Confusion over new GCSEs causing widespread anxiety, say teachers

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 16:48

Government curbs on civil servants in runup to polling day has led to lack of information on grading system

The government is failing to provide sufficient information about the new GCSEs because of an “overzealous” interpretation of rules governing what civil servants can say in the runup to the election, senior teachers say.

Related: New GCSEs: 'Only two pupils in England will get all top marks'

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Rosemary sales surge during exam season

BBC - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 16:25
Exam season sales of rosemary have surged after links with memory, says health food chain.
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Governors stage 'strike' over funding

BBC - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 13:40
School governors in West Sussex are staging a first "strike" over worries about funding.
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Ingrid Beazley obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 12:57

My friend Ingrid Beazley, who has died of cancer aged 67, was an inspirational teacher and art curator. She will be remembered for the energy and enthusiasm with which she communicated the magic of diverse art forms to people from all walks of life.

Born in Guildford, Surrey, to Ian Marrable, a doctor, and his wife, Kari (nee Bonde), Ingrid spent her childhood in Tanzania (then Tanganyika), where her father was a medical officer and where she attended the Lushoto preparatory school. Returning to Britain, she obtained a BA in art history and psychology from the University of London and then went to teacher training college in Gloucestershire.

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How can schools engage young people in democracy?

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 12:00

From running your own referendum to talking to your local MP, here’s how to use Brexit and the general election to inform students about politics and voting

Comments such as “What’s the point in voting?” and “I don’t understand what I’m voting for” are commonplace in my further education college. Engaging young people in politics and democracy is hard, and getting through these negative barriers is the first hurdle.

As a government and politics teacher, it is my role to promote such discussions. Democracy is also a topic that schools in England are required to teach, as part of government guidance on promoting British values in the education system.

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I went to a grammar school – that doesn’t mean I have to support them | Michael Rosen

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 10:04
The 11-plus system is riddled with problems, not least that it’s more about identity and social place than education

I went to a grammar school – two actually. According to one way of discussing this fascinating subject, I am disqualified from arguing that a selective system is unfair and socially damaging. I am, it seems, so much in debt to my grammar schools that this outweighs any rational argument I might make that there can be a fairer system. I must be, in a sense, so marked by the experience that the only honest comment I’m allowed to make is: “The grammar school was good for me, so the system is a good one.”

Related: Grammar schools: back to the bad old days of inequality

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How do we show international students they're still welcome in the UK?

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 07:00

If the government won’t do it, the higher education sector needs to convince overseas students that the door is open

When the government decided against excluding international students from immigration targets through the Higher Education and Research Act, the higher education sector reacted with dismay. Now we are hearing that the Conservative manifesto commitment to cut net migration to tens of thousands is to be repeated. Responsibility for making international students and staff feel welcome in the UK must therefore fall to universities themselves.

Government decisions are sending out the wrong message to the rest of the world. This is a shame, since international students and academics who come to study or work in the UK have greatly enhanced the higher education sector, British society and our economy. They also help make the UK a world leader in innovation, scientific research and collaboration.

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No such thing as 'fat but fit', major study finds

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 06:01

‘Metabolically healthy obese’ are 50% more likely to suffer heart disease than those of normal weight, finds University of Birmingham study

People who are obese run an increased risk of heart failure and stroke even if they appear healthy, without the obvious warning signs such as high blood pressure or diabetes, according to a major new study.

The findings, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal, may be the final death knell for the claim that it is possible to be obese but still metabolically healthy – or “fat but fit” – say scientists.

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Apple's Italian job for finding top talent

BBC - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 00:03
Apple is expanding its European academy to find the next generation of coding and app creators.
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Grime artist Stormzy donates £9,000 to a student's crowdfunding page

BBC - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 18:18
Stormzy has donated £9,000 to a student's crowdfunding campaign
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Labour manifesto pledges £25bn package for education

BBC - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 15:29
Scrapping tuition fees in England, limiting class sizes and extending free childcare to all two-year-olds.
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Core academic teachers 'leaving profession'

BBC - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 11:48
About one in 10 of those teaching maths, science and languages leaves each year, analysis of data finds.
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Live chat: the compiler of the Guardian University Guide answers your questions

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:30

Wondering how we created our 2018 university league tables? Want to know why some institutions have skyrocketed while others nose-dived?

The Guardian University Guide 2018 is now online, letting you know how every major higher education institution in the UK is performing. Universities with lots to celebrate include Liverpool Hope University, the University of West London, and Bath University.

But how does it work? How do we calculate which courses and campuses top the tables? And what sets our number-crunching apart from other guides?

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Applying to university: top tips from today's students to tomorrow's

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:15

As the Guardian reveals its 2018 university league table, five first-year undergraduates share things they wish they’d known as sixth-formers

Maya Parchment, 20, from Didcot, Oxfordshire, studies media and communications at Bournemouth University. A-levels in English literature (C), sociology (C), media studies (B) at Wallingford sixth form. Her mum is a teaching assistant; her dad is a retired postman.

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University guide 2018: league table for art

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00

The study of - and training in - drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and other media

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University guide 2018: league table for mathematics

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00

The study of quantities through analysis, deduction and calculation - including mathematics, operational research and statistics

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Cambridge digs in at the top of university league table

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00

Liverpool Hope leapfrogs over University of Liverpool for the first time in Guardian University Guide for 2018

Cambridge has topped the Guardian University Guide league table for the seventh year running, while Oxford remains in second place and St Andrews in third.

There’s little change among the top 10 universities: Durham University, which ranked sixth last year, is in fourth place, while Bath University has climbed from 10th to fifth position. Imperial College London, Loughborough, Warwick, Lancaster, Surrey and UCL make up the rest of the top 10. Coventry remains the highest-ranked former polytechnic in the guide, moving up from 15th to 12th place.

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University guide 2018: league table for law

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00

The study of criminal legal systems – includes criminology and jurisprudence

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University guide 2018: league table for architecture

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00

Design and creation of buildings. Involves the study of the sciences, humanities and fine and applied arts

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University guide 2018: league table for drama & dance

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/05/2017 - 07:00

Drama students will study theatre management, scenery, costume and lighting. Dance students will learn about music, choreography and drama

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