The Learning Renaissance

Schools admit informally excluding pupils | BBC News

A dozen schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales have admitted informally excluding pupils at some stage last year, the BBC has learned. BBC News asked more than 1,000 secondary … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading – The Foundation for Learning

Considering they have been in power for eight years, it is a bit disingenuous for a Tory Education Minister to find that there are children who struggle with basic literacy … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Huge rise in unconditional university offers for students | BBC News

There has been a huge rise in the number of unconditional offers being made to students for university places, admissions service Ucas says. The total made to 18-year-olds from England, … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Exclusion Scandal in English Schools

This is what happens when you set up structures that prioritise examination performance above all else… the most vulnerable students pay the cost. It is essentially the marketisation of learning … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teenagers ‘let down over degree choices’ | BBC News

Teenagers in England are having to make choices about university on the basis of too little information, a report by the Public Accounts Committee warns. The PAC report says this … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hotter years ‘mean lower exam results’ | BBC News

Students taking exams in a summer heat wave might have always complained that they were hampered by the sweltering weather. But this study, from academics at Harvard, the University of … Continue reading

June 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

I wish mum’s phone was never invented | BBC News

A teacher’s Facebook post about inventions her pupils wish had not been created is making parents stop and think. Read the full story on the BBC website: I wish mum’s … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

School pencil cases banned to stop ‘stigma’ | BBC News

A school has banned pencil cases in a bid to stop pupils from poor families being stigmatised. St Wilfrid’s Primary School in Blyth, Northumberland, said it had taken steps to … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Narrow vocabulary hits pupils grades | BBC News

Research suggests four out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary have limited vocabulary. Monosyllabic adolescents may be nothing new, but the latest research suggests a big chunk … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

BBC game challenges young people to spot “fake news” | BBC News

Young people can play the role of a newsroom journalist, making their own decisions on what is true or false in the new BBC iReporter interactive game. The new interactive BBC … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

UK teacher wins global best teacher prize | BBC News

A teacher from north London has been announced as winner of a competition to find the world’s best teacher. Andria Zafirakou, who teaches art and textiles in a Brent secondary … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Damian Hinds to cut workload to tackle teacher shortage | BBC News

The education secretary will promise to cut teachers’ workload in an attempt to resolve a recruitment crisis in England’s schools. Damian Hinds will tell head teachers that there will be … Continue reading

March 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

This is what the political privatisation of the education sector looks like in England

I’ve spoken before of the political dogma driving the privatisation of the school sector in the UK and the evils attendant with it. This is a clear example of wasted … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learners let down by Learndirect, say MPs | BBC News

The government has been criticised for its role in giving millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to a UK training provider accused of failing to deliver. The House of Commons … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bill Gates announces UK teacher in global top 10 | BBC News

A teacher from north London, named as a top-10 finalist in a global teaching award, has warned of the poor living conditions of her pupils. Andria Zafirakou says some pupils … Continue reading

February 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

MPs investigate impact of social media and screens on youth | BBC News

Are you concerned about the impact social media and screen-use are having on young people? If so, MPs are looking to hear your thoughts. The Commons Science and Technology Committee … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

England and US will not take Pisa tests in tolerance | BBC News

Schools in England and the United States will not be taking the new international Pisa test designed to assess respect for other cultures, challenge extremism and help identify fake news. … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Folly of Multiple Academy Trusts – Unaccountable and Profit-driven – a Toxic Formula for Education

The answer, as with everything with this Tory government, was privatisation. The question had been how to drive up standards in learning across the country. Unsurprisingly, the Multiple Academy Chains … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds | BBC News

A campaign to teach children about copyright infringement on the internet, is employing cartoons and puns on pop stars’ names, to get the message across. Even its makers admit it … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

School league tables – see how your secondary school has done | BBC News

More than one in eight secondary schools in England is below the standard deemed acceptable by ministers, league table data shows. The secondary school league tables have just been published, … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

BBC to help students identify ‘fake news’ | BBC News

The BBC is launching a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information. The project is targeted at secondary schools and sixth … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

More students found cheating in GCSE and A-level exams | BBC News

The number of students caught cheating in exams has risen by 25% in a single year, official figures show. Read the full story on the BBC website: More students found … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teaching to the Test – the Bane of Learning

This is a Telegraph article about the debilitating effect that ‘teaching to the test’ has on learning and learners. Extending GCSEs to a three year course merely swallows up more … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Worrying Trend in English Education: The Disappearing Headteacher

The privatisation of education in England has seen the reduction in the scope and role of the Local Education Authority, who were the overseeing and accountable body in counties and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Relevance and Impact of Homework on Learning and Pupil Progress

The relevance and impact of homework on learning and pupil progress continues to be a source of controversy amongst pupils, parents, senior leaders and governors. Andrew Jones reports that the … Continue reading

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Wales school cash reserves drop ‘should ring alarm bells’ | BBC News

Cash reserves held by schools in Wales have dropped by 28% since last year which “should ring alarm bells”, a teaching union has warned. A new report showed schools have total reserves … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust

Not my usual educational post today, although this is an appeal for greater education into a particular field of research. Grace Kelly, was a four year old who lost her … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · Leave a comment
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