What are PISA results?

BBC - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 22:38
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results are due to be published. Branwen Jeffreys explains what they are.
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Education policy should be led by those in it for the long term | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 19:17

Sadly, your editorial (The outgoing Ofsted chief has ruffled a lot of the right feathers, 2 December) is right that “a preference for evidence over ideology … is too rare in the politics of education”. The dismantling of local authority oversight of schools and its replacement by cross-country academy chains is an example of ideological change with an absence of supporting evidence that it will improve our schools.

The decade timescale of real educational improvement clashes with ministers’ political need to be seen 'to do something'

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Judge allows Oxford graduate's £1m high court battle to proceed

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 18:59

University had asked for case of Faiz Siddiqui, who alleges bad teaching led to his failure to get a first, to be struck out

A graduate has won a round in his £1m legal battle over his failure to get a first from Oxford University.

Faiz Siddiqui alleges the “appallingly bad” teaching he received on the Indian special subject part of his modern history course resulted in him only getting an upper second degree when he took his finals in June 2000.

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Lords must fix flaws in higher education and research bill | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 18:35

The UK higher education sector has a global reputation for excellence, offering high-quality learning opportunities for more than 2.5 million students across a diverse range of universities and colleges, large and small.

As the representative bodies for UK higher education, Universities UK and GuildHE recognise that new primary legislation, in the form of a higher education and research bill, is essential. The regulatory framework has not kept up with the implications of fee changes, increased competition and the growth in new alternative providers. That is why we support the objectives of the bill to provide greater protection for students and ensure that all providers of higher education – old or new – can be regulated fairly, consistently and on the basis of risk.

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The naming of parts from an Ikea flatpack? | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 18:32
School data collection | Phobia feature photos | Uses for unwanted Guardian sections | Bolt or set screw?

I assured several worried parents that the collection of pupil nationality data was simply for Department for Education research purposes. It wasn’t. The mandatory data request was not fully explained to schools. It now appears to have been a murky compromise with a Home Office plan to tackle illegal immigration (May wanted to ‘deprioritise’ school places for children of people illegally in UK, theguardian.com, 1 December). Please write out 100 times: “Schools exist to teach and care for children.”
Chris Pyle
Head, Lancaster Royal Grammar School

• In your article on phobias (Fright school, G2, 5 December), you quote the CEO of Anxiety UK saying “Because [phobias] often seem comical and irrational, the media doesn’t take them seriously.” This was immediately proved by your decision to illustrate the article with three large spiders, including one on the front page of the main section. Clearly you don’t get it either!
Jill Wallis
Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire

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Neil Pride obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 17:45

Neil Pride, who has died aged 85, was a world-renowned respiratory physician and physiologist who made enormous contributions to our understanding of common lung diseases. He was my friend and colleague for 40 years.

Neil’s research unravelled the mechanisms of airway narrowing in common lung conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was one of the earliest researchers in COPD, now the third commonest cause of death in the UK, probing its underlying mechanisms and helping us to understand how treatments work. His scientific output dealt with the mechanics of every aspect of the respiratory system, from the nose to the diaphragm, including coughing.

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Did you solve it? Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old?

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 17:03

The results of today’s primary maths challenge

Earlier today I set you ten questions from this year’s International Singapore Maths Competition. Here are the questions and the answers. On the whole you did very well - smarter than a 10-year-old Singaporean! (With the caveat that they didn’t have multiple choice answers to choose from, and they are only ten). The only questions where your most popular answer the wrong one were 6 and 8. (C in Q6, and B in Q8). Thanks for taking part - now look through your workings...

For Year 5 pupils:

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London and south-east children far more likely to go to top universities

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 16:56

North of England being left behind, with secondary school performance a huge concern, says children’s commissioner

Children in London and the south-east are 57% more likely to get into universities ranked among the top third than their counterparts in the north, according to research by the children’s commissioner for England.

Launching a year-long investigation into why many children in the north get left behind, Anne Longfield said the under-performance of secondary schools in the north of England was of “huge concern”, with poorer pupils getting significantly worse GCSE results. “London and the south-east is racing ahead,” she said.

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Want to help your northern child? Become a pushy southern parent

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 16:51

The children’s commissioner has claimed that a dearth of parental ambition – not funding discrepancies – is holding back kids up north. So, here’s a quick guide to being a bit pushier

Blame the parents. According to Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner, one reason that there is a gap in educational attainment between teenagers in the north and the south is because northern parents are not as pushy as their southern counterparts. Apparently, there just isn’t the same appetite for Mandarin lessons, excellence in the hockey team or whatever other stereotype has been thrown at pushy mothers (and it is mothers who are overwhelmingly judged, of course).

“As northern parents, we need to be aware of these inconsistencies and variations in secondary schools and push hard for our schools to show how they are improving and helping our children to achieve,” Longfield said, prior to the publication of her report Growing Up North. “One of the real drivers of improvements of schools in London has been the demand for good school results from parents and children. There is much we northern parents can learn about this parent power.”

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A brief history of Tim: Peake's space capsule to go on display at Science Museum

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 16:28

Soyuz TMA-M used by British astronaut on journey to and from International Space Station will be shown at London museum

The spacecraft used by Tim Peake on his journey to and from the International Space Station is to go on display at London’s Science Museum.

The Soyuz TMA-M that launched the British astronaut into orbit in December 2015 and returned him to Earth in June will be put on show for the public from early next year.

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David Beckham tattoos come to life for child abuse campaign

BBC - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 14:57
David Beckham's tattoos take on a life of their own in a Unicef film highlighting abuse against children.
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The best apps for law students

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 14:21

A selection of the handiest tools for your revision, admin and research

Both apps from legal publishers LesixNexis allow students to access digests of more than 300,000 cases and 3,500 definitions of legal terms and phrases. On the Case allows you to search for cases by name, citation or keyword, and gives each case a status signal indicating how judges have treated them. To access login details, students should download the LexisLibrary apps on the iPhone, open the app and click on the “academic” link. After completing the registration form using only your academic email address, an email will be sent to your university email with login details. But beware: both are currently only available on iPhone.

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Segregation at 'worrying levels' in parts of Britain, Dame Louise Casey warns

BBC - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 13:43
Segregation is at "worrying levels" in parts of Britain with some women denied basic rights, a report says.
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Parents in north of England should be more pushy, says children's tsar

BBC - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 11:44
Parents in the north should learn from pushy southern counterparts, says England's children's tsar.
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Ban on smoking in cars with children comes into force

BBC - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 08:51
A new law making it illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under the age of 18 come into force in Scotland.
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Poorer white pupils underperform in later academic choices – study

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 00:01

Children on free school meals less likely to go to top universities than better-off peers with similar GCSEs, says mobility watchdog

Students from white British backgrounds are often holding themselves back by making poor educational choices, with many shutting themselves out of better careers as a result, according to a study for the government’s social mobility watchdog.

Researchers found that as much as half of the gap in admissions to highly selective Russell Group universities between children on free school meals (FSM) and their better-off peers could be a result of factors beyond academic ability.

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Graduate sues Oxford University for £1m over his failure to get a first

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 18:51

Faiz Siddiqui claims ‘appallingly bad’ teaching during degree course prevented him from having a successful career

An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming the “appallingly bad” and “boring” teaching cost him a first-class degree and prevented him from having a successful career.

Faiz Siddiqui, who studied modern history at Brasenose College, told the high court he believes he would have had a career as an international commercial lawyer if he had been awarded a first rather than the 2:1 he achieved 16 years ago.

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