What is the millennium development goal on education all about?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 07:30

The education goal was designed to ensure that every child in the world gets a primary school education. How has it fared since its launch?

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Uganda’s success in universal primary education falling apart

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 07:00

Despite the $302m spent annually on primary education, almost 70% of children are likely to drop out, with hidden costs proving too high for poorer parents

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Creative Schools review – we need to call time on exam-factory education

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 07:00

The shadow secretary of state salutes Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica’s powerful manifesto which opposes standardised testing and calls for a more inspirational approach to teaching

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Teens and tech: what happens when students give up smartphones?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 07:00

A recent project challenged young people to go cold turkey on using digital devices for a week. The results suggest compulsion – not addiction – is the issue

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Warning on loss of part-time students

BBC - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 01:38
The fall in part-time students in the UK means lost opportunities for individuals and the economy, the new head of the Open University warns.
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Hundreds of schoolchildren caught with drugs in last four years

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 00:58

Data from police forces across England and Wales show class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine among illegal substances seized in more than 2,000 incidents

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Drugs seized from hundreds of pupils

BBC - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 00:06
Hundreds of schoolchildren, among them a pupil of only eight, have been caught with drugs on school premises, new figures reveal.
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Sir Keith Burnett says £9,000 university tuition fees are 'a disaster financially and unsustainable'

The Independent - Thu, 23/04/2015 - 00:00

There is at least one voice in the wilderness among vice-chancellors calling for tuition fees to be scrapped altogether. He is Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of Sheffield University, who argues that the present system of fees of up to £9,000 a year is "a disaster financially and unsustainable".









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Pioneering programme teaches pupils about the dangers of female genital mutilation

The Independent - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 22:00

Mohammed, aged nine, has cut out a line of paper dolls and pinned them to a colourful poster adorned with the abbreviation FGM and the word "Help". His friend David, also nine, has written the supportive message "You Are Not Alone" inside a big red heart, while across the room their classmates Sara and Sia are making up a rap song from the slogan "My Body, My Rules". After whispering and giggling at the start of the 90-minute workshop, the children are beginning to enjoy getting creative with paper, pens and rhyming patter.









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Labour could replace GCSEs with 'baccalaureates' to end stigma

Telegraph - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 21:01
Labour could replace GCSEs with a new baccalaureate within ten years to help put vocational qualifications on a par with more academic ones







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The Guardian view on Britain’s choice 2015: society and the state

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 20:18
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Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 19:00

Shadow education secretary wants to reform 14-19 education and create a single baccalaureate that puts academic and vocational qualifications on a par

Labour could replace GCSEs within a decade with a single baccalaureate that would end the historic divide between academic and technical education, the shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has told the Guardian. Hunt said he hoped the plan would end underachievement in English schools.

“It is a big, hairy conversation that you have to begin early and then shape some of the discussion around,” he said. “I would hope by the end of a five-year parliament there was a consensus about creating a 14-19 curriculum and qualification framework, and I would not be surprised, or indeed saddened, if that meant in a decade’s time we were beginning to phase out GCSEs.”

Related: GCSEs are obsolete and have been for years. Let’s scrap them | Peter Wilby

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Morgan makes Tory pledge to 'guarantee future' minority language GCSEs and A-levels

Telegraph - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 18:28
A newly-elected Conservative government would "guarantee the future" of GCSEs and A-levels in minority languages like Polish and Turkish







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School starting age change delayed

BBC - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 18:05
A proposal to introduce flexibility in the age at which children start primary school in Northern Ireland is postponed by the education minister.
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Megan Dunn elected as NUS president: 'we will make sure students aren't lied to again'

Telegraph - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 17:47
Speaking to the Telegraph in her first interview as elected president, Megan Dunn says that party "pledge breakers" will be held to account for their actions







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Morgan backs Polish language A-levels

BBC - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 17:44
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells exam boards to reverse their decision not to offer A-levels and GCSEs in minority languages such as Polish and Bengali.
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Pop-up events showcase rare literary treasures around the globe

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 16:40

This Thursday, antiquarian book fairs will spring up in locations the world over – from a woolshed in the Australian bush to the top of a Chicago skyscraper. Here is all you need to know, plus some of the rarest specimens you might bump into

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Four in ten teenagers 'fall victim to cyber fraudsters', says survey

Telegraph - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 14:50
Four in 10 teenagers say they have fallen victim to cyber criminals, study says







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Pietro Boselli: the world's hottest maths teacher? - video

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 14:36
Pietro Boselli, 26, discusses being both a model and a university lecturer, after he was dubbed the 'hottest maths teacher in the world.' One of Boselli's students discovered his modelling career after Googling his name and then posted a topless Instagram picture of the 'hunk'. Boselli received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 2014 from University College London and was a lecturer there until March 2015 Continue reading...







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