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'Less than half' of tuition fees spent on teaching at English universities

the guardian - Thu, 22/11/2018 - 02:00

Large proportion of students’ £9k fees used to fund libraries and support services – report

University students receive teaching worth less than half of their £9,250 fee in England, according to an influential thinktank that says universities need to be more honest with students about how their fees are spent.

A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) said that teaching for undergraduates amounts to just 40%-45% of the current fee, with most of the remainder spent on valuable facilities such as libraries and services including information technology and student support.

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Enseignement : « Des projets de programmes qui confirment la dérive élitiste »

lemonde_edu - Thu, 22/11/2018 - 00:00
La réforme des programmes scolaires annonce un lycée qui devra assumer sa part de sélection. La pédagogie passe malheureusement au second plan, estime le professeur de lettres Denis Paget, dans une tribune au « Monde ».
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Texas Students Will Now Learn That Slavery Was ‘Central’ to the Civil War

NYTimes - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 23:12
The new educational standards also retained mentions of Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, after there was talk of removing them. Critics say the changes don’t go far enough.
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Parents of girl, six, who was sexually abused by fellow pupils given payout

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 22:46

Local authority awards compensation settlement to family for failing to protect girl at school

The parents of a six-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by fellow pupils while at school have won a five-figure compensation settlement from a local authority.

The ruling, which is understood to be the first time the high court has approved a settlement relating to sexual assault involving primary school children, did not include an admission of liability from the council.

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Colleges exaggerating arts students' career prospects, says Ofsted chief

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 20:47

Amanda Spielman says further education colleges risk giving false hope to students

Further education colleges are giving false hope to students when they offer courses with slim or unrealistic job prospects in the arts and media, the head of Ofsted has said.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, also called for the government to increase its funding to FE colleges, as Labour warned that a growing number faced financial difficulties.

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The Guardian view on the sentencing of Matthew Hedges: a violation of rights | Editorial

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 20:34
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt is right to stand firm in defence of the British academic jailed for life in the UAE for spying

This year, the United Arab Emirates launched the inaugural World Tolerance Summit – its latest initiative to brand itself a humane and progressive country celebrating openness and dialogue. That was last week. Today, it jailed the British academic Matthew Hedges for life for spying, stunning diplomats as well as friends and supporters. The sentence has sent a chill through academics and others who deal with the UAE. It is not only an injustice to Mr Hedges, but a slap in the face for the UK, coming days after Jeremy Hunt met de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and said he was hoping for a good outcome. Today the foreign secretary said he was shocked by a sentence contrary to assurances from a “friend and trusted partner”.

Mr Hedges was held for five months in solitary confinement with no legal access; his family say he was fed a cocktail of drugs and made to sign a document in Arabic, which he could not read. The charges against him reportedly rested in part on this “confession”, though no information has been given on the basis of his conviction and sentencing. He had no lawyer at his hearing, which lasted less than five minutes.

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First ever plane with no moving parts takes flight

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 20:00

Flight represents breakthrough that could lead eventually to carbon-neutral air travel

The first ever “solid state” plane, with no moving parts in its propulsion system, has successfully flown for a distance of 60 metres, proving that heavier-than-air flight is possible without jets or propellers.

The flight represents a breakthrough in “ionic wind” technology, which uses a powerful electric field to generate charged nitrogen ions, which are then expelled from the back of the aircraft, generating thrust.

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UK universities urged to review ties with UAE over jailing of academic

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 19:56

Plea comes after Durham PhD student Matthew Hedges was given life sentence for ‘spying’

It is no longer safe for British academics and students to work and study in the United Arab Emirates, experts and lecturers’ unions have warned, after a court in the Gulf state jailed for life a Durham PhD student accused of spying.

They said UK universities should urgently review their ties with the UAE in light of Matthew Hedges’ life imprisonment, and halt any planned projects, such as the University of Birmingham’s proposed £100m Dubai campus.

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Primary pupil wins sex assault damages

bbc education - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 19:04
The parents of girl, sexually assaulted aged six by boys in her school playground, win compensation.
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Ban Christmas gifts for teachers, says Scottish parents' group

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 15:18

Trend for lavish gifts burdens parents, exposing financial differences, warns Connect

Schoolchildren should be banned from buying Christmas gifts for their teachers, according to a Scottish parents’ group, as retailers exploit parental anxieties by promoting increasingly lavish presents for teaching staff and parents compete to buy the most expensive items.

The Scottish parents’ organisation Connect is highlighting a growing online trade in bespoke gifts for teachers, with some items costing over £100, as it calls on local parent councils and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to discourage gift-giving this festive season.

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Créteil : un lycéen placé en garde à vue après l’agression d’un professeur

lemonde_edu - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 15:07
L’élève de première est scolarisé au lycée Branly, l’établissement où une enseignante avait été braquée avec une arme factice, le 17 octobre, déclenchant le mouvement #PasDeVague.
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In the key of F: Harriet Harman on why musical creativity is not a male preserve

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 14:49

If you go to a concert by Trinity Laban Conservatoire this season, at least half the works you hear will be by female composers. By reclaiming the neglected sounds of the past, it hopes to encourage future women

Creativity is a miracle and a blessing that needs to be nurtured and celebrated wherever it springs from. And a diversity of creators only enhances and deepens the creative landscape. So, as chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, I was delighted to hear about its Venus Blazing programme which, in the centenary year of women getting the vote, is setting itself the challenge of discovering and celebrating women composers of the past, and opening a path for women composers of the future.

The programme, which began last month, is a year-long initiative with a twofold promise. Across the more than 60 concerts and opera performances given by the Conservatoire’s major performing groups this academic year, at least half of the programme will be music written by female composers. We will thus have the chance to hear renaissance madrigals, 1970s jazz, 19th-century symphonies and 20th-century string quartets and operas, all of which have been neglected largely because the person who created them was a woman.

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British academic accused of spying jailed for life in UAE

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 14:18

Durham University student Matthew Hedges was detained while on research trip

A British academic who was accused of spying for the UK government in the United Arab Emirates after travelling to Dubai to conduct research has been sentenced to life in jail.

Matthew Hedges, 31, has been in a UAE prison for more than six months. The Durham University student, who went to the country to research his PhD thesis, was handed the sentence at an Abu Dhabi court in a hearing that lasted less than five minutes, and with no lawyer present.

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Fat-cat heads are profiteering from academies | Warwick Mansell

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 14:06
An £850,000 payout to a former head shows huge private rewards can come from treating state schools as businesses

As increasing numbers of schools become academies – there are now more than 8,000 academies across England – state education seems increasingly to resemble the business world, with empires of schools rising and falling under the stewardship of dynamic individuals, hostile takeovers not unknown, and the public often struggling to understand what are sometimes hugely complicated ownership structures, agreed in private.

Related: Former academy head given £850,000 payoff

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Number of child gamblers quadruples in just two years

bbc education - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 13:40
The rapid rise in the number of child gamblers is "a generational scandal", says a campaigner.
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Parents: share your views on school trip costs

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 13:09

With expensive optional trips on the rise, we want to hear from parents about sending your children on both educational and optional school trips

Days out of the regular classroom on a school trip can be some of the best for many pupils, but in the background there can be stress for parents and teachers.

Expensive school trips to exotic locations are on the rise – with some trips running into the thousands of pounds, which means there’s more pressure on parents to try and meet the costs.

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Guardian University Award winners: 'There's not much bling in science'

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 13:06

The 2018 awards saw some inspiring projects gain recognition – from support for asylum seekers, to a student lettings agency and a study revealing the devastation caused by microplastics

Winning a Guardian University Award can be a transformative experience. We caught up with a few 2018 winners to find out how it felt to take home an award, and what it enabled them to do next.

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Nouveaux programmes du lycée : sur le terrain, les difficultés du chantier de la réforme

lemonde_edu - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 12:28
Choix des spécialités, enseignement des matières transversales et de l’informatique… Beaucoup de questions restent en suspens.
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Programmes du lycée : ce que disent les professeurs des projets présentés

lemonde_edu - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 12:23
L’histoire-géographie, le français et les sciences économiques et sociales sont les disciplines les plus sujettes à débat.
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University Awards 2019: entries now open

the guardian - Wed, 21/11/2018 - 12:03

Highlight your success story with a Guardian University Award

We’re celebrating the seventh year of the Guardian University Awards in 2019. The team are looking forward to reading about all the inspirational, groundbreaking projects that UK universities have worked on this year. We’re excited to share the very best of these projects with the sector and prospective students at our awards ceremony next spring.

Click here to enter now

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