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A class works best when pupils understand one another and know how to cooperate. Here are some simple ways to build team spirit
The new term is now well under way and if you’re a form tutor, you’ve probably got to know your new group well enough to match names with faces. But how well do they know one another?Continue reading...
Educating girls helps them be healthier, more prosperous and become empowered women – but enabling children to succeed requires the right kind of support
A few years ago, an outbreak of cholera and other deadly diseases swept through one of the poorest villages in the northern region of Ghana, taking the life of Ruhainatu’s mother, Jamila.
Ruhainatu was in her teens. A decade ago, Jamila’s death would have extinguished Ruhainatu’s chances of getting the education she needs to succeed in life. Instead of going to school, she would have taken on her mother’s role of caring full time for her home and family.Continue reading...
The beliefs of middle-class children are challenged when they’re exposed to pupils from other backgrounds. That can only be a good thing
I distinctly remember the first time I ate steak. I had just moved to a sixth-form in a posh area and a new schoolmate had offered me the pink, Waitrose-bought meat in between two slices of bread. Having been more used to processed-meat fillings, I was shocked to learn that people actually put something as luxe as a steak in a sandwich. Learning how the other half ate was one of many lessons I picked up from attending school with people who were wealthier than any I’d previously come across.
It’s a silly example, but it was one of many social benefits of going to a socially mixed school.Continue reading...
A new report explores the wide variety of approaches in the sector – and offers examples of good practice to follow
The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) has released a new report today looking at the issue of mental health among students. It notes that they are less happy than the general population, that depression and loneliness now affect one in three of them, and that the number of suicides among this group is rising.
We spoke to the report’s author Poppy Brown, a third-year psychology and philosophy student at the University of Oxford, who outlined some of her recommendations for universities.
Institution knocks California Institute of Technology off top of Times Higher Education world university rankings
Oxford has been ranked the best university in the world, the first time an institution from the UK has taken the accolade.
It topped the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for the first time, knocking the California Institute of Technology, the five-times best, into second place.
With freshers’ week in full swing, one graduate explains how he sacrificed his social life to develop his startups
When I started university, I wanted to be a banker – I hate to say it, but I wanted to don a dark suit and work in the City. As an ambitious (hungover) fresher, I sought all possible opportunities that could create a pathway into this competitive career.
At the freshers’ fair in my first week, I stumbled upon FishonToast, Southampton University’s entrepreneurship society. I joined and ignored the emails for six months (typical fresher) until I was persuaded with free pizza to attend an event. I do not remember the event, the speaker or his talk – only that I was inspired, a “road to Damascus” moment. Practically overnight, I abandoned looking for internships, I shirked my corporate dream and was filled with a passion to create something.Continue reading...
Kharagpur research centre will examine theory that investment in mental health of citizens reaps economic as well as spiritual reward
Build roads, electrify villages, clean up the holy river Ganges: for the past 70 years, successive governments in India have stuck with virtually identical to-do lists for the country’s development. Now, a new item seems to have cropped up on the political agenda: make people happy.
In July, the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh announced it would open a ministry of happiness, and start a string of happiness-inducing programmes including yoga, arts, and free religious pilgrimages for the elderly.
Let us hope Angelina Jolie’s split from Brad Pitt kills off the fashion for celebrity name fusion – before Shakepeare’s lovers become Antoptra or Ruliet
Does the collapse of the Jolie-Pitt marriage have any significance for the rest of us? Yes. It is a time to call a halt to the business of welding celebrity couples’ first names together and then – in the same spirit of smirking irony – inventing a new version that commemorates their parting. #Brangelina has become #Brexelina. #Hiddleswift became #Hiddlesplit. (It’s like the word “underwhelming”, which can never be spoken without the self-conscious and self-congratulatory implication: see what I did? I took the word “overwhelming” and wittily turned it on its head!)Continue reading...
The elephants in the schoolroom: what our education ministers won't confront | Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd
The nation’s education ministers are about to sit down together to contemplate school matters, including funding. It’s a safe bet they’ll avoid the really tough issues
It’s hard to imagine a time when travellers from Sydney to Melbourne had to stop at a customs post at the border, or change trains at Albury. Or suffer the winding two lane highway on the NSW side until reaching the better road in Victoria. It’s all quite seamless now, you can hardly notice the border.
But local parents of school-age children and their teachers might notice. Close by on the NSW side is Albury Public School. Across the Murray is Wodonga Primary School with students who are less advantaged. After all the talk about equity in education you’d expect the strugglers at Wodonga to be better supported. Quite the opposite: while NSW annually provides over $8000 for each of the students at Albury Public, those in the Victorian school make do with $2000 less.Continue reading...
Higher Education Policy Institute says scale of mental health problem among university students is bigger then ever
Some universities need to triple their funding for mental health services if they are to meet growing demand from students in need of support, according to a new report.
The paper by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) thinktank says the scale of the mental health problem among university students is “bigger than ever before”.Continue reading...
Humble tuna panino pits parents against school authorities over parental rights, student safety and the quality of food
Lunchtime at school can be lonely and excruciating for any 10-year-old. But for a pupil in Milan who brought a homemade sandwich to school – tunafish in wholegrain bread with sliced organic tomatoes – it led to isolation.
In an episode that made the front page of Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the child was removed from the cafeteria and taken to a classroom to eat on her own after her parents knowingly defied local rules that forbid any child from eating anything other than lunch provided by school.Continue reading...
Discount trial includes beer and wine, but not online shopping, and comes soon after Co-op’s student deal
Morrisons is giving students a 10% discount on food and drink, including beer and wine, in the first such move by a “big- four” supermarket.
It has linked up with the student discount specialists UNiDAYS to trial the scheme in all of its 492 UK stores. The discount, will also be available in its cafes and petrol-station kiosks, but not on online shopping.Continue reading...
Stacy Koltiska was forced to take back hot lunches from students whose parents owed over $25 on overdrawn accounts, replacing meals with cheese sandwiches
Stacy Koltiska loved working in the Wylandville elementary school cafeteria in western Pennsylvania. The hours were perfect – the two-and-a-half-hour shift allowed her to get her youngest daughter on and off the bus every day – and she enjoyed working with kids and seeing their excitement over school lunch every day.
But last Thursday, Koltiska resigned over what she considers a “lunch shaming” school policy. She said she was forced to take away hot lunches from two students because their parents owed more than $25 on the account used to pay for their school lunches.Continue reading...
University clubs and societies can be life-changing – for you and for others
It’s often said that university is as much about what you do outside of your degree as it is what you do for it. Maybe it’s that sort of cavalier attitude that leads to some of the best and worst decisions of our lives – shots from belly buttons and nights out you don’t remember with people you’ll never forget.
But joining societies in your free time can be as productive as studying, if not more so. University needn’t be a bubble, so here are some examples of societies that might make all the difference to your CV, your life – and even others’ lives.Continue reading...
From Tudor history workshops to DNA research, teachers are teaming up with academics to inspire young people
What can a dance tell us about someone’s social standing? What does their clothing and gestures reveal about their place in history?
These are the kinds of questions that eight- to 14-year-olds are exposed to when the University of Cambridge’s history faculty invites them to come and experience life in a different era. Next up is a Tudor dance workshop.
The latest list sees Asian and Australian institutions excel, as well as those with science and tech expertise
Tech-focused universities in Australia and Asia dominate the latest 50 Under 50 ranking (the world’s best universities that are less than 50 years old).
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore retains the top spot for a third year, followed by five institutions in Hong Kong and South Korea, meaning that Asian universities take the top six places.Continue reading...
The posters that adorn your walls in halls say a lot about the student. Here’s what those questionable decor choices really meanContinue reading...
Whether it’s a zine or a record label, students across the UK have started their own creative crews. Here are just a few…Continue reading...
Work avoidance doesn’t have to mean going on Tinder or watching Netflix. Here are some inspiring ways to waste time
Had it with studying? Recent scientific studies suggest that procrastination can actually make us more creative. So instead of another Big Bang Theory binge, here are a few inspiring internet wormholes…Continue reading...
Writer warns that policy of constantly testing children is resulting in millions feeling excluded and alienated
Michael Morpurgo has said the policy of constantly testing children in schools has created an “apartheid system” that is destroying their self-confidence and resulting in feelings of shame and anxiety.
The children’s laureate, whose book War Horse is taught in primary and secondary schools, said exams had ensured “millions of our children still feel excluded and alienated” and that the world of books and education “was shut off from them for ever”.Continue reading...