The Learning Renaissance

Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England | BBC News

Schoolchildren in England will be offered lessons in cyber security in a bid to find the experts of the future to defend the UK from attacks. It is hoped 5,700 … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Long-Term Impact for Humans in Space

I’ve had the pleasure, through ISSET of working with Mark and Scott Kelly. Scott’s year in space enabled direct comparisons to be made between him and his brother Mark in … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

University applications fall with drop in nursing and EU students | BBC News

A drop in EU students and nursing candidates has driven the decline, figures show. Fees in England are rising again, and it is the first fall in UK applications since … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Schools cherry-picking pupils who apply mid-year, says report | BBC News

Vulnerable children can struggle to find a school place if they apply mid-year, with some schools “cherry-picking” pupils, according to the chief schools adjudicator for England. Some schools “unlawfully” interviewed … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Moderate screen use ‘boosts teen wellbeing’ | BBC News

A study of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers has suggested moderate use of devices may be beneficial in a connected world. The researchers collected self-reported data from 120,000 … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Grammars ‘will not boost poorest pupils’ science grades’ | BBC News

Top scientists fear plans for more grammar schools in England will not help disadvantaged pupils. Read the full story on the BBC website: Grammars ‘will not boost poorest pupils’ science … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pisa tests – From American Dream to Asian ambition? | BBC News

While the ‘American dream’ of social mobility seems nothing more than a dream for many American students, it is emerging as a new reality in much of east Asia. The … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

London school’s towering performance in Pisa tests | BBC News

A school in north London could be among the best in the world after scoring better in international rankings than even top performers like Singapore. The international Pisa education rankings, … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Scottish schools data published for first time | BBC News

Data about how well schools in Scotland do on reading, writing and numeracy has been published for the first time. But the Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence Levels information sets … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Children of ‘just managing families left out by grammars’ | BBC News

Lack of access to grammar schools is not confined to the poorest children, those from “just managing” families are also left out, research suggests. “There is a strong indication that … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

BBC launches Red Nose Day Comedy Classroom with Blue Peter

Stars of comedy and film support search for best young comedy writer. Richard Curtis, Sir Lenny Henry, Miranda Hart, Sara Pascoe, and David Walliams give their backing to a new … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cooperative Schools: A Way Ahead?

  In England, the Tory government has, for the last six years, been pursuing a policy of the privatisation of education through its Academies programme. This took a policy of … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Politicians Who Made Thinking Redundant: Evidence-Based Decision-Making for Students

As a teacher of History, I spent a considerable part of my time in the classroom helping students to develop critical thinking skills which explored evidence to come to reasoned … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

National Teaching Service dropped, government confirms | BBC News

A scheme to recruit top teachers to work in deprived areas has been dropped, the government confirms. The National Teaching Service was announced by England’s then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, … Continue reading

December 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cash injection to secure youth music for four years | BBC News

Practical music teaching in England, delivered by a network of 121 hubs, is secure for another four years, ministers have announced. The hubs, first set up in 2012, allow children … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Oxford University to launch first online ‘Mooc’ course | BBC News

Oxford University has announced its first ‘massive open online course’ – or so-called Mooc – available to students anywhere in the world. These free online courses have grown in popularity … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schools ‘could be 19,000 heads and deputies short by 2022’ | BBC News

Education charities warn schools in England could be short of 19,000 heads and deputies by 2022. The Future Leaders Trust, Teach First and Teaching Leaders say the new leaders will … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

A quarter of pupils ‘write only for school’ | BBC News

A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, a report says. Just one child in five told a survey for the National … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Parents in Spain go on homework strike | BBC News

Thousands of parents in Spain are going on strike against state schools this weekend over the large amount of homework given to their children. Students from 12,000 schools nationwide will … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inventor Sir James Dyson sets up college to tackle skills shortage | BBC News

Inventor Sir James Dyson is setting up his own technology institute to tackle the shortage of engineers. The Dyson Institute of Technology, opening in autumn 2017, will create home-grown talent, … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Government ‘must act to improve careers provision’ | BBC News

Ministers are accused of “burying their heads in the sand” over the poor state of careers advice for teenagers in schools in England. The House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

School-leavers ‘lack essential workplace skills’ | BBC News

Most school-leavers do not have the basic skills needed for work, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. A survey by the business group has found … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

A-levels choice ‘reduced by funding squeeze’ | BBC News

Funding pressures mean pupils at sixth-form colleges in England must choose from an increasingly narrow range of A-level subjects, a study has found. The Sixth Form Colleges Association’s annual survey … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Charity launches gaming app to boost maths skills | BBC News

School maths leaves too many young people unprepared for the work and for running their lives, the charity National Numeracy says. A maths charity hopes its new mobile gaming app … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

PE ‘Cinderella subject’ for too long, says report | BBC News

The status of physical education in schools needs a “radical shake-up” and it should be valued in the same way as core academics subjects, a report says. Read the full … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Another Government U-turn as return to ‘halcyon’ days proves an illusion!

As a former History teacher, I’ve done the calculationsĀ  and I think the Tory government is looking to recreate the year 1955 in its backward looking education policy. The fetish … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge | BBC News

Almost 69 million teachers need to be recruited around the world by 2030 if international pledges on education are to be kept, warns Unesco. The United Nations agency’s estimate is … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment