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'Schools should have consistent policy on phones'

by BBC News, November 13, 2018

Pupils in schools where smartphones are banned like being free of the associated pressures, says England's Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield.

Ms Longfield said schools across England should have a consistent approach to the use of mobile phones.

She told the Commons Science and Technology Committee that every school seemed to have its own policy on whether pupils could use phones.

Tell us: What impact is private tuition having on education?

by Guardian Education , November 13, 2018

In recent years there has been a sharp rise in private tutoring of children from infant school to university. Research from the Sutton Trust this year found that more than a quarter of state-educated 11 to 16 year olds in England and Wales pay for private tutoring. The charity, which measures social mobility, found that in London as many as two out of five children had been given private tutoring at some point.

Exclusive: Careers advice best in deprived and coastal areas

by TES, November 13, 2018

Schools and colleges in deprived communities and those based in coastal areas tend to perform better on careers advice, according to a new report published today.

If spending on poor pupils seems lavish, it’s a drop in the bucket compared with cuts

by Guardian Education , November 13, 2018

There are many tricky questions facing education policymakers but here is a conundrum: why, if funding for poorer pupils is now outstripping money spent on those who are better off, is it proving so hard to narrow the attainment gap?

What to put in your Ucas personal statement if you don’t have grade 6 flute

by Guardian Education , November 13, 2018

The hardest part of applying to university via Ucas has to be the personal statement: your one chance to define yourself to your potential tutors and persuade them you are worth an offer. It seems like a minefield. What’s the right tone – boasting or humble? Does two days at your mum’s office qualify as work experience? And for some students it is extra challenging. What if you don’t have grade 6 flute, or even grade 1, or a Duke of Edinburgh award, and didn’t have the contacts for a work placement?

Five tips for teaching comprehension

by TES, November 12, 2018

Teaching comprehension used to be all about strategies in my classroom. I had a lot of techniques like inference that I would teach, and I would hope for the best.

I don‘t do that anymore.

Research by cognitive psychologists such as Daniel Willingham and the work of writers such as ED Hirsh Jr. and Doug Lemov have led me to believe that reading comprehension relies heavily on background knowledge and that the explicit practising of key strategies such as inference, predicting, and summarising will only get you so far.

Six fundamental problems for further education

by TES, November 12, 2018

How does further education in England compare with FE systems in other countries? That is the question that four academics from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, part of the University of Toronto, have attempted to answer.

Untangling the tuition fee knot

by BBC News, November 12, 2018

Who pays for your student loans?

If you're a student in England who's just taken one out, or a recent graduate staring at your monthly statement, you'll answer "I do".

The public debate about whether students are taking on too much debt has led to a big review of how to pay for your education beyond the age of 18.

Schools should not attempt to diagnose children with mental health disorders, Government adviser says

by Telegraph, November 12, 2018

Schools should not attempt to diagnose stressed children with mental health disorders, a Government adviser has said.

Tom Bennett, who guides ministers on behaviour issues in schools, warned that teachers must not give out “amateur diagnoses” to pupils, adding that there is a danger of “medicalising” normal childhood emotions.

'Student crazes? Show interest, even if you're clueless'

by TES, November 11, 2018

I enjoy working with young adults, but sometimes I have absolutely no idea what they’re on about. It’s not that they’re not talking loud enough (never much of a problem, I’ve found), it’s just that their cultural points of reference have steadily shifted further away from me over the years until they’re now somewhere in the middle distance if I squint a bit.

Primary pupils encouraged to spread kindness

by TES, November 11, 2018

An initiative encouraging primary school children to focus on the acts of kindness around them is being launched today.

The Kindness Book is being piloted in 15 London primary schools, with the aim to roll the scheme out throughout London, the UK and Europe.

‘Narrowing the curriculum benefits no one’

by TES, November 10, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Venki Ramakrishnan knows more than most about the benefits of studying a variety of subjects. Although his award in 2009 was for his groundbreaking work in chemistry, he initially went to university to study physics before switching to biology – the strand of science he now concentrates on. Meanwhile, his son, Raman, was set to follow his father into a career in science, before deciding to become a concert cellist.

Private schools now taking out legal insurance for teachers amid rise in legal action from parents

by Telegraph, November 10, 2018

Private schools are now taking out legal insurance for teachers, amid a rise in parents calling in top law firms when their children are in trouble.

If a complaint to a housemaster or head of year about their child does not yield favourable results, wealthy parents are increasing turning to solicitors’ firms in an attempt to force the school’s hand.

‘It’s hard to watch your child struggle. All you can do is chase people’

by Guardian Education , November 10, 2018

As a former bouncer working in north London nightclubs, John Roden thought he knew a thing or two about stressful situations. But taking on the care of his five-year-old granddaughter Hope brought his greatest confrontation. Hope is disabled, and her rare condition means she cannot walk unaided and communicates using a form of sign language.

‘Devastating’ cuts hit special educational needs

by Guardian, November 10, 2018

A crisis in funding for children with special educational needs is plunging councils across the country deeper into the red and forcing parents into lengthy legal battles to secure support, according to an Observer investigation that reveals a system at breaking point.

We can’t let poorer pupils be frightened off higher education

by The Guardian, November 9, 2018

Back in the days when higher education was mostly for the benefit of a select group of middle-class kids, I had a meeting with my school careers teacher, who asked me what I wanted to do in the future. When I told her I was thinking about furthering my studies and finding a job that involved writing, she declared that a suitable plan for me was to leave school at 16 and train to become a secretary. Apparently I didn’t look like the sort of person who should attend university.

Exclusive: Scripted lessons 'don't allow teachers to excel'

by TES, November 9, 2018

The head of a major teacher training provider has questioned the value of scripted lessons which direct what teachers should say in lessons.

Professor Sam Twiselton, the director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University has said that for teachers to improve they need to learn to be flexible and responsive.

One school pupil in every classroom is bullied every single day, survey suggests

by Independent, November 9, 2018

One child in every classroom has been bullied every single day over past six months, survey suggests.

Almost half (45 per cent) of 11 to 16-year-olds questioned said they had been bullied face-to-face, and more than a third (34 per cent) have been bullied online, at least once in the last six months.

Bullying: Children point finger at adults

by BBC News, November 9, 2018

Research among 1,001 children aged 11 to 16 by the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggests worrying numbers of children see adults setting a bad example.

Children in that age group highlighted adults who behaved poorly to each other face-to-face, online or in the media.

Millennials fail GCSE financial skills test aced by baby boomers and 16-year-olds

by Independent, November 9, 2018

Classified as 11 Plus.

Four years after the introduction of financial education in English secondary schools, 16-year-old leavers today have better money management skills than most adults.

That’s according to results from an experiment designed to test the effects of compulsory money lessons on the country’s youngest earners and highlight the potential issues for those left behind.

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