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GCSE exam tiers: everything you need to know

by TES, November 29, 2018

Preparing for exams is a year-round job. At this time of year, teachers of maths, sciences and languages may already be thinking about which tier to enter their students.

More boys apply to top universities; but more girls get accepted

by Learning News , November 29, 2018

Male students are as much as 50% more likely to apply to prestigious Ivy League or Russell Group universities than their female counterparts, according to new research by university and careers guidance platform, BridgeU.

Unconditional offers used to 'get people through door'

by BBC, November 29, 2018

Some universities are recruiting students with unconditional offers during the application process, says the university admissions service Ucas.

Fewer schools 'fully co-operating' with inspections

by BBC News, November 28, 2018

Fewer than four in 10 schools have co-operated fully with inspections over the past two years.

Universities with soaring grades may be forced to introduce common marking criteria

by Telegraph, November 28, 2018

Universities with soaring grading inflation may be forced to introduce a common marking criteria with other institutions after heavy criticism from a cabinet minister.

Exclusive: Parents rate pupil confidence above subject knowledge

by TES, November 28, 2018

Instilling children with self-confidence is the most important thing that schools can do, say parents in a new survey released today –- rating it above subject knowledge and problem-solving.

Free education is disappearing before our eyes

by Guardian, November 28, 2018

Second world war references are hard to avoid in the context of Brexit, so here’s one that actually has something constructive to offer. When Britain was in the midst of war, it was also undertaking wholesale reform of the education system.

Seven ways we improved parental engagement

by TES, November 27, 2018

There is something I know we are not yet getting absolutely right at my school. It has been playing on my mind significantly over the past week and, despite burying my head in numerous research documents and reaching out to other colleague headteachers, I am still not entirely sure what the "perfect" model is.

LSE graduates top average earnings table by age 29, data shows

by Guardian, November 27, 2018

The London School of Economics has emerged as the university whose graduates earn the most by the age of 29, while economics has narrowly topped medicine as the best-paid degree subject, data shows.

Education will never work if we don't make snowflake students do any...

by Telegraph, November 27, 2018

The education system seems to be imploding. From the Sheffield University students who will be spared essay writing and exam questions they find “distressing” to the “incredibly burdensome” school reports teachers are demanding be replaced by something more “brief” and “general”; the calls to shut down Church schools after “fears of indoctrination” to the "huge rise in child referrals” by teachers to the NHS’s specialist gender change service, the whole system is buckling.

Women gain higher earnings from degrees

by BBC, November 27, 2018

Women are much more likely than men to get an increase in earnings from going to university, says an analysis of salaries at the age of 29.

'Why colleges need a new regulator'

by TES, November 27, 2018

Every community needs and deserves a successful college. It’s a simple vision which is clear and easy to remember. Much more difficult, it seems, for successive governments to achieve, though.

Why I read aloud to my secondary tutor group

by TES, November 25, 2018

My secondary school, like many, has time dedicated to reading. Each week a 20-minute tutor time slot is reserved for silent reading. At first I joined them, enjoying a rare moment of peace in my busy schedule to read for 20 minutes. However, after a few months I noticed that many students weren’t really reading. Their behaviour was impeccable: they were silent, and their books were open, but they weren’t actually reading.

Grammar head has advice for students and parents looking at further education

by Salisbury Journal, November 25, 2018

WE are at the stage in the school year where students in Year 11 are starting to consider seriously where their futures may lie. It’s one of those moments in life where one emerges from a tunnel and suddenly there are a bewildering number of options to choose from, each offering something different and every one going in a subtly different direction.

Do reward stickers work at any age?

by TES, November 25, 2018

As we approach the end of November and motivation in the classroom begins to flag, teachers may question how they keep their students engaged and excited in their work in the final few weeks of term.

‘It stops the scary stuff’: pupils thrive with mindfulness lessons

by Guardian, November 25, 2018

A cut to tuition fees will send universities into a crisis which could see science courses cut and leave museums at risk of closure, the country’s leading vice-Chancellors have warned.

One in four who work for MPs and peers in Westminster got job through personal connections, report finds

by Independent, November 23, 2018

Unpaid internships and personal networks 'lock out' poorer young people.

More than a quarter of staff members that work for MPs and peers in Westminster got their job through personal connections, a new report has revealed.

Countries must make education and training a top priority to compete in the future

by Open Access Government, November 23, 2018

Cesare Onestini, Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), has called for countries in and around the European Union to make education and training their number one priority if they want to compete in the global markets of the future.

Voluntary severance at my university has damaged staff morale

by Guardian, November 23, 2018

In the past few years, universities across the UK have launched so-called “voluntary” severance programmes aimed at shedding hundreds of staff. The programme at my institution, though, explicitly threatens compulsory redundancies if too few staff “volunteer”. The alleged objective of the exercise is to create cost savings that can be redeployed in unnamed ways and improve individual institutional rankings in national league tables. This feels unfair when those rankings have no official status as a reliable measure of institutional and departmental success or failure.

Five tips for teaching A-level classes

by TES, November 23, 2018

Being questioned and challenged by your pupils may sound like a nightmare lesson to many teachers. However, at A level, this is exactly the classroom culture that teachers should be encouraging.

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