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Universities told to refund half of students' tuition fees for failing to make up missed lectures during strike

by Independent, May 15, 2019

Students should be refunded at least 50 per cent of their tuition fees for lost teaching time by universities that failed to minimise the disruption caused by last year’s lecturer strikes, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator has said.

The independent body which looks at complaints across higher education, said that was the “starting point” for those affected.

Poverty tightens grip on poorest children, research says

by BBC News, May 15, 2019

Child poverty is tightening its grip on Britain's poorest families, research suggests.

About two-thirds of children are living in poverty-hit families in pockets of some large cities, the study for End Child Poverty Coalition estimates.

More than half of children in over 200 wards are below the poverty line, statistical analysis of official indices of poverty shows.

The coalition of poverty charities says whole areas are abandoned to poverty.

The research, carried out by Prof Donald Hirsh at the University of Loughborough, found the situation was getting worse in places where child poverty was already at the highest level.

Female authors listed on just 30% of recent UK academic research

by Guardian Education , May 15, 2019

Women are listed as authors of just 30% of academic research from British universities, according to a major new ranking of higher education institutions.

Although the number of women named as authors is gradually increasing, the slow pace was described by one expert as “disheartening”. The 30% figure is for studies published between 2014 and 2017, which is an improvement from an average of just under 26% between 2006 and 2009.

Stevenage pupil taking GCSEs using eye movement

by BBC, May 15, 2019

A 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is taking his GCSEs using just his eyes.

Will, who attends Lonsdale School in Stevenage, is unable to talk or write, so will be using a specially-designed computer that reads his eye movement.

GCSEs: it’s the process, not the outcome that’s important

by TES, May 14, 2019

At this time of year, there is a growing sense of anxiety among the student population about getting things right. You can tell because they all have this faint sheen of sweat about them, their shoulders are hunched, when they get home their voices tend towards the screech and the accusation of putting them under pressure is frequent. In turn, adult voices can be heard repeating the mantra “show your working!” again and again in increasingly desperate tones. The trouble is, like us, they want to write the answer, get it over, knowing that they were right. It’s all a bit stressful for everyone.

Literacy: the real story on non-fiction

by TES, May 14, 2019

We’re always encouraging students to read fiction.

We push them towards the library doors, wave the latest David Walliams bestsellers in their bemused faces and catch them in the corridor with our recommendations for the latest dystopian trilogy.

But do we ever point them in the direction of newspaper websites, travel blogs and historical reports?

Majority of parents say exam pressure is affecting children’s mental health, poll finds

by Independent, May 14, 2019

Exam pressure is affecting children’s mental health, according to nearly two in three parents surveyed for a new poll – with more than a third saying their children have lost sleep due to anxiety about results.

More than one in 10 respondents, with children aged 13 or over, said exam pressure affected their own child’s wellbeing “severely” and 9 per cent said their child has sought healthcare advice.

The Mumsnet survey, of more than 1,500 parents with school-aged children, has been released as tens of thousands of students across the country begin their Sats, GCSEs and A-level exams.

University is a 'force for good' on Teesside as unprecedented growth continues

by Gazette Live, May 12, 2019

Professor Paul Croney looks out of his panoramic office window at a vista of construction work.

He has been vice chancellor of Teesside University for four years and in that time presided over unprecedented growth of its Middlesbrough campus.

The revamp of the former Gazette offices is complete, phase one of the new Business School done and the £12.5m Student Life building taking shape.

Soon the newly-acquired Star will be axed, the Student Union revamped and a new student village constructed in Gresham.

P1 pupils are still being tested - despite vote to scrap project

by, May 12, 2019

Holyrood voted 63 to 61 last September to “halt” the use of national assessments on four and five-year-olds, with all opposition parties uniting to defeat the Scottish Government. But figures released to the Scottish Lib Dems show, since then, 5,658 literacy assessments and 5,870 numeracy assessments have been completed. Ministers were unable to say how many children had taken both tests.They said they will not let their children take part in the exams at the Royal School of Dunkeld next week.

Stowe School head claims criticisms of private schools and the elite “echo the conspiratorial language” of antisemitism.

by Jewish Chronicle, May 12, 2019

The headteacher of Stowe School has claimed criticisms of private schools and the elite “echo the conspiratorial language” of antisemitism.

Anthony Wallersteiner, of £12,000-a-term Stowe School, also said the drop in the number of non-state school Oxbridge admissions had left some parents making claims about “social engineering”.

Dr Wallersteiner, who is of Jewish descent, said: “Some of the criticisms echo the conspiratorial language of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Book review: Love, Money and Parenting

by TES, May 12, 2019

Love, Money, and Parenting: How economics explains the way we raise our kids
Fabrizio Zilibotti and Matthias Doepke
Princeton University Press
384pp, £24.00
ISBN: 978 0691171517

In an age of increasing pressures on schools and growing political and social divisions, a book analysing the interaction between economics and parenting styles isn’t an obvious choice to adorn the pages of Tes. Yet, many are the teachers who have said to me that becoming a parent had affected the way they taught and how they perceived their professional role. Why should that be, and what does it mean?

Schools that ‘teach to the test’ to be penalised by inspectors

by TES, May 12, 2019

Schools that drill their pupils and “wind children up to fear and anxiety about tests” will be penalised, the chief inspector warned today, as thousands of children prepare to sit Sats tests this week.

Amanda Spielman hit out at schools that “teach to the test” and fail to offer a “rich education” including art, sport and music because of an obsessive focus on achieving high exam scores.

Hundreds of parents to protest in Westminster against shorter school weeks forced by funding cuts

by Independent, May 12, 2019

Ms Ali added: “Schools are unable to provide the education to our children while we are working and that is a big issue.”

When setting up the fundraising campaign in March, Ms Phillips said she knew of at least 16 schools in Birmingham that were looking to close early on Fridays.

Campaigners, who are reaching out to parents across the country encouraging them to take part, say there are now 23 schools in Birmingham which are either part-time or going part-time in September.

Parent Lisa Hebrard, from campaign group Save Our Schools West Midlands, said: “Children will lose 10-plus hours learning each week which will have an impact on their education.

I learned in class, but playtime taught me a lot more

by Guardian, May 12, 2019

ill nobody think of the swots? The news that schools, in the tortuous attempts to fill children’s heads with enough learning to cope with a barrage of tests, have been steadily helping themselves to precious minutes of playtime, has been greeted with dismay.

Little ones, apparently, have 45 minutes less running about time a week than they did 20-odd years ago; at secondary school, it’s more than an hour. What iron-faced, killjoy madness is this? “Let the children lose it/ Let the children use it/ Let all the children boogie”, as a great man once wrote.

Universities face losing up to £7m a year in EU fee rise

by iNews, May 10, 2019

Universities in England face losing up to £7m a year post-Brexit should students from the European Union be charged the same level of fees as undergraduates from outside the bloc, research has shown.

EU students considering studying in England are in the dark as to how much fees will be after ministers suggested the current home fees status could be scrapped from 2021/22.

Such a move would mean EU citizens would no longer be charged the same £9,250 a year as UK students and would also lose access to public loans.

Parents pull entire class of pupils out year 2 SATs exams

by EADT, May 10, 2019

An entire class of pupils at a Suffolk primary school are boycotting SATs exams - with parents arguing children should be learning more than just how to pass tests.

News Revealed: Unfunded support staff pay rise leaves specialist schools struggling

by Schools Week, May 10, 2019

Pay rises for support staff are crippling academy trusts that have specialist provision schools – with one trust facing almost £670,000 in additional costs.

Heads say the government is treating alternative provision (AP) and special educational needs schools as the “forgotten sector” by failing to fund salary increases for the support staff they rely on.

Wellspring Academies, which has 20 schools, including three special needs school and six AP schools, has revealed it had to find £669,000 to fund pay increases for non-teaching staff this year.

One in four teachers say pupils are being forced out to boost school rankings

by Guardian Education , May 10, 2019

One in four teachers in England say they have witnessed pupils being illegitimately removed from schools, often to artificially boost a school’s performance, according to a new survey published by Ofsted.

The figures suggest the practice, known as “off-rolling” – pupils being shunted off a school’s roll in order to manipulate its exam results or rankings in league tables – is widespread, despite three-quarters of teachers saying they have not seen or heard of the practice.

Exclusive: Eton pupils given lessons in gratitude

by TES, May 10, 2019

Eton College is giving its pupils lessons in gratitude and empathy.

Pupils at the £40,700-a-year school are being taught how to be more grateful, as part of the college’s focus on character education.

'Editing kills primary pupils' love of writing'

by TES, May 10, 2019

What are we doing this lesson, Miss?” asked Archie, hopping excitedly next to me. “Can we carry on with our adventure stories?"

“Yes,” I said. “But first you’re going to edit the start of your stories from yesterday."

The hopping was immediately switched off and replaced with slumped shoulders and a groan.