International judging panel announced for Global Teaching Excellence Award

Higher Education Academy - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 16:55
Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 This award recognises and celebrates institution-wide approaches to teaching excellence in higher education
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Should schools serve local food?

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 16:03

Seasonal menus, bake-offs and an army of ‘Jamie Olivers’ are helping more UK schools offer locally sourced lunches. But what’s the secret to making the switch?

At a state school in Harrogate, Steve Ashburn is busy serving 950 lunches to hungry children – using ingredients sourced from local suppliers. The menu is impressive. Options include Easingwold pork escalopes, stuffed with leek and Wensleydale cheese, followed by Wakefield rhubarb possett for dessert.

As a foodie and proud Yorkshire man, Ashburn is a strong advocate for creating seasonal menus using quality ingredients, and putting as much business through local producers as he can.

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Good social workers are invaluable. So let’s give them proper support | David Brindle

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 10:29

Research reveals that some think social workers are there to pop to the shops for you. It’s time to restore some prestige

About three in every 10 people in Britain think social workers help with household chores like cooking and cleaning, with personal care like washing and dressing, and with childcare. Two in 10 reckon they will nip to the shops for you. Asked to choose from a given list of professionals they consider important providers of mental health support, 69% of people identify psychiatrists and 65% GPs – but only 41% pick social workers.

Related: The secret life of a social worker: you just have to get used to letting people down | Anonymous

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Where did all the GCSE pupils go – and why has no one noticed?

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 08:15
Some secondary schools have ‘lost’ up to 46% of their pupils without causing any alarm to Ofsted inspectors

When Ofsted inspectors published a report on Hewens College in Hillingdon, west London, in January 2016, they gave it a clean bill of health. Leadership and management were impressive, teachers had high expectations of their charges and the education provided overall was adjudged “good”. Any school would be proud of such a report.

However, one striking fact was not mentioned. The year group that had taken GCSEs the previous summer, and on whom much of the school’s latest achievement data was based, was only just over half the size it had been when these pupils joined the school in 2010.

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Future schools: core subjects only, parents pay for the rest | Laura McInerney

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 08:00
It would perfectly suit Tory ideology for parents to pay for sport, music, extra reading … and for state schooling to be pared to the basics

Imagine a world where school as we know it – free to all, with a wide variety of subjects – has been stripped back to a basic entitlement. Each child gets only a few hours per day of teaching in the core subjects. If parents want extras, say sports or music lessons or more reading activities, those must be additionally purchased from the school, or from private companies.

It may sound like a dystopian future but many parents already supplement their child’s education and, with grammar schools about to return, there is the opportunity for a boom in private tutoring. An austerity government with weak opposition could see paring back education as a neat way to solve some of its woes.

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May v Sturgeon: Scottish education swept up in political war of words

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 07:45
Pupils in Scotland have fallen behind in science. Now the PM has attacked the country for its ‘neglect’ of schools. Is she right?

From James Watt’s steam engine to Dolly the sheep, Scotland is proud of its strong science tradition, so a recent fall in the international rankings of Scottish pupils in science is causing a degree of national soul-searching.

And as the political temperature rises, Scotland’s education performance is being used as ammunition against the SNP government. Theresa May accused Nicola Sturgeon of “neglect and mismanagement” of education when responding to the call for an independence referendum. The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, said at her party conference earlier this month that the SNP’s record on education was “an absolute disgrace” and “a mark of shame” and promised a “back to basics review” of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). Questioned at Holyrood last week about May’s attack, Sturgeon said merely: “The education secretary and I work to raise standards and close the attainment gap in our schools every single day.”

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Universities condemn outbreak of violence at student rugby match

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 21:15

The varsity fixture between the universities of Sussex and Brighton was cancelled, with several students taken to hospital and one man arrested

Police are investigating after a brawl broke out at a rugby match between two universities. Bottles were thrown among the crowds in scenes condemned as “shocking and disgraceful” by the two institutions.

Numerous people were injured during the disturbances at the annual fixture between the universities of Sussex and Brighton in Falmer, East Sussex, on Sunday, which led to the match being cancelled.

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Schools funding formula change risks children’s futures | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 19:46

I chair the Barnsley comprehensive school featured by you last week (Education, 17 March) and for Deborah Orr (Opinion, 18 March) to say, in effect, that those of us fighting for fair funding in our schools are “wilfully damaging” education elsewhere is deeply offensive. We know that all schools need more money, but surely some need it more than others and the idea that with more money we can level-up is pure rhetorical fantasy.

Last week’s Education Policy Institute report on the implications of the national funding formula laid bare the fact that 882 schools are more than 10% above their proposed fair funding. To level all schools up to this would cost over £3bn – on top of the £3bn needed to cover the 8% rise in schools’ costs. Expecting £6bn from any government is disingenuous stalling, and playing games with our children’s futures. Equality is never quick or easy, and vested interests always start with the loudest voice and most power. If we are serious about social mobility, we must press on with the funding reforms and stop playing politics.
David O’Hara
Chair of governors, Penistone Grammar school

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Is studying law boring? And other student FAQs

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 17:05

From the workload to work prospects, current students and tutors answer the questions law applicants really care about

Law is statistically the hardest subject to get a first-class degree in, so if your reasons for applying are limited to TV crime dramas and pressure from well-meaning relatives, it’s probably time to do more homework.

“I came into the law thinking I wanted to be a barrister, fight for underdogs and fight injustice,” says Abigail Minor, a second-year student at the University of Warwick. “But that’s a very niche area and your chance of getting into that as a career is very slim. I soon realised that it’s very competitive. I don’t want to make rich people richer and I want to stay true to myself.”

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Chinese maths textbooks to be translated for UK schools

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 16:39

HarperCollins signs ‘historic’ deal with Shanghai publishers amid hopes it will boost British students’ performance

British students may soon study mathematics with Chinese textbooks after a “historic” deal between HarperCollins and a Shanghai publishing house in which books will be translated for use in UK schools.

China’s wealthy cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, produce some of the world’s top-performing maths pupils, while British students rank far behind their counterparts in Asia.

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Enfin! Female author in French school exams for first time since 1990s

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 15:31

Baccalauréat lists Madame de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Montpensier after protests about sexism in lycée system

A female author has been included in the list of compulsory study books for France’s prestigious literature baccalauréat for the first time since the modern-day exam was introduced more than 20 years ago.

The move follows petitions protesting about sexism and an “excess of testosterone” in the exam syllabus.

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Best schools add £18,600 to average house price

BBC - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 14:41
Living near the best performing schools can put 8% on to the value of the average home.
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'Lack of money' prompts care firms to end council contracts

BBC - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 11:26
Care companies say the amount local authorities pay is not enough to cover wages and other costs.
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Brexit-proof the UK economy with more R&D, say employers

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 08:01

New CBI campaign says economy risks being left behind unless UK research budget rises to 3% of GDP from 1.7%

Britain must Brexit-proof its economy by ramping up spending on research and development or risk being left behind in the global race to deliver game-changing innovations in areas such as space tourism and robotics, the country’s leading business group has said.

The CBI lobby group will launch a campaign on Monday to urge the government to adopt an ambitious new target for R&D spending of 3% of GDP, compared with the current level of 1.7%.

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 59 – Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold (1869)

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 20/03/2017 - 06:45
Arnold caught the public mood with this high-minded but entertaining critique of Victorian society, posing questions about the art of civilised living that still perplex us today

In 1848, a year of European revolutions, Matthew Arnold, the eldest son of a celebrated Victorian headmaster, voiced fears about his society that still seem hauntingly prescient and topical. “I see a wave of more than American vulgarity, moral, intellectual, and social, preparing to break over us,” he wrote. Arnold was also a poet, critic and educationist of great distinction. In Dover Beach, his finest poem, he expressed similar anxieties in some famous lines:

“And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”

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