The Learning Renaissance

‘Skills, skills, skills’ for recovery, says Halfon | BBC News

Apprenticeships must be “front and centre” of plans to boost skills in the post-Covid recovery, says Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Select Committee. But he wants the funding levy … Continue reading

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Teachers vilified as UK government tries to force opening of schools without adequate protection for pupils and staff…

From heroes to villains in a few days… like other public sector and key workers, teachers have been lauded for keeping schools open to a limited extent to care for … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Stars take part in BBC lockdown learning scheme | BBC News

Sir David Attenborough, Danny Dyer and Jodie Whittaker are among the celebrity supply teachers who will be helping the BBC educate the nation’s schoolchildren during the coronavirus lockdown. Footballer Sergio … Continue reading

April 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

BBC offers biggest online education push ‘in its history’ | BBC News

The BBC will offer daily programmes to help parents and children with schoolwork at home during the lockdown. Starting on 20 April, videos, quizzes, podcasts and articles will appear on … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Teachers and Existential Problem Solving

Teachers all over the world will be tackling and solving the problem of how education can continue during the Coronavirus pandemic… Source: Ken Buck on LinkedIn

March 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should tell kids | BBC News

Keep the message calm, understandable and try not to overemphasise the risks, experts suggest. Read the full article here: Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should … Continue reading

March 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bad local transport linked to failing schools | BBC News

There is a striking overlap between places in England with slow public transport and places with struggling secondary schools, say researchers at SchoolDash. Instead of only looking at education data, … Continue reading

March 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Schools told no delays so far to exams | BBC News

The exam watchdog, responding to concerns about coronavirus, is telling schools in England to keep preparing as usual for the summer exam season. Ofqual says it is working with exam … Continue reading

March 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Perils of a Privatised Education System in England

Accountability and impropriety… it sounds like a Victorian novel. I’ve spoken before of the accountability issues of handing over vast swathes of the national educational estate to private Academy chains. … Continue reading

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

A damning view of a redundant inspection model: Mary Bousted on OFSTED

A damning condemnation of the role of Ofsted in creating the climate in which stuck schools proliferate. Whilst we have an inspection process which is quality control rather than quality … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

One of the Problems with Multi-Academy Trusts: Accountability

One of the problems when you transfer state educational assets  to Multi-Academy Trusts operating in a commercial environment to generate shareholder value is accountability. I say one of the problems, … Continue reading

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Wealth Inequality and Social Injustice: A Message for Christmas

Until such wealth inequalities are addressed this county will not make the progress it desires. We cannot use the blunt mechanism of wealth to determine opportunity. We cannot afford to waste … Continue reading

December 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Primary league tables: How did your school do? | BBC News

New primary school league table data for England has been published by the Department for Education. The tables are based on how 11-year-olds in each school performed in national curriculum … Continue reading

December 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Estonia: How to do education effectively!

With the latest PISA figures published by the OECD now available, it might be worth considering one of the brightest stars in the educational firmament… Estonia. Estonia has come from … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Five moments that define Sesame Street’s first 50 years | BBC News

Sesame Street has produced nearly 5,000 episodes, won 193 Emmy awards, and now broadcasts in 150 different countries. Since first airing on television on 10 November 1969, millions of children … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social media has ‘little effect on girls’ wellbeing’ | BBC News

Getting enough sleep and seeing friends may have a bigger effect on teenage girls’ mental well-being than social media use, a report suggests. The finding comes in the government’s new … Continue reading

October 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ofsted: 1010 ‘outstanding’ schools not inspected for a decade | BBC News

One in 20 children in England is in a school that has not been inspected for more than 10 years, the BBC has found. Analysis of official data revealed 24 … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mothers with ‘controlling voice’ fail to persuade teenagers | BBC News

Mothers who talk to their teenage children in a “controlling tone of voice” are more likely to start an argument than get a positive response, according to researchers. The Cardiff … Continue reading

September 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Half of parents ‘want mobile phones banned in schools’ | BBC News

Just under half of UK parents, 49%, think their child’s school should ban mobile phones, a survey by price comparison site uSwitch suggests. Read the full story on the BBC … Continue reading

September 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through exams | BBC News

How a community of online students on YouTube helped people studying for their exams. Read the full story here on the BBC website: GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through … Continue reading

August 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

New T-level study to be worth three A-levels | BBC News

Students who achieve the very top grade in their T-level qualification will have the equivalent of three A*s at A-level, it has been announced. University admissions service Ucas says a … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

A-levels: What subjects are students dropping and why? | BBC News

As students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland get their A-Level results, Reality Check looks at how subject choices are changing. Read the findings here: A-levels: What subjects are students … Continue reading

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why gaming is coming to this school’s curriculum | BBC News

Newsbeat has been to visit the first school in the UK to introduce gaming into its curriculum. See the full story here: Why gaming is coming to this school’s curriculum … Continue reading

August 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

University applications could be after A-levels | BBC News

Universities are considering whether to shift the timetable of the admissions system so that applications would take place after students have their A-level results. A review into the admissions process … Continue reading

July 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Moon landings: Apollo 11 celebrated in Cambridge University maps | BBC News

Old maps of the Moon and stars are being shared to mark 50 years since the first manned lunar landing. Some will feature in a series of tweets by Cambridge … Continue reading

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ | BBC News

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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