Play fair with young people, George Osborne – let 16-year-olds vote

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 09:39

This month’s budget pummelled young people — without a vote, they can’t hit back

George Osborne’s July budget was a ruthless attack on the country’s young. The abolition of housing benefit for under-21s, a new “living wage” that won’t apply to under-25s, and the replacement of university maintenance grants with maintenance loans all showed that Osborne felt he could target young people without any significant consequences.

Related: Seven ways to fight the maintenance grant cut

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Teachers' end-of-term gifts: the good, the bad and the ugly

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 08:04

As teachers pack up their classrooms for the summer, we ask them to share unusual end-of-term gifts from students – past and present

At the end of the school year, it’s traditional for students and parents to thank their favourite teachers with presents. But from the sublime (wine and chocolate) to the ridiculous (an illuminated gnome) – what sort of items make their way to classrooms around the country? We asked our community to detail their yearly present haul, including the best and worst gifts they received. Add yours to the comments section or tweet us @GuardianTeach.

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Ten groundbreaking university research projects

Telegraph - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 07:30
From future proofing the food supply to exploring the origins of intelligence, here are 10 potentially world changing pieces of research









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Parents are paying children in 'digital currency', report finds

Telegraph - Wed, 22/07/2015 - 00:01
With over a quarter of parents paying their children in digital currencies, is this the end of pocket money?









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VIDEO: Students' views on scrapping of grants

BBC - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 22:43
Students from the poorest backgrounds in England will graduate owing up to £53,000 after maintenance grants are replaced by loans, a think tank has suggested.
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VIDEO: Does Sweden's free school model work?

BBC - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 20:06
Sweden once excelled in international education tests but it has just set up a commission to look at why it has fallen further and faster than any other country.
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Benefit claimants taking up further education rise by 35 per cent in five years, figures show

Telegraph - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 17:38
But there are worries over "significant" cuts to further education









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A teacher's view on school reports: they're bland, robotic and misleading

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 16:14

As with everything else in education, school reports are now standardised and corporate. But this deprives students and parents of valuable feedback

It will come as no surprise to teachers that parents are increasingly dissatisfied with “robotic” school reports. Long gone are the days when children used to get up at dawn to intercept the dreaded letter from their school, aimed with drone-like precision to obliterate the early promise of the holiday. Now parents read reports on their iPhones the moment they are written. There is no escape for the naughty child.

Except, of course, much of what is said these days is dull and impersonal: that naughty child can hide in the plain sight of bland statements. And that’s if they are read at all: I have taught many children who blithely admit that their parents never look at their reports. There are a number of reasons for this. Most obviously, teachers are in much more regular contact with parents by email now, so reports tend to just summarise what is already known.

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Sweden loses top marks for education

BBC - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 16:11
Sweden loses top marks for education
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End of the year show

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 15:28

Spelling it out …

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Can New York's Climate Museum save the planet?

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 15:03

It may well be able to – but it can’t do it alone. Museums around the world must stop dumbing down science and start putting education before entertainment

Can a museum help to save the planet? Is it possible to promote solutions to the human-caused warming of global climates through interactive displays, 3D movies, a gift shop and all the other methods of the modern museum?

That’s what the Climate Museum Launch Project hopes. This week, the Board of Regents of New York State gave it a five-year provisional charter to create a climate museum in New York City. Soon, tourists could be supplementing trips to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum with a troubling, or perhaps inspiring, visit to a museum full of climate-related exhibits. The plan is to focus on “solutions”, reports the New York Times. A design for the building has even been proposed by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.

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Moving legacy of Ebola worker who died saving children

BBC - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 12:00
Moving legacy of Ebola worker who died saving children
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Seven ways to fight the maintenance grant cut

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 11:48

If you think the government is wrong to scrap maintenance grants, here’s what you can do about it

The government has announced that they are scrapping maintenance grants and converting them into loans – a move that will push those from poorer backgrounds further into debt, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said on Tuesday.

For students to fightback, we need to use a multitude of tactics. Not just because different forms of activism work for different people, but also because politicians and sector leaders are more likely to get onside if we make it as hard as possible for them to do otherwise.

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Rotherham children 'still at risk'

BBC - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 11:01
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham abuse scandal still needs to make "major improvements" to some child protection procedures, a report finds.
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Will taking a BTec help or hinder your university application?

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 09:37

Vocational courses equip students with practical skills and a portfolio of work, but some worry that only A-levels will get them into a top university

In the past, the BTec coursework-only qualifications were considered by many to be inferior to A-levels. Most elite universities would not accept them, grammar schools didn’t teach them and many students had never even heard of them.

These days, much has changed. Recent figures from Ucas show that the number of A-level students achieving grades ABB (the average grades you need to get into the top ranked universities) has fallen by 2,500 over the last year, but the number of BTec students achieving the equivalent has gone up by 16%. So, with an increasing number of students taking BTecs, doing well and going on to study at undergraduate level, are top universities finally beginning to take them seriously?

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Top 10 universities for sport

Telegraph - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 08:07
If you're keen on sport and want to be part of the winning team at university, check out which institutions came top of the BUCS league









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VIDEO: Rotherham abuse: Police 'more to do'

BBC - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 07:49
South Yorkshire Police says progress is being made after its role in preventing the Rotherham child abuse scandal was criticised.
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How do you spot a student extremist in a university?

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 07:30

Vague guidelines on how to identify radicalism in universities will only perpetuate stereotypes and limit debate

Last week it was revealed that the government has partially compromised on its controversial guidance for external speakers on campus. Extremist speakers can now visit universities as long as they are fully challenged with opposing views at the same event. The government has also backed down on the requirement of speakers to provide a detailed script in advance of their visit.

Universities will, however, be expected to stop events happening that could potentially “draw people into terrorism” – and Theresa May has retained the power to issue a ministerial direction backed up by law against universities that refuse to implement the new counter-extermism rules on external speakers.

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Five children, five years at secondary school, and the best job I ever had

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/07/2015 - 07:15

Five years ago Janet Murray wrote an article about five pupils’ transition from primary school – which turned into a touching annual update. This year she speaks to the teenagers as they prepare to spread their wings after taking GCSEs

One sunny June afternoon in 2010, I drove down to the Kent coast to meet a group of year 6 pupils for an Education Guardian story. I had no idea then that it was start of five-year relationship that would include candid conversations on Sats, selective education and – a few years down the line – sex, drugs and social media.

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