Take-up rate for policy stands at 99% for four-year-olds, as families wait for government to fulfil pledge of doubling number of hours funded
Nearly every three and four year-old in England has been the beneficiary of free childcare, as the vast majority of parents have taken up the government’s offer of 15 hours a week per child, according to official figures.
The Department for Education said that 99% of four-year-olds and 94% of three-year-olds have received free nursery places or funding for private childcare provision under the scheme, introduced in September 2013 and now in its second year.Continue reading...
Current policies are driving part-timers out of higher education and starving the economy of a skilled workforce, says Peter Horrocks
The new vice-chancellor of the Open University has called on MPs to arrest the calamitous decline in part-time students in higher education, with 200,000 fewer part-timers enrolling since tuition fees were hiked and student loan rules tightened.
Peter Horrocks, the former BBC executive who took over running the Open University last month, argues that current policies are discouraging workers from upgrading their skills and depriving the UK economy of an adaptable labour force.Continue reading...
The director of a major higher education think-thank has said the battle over student migration “has been going on for too long” – after a new survey has shown how a majority of UK students think the presence of international students improves the quality of education.
A recent poll found UK undergrads view their global classmates positively – and see them as the hardest working students
At the last count, international students made up around a fifth of undergraduates in the uk; drawn to UK universities because they provide “excellent courses with a strong focus on job-readiness,” according to Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of University Alliance.
But how do home students perceive their global peers?
In the first part of a new series that debates issues from opposing viewpoints, we look at the pros and cons of a qualification in NGO management
As a result of major cuts to investment in training in recent years, NGOs are effectively in a starvation cycle. They are under tremendous pressure to ensure money is spent in the field, which has impacted their ability to build capacity in organisations’ capabilities, particularly in areas such as leadership and operations. Such cuts will have an accumulative and detrimental impact on organisations in the longer term.
Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, continued with her visit across the US last night by giving a speech on the importance of children’s education in Denver, Colorado.
Some students receive money, driving lessons or holidays as a reward for strong grades – but is it a good idea?
Have you been saving up? Because if you’re a parent who’s promised to pay up when the A*s roll in, the coming months might prove expensive.
Some students are offered money, driving lessons or holidays in return for good exam marks, but is this sort of incentive really going to make a difference to what students get in the end? Should parents be rewarding a child for effort instead of results? Or does incentivising study with cash or treats simply add extra exam stress, and risk rubbing salt in the wound if a student doesn’t do as well as expected?Continue reading...
Many public services staff take on a second job just to survive. Here, some of them reveal what it’s like living with anxiety, zero-hours contracts and low pay
“I want to highlight how much responsibility we have and how little money we get,” says 26-year-old Matthew Greenwood, a behaviour support assistant for children with autism. “I’d like to stay in the public sector because I enjoy helping those most vulnerable in society, but it is difficult.”
Greenwood earns £14,000 a year working 32 hours a week. He works 15 hours extra in after-school clubs, taking home a further £160 a month. He also studies for his Open University early years degree for three hours every night.Continue reading...
How do you estimate the size of hidden populations? Dr Ruth King explains here, an excerpt from her talk tonight in the London Mathematical Society’s prestigious Popular Lecture series.
In theory the question “How many…?” is a very simple one. After all, we just need to be able to count.
In fact, this question is often extremely difficult to answer:Continue reading...
The five-second rule won’t save you from germs and the blue whale isn’t actually the earth’s largest living organism
From star signs to homeopathy, humans believe in strange things. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, the incoming president of the Royal Society, recently described us as being “intrinsically prone to being irrational”. He pointed out that science has a role in countering this, which got me thinking about the common myths that persist, in spite of scientific evidence telling us otherwise. While not quite in the same league as astrology and homeopathy – two bugbears of Venki and scientists the world over – I hope this odd collection of not-so-conventional wisdom will at least right some small wrongs.Continue reading...