Category Archives: Archived


Nov

08

2016

Grammar school is blighting my much better comprehensive

‘People who go to the grammar school tell me teaching methods are old fashioned. Great, say parents, we like old fashioned … ’ Photograph: Kurt Hutton/Getty Images In a land of comprehensives, the grammar is king. I should know. Based on Progress 8, the government’s new way to measure schools’ effectiveness, my comprehensive is in the top 1% of state-funded schools in the east Midlands,…

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Nov

08

2016

Why don’t more schools focus on public speaking? Discuss

Highbury Grove school, London, where 70% of children receive pupil premium, aims to develop confident speakers and has appointed a director of oracy. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian It’s Monday morning and the start of a year 7 English class at Highbury Grove school, a large comprehensive in north London. The students have been played the soundtrack to a film and hands are creeping…

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Nov

08

2016

Imagine the journey of the future… and win the latest iPadPro

Use your imagination, and your logic, to describe your idea in 300 words max. Illustration: Rosanna Tasker How we get around our UK cities was largely determined by the planners of the Victorian era. And let’s face it, it’s hardly ideal. Winter brings long waits in the cold and wet, buses grind to a halt in our congested city centres, trains get steamed up over…

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Nov

08

2016

Surrey headteachers express 'vehement opposition' to grammar schools plan

The headteachers’ letter was also sent to all Surrey’s MPs, who include Philip Hammond and Michael Gove. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Government plans to expand selective education are facing fierce opposition in the Tory heartland of Surrey where more than 60 secondary school headteachers have written a letter of protest to the prime minister and her education secretary. All 64 headteachers of Surrey’s state-maintained secondary…

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Nov

08

2016

Saddle your steed, Sir Greg Martin, overpaid superhead, and gallop out of our schools

Headteacher Greg Martin built a private leisure centre on school grounds and contracted a management company – of which he was the sole shareholder – to provide services. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian When the history of recent education policy is written, a special chapter should be devoted to the saga of the Durand academy, whose funding agreement was terminated last month by the…

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Nov

07

2016

What Really Makes Us Vote? It May Be Our Parents

November 7, 2016 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. When it comes to casting our votes, we tend to assume that showing up at the polling booth is driven by the issues at stake. But there’s some evidence to indicate that voting habits are just that, habits, shaped in part by the practices and routines of our parents when we’re still too young to vote….

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Nov

07

2016

India urges Theresa May to open UK doors to university students

Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, shakes hands with India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, at the India-UK tech summit in New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images India’s prime minister has hinted to Theresa May that Britain needs to open up its universities to more of its students. At a conference only hours after the British PM arrived in Delhi on a trade mission aimed at boosting…

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Nov

07

2016

Controversial academy boss ‘on temporary leave’

Ian Cleland was at the centre of a row in the summer after he told academy staff that their jobs were at risk. Photograph: PR An academy chief who asked staff to reapply for their jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive while claiming thousands of pounds in perks, including the lease of a luxury Jaguar for him and his wife, has been put on…

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Nov

07

2016

'We've fought for decades' – US graduate teachers win workers' rights

‘Graduate teachers are insisting that our work is crucial to the educational mission of our universities.’ Photograph: Alamy Two months ago, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that PhD students who are also teachers at private universities in the US count as employees under federal labour law. This means they are entitled to vote for a union. A change in labour law may not seem…

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Nov

07

2016

Older teenagers 'quicker to improve maths and reasoning skills'

The research suggested that older teenagers could reveal further potential even after sitting GCSEs at 16. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Older teenagers and young adults are able to improve their fundamental maths skills and reasoning abilities more rapidly than younger teens, according to research that overturns longstanding assumptions about children’s learning. The research, published by academics from University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, also…

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