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The Reader: Grammar schools do far more more good than harm to pupils

by Standard, January 10, 2019

Far from holding people back, as Jim Armitage suggests [“Unfair grammar school system will hurt the economy,” January 7], grammar schools give a ladder of opportunity to bright children from poor or modest backgrounds. This is due to them having a huge focus on academic achievement, and due to the fact that children in such schools are fairly homogenous IQ-wise.

How to give faster and better feedback

by TES, January 10, 2019

During an Initial Teacher Training session that I was delivering recently, I was asked: “When is the best time to give feedback?”

I think that the teacher (to-be) who asked the question was somewhat surprised when I said: “While the student is doing the work…”

Bursaries failing to solve teacher retention crisis, says Labour

by Guardian Education , January 10, 2019

Labour has accused the government of squandering taxpayers’ money on bursaries of up to £25,000 and beyond to attract top graduates into teaching, many of whom then fail to take up teaching posts.

According to Labour analysis of Department for Education (DfE) data, trainee teachers awarded the highest bursary of £25,000 and above were the least likely to end up in a teaching post, compared with those on smaller bursaries or no financial incentive at all.

Design in 2019 – what will design education look like?

by Design Week, January 9, 2019

Although it seems unlikely that there will be any changes to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification, and the creative and design T-Level will not be available until 2022-23, 2019 should be the year that there is a greater focus on workplace training. In the short-term, the Government will be publishing its review into business productivity and it is clear, based on evidence, that design must be part of any solution to the productivity puzzle.

How Schools And Education Technology Companies Can Create Innovation Strategies

by Forbes, January 9, 2019

At an innovation workshop I recently ran, a school leader present asked: “How do I know my team and I think about innovation the time way? How do I know that one person isn’t thinking about school improvement and another person isn’t thinking about education technology?” The truth is, of course, that you won’t know unless you set aside the time to discuss it. But as a former head of innovation strategy and current VP for teacher and leader development at an education company, I believe schools and organizations need to take defining innovation one step further and develop an innovation strategy that lays out not just what innovation is, but also how the school or team will be engaged in innovation. Education technology companies can benefit from engaging in this process as well.

Parents looking for top primaries should make reconnaissance trip to school gates, Good Schools Guide says

by Telegraph, January 9, 2019

Parents looking for the best primary schools should make reconnaissance trips to the school gates rather than rely on outdated Ofsted reports, the Good Schools Guide has said.

Schools' spending on teacher training drops for first time in decade amid budget pressures

by Independent, January 9, 2019

Schools’ spending on teacher training has dropped for the first time this decade despite a retention and recruitment crisis in the profession, research finds.

Oxford and Cambridge must launch new colleges for disadvantaged young people

by Guardian, January 9, 2019

The worst mistakes come from perpetuating failure, hoping it will be different next time while doing nothing different. So it is with the imperative to broaden social access to Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Retrieval practice: How it helped me improve Sats results

by TES, January 9, 2019

It all started with a slide on my colleague’s whiteboard. I was teaching Year 6, for the first time in seven years and I was nervous about the year ahead. With the burden of Sats, Year 6 can, at times, feel like a huge level of accountability. I knew that, more than ever, I now needed to embed approaches to teaching and learning that would yield better results, and as Carl Hendrick and Robin Macpherson state in their book What Does This Look Like in the Classroom: Bridging the gap between research and practice, “while evidence cannot give us all the answers, it can at least provide a roadmap to avoid dead-ends”.

'How would Ofsted judge this Gradgrind curriculum?'

by TES, January 8, 2019

To illustrate the dangers of Ofsted’s new approach to the curriculum, let us take an example – fictitious, a little flippant, but cautionary. It is an extreme case, illustrating that some schools’ curricula may fully meet Ofsted’s criteria while not being worthwhile.

Universities must listen more closely to their BAME staff and students

by Guardian Education , January 8, 2019

There is stark evidence that there is a gap between how well black and minority ethnic students do at university and the performance of their white peers. The most up to date stats show a gap of 28 percentage points between black and white students in terms of receiving firsts or 2:1s at university. Yet despite the fact that this evidence has been around for a while, the gap doesn’t seem to be closing.

Pupils studying in British schools abroad were less likely to study in UK universities than last year, a survey shows

by TES, January 8, 2019

Pupils studying overseas in British international schools are less likely to choose to study in UK universities than last year, new research reveals.

The annual research survey from the Council of British International Schools (Cobis) shows that fewer than half (47 per cent) of their school leavers chose to study in the UK in 2018, compared with 52 per cent in 2017.

Mobile technology 'will destroy high stakes assessment’

by TES, January 8, 2019

New ‘digital CVs’ that record a pupil’s knowledge and skills will “destroy” high-stakes exams, an artificial intelligence pioneer has told MPs.

Priya Lakhani, the founder of edtech company Century Tech, warned that unless the government took action, such “micro-credentialing” could be developed by companies without the input of education specialists.

News Some pupils may not access new school mental health services for a decade

by Schools Week, January 8, 2019

A government scheme to improve access to mental health services for pupils may not reach all schools for a decade, it has been admitted.

Schools told to teach pupils about cutting back on sugar in maths and English lessons

by Independent, January 8, 2019

Schools are being encouraged to teach pupils about reducing their sugar intake in maths and English lessons.

A government department is offering dedicated teaching resources for the core subjects for the first time in a bid to promote healthier eating habits among schoolchildren.

Why private schools are opting out of GCSE and A-level exams

by The Guardian, January 7, 2019

It is untruthful to suggest that private schools take IGCSEs because they are easier (Labour calls for an inquiry into GCSE changes ‘gamed by private schools’, 31 December).

Until 2010, grade inflation had been rampant at both GCSE and A-level for at least a decade. During the years of New Labour, syllabuses were dumbed down, with simplistic coursework a key requirement of almost every subject. For a few unhappy years, GCSEs even became modular, as A-levels then were, so the nation’s children took public exams every single summer from year 10 to year 13.

Cut scholarships and fund less well-off pupils instead, says head of £32,000-a-year school

by Telegraph, January 7, 2019

Private schools should stop trying to compete for the best students by luring them with scholarships and instead spend the money on bursaries, a leading headmistress has said.

Emma Hattersley, head at the £32,000-a-year Godolphin School in Salisbury, said that scholarships for exceptionally talented pupils should be “phased out” in favour of fee assistance for pupils from less-well off families.

University a 'false promise' for too many youngsters

by BBC News, January 7, 2019

Up to a quarter of students in England are doing degrees that will not give them sufficient earnings to justify the cost of their loans, a think tank says.

The centre-right group urges ministers to cut places on those courses offering little financial return and increase those in post-18 technical education.

Its study also says tax breaks of up to 50p in every pound owed should be offered to graduates repaying loans.

The government is carrying out a review of post-18 education and funding.

Jim Armitage: Unfair grammar school system will hurt the economy

by Evening Standard, January 7, 2019

Classified as 11 Plus.

Few Londoners were fans of the way Capita burst onto the scene in the Nineties and Noughties to profiteer from the Congestion Charge, welfare benefits IT and the like. It doesn’t feel like many are weeping over its present financial woes.

But there will be some sympathy today for founder Sir Rod Aldridge who, despite all the millions he subsequently earned, tells of how he feels badly let down by Britain’s education system.

The son of a factory worker, Aldridge failed his 11-plus, meaning he did not get into the grammar school his intelligence deserved.

‘What is a teacher’s most important quality? Likeability’

by TES, January 7, 2019

When taking part in teacher-training days, I often pose the question, “What is the most important aspect of being a teacher?” That’s tricky to answer, because most will look for a professional, academic response, but, for me, the most important aspect of being a teacher is to be liked: not necessarily respected, certainly not feared, but rather being someone to whom a young person can relate.

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