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Universities defiant over student visas

by Guardian, July 6, 2005

University heads vowed today to fight on against government plans to abolish appeal rights for overseas student visas despite being rebuffed by Charles Clarke, the home secretary.
Cutting the appeals would cost the UK at least £30m a year in lost tuition fees and living expenses, according to the organisation Universities UK, which intends to press for change at the committee stage and in the Lords.

One step ahead

by Guardian, July 5, 2005

The chorus of disappointment that greeted the government's rejection earlier this year of Sir Mike Tomlinson's proposals to reform the exam system shows no signs of quietening down. Tomlinson's plans - to introduce a new overarching diploma, integrating academic qualifications with practical training - had the support of most in the education sector: colleges, state and private schools and universities. Yet the education secretary, Ruth Kelly, has insisted that A-levels and GCSEs are here to stay.

Parents need information

by Belfast Telegraph, July 5, 2005

Ulster parents must be given information on class averages in order to select a suitable post-primary school for their child, it was claimed today.
Grammar school representatives have hit out at the government's plans to scrap academic selection in schools following the results of a trial in 14 primary schools by local exams body CCEA.

language gap 'leads to trade gap'

by BBC, July 5, 2005

The lack of language skills in the United Kingdom is seriously damaging business, says a report.

Graduates taking less traditional first-time jobs, survey finds

by Guardian, July 5, 2005

More than one in four new graduates is starting their working life as a secretary or salesperson, according to figures published today.

Retention of academic selection is essential

by Belfast Telegraph, July 5, 2005

With regard to the consultation on New Admissions Arrangements for Post Primary Schools, I disagree that the principles outlined provide a sound basis on which to develop new arrangements.
My wife and I returned to Northern Ireland partly because this was where we had been educated and we knew there is a good system which consistently gives children a real chance to do their very best at school.

Heads demand more power to exclude unruly pupils

by Guardian, July 5, 2005

Headteachers demanded today that ministers rewrite the rules on classroom discipline to give schools more power to exclude unruly pupils.
The government's current guidance on dealing with behaviour problems did not go far enough, said the National Association of Head Teachers, which represents 30,000 primary and secondary heads.

Bedroom TVs could ruin children's education

by Scotsman, July 5, 2005

Children who watch a lot of television are less likely to do well in school or get a university degree, according to new studies by scientists in the United States and New Zealand.

The scientists recommended that children should not be allowed to have a TV set in their bedrooms so parents could control how much and what kind of programmes they are viewing. They added that a safe limit was considered to be one to two hours a day.

TV is bad for children's education, studies say

by Reuters, July 4, 2005

Chicago, July 4 (Reuters) - The more time children spend watching television the poorer they perform academically, according to three studies published on Monday.
Excessive television viewing has been blamed for increasing rates of childhood obesity and for aggressive behavior, while its impact on schooling have been inconclusive, researchers said.

School looks back on 450 years of history

by Yorkshire, July 4, 2005

A new book published this week charts four-and-a-half centuries of history of one of the oldest grammar schools in the country.
Ripon Grammar School – Celebrating 450 Years coincides with events celebrating the school's 450th anniversary, including an Old Riponians family day for past pupils, friends and relatives on Saturday.

The pupil shrieked: 'Don't make me hurt you. I swear to God I'll ...

by Telegraph, July 3, 2005

The girl was ignoring me and playing music on her mobile phone, so loudly that the rest of the class could hear. I kept telling her to stop. Then suddenly she lost control. Standing up, she put her face inches from mine and shrieked: "Don't make me hurt you. I swear to God I will do it."

Teachers assaulted every other day in city

by Scotsman, July 1, 2005

Teachers are being assaulted by pupils and parents every other day in the Capital's schools.

The shocking level of violence in Edinburgh classrooms has led to calls for a crackdown on the youngsters who are responsible.

The GCSE pupils who don't know the alphabet

by Daily Mail, June 30, 2005

Pupils who score top GCSE grades are often still so poor at English and maths that they need to be tested again by potential employers, it has emerged.
Growing numbers of school-leavers haven't mastered basics such as writing a letter or calculating simple sums, despite good exam results.

It means that employers often have to set their own tests at job interviews, or offer extra literacy and numeracy training.

Public 'misled' on city academies

by BBC, June 30, 2005

Ministers have been accused of "misleading" the public over the city academies programme in England.
An evaluation of the first 11 privately sponsored academies by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers this month gave a mixed picture of their success.

UK education bodies partner with Microsoft to improve school ICT

by Public Technology, June 30, 2005

Microsoft has signed agreements with the Teacher Training Agency, Scottish Qualifications Authority and Welsh Assembly as part of a vision to increase teacher support and improve ICT innovation in schools.

Building on the recently announced partnership with NESTA Futurelab, these partnerships seek to address the varying levels of ICT experience in schools across the country.

Study Highlights City Bosses' Concerns over GCSEs

by Scotsman, June 29, 2005

City bosses believe GCSEs are failing to teach teenagers the basic English and maths they need to work in business, according to a report published today.
Competence with “basic arithmetic” and the ability to write business letters were too often lacking among school leavers, the Corporation of London study found.

'Frosty' response to schools plan

by BBC, June 28, 2005

Grammar school support groups said their reply to proposals for change in NI's education system received a "frosty response" from government.
They handed over more than 7,000 documents at the Department of Education's NI headquarters at Rathgael House, Bangor.

Closing University Departments Is 'Innovation'

by Scotsman, June 28, 2005

The continuing closure of university science departments should be welcomed as necessary modernisation, a funding chief suggested today.
Sir Howard Newby, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), condemned the “moral panic” over closures of physics and chemistry courses.

Mother of Bullying Victim Loses Court Case

by Scotsman, June 28, 2005

A mother who kept her daughter away from school because of fears that the teenager had been bullied and would commit suicide today lost her High Court battle over her conviction for failing to ensure her child attended class.
A judge ruled that magistrates had found “there was no significant risk of suicide” and been entitled to convict.

Call for national debate on maths teaching

by Guardian, June 28, 2005

Lost count of gloomy reports about the state of maths in schools and universities? For more than a decade mathematicians have been moaning and the government has responded with inquiries, changes in the curriculum, numeracy hours in primary schools, golden hellos for maths teachers and a plethora of other initiatives in England.
It even, briefly, tried employing a maths graduate as the education secretary - Charles Clarke took a personal interest in the state of the subject until he was subtracted from the department.

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