Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

University admissions: Sharp rise in unconditional offers 'makes institutions look desperate'

The sharp rise in universities giving unconditional offers of places to sixthformers makes institutions look “desperate” and risks making students “sit back and twiddle their thumbs”, a leading headteacher has warned. Peter Hamilton, head of The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, told an education conference that he was concerned at the sharp rise in […]

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Seven-year-olds get strict new rules on use of exclamation marks

The excitable, text speaking youth of today are being told to curb their exclamation by the Government. New Department for Education instructions to moderators assessing the writing of seven-year-olds has decreed that an exclamation mark will be deemed to have been correctly used only if the child has begun the sentence with ‘How’ or ‘What’ […]

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Teacher recruitment ad 'ridiculed' for claims that £65,000 was potential salary is cleared by ASA

A Government teacher recruitment ad that was “ridiculed” by members of the profession after it claimed that £65,000 was a potential salary has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The TV slot for the Department of Education (DfE) received 140 complaints claiming it was a “misrepresentation” of the potential salary they could earn. […]

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Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships

Weak headeachers are responsible for too many of the country’s brightest teachers quitting the classroom, the chief schools inspector has warned, as the Government called for precocious twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships. Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of the education standards watchdog Ofsted, called for more “battlers, bruisers and battle-axes“ to be appointed to […]

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Most literate nation in the world? Not the US, new world ranking says

A new world ranking of countries and their literacy rates puts the United States at 7th. Who’s Number one? Finland. The study, conducted by John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, analyses trends in literate behaviour and literacy in more than 60 countries. It found that Nordic countries are among the […]

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UK leads European university rankings – Top 100 list

The top 200 universities in Europe have been published in new rankings today; revealing that the UK is leading the way with nearly a quarter of all places on the list. However, despite the UK having 46 institutions in the top 200, Germany is catching up, with 36 universities in the rankings and a spot […]

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Rhodes Must Fall campaign marches through Oxford: 'Standing here in the rain… we have thick skins'

On most days in Oxford, the students appear to be outnumbered by tourists admiring the buildings. But Wednesday’s walking tour around the dreaming spires had a distinctly different – and sometimes surreal – flavour. Organised by the student protest group, Rhodes Must Fall, it was designed to take in “the disgraceful imperialist history” of the […]

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