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They made the education news in 2017 – but what happened next?

Tuesday at 09:10 AM, via The Guardian

From the maths teacher hauled off a plane on his school trip to the US to the vice-chancellor who accused a Tory whip of McCathyism: we find out how they’re doing now

The day of the Westminster terrorist attack in March was the longest day of headteacher Lisa Farley’s life. When news of the incident broke, she knew 57 year 6 pupils from her school, St John and St Francis church school in...

School admissions in England are becoming a wild west | Fiona Millar

Tuesday at 09:00 AM, via The Guardian

When some schools appear to ignore the admissions adjudicator’s ruling on unfair policies we all know which children are likely to miss out

It’s not often that I feel the need to reprise an earlier article, but the admissions arrangements of one particular academy school, covered here last summer, point to such a serious flaw at the heart of the education system that they justify a second look....

Sexual harassment ‘rife’ in schools but largely unreported, study says

Tuesday at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

More than one in three girls in mixed secondary schools say they have been sexually harassed and many teachers are ill-equipped to tackle problem

Sexual harassment of girls is rife in schools but goes largely unreported and unaddressed, with many teachers ill-equipped to tackle the problem, research has found.

More than one in three girls (37%) in mixed secondary schools told a survey they have...

University vice-chancellors’ salaries in the spotlight | Letters

Monday at 21:18 PM, via The Guardian

Academic staff and students past and present respond to stories on the salaries of vice-chancellors at Bath and Birmingham universities. Plus Sally Hunt of the University and College Union on teachers being paid less at CU Coventry

If rip-off fees guaranteed a university education of excellent quality they might be defensible. They do not. The university system is a self-serving bureaucracy...

Lessons from 2017: what tips and tricks have helped you be a better teacher?

Monday at 14:19 PM, via The Guardian

As the end of the year approaches, we’d like to hear from teachers who’ve made changes that have dramatically improved their time at school and home

The end of one year and the start of another is often a time for reflection, and a renewed vigour to “do things better”. We might promise ourselves we’ll go to the gym more, drink less, see more of friends or family and pay off the credit...

Primary school invites in elderly people to work with young pupils

Monday at 13:38 PM, via The Guardian

Downshall primary school in Essex hosts day centre where older people, some with early dementia, can interact with children

A primary school in Essex is piloting a new project that brings elderly people suffering from isolation, depression and early dementia into the classroom to work with four- and five-year-old children, with the aim of mutually benefiting all.

Previous projects have involved...

I’m quitting as a hospital boss: dire NHS funding problems give me no choice | Bob Kerslake

Sunday at 19:59 PM, via The Guardian

Our deficit at King’s College hospital, London, means we will be put into financial special measures, while what the NHS really needs is a fundamental rethink

I have this weekend decided to stand down from my role as chair of King’s College hospital, London.

This was not a decision that I took lightly. I love King’s and have the highest regard for the people who work there. But in the end I...

Universities’ response to pay row ’embarrassing and humiliating’

Sunday at 17:24 PM, via The Guardian

University chief says sector has lost the public argument over vice-chancellors’ pay and suffered damage to its reputation

The university sector’s response to the debate around vice-chancellors’ pay has been “embarrassing and humiliating” and damaged its reputation, according to the head of the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony Seldon, a political historian who has been a vice-chancellor...

Universities win permission to charge £2,000 premium for two-year degrees

Sunday at 02:05 AM, via The Guardian

Ministers will allow higher education institutions the surcharge to encourage take-up of fast-track courses

Universities will be allowed to charge students almost £2,000 a year more in fees in return for allowing them to complete a degree over two years instead of three, ministers have revealed.

The decision to allow universities to charge a 20% premium for so-called “accelerated degrees”...

The Observer view on Ofsted as a champion for deprived children | Observer editorial

Sunday at 02:05 AM, via The Guardian

The education watchdog continues to offer an invaluable service

Under the leadership of its former chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s annual reports became an important vehicle for airing difficult truths about our education system. It seems his successor, Amanda Spielman, remains committed to that tradition.

On Wednesday, Spielman will use her first annual report to highlight how our...

Vulnerable pupils abandoned by schools, head of Ofsted warns

Sunday at 02:04 AM, via The Guardian

Amanda Spielman, the new chief inspector of schools, will highlight the ‘deep injustice’ of rising exclusion rates in her first report

Some of Britain’s most vulnerable young people are being left “out of sight and out of mind” by a system that is quick to condemn them to a life without a proper education, the chief schools inspector will warn.

In a fierce denunciation of the treatment of some...

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