Month: December 2012

Why tuition fees haven’t improved university teaching

The introduction of tuition fees is not enough to restore the standard of university teaching – we need to encourage academics to take it seriously, argues Gervas Huxley. Last year’s furious student protests reminded us that few political debates are

Transforming teachers made dames

Two head teachers who have turned around struggling schools and contributed to education at a national level have been made dames in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. Joan McVittie transformed two schools in deprived areas of London. Sally Coates has

World’s first mural institute opens in Lyon

Founder says he is responding to a growing demand across the world   With the majority of the world’s population now living in cities and towns a new breed of designers are coming through to help create urban settings a

Has Education Become a Victim of the Financial Crisis?

Andreas Schleicher – There is a widespread perception that education systems in OECD countries have suffered severe budget cuts when the financial crisis hit in 2008. However, a look at the data reveals a much more nuanced picture, at least

Union’s concerns over education advisers’ ‘potential conflicts of interests’

Concerns of potential conflicts of interests have been raised about individuals contracted to work as advisers in the government’s academies and free schools programme in England. Analysis by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) reveals that at least four academy

Kent grammar schools plan overhaul of 11-plus to beat ‘middle-class tutor factor’

Grammar school entrance tests will be made ‘tutor-proof’ amid evidence that coaching for middle-class children begins as young as five. Kent, Britain’s biggest education authority, today unveiled plans to revamp the 11-plus within two years to ease the ‘pressures’ of

Up to 90,000 students ‘in Britain illegally’: Thousands fail to attend courses and some don’t even register

Ministers have been notified of up to 90,000 foreign students who may be living in Britain illegally. Audits by universities and colleges have thrown up tens of thousands of students who may have broken the rules by failing to attend

Top school’s big drop in ranking

The school which came top in a new system identifying educational performance in Wales has fallen into one of the lowest groups. When it was introduced last year, Ysgol Tryfan in Bangor, Gwynedd, had the best relative score in Band

Trainee teachers struggle as bursary withdrawn

Last-minute switch to ‘fee award’ leaves thousands at least £1,000 out of pocket and facing potential hardship Thousands of trainee teachers are facing possible financial hardship after a promised government bursary was withdrawn after they had applied for their courses.

Teachers ‘buy food for poor pupils’

Children are skipping school dinners because their parents can no longer afford to buy them. Two out of three teachers say they have had to either give their pupils food or buy them a meal to stop them going hungry,