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‘A Classics education can drive social mobility’

by TES, December 19, 2018

Do you think of Classics as an elitist subject? The question reveals a great deal about prevailing attitudes towards education, as well as the problematic status of the subject itself. The presence of Classics in mainstream culture is reaching new heights, with an unbroken stream of TV programmes, novels, plays and video games set in the ancient world. And there is the enormous celebrity of Dame Mary Beard.

'Society has a duty to help poor students': university leaders on tuition fees

by Guardian, December 19, 2018

With student numbers continuing to rise, UK universities thought that tuition fees – currently set at £9,250 a year – had lost their political heat. But last year’s general election proved them wrong: Labour pledged to abolish tuition fees and students came out in force to vote. The government responded by setting up an independent review into fees and funding in post-18 education, and universities are nervously awaiting its verdict, due early in the new year. The Office for National Statistics has changed the way student loans are accounted for, potentially raising government borrowing estimates by about £12bn a year.

Number of students getting first class degrees sky-rockets as universities are accused of grade inflation - making 'Desmond' (2.2 awards) almost extinct

by Daily Mail, December 19, 2018

The number of students getting first-class degrees has rocketed in recent years with one university awarding them to half of graduates amid damning evidence of grade inflation, a major report warns today.

What would the curriculum look like without exams?

by TES, December 18, 2018

“Imagine there’s no courses, it’s easy if you try. No qualifications to aim for, above us, only sky. Imagine all the students, learning for today…”

Have you ever wondered what post-16 education would look like if we were suddenly free of the need to enrol our students on qualification-based courses?

5 tips to ensure author school visits are successful

by TES, December 18, 2018

We spend a great deal of time asking how we can encourage students to read, but we rarely discuss how to make the best use of the experts: the authors.

What it's really like to be a teacher on the front line, by Telegraph readers

by Telegraph, December 18, 2018

Anew report released this week by the Policy Exchange think tank found that two thirds of teachers are currently, or have previously, considered quitting the profession due to poor pupil behaviour.

Poorer children in half of areas across England falling further behind peers for communication skills

by Independent, December 18, 2018

Poorer children in half of areas across England are falling further behind their classmates in vital communication skills during the first year of primary school, new analysis finds.

What stopped you applying to Oxbridge?

by Guardian, December 18, 2018

New research from the Sutton Trust has shown that high-flying pupils from state schools are far less likely to apply to Oxbridge than their peers in the private sector and, if they do apply, are less likely to be successful. We asked talented A-level students what stopped them applying.

Three rules that teachers need to break

by TES, December 16, 2018

A few years back, I was perusing the cleverly situated bookshelves at Manchester Airport, full of pre-holiday excitement, when I spotted a book that I had to have. Richard Templar’s The Rules to Break appealed to my inner rebel (yes, kids, we break rules too), along with my need to create a life-changing epiphany of some kind each time I go on holiday.

Education is about ‘a little bit more’

by TES, December 16, 2018

I sat in the school hall, rear end enveloping a seat built for someone of, let's say, smaller stature, helping my four-year-old carefully wind shiny gold ribbon through lollipop sticks that had been painted green, then stuck together in advance to form a Christmas tree-shaped frame.

Children in special needs education face £1.6bn cash shortfall

by Guardian, December 16, 2018

A crisis in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities could result in a £1.6bn funding shortfall and a surge in parents resorting to legal action for help, the Observer can reveal.

Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned?

by BBC News, December 16, 2018

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be announcing the outcome of its review of how student loans are treated in the national accounts.

The Tes Podcast: Ofsted, and how to teach spelling

by TES, December 14, 2018

Join the Tes team as we discuss Ofsted's idea of giving schools just 150 minutes' notice before inspectors arrive at the gates.

Imperial’s Global Online MBA wins award in international education competition

by Imperial, December 14, 2018

The Business School won the award for its pioneering and unique Global Online MBA degree in the Business Education category at a conference in San Francisco.

Primary school league tables 2018: top performing primary schools in London revealed

by Evening Standard, December 14, 2018

Girls leaving primary school in inner London outperformed children from every other part of the country in their exam results, new figures reveal.

Why poetry is always perfect for primary

by TES, December 14, 2018

There was silence in the classroom, save the occasional snort of laughter as they changed for PE. Harrison had decided we needed a poem instead of the countdown timer and it had become a fixed routine. Since it was December, we were watching Benjamin Zephaniah perform Talking Turkeys (which drew nearly as much laughter as Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake but provided less time for wriggling out of tights and lacing up trainers).

Why do so few university graduates start their own businesses?

by Guardian, December 14, 2018

Entrepreneurship education has been around for more than 50 years, and is vital for the future economy. Yet data shows that 4.7% of recent graduates are self-employed or freelance, with only 0.6% having actually started their own business. This compares with 8.7% of the general population who have started a business in the last three years. So why are bright young graduates deciding against setting up their own companies?

New primary school data for England has been published by the government

by BBC, December 13, 2018

They are based on the performance of pupils in each school in their end-of-primary national curriculum tests, known as Sats.

Three UK teachers shortlisted for million dollar ‘world’s best teacher’ prize

by Independent, December 13, 2018

Three UK teachers have been shortlisted for the “world’s best teacher” award, in which the winner will take home $1m (£800,000).

Nearly third of phonics 'failures' go on to reading success

by TES, December 13, 2018

Almost a third of children who failed the phonics check at age 5 or 6 – and failed the resit a year later – still went on to reach the expected standard in reading by the end of primary, new statistics show.

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