The Learning Renaissance

West Sussex school funding crisis ‘negatively affecting’ pupils | BBC News

Education is being ‘negatively affected’ as schools struggle with budget shortfalls, a survey finds. Morale is low and stress levels high, teachers, support staff and parents in West Sussex told … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teachers back moves towards primary Sats boycott | BBC News

Teachers have backed plans for a possible boycott of primary school tests in England next year. The National Union of Teachers says the tests for seven and 11-year-olds are damaging … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Schools ‘cut staff due to funding shortages’ | BBC News

Schools in England are cutting back on teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) because of financial constraints, a survey for the Sutton Trust suggests. The poll found 49% of primary schools … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

University’s three-legged cat ‘relieves exam stress’ | BBC News

Taking tea with the ginger tom is popular with Cambridge students missing their pets. Jasper, a five-year-old ginger tom, belongs to the deputy librarian at the Marshall Library of Economics. … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

SATS for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped | BBC News

The death knell is sounded for Sats for seven-year-olds in England’s schools. Source: Sats for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped | BBC News

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Drop in teacher training recruits revealed | BBC News

There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England. The latest figures show a 7% drop … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

BBC Learning launches The Mind Set | BBC Media Centre

  BBC Learning has launched The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE and National students. It’s a bold new campaign which explores exam stress via … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

GCSE resits cause ‘significant problems’, says Ofsted boss | BBC News

Forcing resits on teenagers who do not get good GCSEs in English and maths is causing “significant problems”, the new head of Ofsted has argued. Amanda Spielman said the policy, … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Music ‘could face extinction’ in secondary schools | BBC News

Music “could face extinction” as a subject in secondary schools in England, researchers have warned. They say music is being squeezed because of pressure on pupils to take subjects included … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Vocational training shake-up ‘most ambitious since A-levels’ | BBC News

Vocational and technical education in England is to get an extra £500m a year in a bid to train more skilled workers and boost the economy. The plans, to be … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

£14,000 tuition fees plan for two-year degree courses | BBC News

Universities in England will be able to charge more than £14,000 per year for a fast-track two year degree, under plans from the government. Students would be able to get … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

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