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Two-year-olds should learn to code, says computing pioneer

Today at 00:23 AM, via The Guardian

Early start would encourage women to become programmers and reduce gender stereotyping, argues Stephanie Shirley

Children as young as two years old should be introduced to the basics of coding, according to one of Britain’s most eminent computing pioneers.

Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose company was one of the first to sell software in the 1960s, said that engaging very young children – in...

Sprint finish to mark reformatted GCSEs, say examiners

Yesterday at 19:44 PM, via The Guardian

70,000 English papers were unmarked at the end of July, with increased payments and discounted books offered to examiners to complete task

Examiners have complained that this year’s reformed GCSE exams in England have been tougher to mark, taking them longer to complete and leading to exam boards cajoling markers to process more papers and increasing payment rates.

Results for the reformed...

Labour urges college principals to get students on electoral register

Yesterday at 18:32 PM, via The Guardian

Some universities have just 13% of students on the electoral roll compared with 76% registered at Sheffield

Labour is writing to all university vice-chancellors and college principals urging them to help students sign up to vote when they enrol in higher education this September.

Cat Smith, the shadow voter engagement minister, and Gordon Marsden, the shadow higher education minister, urged the...

Uganda: Makerere Delays Issuing Admission Letters

Yesterday at 15:55 PM, via All Africa

[Monitor] Kampala -Despite the first semester orientation having begun on August 12, several first year undergraduate students at Makerere University are yet to get their admission letters.

Getting to grips with a £32,220 student debt – and how you can lighten the load

Yesterday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

As graduates start their first jobs and face a raft of new bills, tackling the loan mountain can seem insurmountable

After three years at university Vic Froggett has started in her first job and is adjusting to the succession of new bills she has to pay. But as well as the increased cost of rent, travel and council tax, in the background is her mountain of debt – student loans of £40,000.


The week in TV: No More Boys and Girls: Can Kids Go Gender Free?; The Big Family Cooking Showdown and more

Yesterday at 07:59 AM, via The Guardian

A documentary about gender and the Beeb’s Bake Off wannabe weren’t quite as described on the tin. But Valkyrien zipped along furiously

No More Boys and Girls: Can Kids Go Gender Free? (BBC2) | iPlayerThe Big Family Cooking Showdown (BBC2) | iPlayerValkyrien (C4) | All 4Dangerous Borders (BBC2) | iPlayerQuacks (BBC2) | iPlayer

Pointlessly unwieldy title of the week – against, as we shall come...

Row over teaching Fanny Hill highlights threat to freedom of expression

Yesterday at 01:05 AM, via The Guardian

Alleged ban on 1748 erotic novel seen as pandering to the sensibilities of a generation of ‘snowflake’ students

On Monday, Vogue’s website, unusually straying into academia, reported: “Eyebrows were raised when the first erotic novel in the English language, Fanny Hill, was dropped from an 18th-century literature course ‘for fear of offending students’.” This followed a headline in the Mail on...

Frenzied battle to snare students as universities fight for survival

Yesterday at 01:05 AM, via The Guardian

Predictions that some institutions will collapse amid ‘toughest ever’ competition for applicants

“It’s the toughest year yet,” said Sarah Gordon, head of outreach and engagement at London South Bank University, after a gruelling few days following the publication of the A-level results last week. “There are fewer 18-year-olds, Ucas applications are down on last year and students have...

School exclusion ‘linked to long-term mental health problems’ – study

Saturday at 22:56 PM, via The Guardian

Research shows that exclusions can amplify pupils’ psychological distress and encourage behaviour it intends to punish

Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a major new study has shown.

The research by the University of Exeter also finds that poor mental health can lead to school exclusion.

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Sudan: Education Sector Threatens With Strike

Saturday at 11:36 AM, via All Africa

[Radio Dabanga] Babanusa / El Fasher -Workers in West Kordofan and North Darfur demand the payment of grants which the Sudanese government promised to employees in the education sector in June.

Nigeria: Parents Urge ASUU to End Strike

Saturday at 10:04 AM, via All Africa

[Daily Trust] Parents in the university town of Nsukka have appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike, considering the setback and suffering it would cause students and their parents.

Secret Teacher: unconditional offers give students no incentive to work hard

Saturday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

The notion of university education as a buyer’s market rather than an academic pursuit is a cultural shift many of us were not ready for

When I became the head of sixth-form for a large comprehensive school in 2013, unconditional offers were the holy grail of university admissions. You were more likely to find diamonds on Brighton beach. That same year, the government lifted the cap on the...

How to reform student finance? Let’s start with interest rates

Saturday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

If it was a bank, we’d brand the 6.1% interest rate shameless profiteering

Student loans are overpriced, badly administered and probably mis-sold. If they were a financial product that we unpick in the Money pages each week, they would more than likely fall into the “worst-buy” rather than the “best-buy” category. Yet well over 200,000 undergraduates will be herded into them in...

A free railcard or a £2,000 overdraft? How to pick the best student account

Saturday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Two things are vital to help you make the correct choice – the giveaways on offer and the amount of interest-free overdraft you’ll receive and when

School leavers found out this week which university they will be going to, and over the next month they and their parents will be wondering how on earth they are going to afford it. For many it will be the first time they run a proper bank account...

Cambridge University Press accused of ‘selling its soul’ over Chinese censorship

Saturday at 05:52 AM, via The Guardian

Academics and activists decry publisher’s decision to comply with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from leading China studies journal

The world’s oldest publishing house, Cambridge University Press, has been accused of being an accomplice to the Communist party’s bid to whitewash Chinese history after it agreed to purge hundreds of politically-sensitive articles from its...

Cambridge University Press blocks readers in China from articles

Friday at 20:14 PM, via The Guardian

Academics and contributors dismayed after hundreds of CUP articles in China Quarterly become inaccessible in country

Cambridge University Press has blocked readers in China from accessing hundreds of academic articles – including some published decades ago – after a request by Chinese authorities, arguing that it did so to avoid its other publications from being barred.

The publisher confirmed...

Trump could lose honorary law degree after Charlottesville remarks

Friday at 17:54 PM, via The Guardian

Lehigh University considers rescinding president’s doctor of laws statusRobert Gordon University took back Trump’s honorary business degree in 2015

One of the three universities to give Donald Trump an honorary doctorate is considering whether to revoke it in the wake of his controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

The board of trustees at Lehigh University –...

Experts attack Channel 4’s ‘exploitative’ Child Genius

Friday at 16:07 PM, via The Guardian

Wendy Berliner of Education Media Centre says she is ‘horrified’ by programme that purports to identify Britain’s cleverest child

Child Genius, the Channel 4 series that will claim to identify the country’s cleverest child, has been compared to a circus exploiting children by educational experts and criticised as a “missed opportunity” by an authority on gifted children.

The current series has...

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