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Flexible terms: making it easier for students to swap university

Mar, 26/07/2016 - 12:00
A bill going through parliament aims to provide more help for students who are unhappy with their courses or institution

When students receive their A-level results and a confirmed university place next month they will be finding out the path their lives will take for at least the next three years. But what if, at the end of their first year – and again at the end of their second – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) gets in touch again with a friendly email. “Happy with your choice of course and university?” it could ask. “Why not look around for something that suits you better?”

The government has just completed a “call for evidence” [pdf] to find out how much demand there is from students to switch between universities and courses, and whether more could be done to make such flip-flopping easier. It is an unexpected element of the higher education and research bill now going through parliament, and fits into the government’s agenda of increasing competition and student choice, and its desire to encourage social mobility.

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Eton’s provost: ‘Social mobility is improving, but real change is slow’

Mar, 26/07/2016 - 07:30

Lord Waldegrave threatened to resign from the Conservative party over a plan intended to boost the chances of state school pupils. He explains his point of view

William Waldegrave, provost of Eton college, is probably the poshest person I have met. That is not because he is Lord Waldegrave, which is just a common-or-garden life peerage awarded after he served 16 years as a Tory minister, but because his father was the 12th Earl Waldegrave and his elder brother is the 13th Earl. His sister Susan is lady-in-waiting to the Queen and godmother to Prince William; his brother was a page at the coronation. The earldom goes back to the early 18th century but the Waldegraves were big cheeses long before that: one was Speaker of the House of Commons during Richard II’s reign and another got a knighthood from Mary I plus the Chewton estate in Somerset, where William was brought up and still farms. When he went to boarding school, the train was pulled by a steam locomotive named Earl Waldegrave.

Related: Old Etonian Tory peer threatens to rebel over public school plan

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A better life for the ‘left behind’ starts with adult skills | Estelle Morris

Mar, 26/07/2016 - 07:00
If Theresa May and her new education secretary are sincere about creating better life chances, they must take further education more seriously

When the new prime minister made her first speech in Downing Street, her promise to prioritise the needs of the “just managing” and the “left behind” were almost universally welcomed. Putting aside for a moment the reasons why we have so many people struggling in these categories – and who is responsible for their plight – her speech is at least indicative of the growing number of people who are now worried about the consequences of an unequal and divided society. Both the political left and right now claim the need to do something about it as a matter of urgency.

Making good on Theresa May’s pledge won’t be easy but if there is to be any chance of progress, education has to be part of the answer. So we should now expect to see, from the new education secretary, a plan that clearly spells out how her expanded department will play its part.

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Council leader says cash paid for London free school site is ‘staggering waste’

Mar, 26/07/2016 - 06:44

In our diary: £33.5m paid for office block to house Islington school; DfE shells out high rent for academy; Mats’ budget league table

The government has spent £33.5m buying premises for a secondary free school that would be next to two thriving comprehensives, Education Guardian can reveal, in a move described by the local council leader as a “staggering waste of taxpayers’ money”.

The government paid the cash in December for an office block in Highbury, north London, which it plans to convert into a 1,000-pupil secondary school.

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Secondary schools spent £56m on teacher job ads last year, says Labour

Mar, 26/07/2016 - 00:01

Party claims its figures showing 61% rise in advertising spend since 2010 point to growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention

Secondary schools struggling to recruit sufficient staff spent an estimated £56m on advertising for vacant posts last year as a result of a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, according to Labour.

A freedom of information request to a sample group of schools found that the average spend on advertising to fill teaching vacancies in 2014-15 was just under £17,000 – up from £10,000 four years ago.

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Victims of revenge porn turn to students for legal advice

Lun, 25/07/2016 - 14:38

Law students at Queen Mary, University of London, combine their academic knowledge with social media savvy to help victims of angry ex-lovers

No one is safe from revenge porn – as high profile cases involving Paris Hilton, Tulisa Contostavlos or, more recently, an EastEnders actor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, show. His former girlfriend was spared jail after posting a sexual video of him on Facebook when they separated. The actor had asked her to delete it after they broke up but she broke his trust. District judge Timothy King said: “The victim lives in constant fear that these images will one day resurface online.”

Not all victims, however, can afford to take their case to court, and feelings of powerlessness are heightened if you don’t know how to navigate your way around the legal system. Think about it: if someone posted explicit or sexual images or videos of you online without your consent, where would you turn for help? Calling the police would probably be your first step, but would you know how to seek legal redress, or what your other options were?

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'Reverse Robin Hood' school vouchers divide Nevada ahead of court ruling

Lun, 25/07/2016 - 11:00

Opponents attack program that would incentivize parents to abandon public schools by offering $5,100 education savings accounts

There are cockroaches inside the lockers at Hyde Park middle school in Las Vegas, so Victoria Piñeiro, 13, carries her lunchbox, violin and heavy backpack with her all day long. She attends classes under ceilings that leak during rainstorms. And on hot afternoons, school is often canceled because the air conditioning has broken down.

Victoria told Nevada lawmakers this at an educational forum in April 2015, begging them to prioritize funding for a state school system ranked dead last in the nation.

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Why I started an LGBT club at my all-girls school

Lun, 25/07/2016 - 10:37

As a young LGBT student, I needed support and solidarity – so I set up a society with my friends to help others

We expected about 15 people to come to our first meeting – only a small number of students attend our school, after all. We certainly didn’t expect the session to attract 50 students.

Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) society, which we set up in January, has proved a success. Several members have told me how alone they felt before coming to the group, and all four of us founders were unaware of just how large this community was until it met for the first time.

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What should be top priority for the new education secretary?

Lun, 25/07/2016 - 07:30
We asked teachers and academics what urgent changes they would like to see. Tell us what you think too

Justine Greening, the new education secretary, is now in charge of universities as well as schools. What should be top of her to-do list?

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Alma Girling obituary

Dom, 24/07/2016 - 16:54

My friend Alma Girling, who has died aged 100, worked for many years as a teacher and liked to create an environment in which each child could be happy and fulfilled. After her retirement she retrained as a counsellor.

Born in London, the daughter of Alma (nee Haynes) and John, she was the only girl in a family of four children, and delighted in playing hopscotch, conkers and five stones. Riding the shire horses that pulled the wagons of her father’s east London estate agency and removal business was a special treat.

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Taxpayers fund large wages and lavish perks of academy school chiefs

Dom, 24/07/2016 - 00:05

Heads of taxpayer-funded independent chains are making claims that include fast cars, first-class travel and Marco Pierre White dining while schools struggle

The leaders of academy schools are spending taxpayers’ money on luxury hotels, top-end restaurants, first-class travel, private health care and executive cars, a joint investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Observer can reveal.

Expense claims released under the Freedom of Information Act lay bare for the first time what critics claim is an extraordinary extravagance by some academy chain chief executives and principals, at a time when schools are struggling financially.

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Popular student exchange could face post-Brexit axe

Dom, 24/07/2016 - 00:05
Head of exchange programme between European universities says its future cannot be guaranted beyond 2017

Britain faces exclusion from one of the glowing successes of European Union membership: a university study programme that has benefited tens of thousands of British young people and many more from the EU visiting Britain.

I feel bereaved by Brexit and if it leads to the exclusion of the UK from Erasmus, this would be devastating

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You’ve graduated – so what happens to your bank account?

Sáb, 23/07/2016 - 07:01

Once you’ve left higher education your banking arrangements will change. Here’s a guide to life without the interest-free overdraft

With summer graduation ceremonies now taking place across the country, thousands of twentysomethings are contemplating their post-university futures. One of the many things they will have to get to grips with is changes to their banking. We look at what this entails.

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Secret Teacher: My pupils' creativity is being crushed by the punctuation police

Sáb, 23/07/2016 - 07:00

Children should be dreaming up quirky characters and gripping cliffhangers. Instead they are worrying about semi-colons and the passive voice

“Sir, can you read my story?”

It’s a request that fills me with dread, because I know what will follow.

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Communities to provide free lunches for children during school holidays

Ven, 22/07/2016 - 16:13

To ease burden on poor families, churches and community groups around UK are making thousands of meals available

As school holidays begin, churches and community groups are launching schemes to provide children with free lunches to alleviate the burden on poor families through the summer.

Families whose children get free school meals in term time face extra costs during holidays. “When people are living on a very marginal income, it doesn’t take much to knock them over,” said Dominic Black, the vicar of North Ormesby in Middlesbrough.

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No drink, no drugs: what's drawing young people to teetotal festivals?

Ven, 22/07/2016 - 10:15

Most festivals depend on drinks company promotions. But some festival-goers prefer their music booze-free

At the start of Buddhafield festival, over 1,500 revellers – many of them non-Buddhists – chant Buddhist mantras in unison. The effect is hysterical, manic: one regular says “it’s as if everyone is on something”.

Except they’re most probably not on something. Unlike most other music festivals, Buddhafield is alcohol- and drug-free, with nowhere on site to buy a stiff drink. This reflects the event’s religious code of ethics: the Fifth Precept of Buddhism bans “fermented drink”, which is widely taken to mean all intoxicants.

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Why working parents like me dread the summer holidays | Andy Dawson

Ven, 22/07/2016 - 08:00

Rattling around the house, getting right on each other’s wick: yes, the long school break is once again about to test my devotion to my children to the limit

Before it appears that I’m some kind of villainous dad, I need to establish that ever since they came into my life, my overriding purpose in life has been to be a diligent, devoted parent to my two children – even when the girl one threw up in my face or the boy one diagnosed himself with cancer because his belly button was hurting.

Related: How I stopped worrying and learned to love summer holidays with the kids | Alice O’Keeffe

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Summer on a university campus: 'We become the worst hotel in England'

Ven, 22/07/2016 - 07:00

I thought working as a security guard over the holidays would mean nothing but chilling and chair races. I was wrong

“Smart move,” I thought when I got the job. “Working at a university means summer holidays: the kids have gone home, the tutors are all on leave, there are just a few office bods grazing. That’s six weeks of chilling and chair races.”

When I shared my enthusiasm with my colleagues, it took one old guard to put me right.

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UK firms must learn to do without imported labour, warns Ofsted boss

Xov, 21/07/2016 - 18:44

Brexit is a chance for radical change in vocational training to meet needs of business, says schools inspectorate chief

British companies will need to start relying more on local workers rather than labour from eastern Europe, according to the chief inspector of schools, Michael Wilshaw.

Wilshaw said he would be urging politicians to seize “the opportunity that now suddenly presents itself to reorder our technical and vocational education system in a truly radical way” after last month’s EU referendum result.

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Tories delay school funding overhaul until at least 2018

Xov, 21/07/2016 - 14:36

DfE hoped to bring in fair funding formula next year but education secretary Justine Greening says further consultation needed

A long-awaited overhaul of school funding in England has been delayed until at least 2018, the education secretary has announced.

The Department for Education had hoped to introduce a “fair funding” formula next year to replace the current system, which allows for wide variations between schools in some large cities and those elsewhere in terms of how much money is allocated per pupil.

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