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Aced your A-levels? How adjustment can offer a last-minute upgrade

the guardian - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 09:00

Clearing’s adjustment process helps students find better uni offers. All it takes is a little post-exam homework

Adjustment gives students the opportunity to reconsider where and what to study if they have exceeded the conditions of their offer. It could be goodbye back-up choice, hello top-ranking uni.

The process is available from A-level results day, 15 August, until 31 August. It’s entirely optional, and many competitive courses will be full, but other applicants might have missed their conditions or swapped a course, so it is worth seeing what’s available.

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'Less fun' English declines as choice for A-level pupils

the guardian - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 08:01

Claims made that new qualifications are ‘sucking the joy’ out of the subject

Authors and teachers’ leaders have called for urgent action to reverse the dwindling popularity of English in sixth forms after it emerged that there had been a 13% decline this summer in entries for all types of English A-level.

Ministers are being urged to review recently reformed English GCSEs because of concerns that the new qualifications are “sucking the joy” out of the subject and may be putting students off pursuing it at a higher level.

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'I love staring at one spot for six hours!' Life models on the secrets of disrobing

the guardian - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 08:00

What sort of person would stand naked and still for hours, often in agony? Nude models talk about how tough yet life-changing the work can be, even when posing for hen parties

The first time Dominic Blake took his clothes off in front of an art class was, as you might imagine, a daunting experience. “I was still wearing my gown,” he says, “and I had beads of sweat pouring down my face. There were about 40 people and I was looking at the doors and windows for escape routes.”

If you have an image of what a life model might be like – someone with a toned physique, perhaps, and an exhibitionist streak – then think again. “At the time I had the most negative attitudes about how I looked,” says Blake, 40, seated in the Royal Academy’s life drawing room where he often works. “And those attitudes crippled me. I didn’t have the normal experiences people usually have growing up. I didn’t have a girlfriend until I was in my mid-20s.”

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Labour will scrap predicted grades to make university admissions fairer | Angela Rayner

the guardian - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 07:59
Students should apply for higher education courses once they have their A-level results. The current system penalises poorer applicants

Hundreds of thousands of students will receive their A-level results on Thursday. It is the end product of two years of hard work, and many will be hoping it is also the start of their next educational journey.

Unfortunately, not all of them will have a fair chance to take that next step. Our higher education admissions process is neither fair nor effective.

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Social-media use 'disrupting teen sleep and exercise'

bbc education - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 03:05
Checking sites multiple times a day means less time is spent on healthy activities, a UK study suggests.
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Labour plans to scrap predicted grades system

bbc education - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 01:58
They are wrong "in the vast majority of cases" and the system is "deeply unfair", the party says.
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Labour wants universities to offer places after exam results

the guardian - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 00:30

Party aims to stop students from being hindered by inaccurate A-level forecasts

School-leavers’ anxious wait for university places in England could be ended under proposals by Labour that would delay the admissions process until after exam results are published, ending controversial practices that penalise disadvantaged students.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s shadow education secretary, said the next Labour government would undertake an overhaul of the structure and timing of the higher education admissions system in England, to avoid relying on inaccurate A-level grade forecasts and to halt the controversial use of unconditional offers for school-leavers.

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University admissions: Questions surrounding the system

the guardian - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 00:30

Labour wants a change so places are offered to students after exam results are known

Sixth formers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland apply for places and receive offers before they have even sat their A-levels or final exams. The system relies on universities making conditional offers, which are contingent on students achieving specific grades, or unconditional offers unrelated to grades.

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A Professor Tried to End a Sit-In With Bolt Cutters. Now He’s Been Fired.

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 22:02
The professor said white men were discriminated against on college campuses.
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Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

bbc education - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 19:16
People born in the 1960s and 70s stand out as the generation most likely to die by suicide or drug poisoning, data shows.
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Mickaël, 23 ans, passé du fond de la classe au chevet des sapins

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 19:00
Deuxième chance (2/6). Un début de scolarité difficile, un collège où on le range chez les « nuls »… Quand ce Sarthois entre en classe de 3e dans une Maison familiale rurale, il y découvre le goût de l’effort, l’autonomie et le métier de forestier.
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Why canteens should stop serving beef – and probably milk too

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 16:02

Goldsmiths, University of London has put down a challenge to everyone with its canteen beef ban. It is one the rest of us should take up for the sake of the planet

Goldsmiths, the university that brought us Britpop and YBAs, now has a beef-free canteen. It’s not the only thing the institution is doing to become carbon neutral by 2025; but it is the first, the simplest and somehow the most inspiring. It’s easy to imagine one workplace installing solar panels without feeling that your own workplace should immediately do the same. But once someone else’s canteen has gone beef-free, yours has to have a really good reason not to.

Beef wellington? Not a good reason. If your canteen has this, it’s likely because you work somewhere posh, like in financial services, and, if so, there are more useful things you could do to save the planet, such as divesting from fossil fuels.

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The after-school tutoring club taught by industry professionals

bbc education - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 15:17
The homework club was set up to provide young people with extra skills outside of school hours.
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Concerns raised over Erasmus student scheme as no-deal Brexit looms

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 14:05

Scottish and Welsh governments seek answers about programme’s future from UK education secretary

The Scottish and Welsh governments have written to the UK education secretary to raise concerns about the future of the European student exchange programme after Brexit.

The joint letter to Gavin Williamson has been signed by Scotland’s further and higher education minister, Richard Lochhead, and the Welsh education minister, Kirsty Williams.

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University admissions fail students. Let's give places for real grades, not predictions | Jo Grady

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 12:44

Shifting university applications until students get their marks would avoid the scramble for places on A-level results day

A-level results day is on Thursday. It usually brings lots of photos of young people leaping in the air and lazy commentators doing their best to play down the achievements of staff and students, despite not stepping foot in a school for decades.

What it doesn’t usually bring is much discussion about the fact that a lot of the results will have little impact on where and what increasing numbers of university students study.

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A-levels with Asperger's syndrome: 'My time to shine'

bbc education - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 09:40
Zoe Bannister is on the verge of a childhood dream of studying medicine at university.
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Eton master who wants pupils to learn very slowly

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 09:15

‘Slow education’ should replace the fact-crammed curriculum, argues Mike Grenier. But would this work in the state sector?

You may not have heard of slow education but you probably know about the slow food movement, founded in Italy in 1986 and hugely popular worldwide. Slow food is the opposite of fast food: it promotes local ingredients and traditional cooking in place of processed ready meals and takeaways. After its success, along came slow fashion (buy clothes that last), slow TV (spend hours watching a boat drift down a river) and so on.

To learn about slow education, I go to see Mike Grenier, a 49-year-old English teacher at Eton who founded a UK movement to promote it in 2012. “Slow education”, Grenier explains in his disappointingly modern and nondescript Eton classroom, “means developing lasting relationships between student and teacher and between student and learning”. It means more time for discussion, reflection and learning in depth, he says.

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Clearing becoming route of choice for university applicants

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 09:00

Record numbers of students are waiting for their A-level grades to apply, bypassing Ucas’s January deadline

Growing numbers of school-leavers are waiting until they have their grades before applying to university at the last minute, through clearing.

In the past, students typically submitted their applications by the January deadline set by Ucas, the admissions agency. But last year a record 17,520 students applied through clearing instead of using the normal process – an 18% increase on 2016. More appear to be choosing the clearing system as a preference, rather than falling back on it because of disappointing results.

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Chaos excites the men who run our country – as A-level day will prove | Suzanne Moore

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 09:00

The destruction of our schools accelerated under Michael Gove’s ‘Long March to reform’. Now his former adviser Dominic Cummings is pulling the strings at No 10

A-level results week. Kill me now. One of mine is getting hers and I say: “Don’t worry, none of it matters.” But then I am not a tiger mother. My book Sloth Mothering: How Not to Give a Monkeys is bound to sell brilliantly.

Still, she cares, because the teachers – who are burning out faster than they can be trained – care, because this is how they, too, are measured. The system is insane. No one needs miraculous grades unless they want to go to some super-duper college, because it is a buyer’s market. Many universities would probably admit my cat if it could pay international-student tuition fees. One college even sent my daughter chocolate lollipops to woo her. She didn’t know where the place was, but must have ticked a box on the Ucas form to shut everyone up.

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To all the teachers I’ve ever loved … you helped me through my chaotic teenage years

the guardian - Τρίτη, 13/08/2019 - 08:45

A crush on a sympathetic teacher can be the antidote to a stormy home life

Ever the schoolgirl, at this time of year I like to stockpile thin grey V-necks and navy A-line kick-pleat skirts. I also look back with wistful romance to all the teachers I have loved.

Crushes on teachers are meat and drink to wobbly pupils, desperate for approval, inspiration and praise. These attachments may provoke scorn in others, but they can be medicine for the harshness and competition of teenage life.

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