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Vice-chancellors paid £500,000 or more at six universities in England

the guardian - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 21:36

First survey of senior staff pay also shows nearly half of vice-chancellors paid over £300,000

Six universities in England gave their vice-chancellors £500,000 or more in salary, bonuses and benefits last year, while nearly half of all VCs were paid more than £300,000, according to the higher education regulator’s first survey of senior staff pay.

The Open University, London Business School and the University of East London topped the table for leaders’ remuneration, with the Open University paying out £718,000 in 2017-18, including compensation for loss of office to its departed vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks.

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« Les députés n’ont-ils pas mieux à faire ? » : l’affichage du drapeau français en classe vu par le monde éducatif

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 21:22
Certains voient dans l’amendement de la loi « école de la confiance » un « mépris » pour les enseignants.
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The Guardian view on private schools: motors of unfairness | Editorial

the guardian - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 20:33
Social mobility has stalled and inequalities between schools play an important part. It’s time to even things up

Private schools educate around 6% of the UK’s school population, or around 625,000 children in 2,600 schools. Since they have their own inspectors and select their own intakes, comparisons with state schools are not straightforward. But in outcomes such as exam results, prowess in arts and sport, and rates of admission to universities and the professions, the success of fee-paying schools is unquestionable: 42% of Oxbridge places go to private pupils, who also make up 32% of all MPs, 51% of leading journalists, 74% of judges and a third of 2016 Team GB Olympic medallists. It’s possible to celebrate the achievements of individuals such as Bafta winner Olivia Colman yet recognise that this narrow cohort’s collective winnings are a problem.

The UK is chronically socially immobile. More than in most comparable countries, a person’s life chances are determined by the status of their parents. Positions of power and influence are dominated by those with inherited wealth. This is not only unjust, but also a waste of human resources, which holds back progress of all kinds. And while private schools are by no means the main reason for the class system’s staying power, they are an important one. It is not just about the impact of small class sizes and lavish facilities on exam results, but also the creation and maintenance of powerful social networks and inculcation of mores. Progressives in the education debate are often accused of social engineering, but private schools are inequality-generating machines, as the title of a new book about them – Engines of Privilege – points out.

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Probe after Coventry students wear anti-Semitic T-shirts

bbc education - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 19:16
Coventry University said disciplinary action would be taken after two students wore anti-Semitic T-shirts.
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School climate strikes: share your videos and stories

the guardian - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 17:58

If you’re taking part in this week’s YouthStrike4Climate event in the UK, we’d like to hear from you

On 15 February students around the UK will be striking to protest against the government’s lack of action on the climate crisis. It’s the first YouthStrike4Climate event in the UK, following successful school strikes in Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

Related: Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads

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Some university chiefs paid 13 times more than staff

bbc education - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 16:36
The level of vice-chancellor pay is laid bare in a report by the regulator, the Office for Students.
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New York City Public Schools Should Be Evaluated Based on Diversity, Not Just Tests, Panel Says

NYTimes - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 15:55
A new report suggests the city enact sweeping measures to address entrenched segregation in education.
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Software gegen Plagiate: "So eine Situation dürfen Hochschulen nicht akzeptieren"

sueddeutsche_bild - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 11:23

PlagScan bietet Unis eine Software im Kampf gegen Betrug. CEO Markus Goldbach erklärt, wie das funktioniert - und welche Plagiatsart kaum zu erkennen ist.

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Mental health: the students who helped themselves when help was too slow coming

the guardian - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 09:15
With conventional services overstretched, teenagers in the Cumbria coastal town of Maryport teamed up to assist their peers

Last year, Molly Robinson, 15, was struggling to cope with the symptoms caused by an undiagnosed health condition. The unexplained pain, plus the worry about what was wrong, caused her to feel increasingly anxious and distressed. She plucked up the courage to seek help. And what happened? “I was put on a waiting list.”

Over the next three months things just got worse until she began to feel “completely overwhelmed”. “Everything snowballed,” says Molly. At crisis point, she couldn’t cope with going to school. “It took that for anyone to take things seriously,” she adds.

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‘It’s not about my school’: teacher’s TV drama depicts stress in class

the guardian - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 09:00
Adam Simpson, head of English at a Cheshire school, explains how he combines full-time teaching with part-time writing

“ONOMATO PO E.I.A. BOOM!, ONOMATO PO E.I.A. BOOM!” bellows a teacher to a classroom of unimpressed teenagers. His enthusiasm for the written word is struggling to get much buy-in from the disengaged mass in front of him.

This is the story of Shaun, a downtrodden English teacher who is eventually beaten by the system, as depicted in the TV drama Beaten, shown last week on BBC One (and now screening on BBC iPlayer) as part of a series compiled by producer and screenwriter Jimmy McGovern. It is a window into the state of Britain’s education system.

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What is the point of higher education if it doesn’t make people happy? | Jonathan Wolff

the guardian - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 08:45
Forcing universities to compete with each other is a bad idea. What we need is a Teaching Happiness Framework

In The Methods of Ethics, a book read only by philosophers with an overdeveloped sense of duty, the late Victorian utilitarian moralist Henry Sidgwick argued that other philosophers of his day were wrong to believe that human beings act only for the sake of their own happiness or pleasure. There is a second spring of human action, he argues: the pursuit of excellence. A poet, a philosopher, or a sportsperson working obsessively may hope to be happy, but, more likely, what matters to them most is what they can achieve.

Sidgwick’s work faded from fashion soon after his death in 1900. At Cambridge University, where he had been professor, he became a symbol of times past. The young Bertrand Russell and his fellows referred to him as Old Sidg. But his fortunes revived in the 1980s, and he is being read by undergraduates again. I don’t know if the current generation of university regulators ever studied him, but, if so, they have only remembered half of what he taught. We have the Research Excellence Framework, and the Teaching Excellence Framework. Where is the Research Happiness Framework, or the Teaching Happiness Framework?

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Beating the blues

bbc education - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 04:02
The cognitive behaviour therapy course giving teens the tools to deal with depression and anxiety.
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Overhaul England's 'narrow' A-levels, says top scientist

bbc education - Τρίτη, 12/02/2019 - 03:51
Technological change means A-levels do not teach skills for future, says Royal Society president.
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Cambridge doesn’t need a £100m gift but other universities do | Letters

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 11/02/2019 - 20:03
Readers respond to news that the University of Cambridge is receiving a £100m gift from the financier David Harding

In choosing to contrast Birkbeck with the University of Cambridge, Marthe de Ferrer hits a nail squarely on the head (If you’ve got £100m to spare, don’t give it to Cambridge, 7 February). The decade I spent teaching at Birkbeck taught me more about the spirit and purpose of education than three spent in more conventional universities. Lacking almost all the perquisites now seemingly essential to attract full-timers, without exception Birkbeck’s mature part-timers made up for what they might have lacked in facile sophistication with hard work, a genuine desire to learn, and respect for knowledge. Benefactors can of course do as they wish, but “Matthew principle” (Matthew 25:29) donations to Cambridge, at a time when my old college and others really could use a fraction of the same money to far greater effect, simply offend me.
David Unwin
Emeritus professor in geography, Birkbeck, University of London

• Marthe de Ferrer should not be too surprised about Oxbridge graduates enriching their old universities. Most of the ministers, senior civil servants and national infrastructure commissioners who approved the destructive so-called “Oxford-Cambridge arc” without any consultation graduated there.

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Don't back down on LGBT guidance, faith leaders urge DfE

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 11/02/2019 - 19:02

Some faith communities have rejected draft guidance for independent schools

More than 50 faith leaders, education experts and rights advocates have said young LGBT people would be at increased risk of bullying in schools if the government waters down draft guidance in response to pressure.

The Department for Education has issued draft advice to independent schools, saying secondary school children should know about “protected characteristics” under the 2010 Equality Act, which include gender reassignment and sexual orientation. Primary school children should be “aware of the ways in which people can be different and be respectful of those differences”.

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Did you solve it? On the tiles with the new Escher

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 11/02/2019 - 19:00

The solutions to today’s puzzles

Earlier today I set you the following puzzles.

The challenge is to divide each of the following outlines into the number of pieces indicated. In the first two rows, the pieces in each image have the same shape, size and orientation. In the third and fourth rows, the pieces have the same shape and size but one may be flipped over. Click here for a printable version.

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« La maternelle est devenue une antichambre de l’école élémentaire »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 11/02/2019 - 18:44
Dans une tribune au « Monde », Françoise Carraud, chercheuse en sciences de l’éducation, estime que l’institution scolaire « ne semble pas réellement attentive » aux évolutions de l’école maternelle ni au désarroi de ses enseignants.
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Bernard Toulemonde : « Les enseignants français gardent une liberté d’expression importante »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 11/02/2019 - 18:44
A la suite des polémiques autour de l’article 1 de la loi « pour une école de la confiance », accusé d’atteindre la liberté d’expression des enseignants, le juriste Bernard Toulemonde rappelle le droit en matière de devoir de réserve des professeurs.
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A quoi sert la philosophie de l’éducation ?

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 11/02/2019 - 18:42
Dans les débats sur l’école, cette discipline sert à interroger, clarifier et mettre en perspective les questions d’éducation, pas à leur donner des réponses toutes faites, répond le philosophe de l’éducation Eirick Prairat.
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