Crisis warning over teacher shortages

BBC - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 17:58
Teacher recruitment problems and a huge rise in pupil numbers will become "a perfect storm" for schools in England, a leading head teacher tells the Conservative conference.
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Six creative ways to inspire girls in science lessons

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 16:00

Here’s a collection of ideas and resources to encourage the next generation of women into Stem, just in time for Ada Lovelace Day

In a week’s time, Tuesday 13 October, it’s Ada Lovelace Day.

But how much do your students know about this pioneering female? Lovelace – widely considered to be the world’s first computer programmer – is an inspirational woman of science. The annual celebration of her achievements – and those of other women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) – is a great chance to get girls excited about a traditionally male-dominated field. So this week we bring you a selection of whizz-bang lesson ideas to help inspire the next generation of female scientists.

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Welcome to the home that calculus built – video

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 15:15

Sotheby’s offers a tour around Integral House, designed by maths megastar James Stewart. Stewart made a fortune with a calculus text book but was also an architect. ‘Integral’ refers to a concept within calculus, the maths of flowing change. The property is on the market with Trilogy Agents for £11.4m

Watch the full video on Trilogy Agents’ YouTube channel

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Female scientists #prettycurious about campaign aimed at young women

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 14:56

A new drive is encouraging girls to study science. But is its name, Pretty Curious, sly marketing or sexist stereotyping?

The path towards equality in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) is destined, it seems, to be littered with cringe-inducing campaigns designed to appeal to women.

The latest effort is from energy company EDF, which is encouraging girls to pursue further study and careers in these traditionally male-dominated fields with a campaign called Pretty Curious. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has attracted criticism for its seemingly stereotypical view of female scientists.

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'I needed someone to make me believe': the teachers who inspired us

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 13:00

In honour of World Teachers’ Day popular writers, comedians and a theoretical physicist recall their favourite educators

To celebrate World Teachers’ Day we asked some well-known figures to tell us about the amazing people in education they’ll always remember. If you have a memory to share – or perhaps a misdemeanour confession – contribute to our our Guardian Witness project or tweet us @GuardianTeach.

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Universities need a 'global outlook in war for talent'

Telegraph - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 12:21
A leading university vice chancellor has said that UK universities have to be globally connected to win the best students

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Maths palace built by calculus 'rock star' on sale for £11.4m

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 12:11

James Stewart’s calculus text books made him very rich. He spent his fortune on Integral House, an award-winning architectural marvel inspired by calculus, which is now on sale after he died last year

James Stewart was an unlikely literary sensation.

The Canadian mathematician made a multimillion-dollar fortune by writing calculus textbooks for universities and high schools. Last year alone he sold 500,000 books, accounting for about $26.6m (£17.5m) in sales, according to his estate.

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Violin star Nicola Benedetti's top tips for young players

BBC - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 10:46
Violin star Nicola Benedetti gives teens a masterclass
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Student leader rules out Cage link-up

BBC - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 10:40
The president of the National Union of Students has emphatically ruled out working with the controversial advocacy group, Cage.
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Learning to teach changed the way I study

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 10:11

Seeing things from the other side of the classroom completely changed the way I look at education

“Can you be specific about how you’ll grade us? I’m still unclear,” inquired a student during the first seminar of my master’s course at the University of East Anglia.

I cringed seeing the fumbling professor. Just a year before, I was the teacher sitting in the hot seat and had students asking me questions such as, “when is the real adult teacher coming?”

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Before working in psychiatry, I didn't think mental health problems were real

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 07:45

If I, a medical student, had this distorted view of mental illness, there isn’t much hope for society

As a first-year medical student, there is nothing quite as exciting as your first-ever clinical placement, where you can finally feel like a doctor in training. That is, unless you’re placed in psychiatry. Having learnt how to perform numerous examinations and procedures such as taking blood, your placement is a chance to finally put these skills into action on real patients.

With psychiatry, however, the emphasis is on developing the skill of speaking to patients and taking detailed histories, with little – if any – practice of procedures and examinations. You must learn to understand and evaluate a person’s thoughts, emotions, and experiences, to lead towards diagnosis, treatment and management. Attempting to decipher the complexity of the human mind, while taking in to account biological and social aspects? Quite unnerving.

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Dear Ms Morgan, your thinking is from the stone age

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 05/10/2015 - 07:00

Why does an anonymous authoritarian prescribe what our children learn? Instructing teachers on what they ‘should’ do takes away the excitement of discovery

One of the farcical aspects of being a school parent over several decades, as I have been, is the way we see slabs of curriculum come and go, often for no better reason than a minister of education fancied it. We see our children bringing home paragraphs of knowledge that have suddenly been deemed essential and then, at a later stage, not essential. Funnily enough, what hardly ever changes is how the paragraph is supposed to make its way into our children’s minds.

Related: Dear Ms Morgan: there’s no point giving children tickets for closed libraries

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Warwick University students call for closure of BP archive on campus

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 04/10/2015 - 16:57

Student group urges chancellor to shut archive as part of protest against fossil fuels and BP’s ‘insidious’ link to university

Students at one of Britain’s top universities have written to their chancellor calling on him to shut down a BP archive based at the campus library in what amounts to an escalation of campaigns against fossil fuel companies.

Warwick University students this summer successfully persuaded the academic board to halt investments in coal, gas and oil companies, and believe the BP archive should have no place either.

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Depression and self-harm soar among private school pupils, poll suggests

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 04/10/2015 - 13:34

Survey of headteachers finds problems including eating disorders are now at unprecedented levels, with social media and exam stress blamed

Teenage pupils at British private schools are experiencing unprecedented levels of depression, eating disorders and self-harm, according to headteachers, who say longstanding stresses have been amplified by increased pressure over exams and the ever-present anxieties of social media.

The warning comes from the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), representing 175 leading private schools, which surveyed 65 headteachers on the subject.

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Cambridge fattens up 150-year-old gargoyles for their own protection

Telegraph - Sun, 04/10/2015 - 12:43
The waistlines of the landmark statues have been expanded in a bid to stop them crumbling and falling from their perches

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