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Government is right to not consider abolishing tuition fees, says new report

by FE news, May 2, 2019

EPI publishes evidence on options for post-18 education funding, ahead of government review.

In February 2018, the Prime Minister launched a review into the post-18 education system, led by Philip Augar. An interim report was expected in Autumn 2018, but has not been published.

The review is the first to examine post-18 education funding in almost a decade, and as well as considering tuition fees, will also consider the funding of wider post-18 qualifications and further education.

How to create an inspirational writing curriculum

by TES, May 2, 2019

My school, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire in the US, recently sent a survey to former students who are studying at undergraduate level.

We asked them which of our academic courses had helped to prepare them for college.

Teaching criticised at independent school

by The Argus, May 2, 2019

TEACHING at an independent school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs is still not good enough, according to an Ofsted report.

The Education Centre, in Haywards Heath, was rated ‘inadequate’ in 2017, prompting West Sussex County Council to declare that it would not send any more children to the school until concerns about safety and education had been addressed.

Now, following a three-day inspection, it has been stepped up to ‘requires improvement’ – with Ofsted providing a list of work still to do.

Ofsted’s evidence is so unfounded that their case for retaining grades collapses

by Schools Week, May 2, 2019

Ofsted’s defence of its four-point grading scheme in its recent paper (Retaining the current grading system in education, April 2019) has two, but only two, positive features.

First, it acknowledges that there are strong arguments against its use of these grades. Second, it admits that “we have never directly asked (parents) about the four-point grading system”. That said, it is downhill all the way.

For a start, Ofsted fails to deal with any of the ten arguments used in the public petition against the grades which has now been signed by almost 5,000 people.

Damian Hinds sets out plans for international education

by Edexec, May 2, 2019

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, discussed his ambitious plans for international education this week
Damian Hinds spoke to the higher education sector at an event earlier this week, to promote his ambitions towards the international education sector.

Regarding his proposed International Education Strategy, Hinds said: “Around the world our schools, our universities, our teaching, are all bywords for excellence. We have the best stable of brands in the business, complemented by the gift of the greatest IP asset in history: the English language.

“Few can claim to compete with the extent and longevity of our great educational institutions or the depth and breadth of our cultural heritage.

Universities told to tackle race attainment gap

by BBC, May 2, 2019

Universities must "accelerate efforts" to close a gap in degree attainment between white and black, Asian and minority ethnic students, a study says.

Universities UK and the National Union of Students highlight a 13% gap between the chances of white and BAME students getting a first or upper second degree.

UUK and the NUS say campuses need a culture change to feel more inclusive.

"To make sure our gap closes, there need to be initiatives," says Aston University student Amna Atteeq.

"And we are more than happy to get involved," says Amna, who contributed to the UUK and NUS research.

The Future – Engage – Deliver framework

by Edexec, May 1, 2019

In an edited extract from his book, Leadership Plain and Simple, Steve Radcliffe explains why leadership needn’t be as complicated as it’s often made out to be – and how you already have everything you need to be an effective leader
Boy, have I been slow?! For years, I’ve read all the latest books on people, leadership and organisations. Why? Because I’ve been seduced into thinking that this leadership stuff is really complicated, even mysterious. And I believed I’d have to do lots of reading to really ‘get it’.

A major error! In contrast, when I’ve reflected on what it was about the leadership that switched on that board, project team or warehouse operator, I’ve recognised that there have always been three ingredients at play: Future – Engage – Deliver.

'Digital skills are crucial – but we need funding'

by TES, May 1, 2019

Last year, the government announced that it would introduce a new entitlement to free digital skills learning for adults in England who need it, to sit alongside the existing entitlements to literacy and numeracy and on top of similar entitlements for some adults to access free level 2 and 3 qualifications.

'Ofsted must stop giving schools a single grade'

by TES, May 1, 2019

Ofsted’s paper, Retaining the current grading system in education: some arguments and evidence, acknowledges but is largely dismissive about the level of professional dissatisfaction with grading, and prefers instead to stress levels of parental satisfaction with Ofsted inspection as a whole.

This Government Wants To Throw EU Students Under The Bus – Student Reps Like Me Won't Let Them

by Huffington Post, May 1, 2019

In my family, I was a bit of trailblazer. I came to the United Kingdom as an EU student in 2014, to study at Middlesex University. My little sister has already visited London this February to see if she’d like to join me when she goes to university. She fell in love with London in a similar way to me – enamoured with its vibrancy and diversity.

But her dreams of studying here in England are now under threat.

Over the weekend, government plans to remove ‘home status’ from EU students such as myself and her were leaked. For the 150,000 learners from the EU who currently study here in England’s universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers, they broadly have access to similar opportunities as UK nationals.

Education Secretary sets out plan for international education

by GOV UK, May 1, 2019

Good evening everyone. I am delighted to welcome you all here to discuss the huge opportunities of International Education.

Around the world our schools, our universities, our teaching, are all bywords for excellence. We have the best stable of brands in the business, complemented by the gift of the greatest IP asset in history: the English language.

Few can claim to compete with the extent and longevity of our great educational institutions or the depth and breadth of our cultural heritage. Every year, as we celebrate Saint George’s day we also celebrate the birth of Shakespeare.

Universities told to be more flexible about pupils’ A-level results

by Guardian, May 1, 2019

England’s higher education regulator has called on universities to look beyond exam results when admitting students and radically “rethink how they are judging merit”, as part of a push to increase their intake from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Office for Students is to tell universities they should take “much stronger account of the context in which exam results are achieved”, suggesting that universities demanding high A-level tariffs need to be more flexible and even lower entry grades across the board if they want to widen participation and improve access.

Lowering bar for disadvantaged students has failed to redress imbalance in university admissions, regulator says

by Independent, May 1, 2019

Lowering the bar for disadvantaged children has failed to redress a “stubbornly high” equality gap in university admissions, according to a new report from the higher education regulator.

The Office for Students (OfS) is calling on universities to urgently adopt a “more radical” approach to contextual admissions in order to achieve fair access to higher education for poorer students.

Dropping A-level entry grades at the most selective universities to BCC would “broaden the pool” of applicants “without a marked fall in academic standards", the report says.

British universities and the Brexit dimension

by Financial Times, April 30, 2019

Some of the greatest losses resulting from Britain’s departure from the EU will never be counted: the friendships that never happened, the relationships that never took place, and the ideas that were never shared. EU students studying in the UK have been a welcome source of all three for young Britons. But, in a time of stretched budgets and with Brexit approaching, the UK government must consider the fiscal cost of continuing to give preferential treatment to EU undergraduates.

Scottish pupils ‘forced to take subjects they hate’

by Shopshire Star, April 30, 2019

More than half of schoolchildren do not get to study all the subjects they want, a Scottish Parliament survey has revealed, with youngsters claiming they are “forced” to take classes they “hate”.

Research by the Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee found 56% of youngsters in the senior phase of secondary school were not able to take all the classes they wanted.

The most common reasons given for this were timetabling clashes, the school not offering the subject a student wanted to take and a shortage of teachers.

Headteacher Judy Shaw: ‘My staff are fantastic but they can’t fight poverty’

by Guardian Education , April 30, 2019

On Judy Shaw’s first day as a headteacher, a man came to show her one of the school’s vast brick walls. She recalls: “He said, ‘Is that pointing all right for you then?’ and I stood there and I thought, this job is not what I thought it was going to be.”

But 14 years later Shaw is still headteacher of Tuel Lane infant school in Sowerby Bridge, a town nestled along the River Calder in West Yorkshire. In that time she has learned about many things, as well as bricks and mortar, including the telltale signs of the child who doesn’t get enough to eat at home, or the parent unable to cope who turns to the local school for help.

'Forget private schools, what about inequality in state schools?'

by TES, April 30, 2019

The struggle of independent schools to find favour with the media, politicians and the public at large has rumbled on in the background for decades. Every so often it reaches the headlines. Ed Dorrell’s contribution to the recently published book The State of Independence: Key challenges facing private schools today portrays the fortunes of the sector as "a political football". This may be a cliché but, as with most clichés, there’s a strong element of truth in it.

Six tips to get invigilators ready for GCSE and A-Level exams

by TES, April 30, 2019

Exam season is almost here, and among the many things that schools need to prepare are their invigilation teams.

The role of the invigilator is vital, ensuring that pupils have a calm and purposeful environment to fully focus on the examination.

Medway Council to lobby for new grammar school

by Kent Online, April 30, 2019

A council is to lobby central government for a new selective school in its region.

Conservative members on Medway Council have supported a motion which will see the authority “make the case” for a new grammar or satellite school to the Department for Education.

The law currently prevents new grammar schools from being created, but extra capacity – and new schools, according to opponents – can be provided via the controversial “annexe” route.


by The Schools News Service, April 30, 2019

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To rectify the current deficiencies in funding children’s mental health and other emotional and behaviour issues of primary school pupils the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood has published the Child Mental Health Charter which builds upon the themes of the APPG’s 12th report ‘Children’s Mental Health Beyond the Green Paper: The Role of Practice-Based Evidence.’