Degree classifications must change to stop students 'coasting', says minister

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:42

With more than 70% of graduates now leaving university with a first or upper second, Jo Johnson says additional grade point average is needed

The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has called for changes to degree classifications, claiming that 2:1s are now so common that they allow some students to “coast” and still get one.

The minister said the facts were startling, with a 300% increase in firsts since the 1990s. More than 70% of all graduates now leave university with a first or 2:1, compared with 47% in the 90s and up by 7% in the past five years alone.

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Wilshaw: Poor white pupils 'let down'

BBC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:43
White working-class families can feel "abandoned" by schools and heads should be able to fine feckless parents, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.
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Teachers can lawfully 'confiscate, keep or destroy' unhealthy lunchbox snacks, ministers say

Telegraph - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:28
Lord Nash, an education minister, said that it would be good practice if the child in question and a second member of staff were present during the search.

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Schools 'hire ex-Navy personnel' to drag naughty kids out of bed

Telegraph - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 17:27
In a bid to prevent student absences, schools are hiring ex-Navy personnel and former police officers to go to student's homes and ensure they get to school

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Universities must prove they are excellent at teaching, minister says

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:11

An national audit of the teaching offered at universities will provide more information to future students and help drive up standards

Universities will have to show they are providing high quality teaching and giving value for money under plans outlined by the new science and universities minister, Jo Johnson.

A national audit of the teaching offered at universities – based on “outcome-focused criteria and metrics” such as graduate earnings – will provide more information to future students, the minister said on Wednesday.

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"Feckless" parents should be shamed if they fail to turn up for parents' evening, head of Ofsted says

Telegraph - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:07
"Feckless" mothers and fathers should be shamed and told they are "bad parents" if they fail to turn up for parents' evening

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Horsforth School in Yorkshire cancels £1,650-per-pupil Barbados field trip

The Independent - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:50

The school – who was accused of putting pressure on less well-off parents by arranging a £1,650-per-pupil trip to Barbados – has said it is now cancelling the trip.

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'Protect children from welfare cuts'

BBC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:49
Children and their families should be "protected from welfare cuts" - which have contributed to child poverty - the four UK children's commissioners say.
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Child poverty definition is changed

BBC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:46
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announces a new way of measuring child poverty, focusing on education and home life as well as income.
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VIDEO: James Caan: 'Turning up on time is crucial'

BBC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:22
Ex-Dragons' Den star James Caan says "soft skills" like timekeeping are as important to business as education.
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Students Express: share your spoken word videos

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:22

Young people and students: we’d like to see your spoken word videos on the theme of heat

Here at Guardian Students, we aim to provide a platform for a wide range of student and young voices. Students use our Blogging Students section to talk about everything from school feminist societies to spiked drinks.

But we know that not all young people are writers by nature. While you may have plenty to say, you might not want to express it through carefully crafted blogs. That’s why we’ve launched Students Express – a new way for you to showcase your work on the Guardian. We’ll be inviting submissions around a variety of themes and plan to compile some of the best ones into galleries and articles on the Guardian site.

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Class divide in primary friend study

BBC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:09
Researchers find children make friends with others from different ethnic groups, but social class is a more "divisive factor" than ethnicity for adults and children.
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HEA welcomes Minister’s focus on teaching

Higher Education Academy - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:05
Wednesday, 1 July, 2015

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) welcomes the focus on teaching in the speech delivered by Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, this morning. 

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Traditional university degree honours obsolete as new 13-point system unveiled

Telegraph - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:39
Universities minister Jo Johnson also consider a new league table scoring universities of quality of teaching

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Ofsted inspectors rate two more free schools as inadequate

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:17

Latest reports mean a quarter of the 93 mainstream free schools inspected so far have been found to be inadequate or requiring improvement

Two of the government’s new free schools have been classed as inadequate by Ofsted inspectors, highlighting flaws in the quality of teaching and learning as well as failings in the schools’ leadership and pupil behaviour.

The Ofsted reports for Robert Owen Academy, a secondary school in Hereford and St Anthony’s primary school in Gloucestershire came as the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, told a conference in London: “The soft bigotry of low expectation has no place in today’s schooling.”

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Barbados school trip cancelled

BBC - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:07
A school cancels a £1,650 trip to Barbados because too few pupils signed up to go.
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10 ways social science research has changed our lives – interactive

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:17

As the Economic and Social Research Council celebrates its 50th anniversary, we pick out 10 pivotal moments in the social sciences over the past five decades that have had an impact on society and the way we think. Click on the research to scroll through the timeline

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Meet the man who has trained more British journalists than anyone else

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:11

After 38 years, David English is about to step down from his role at Cardiff’s School of Journalism. Here he takes a look back at journalism over the last four decades

As he retires from his role as newspaper director at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, David English, reflects on his 38-year career which has seen him teach more British newspaper journalists than any other person. Here he’s interviewed by by the head of Cardiff’s School of Journalism and former director of news at BBC Global, Richard Sambrook, (also one of his first students) about his career, his observations, and his outlook for the future of print journalism.

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Education Secretary to tackle 'soft bigotry' of low expectations

Telegraph - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:00
There should be no place for the "soft bigotry" of low expectations where children from poorer homes are too often ushered towards easier subject

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Student social workers: 'I'm deeply concerned about the future'

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:30

Five students share their thoughts and concerns on entering the challenging profession as the Tory government threatens those within it with prison

On the MA social work course at the University of Sussex we train dedicated young people to join a profession often in the forefront of political change and never far from the headlines. In the aftermath of the recent election, one of the very first comments made to me by a student was “Are we all going to be sent to prison now?

Our students are concerned by how the profession they are entering will be challenged in the next few years and what the personal toll will be for them. Nevertheless, they remain passionately committed and ready to face the trials which becoming social workers may bring. Most of all, they want a voice – a way of speaking back to the many accounts of social work which flourish in the media and politics. In this piece, five students give personal accounts of their motivations to become social workers and their apprehensions for the future.

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