Education News Weekly – 7th November, 2017

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CCTV in school toilets, a comedian advocating teachers and some good ol’ fashioned Ofsted-bashing   Time to put Ofsted in ‘special measures’? – TES Ofsted has come under attack this week, with a leading education academic claiming the regulatory board’s methods are “invalid, unreliable and unjust.” Frank Coffield, emeritus professor of education at the UCL Institute of Education, was scathing … Read More

Education News Weekly – November 2nd, 2017

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Student loan reforms, Brexit tension and further Oxbridge admissions drama…   MPs demand admissions reform after Oxbridge admissions scandal – Independent More than 100 MPs – many of whom represent parts of the country that are under-represented at Oxbridge – have written to the heads of Oxford and Cambridge University calling for urgent reforms after data revealed a “social apartheid” in … Read More

Education News Weekly – 24th October, 2017

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Alarm clocks, term-time holidays and a shocking lack of diversity at Oxbridge…   MP David Lammy criticises Oxbridge lack of diversity – BBC The former education secretary was dismayed at data released after a Freedom of Information request about admissions statistics for Britain’s top two universities, amid news that as many as 16 Oxbridge colleges failed to offer any places … Read More

Education News Weekly – 11th October, 2017

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Robot teachers, a backlash against social media and the vital importance of parental involvement…   Parental involvement ‘more important’ than schooling for child’s success – Independent Research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic success than the qualities of the … Read More

Education News Weekly – 4th October, 2017

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Wrong exams grades, frugal students and the cost of living near a top state school…   Tories’ new funding formula for schools merely ‘papering over the cracks’ – Independent Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, said schools will be given a funding rise of 0.5 per cent per pupil next year and a 1 per cent increase in 2019-20. The most … Read More

Education News Weekly – 27th September, 2017

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A new mental health initiative, Labour’s National Education Service and why teachers are now having to pay to stock their classrooms…   Education funding crisis – Tes, BBC, Guardian The long-running education funding crisis has shown no sign of abating, with recent research revealing that one third (over 9,400) of state schools are now operating with a cash deficit. A … Read More

Education News: Summer Recap

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Students across the UK have returned to school and university after the summer break, but there’s been no shortage of education news in the meantime…     Exam Results – BBC, Guardian, Independent Half a million students received their GCSE results in August, including harder exams and the first wave of results in the (apparently confusing) new 9-1 format for … Read More

Education News Update: August Edition

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School’s out, but there’s still plenty of education news to report…      Schools News More than half a million primary school children in England are being taught in “super-sized” classes of over 30 pupils (Independent), new analysis of Government figures has revealed. Children in the South East and North West of the country are the worst affected, with more … Read More

Education News Weekly – July 10th, 2017

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University tuition fees, argumentative youngsters and what Malala did next…   Tuition Fees – BBC, Telegraph, Independent One of education’s hottest potatoes has been back in the news, with an IFS report revealing that students can expect to leave university with debts of up to £57,000, taking into account the new 6.1% interest rates (Minerva’s blogger can confirm this figure, … Read More

Education News Weekly – 19th June, 2017

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The Grenfell Tower fire, Britain’s strictest school and children’s ‘Trumpy’ creative writing. ‘Britain’s strictest school’ rated outstanding by Ofsted – Guardian Michaela Community School – a controversial north-west London free school renowned for its “no excuses” behaviour policy – has been judged outstanding in all categories by Ofsted. The school prides itself on its strict disciplinary approach, with pupils given demerits … Read More