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Secret Teacher: we’re setting dyslexic children up to feel like failures

Today at 09:30 AM, via The Guardian

Pupils with dyslexia are at a disadvantage in tests, and we don’t have the resources to give them the help they need

Read more from the Secret Teacher

It is Monday morning and our year 3 literacy lesson is under way. The child I’m funded to work with is using an iPad while they have a break, watching a show aimed at helping children with additional needs develop communication skills. I walk...

Cambridge Analytica academic’s work upset university colleagues

Today at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Emails reveal rows over Aleksandr Kogan’s ‘get rich quick scheme’ with Facebook data

One of the world’s best universities is coming under increased pressure over how it handled concerns raised about the mass data harvesting at the heart of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, after a cache of emails revealed heated exchanges between senior academics involved.

The May 2014 emails seen...

Universities offer to maintain pension benefits while peace talks continue

Yesterday at 20:36 PM, via The Guardian

Universities UK makes offer in order to end 14 days of disruptive strike action until end of summer term

Universities have made fresh proposals to staff in an effort to end strikes set to disrupt the exam season next term – including an offer to maintain the pension benefits at the heart of the dispute while discussions continue.

Universities UK (UUK), representing employers with staff members...

Toby Young quits New Schools Network, citing media pressure

Yesterday at 19:48 PM, via The Guardian

Departure of free school champion follows controversy over his comments about women and eugenics

Toby Young has stepped down from his government-funded job as head of a charity supporting new free schools, blaming the pressure of media attention.

The journalist’s decision to leave the New Schools Network follows the controversy that erupted earlier this year when Young was appointed a director...

WeGeneration work, rest and play together in Adam Neumann’s empire

Yesterday at 19:22 PM, via The Guardian

New York entrepreneur has big plans to turn his office rental business into a provider of homes, leisure and education

Adam Neumann isn’t satisfied with changing the way 210,000 people work and turning himself into a paper multi-billionaire in the process. Neumann, the 38-year-old co-founder and chief executive of shared office provider WeWork, wants to house, teach, train and party with the...

Best teacher in the world Andria Zafirakou: ‘Build trust with your kids – then everything else can happen’

Yesterday at 19:10 PM, via The Guardian

After the London art teacher won her $1m prize, she was showered with praise by Theresa May and the education secretary – but she is exactly the kind of teacher this government actively discourages

Andria Zafirakou has been functioning on three hours’ sleep a night for weeks, but looks radiant. “It’s adrenaline, it’s excitement, it’s everything.” Nominated by current and former...

Mozambique:Britain Financing New Models of School Bathroom

Yesterday at 17:10 PM, via All Africa

[AIM] Maputo -Representatives of the Mozambican and British governments met in Maputo on Friday to discuss new models of school bathrooms that will improve access for disabled children and will help girl students and women teachers manage their menstrual periods.

Nigeria:Remembering Ajose, First OAU VC

Yesterday at 16:58 PM, via All Africa

[Guardian] Ibadan -Part of the National Anthem encourages every Nigerian to “serve with love and strength and faith, so that the labour of our heroes past will not be in vain”.

Is there still time to save the Open University from slow strangulation? | Steven Rose

Yesterday at 16:25 PM, via The Guardian

Plans to cut staff and courses threaten the OU’s specific mission of making tertiary education open to all

The report that the Open University plans to axe more than a third of its courses and slash its teaching staff makes grim reading for anyone who cares about the consequences for its original mission of making tertiary education open to all. Of course, the cuts must be set in the context of...

Ghana:Central University Holds 20th Matriculation Ceremony

Yesterday at 15:53 PM, via All Africa

[Ghanaian Times] Central University on Wednesday held its 20th matriculation ceremony at its Miotso campus to confer studentship on 672 freshmen admitted during the February admission season.

Kenya:Union, TSC to Meet Labour Ministry Over Teacher Promotions

Yesterday at 14:55 PM, via All Africa

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Labour Ministry will on Friday meet with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) together with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) over the dispute on the promotion of teachers with higher academic qualifications.

‘Allow imaginations to lead’: igniting the creative spark in young writers

Yesterday at 14:01 PM, via The Guardian

The focus on targets is restricting creativity in the classroom – but schools can still make space to encourage self-expression

At Bridge Academy in London, a group of year 9 students are writing speeches. Later, they’ll deliver them to an audience of MPs and activists at the Houses of Parliament. Students plan to speak about racial profiling, cuts to the NHS and why the education system needs...

South Africa:The Pirls Debacle – Literacy, Language and Standards in Schools in South Africa

Yesterday at 13:01 PM, via All Africa

[Daily Maverick] There are problems with literacy tests and what they can tell us. The tests work with greatly limited constructs of both literacy and language and are neither sensitive enough nor grounded enough in actual classroom literacy practices to be of any use beyond pointing to what we all already know in broad outline – schooling is a problem in South Africa, characterised by systemic...

Zambia:Copperbelt University Lecturers Refuse to Go Back to Work

Yesterday at 12:55 PM, via All Africa

[Zambia Reports] Unionised Workers at the Copperbelt University are disappointed management announced the date for reopening the University without addressing the many issues affecting the institution among demands that Prof. Naison Ngoma is removed.

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