimed at bosses in the creative industries aims at developing leaders for the digital era

In the week it emerged the creative industries contributed £84.1bn to the UK economy, Oscar-winning film producer Lord Puttnam and Channel 4 have joined forces to help launch a new executive MBA designed to give the next generation of media bosses the business skills needed to operate in the global marketplace.

Corporatising creativity has often been a thorny issue for the British media and arts industries.

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Teachers may be giving bad advice on personal statements

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:11

The Sutton Trust finds school students need more accurate advice and warns universities to be open about what they want

School students applying to university may be disadvantaged because their teachers’ views on what to write in a Ucas personal statement can be “a world apart” from what admission tutors want, according to the Sutton Trust.

Research, conducted by the trust, found that the views of Russell Group admissions tutors on what makes a good personal statement differed from what teachers believed would impress them. The trust places the blame for this on universities, warning they must provide more information about what they are looking for from students.

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Call for more religious free schools

BBC - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 10:09
The New Schools Network wants to remove barriers to allow more faith groups to open free schools.
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Malala warns of Syria's education gap

BBC - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 09:31
Campaigner Malala Yousafzai calls for more to be done to educate millions of Syrian refugee children denied access to school.
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London has become the ‘dark star’ of Britain. We need to control its success | Helen Lewis

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 07:00

The capital’s uncontrolled growth has given it a dominance that damages the rest of the country

It’s annoying when a news story has no obvious villains, isn’t it? Really stops your gallop. There you are, braced to denounce one side or the other as evil, incompetent or both, and then you realise: oh no, wait – it’s the system that’s the problem. As you were.

Related: London must stop sucking up cash from the rest of Britain | Simon Jenkins

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Rise and dine: breakfast recipes for busy teachers

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 07:00

For national Breakfast Week, food writer Hannah Friend brings you a selection of healthy breakfast recipes to start the day as you mean to go on

It’s national Breakfast Week, the only time of the year when it’s perfectly legitimate to celebrate everything from the humble bowl of cornflakes to the basic but brilliant boiled egg and soldiers.

As well as providing a delicious start to the day, breakfast also has a stream of health benefits. And studies show that going to work with a full belly helps keep you more alert and energised.

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Girls at single-sex schools outdo those in co-education – analysis

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 05:11

Study of 2015 results in England shows 75% of pupils in all-girl secondaries received five good GCSEs compared with 55% going to mixed schools

All-girl secondary schools slightly outperformed those for boys, an analysis of results in 2015 by education website SchoolDash said.

Related: Bolton Muslim girls' school breaks London's grip on excellence

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Garden project helps pupils engage

BBC - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 02:18
Taking part in a project, such as running a club or a renovating a garden, can help pupils at risk of becoming disengaged from school, research suggests.
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A-levels 'not only route to university'

BBC - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 02:13
Universities, teachers, students and parents do not fully understand the range of qualifications that can secure a place at university, Ucas warns.
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Cecil Rhodes statue to remain at Oxford University after alumni threaten to withdraw millions

Telegraph - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 00:53
Exclusive: Threats by alumni to withdraw millions in donations prompted Oriel College decision, leaked documents reveal

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Damian Lewis defends criticism of appearance at London comprehensive school

Telegraph - Thu, 28/01/2016 - 00:35
Eton-educated actor says critics of his appearance at local comprehensive school had missed the point

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