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: 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

How to talk to children about distressing news

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News-wise, it’s been a tough few weeks in the UK, with the Grenfell Tower fire happening concurrently with incidents in Westminster, London Bridge and Borough Market, Finsbury Park and of course the Manchester Arena attack. It’s no surprise that children have questions about all of this. Beyond natural curiosity and an awareness of the world around them, many young people … Read More

Education News Weekly – 29th May, 2017

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Election news, a GCSE paper blunder and a new Lego ‘Professor of Play’ at Cambridge.   Election catch-up – Independent, Guardian, BBC It’s been a tough week for the Conservative party, with news that their cost-cutting pledge to replace free school lunches with free school breakfasts could cost up to £400 million (Independent), according to expert analysts – or between … Read More

Education News Weekly – 22nd May, 2017

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Voter registration, the magic of rosemary and what the party manifestoes mean for education.   Election News Conservative The Guardian reports that Theresa May’s pledge to end free school lunches for infants will predominantly impact the ‘ordinary, hard-working families’ she has promised to help. It could affect as many as 900,000 children from struggling families, costing them an additional c.£440 a … Read More

Education News Weekly – 8th May, 2017

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Invisible ink in exams, the benefits of rosemary and the myth of the tutor-proof 11 plus   Exam board admits impossibility of ‘tutor-proof’ 11 plus – Telegraph Confirming what we all knew to be true for some time, a major grammar school exam board has said the 11 plus exam can “never be tutor-proof.” Bearing in mind that ‘tutor-proof’ means … Read More

Education News Weekly – 23rd April, 2017

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General election pledges, the dangers of screen time and surprisingly happy teenagers   Labour focused on education in upcoming general election – BBC Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has put education at the centre of his campaign for the snap general election. Corbyn described education as being in crisis, specifically highlighting the Tories’ recent record on school budget cuts and growing … Read More