Labour would end free market in higher education, says Rayner | Education

A Labour government would end the “failed free-market experiment in higher education”, taking a tougher line on vice-chancellors’ pay and improving academic diversity, the shadow education secretary is set to announce. Angela Rayner will outline a series of major policy steps that would allow regulators to intervene in how universities in England are run, including how they recruit and reward staff. Speaking to the University and College Union (UCU) conference on Saturday, Rayner will say: “The Tories’ obsession with free-market…

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‘I love calling out politicians’: meet the student suing Trump over climate change | Education

University students should support “badass” teenagers who skip school to strike for climate action by walking out of lectures alongside them, a leading youth activist has said. In recent months more than 20,000 children have skipped school across Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia, demanding governments and politicians do more to limit the effects of global warming. There are more strikes planned in the coming months. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 18, global youth director of Earth Guardians, and one of 21 young people…

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What Will It Take to Get Equitable School Funding in Pennsylvania – a Statewide Teachers Strike!? – Education Article

What if every public school teacher in Pennsylvania refused to come to work on Monday? What if instead they took to the streets with signs and placards, bullhorns and chanted slogans. Maybe: “Hey! HEY! Ho! HO! This Unfair Funding Has to Go!”Or: “What do we want!? FAIR FUNDING! When do we want it? YESTERDAY!” The problem is that from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and all places in between, the Keystone state has the most unequal school funding system in the country.…

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#CelebrateWithDE – Presidents’ Day | Discovery Education – Education Article

On the third Monday in February, we honor all U.S. presidents on Presidents’ Day. The day was introduced to honor George Washington and grew to honor all presidents and earn that apostrophe after the s. This year, we invite you to celebrate by going all the way back to the day’s beginnings to study Washington – along with another long-ago honoree, Lincoln – and then consider how they might have handled presidential communications with modern technology. Content Collection: Presidents’ DayDiscovery…

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Colin Barker obituary | Education

In 1965 a labour sociologist arrived in Manchester, fresh from Oxford University, to conduct an ethnography of the lives of the mainly female workers in an engineering factory. Convivial and unpretentious, and an accomplished cook too, Colin Barker was “adopted” by the women amid huge amusement. When he left, one of them wrote him a letter saying they “missed him and his little dumplings”. He kept it pinned on his wall for years. My friend Colin, who has died aged…

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Study English, and learn the ways of the world | Letters | Education

How I agree with Susanna Rustin (Why study English? We’re poorer in every sense without it, 11 February)! A retired teacher, I hear the arguments for studying Stem subjects frequently put forward as self-explanatory. But are science graduates necessarily more employable than someone who has spent her degree years reading widely, analysing language, developing sound aesthetic judgment, defending her opinions in seminars, and learning how to express them in lucid, cogent and elegant prose in weekly essays? Many ex-pupils I…

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‘Universities stamp out creativity’: are graduates ready for work? | Education

A few numbers are enough to sum up how far the world of work is changing. More than six million workers fear their jobs could be replaced by machines in the next 10 years. Around 1.1 million people now work in the gig economy, using online platforms to find small, often on-demand, jobs. And a third of graduates find themselves mismatched to the jobs they secure on graduation. What universities can do to prepare their graduates for an unknown future…

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‘Politicians are messing with our future’: student leader Amatey Doku on fighting Brexit | Education

For a long time, young people were accused of being apathetic, and student activism was thought to be dead. That changed when student protests against the 2012 tuition fee rises took hold in campuses across the country. But according to Amatey Doku, vice-president for higher education at the National Union of Students, tuition fees were too inward-looking an issue to inspire a genuine student and youth-driven political movement. Instead, a unifying cause has finally arrived: the battle to stop Brexit.…

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Mental health: the students who helped themselves when help was too slow coming | Education

Last year, Molly Robinson, 15, was struggling to cope with the symptoms caused by an undiagnosed health condition. The unexplained pain, plus the worry about what was wrong, caused her to feel increasingly anxious and distressed. She plucked up the courage to seek help. And what happened? “I was put on a waiting list.” Over the next three months things just got worse until she began to feel “completely overwhelmed”. “Everything snowballed,” says Molly. At crisis point, she couldn’t cope…

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Register For The March Student Blogging Challenge! – The Edublogger – Education Article

Imagine your students running into the classroom to check which international visitors have left a comment on their blog. Imagine your students putting in more effort than ever before because they know their work will have a global audience. Imagine your students learning about publishing online without relying on you as the expert. Does this sound ideal to you? For the last 10+ years, these are the sorts of comments we’ve heard from teachers who have taken part in the Student…

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The Soccer Aid For Unicef Playground Challenge Is Back! – Education Article

The Soccer Aid For Unicef Playground Challenge Is Back! | TeacherToolkit 11th February 201910th February 2019 Holly Gardner 35 Views Charity, football, fundraising, fundraising pack, Harry Maguire, playground challenge, Product Review, Resource, school council guide, soccer aid, teaching kit, unicef, Videos Reading Time: 2 <span class="rt-label… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Holly Gardner…

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Rahm Emanuel’s Non-Apology Apology for Being a School Privatization Cheerleader – Education Article

    Rahm Emanuel’s recent op-ed in The Atlantic may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read.   The title “I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor” seems to imply Emanuel has finally seen the light.   The outgoing Chicago Mayor USED TO subscribe to the radical right view that public schools should be privatized, student success should be defined almost entirely by standardized testing, teachers should be stripped of…

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Should Pupils Call Teachers By Their First Name? – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes Are 21st teachers stuck in a time warp? If a pupil calls you by your first name do you go ‘ballistic’ or just carry on with a “nothing to see here” attitude? Teachers can get precious about their titles but what’s in a name? Does it really matter whether they call you “Sir”, “Miss” or “Dave”? The first time a pupil called me by my first name wasn’t pleasant. It ruffled my feathers, I took umbrage…

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Struggling UK universities warn staff of possible job cuts | Education

Universities are warning staff to prepare for redundancies in the new year as a result of deteriorating balance sheets and lowered forecasts for student recruitment, coupled with the uncertainty of Brexit and sudden shifts in government policy. In recent days more than half a dozen universities have told staff there could be job cuts in 2019, including members of the research-intensive Russell Group such as Cardiff University, while others are privately bracing for cuts later in the year. Universities are…

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#CelebrateWithDE – Valentine’s Day | Discovery Education – Education Article

Does science make your heart beat faster? Celebrate a heart-themed Valentine’s Day in a fresh, academic way. We’ve selected resources about heart anatomy, function, and health. Have your students study the resources and see if they can put it all together into a heart-healthy, sweet Valentine for the people in their lives. Happy Valentine’s Day – we LOVE the work you do! Content Collection: Valentine’s DayDiscovery Education Streaming, Science TechbookGrades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources Focus on the Feast…

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Reading University in crisis amid questions over £121m land sales | Education

A major British university is in a financial and governance crisis, having reported itself to regulators over a £121m loan. The University of Reading has confirmed to the Guardian that it is investigating whether it improperly benefited from the sale of land belonging to the National Institute for Research in Dairying trust, with the £121m from the sales having been spent by the university and replaced with the equivalent of IOUs in the trust’s accounts. The university said it had…

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Podcast 39: How Can You Make Your Students Feel Seen? – Education Article

Podcast 39: How Can You Make Your Students Feel Seen? | TeacherToolkit 9th February 20198th February 2019 Joshua McGovern 13 Views #TTkitPodcast, EdTech, Education Reform, Flip the System, GES Forum Dubai, Interview, Jelmer Evers, Podcast, school reform, Wellbeing, Workload Reading Time: 1 minute What small things help… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Joshua…

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The Trouble with Test-Obsessed Principals – Education Article

    When I was a child, I couldn’t spell the word “principal.”   I kept getting confused with its homonym “principle.”   I remember Mr. Vay, the friendly head of our middle school, set me straight. He said, “You want to end the word with P-A-L because I’m not just your principal, I’m your pal!”   And somehow that corny little mnemonic device did the trick.   Today’s principals have come a long way since Mr. Vay.   Many…

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#CelebrateWithDE International Day of Women and Girls in Science – Education Article

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to declare February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, “in order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Celebrate this important day with Discovery Education by inspiring all your students with the stories of women and girls who are paving the way to innovation, discovery, and…

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Rising trend of state school pupils going to university reverses | Education

The proportion of British state school pupils going to university has fallen for the first time in eight years, according to official figures, with the lowest-performing 15 UK institutions taking less than 70% of their first-year undergraduates from state schools. The data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency for the 2017-18 academic year showed that state-educated British students accounted for 89.8% of young entrants overall, below the previous year’s figure of 90%. For universities it marked the first reversal in…

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My university accepts overseas students who are doomed to fail | Anonymous academic | Education

A few years ago, while working in a business school, I was the academic in my department responsible for looking after PhD students. Around this time, the department dean identified international PhD students as a lucrative income stream. He hoped this might help shore up the department, since his strengths didn’t lie in securing research funding or drawing income from local businesses. He started by aggressively recruiting international students with full fees or bursaries awarded by their country of origin,…

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Record numbers from China and Hong Kong applying to study in UK | Education

Record numbers of students from China and Hong Kong are applying for places at British universities, overtaking the number of applicants from Wales, according to official figures. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) shows a spike in demand for undergraduate places from mainland China and a small rise in applications from the EU, despite fears over Brexit. The figures taken from Ucas’s January deadline, when the bulk of undergraduate applications are made, show a 1% decline in…

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Cambridge University receives £100m gift from former student | Education

The University of Cambridge is celebrating the largest single donation from a British donor in recent history, after announcing a gift of £100m from the financier David Harding to support students. Harding, a physics graduate from Cambridge who became a billionaire and successful hedge fund manager, has pledged that some of the funds will go to promote access for students from disadvantaged and minority ethnic backgrounds. The donations from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation will include £79m in scholarships…

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Denying loans to students with weaker A-levels will ‘penalise poor families’ | Education

Plans to deny student loans to those with lower A-level grades would hit poor families in regions where social mobility is already stalling, data obtained by Education Guardian shows. In the north-east a third of students who would be denied a university education come from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Four months ago, the education secretary, Damian Hinds, launched Opportunity North East, a £24m campaign to raise aspirations and stop children in the region feeling they’ve been “left behind”. But the…

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5 Reasons To Revamp Your Rewards System – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Are reward systems actually rewarding? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ For almost a year, I have pondered the idea of implementing a reward system. Yet, thus far, I am yet to thrust myself into activating it. The common consensus seems to be that behaviour change and not the reward itself is what brings about long-term learner-improvement (James, 2016). Is this the reason why I haven’t convinced myself that a rewards system is the answer? For the purpose of this article…

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‘The sooner you go home the better’: is this the UK’s message to international students? | Education

With universities in the UK facing significant threats to their finances, international students and their higher fees are likely to be more important than ever. The prime minister’s review of post-18 education is widely expected to recommend a cut to home tuition fees next month. Meanwhile, vice-chancellors are braced for a major blow from Brexit, with European student numbers and research funding likely to be hit. But after years of tough talking on immigration, how do we shore up this…

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Sparking Joy: Marie Kondo in the Classroom – Education Article

If you haven’t had the absolute pleasure of watching Netflix’s latest phenomenon, you simply must find the time to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. One lazy morning during maternity leave last month, I happened to click on it, and immediately I was hooked. I binge watched all eight episodes in two days. If you aren’t familiar with Kondo or her organizational Konmari Method, you are missing out. On the show, she enters people’s homes and helps them declutter their…

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Pittsburgh Christian Academy Tries to Become a Charter School to Cash in on Taxpayer Funding – Education Article

    The line between public and private school is getting awfully thin in Pittsburgh.   City public school directors received a request from Imani Christian Academy, a religious school in the East Hills, to be allowed to transform into Imani Academy Charter School for the Fall term of 2019.   Though parochial schools have metamorphosed into charter schools in Florida, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., this would be the first such transformation in Pennsylvania, according to Ana Meyers, executive director of…

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Warwick University says rape threat pair won’t return | Education

Two men involved in a student message group that aimed rape threats at women at Warwick University will not be returning to the campus, its vice-chancellor has announced, heading off a backlash against an earlier decision to allow them to restart their studies. Stuart Croft said on Monday evening that the two men would not be returning to the university, in what appears to have been a voluntary decision on their part. The two male undergraduates had been banned from…

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University league tables 2019 | Education

1 1 Cambridge 100 89 91 70 11.0 9.7 225 5.8 88 99 Satisfied with course 89 Satisfied with teaching 91 Satisfied with feedback 70 Student to staff ratio 11.0 Spend per student/10 9.7 Average entry tariff 225 Value added score/10 5.8 Career after 6 months 88 Contin-uation 99 2 2 Oxford 97.4 90 92 68 10.5 9.9 217 6.6 85 99 Satisfied with course 90 Satisfied with teaching 92 Satisfied with feedback 68 Student to staff ratio 10.5 Spend…

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