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Fairer Fees – An Overview – Sutton Trust – the Staffroom

20th November 2017

Report Overview Analysis from London Economics for the Sutton Trust shows that the reforms to student finance introduced in October will reduce student loan repayments for graduates by £8,000. However, the report raises concern that these changes do not go far enough to tackle the problems of high student debt and its consequences for both…

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Chancellor Urged to Means Test Tuition Fees and Restore Grants – the Staffroom

20th November 2017

The Sutton Trust is calling on the Chancellor to support a £3.2 billion reform to student funding – means-testing tuition fees and restoring maintenance grants – in this week’s Budget, in a new report that includes detailed projections of their potential costs and benefits. Fairer Fees finds that plans to raise the threshold at which graduates start paying…

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Amanda Spielman’s Speech at the Association of Colleges – the Staffroom

17th November 2017

 HM Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman described how Ofsted is aiming to be a force for improvement at the Association of Colleges’ annual conference in Birmingham. This speech was delivered on the 14 November 2017 Good afternoon, and thank you, David, for inviting me to your conference today, and Steph for those kind words of introduction. It…

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Free Schools in England – A Report by the EPI – the Staffroom

17th November 2017

In a new report, the Education Policy Institute has undertaken an in-depth analysis of the Free Schools programme in England. Free Schools in England is the most detailed, independent, assessment yet of this new and much debated reform of the school system. The analysis uses the latest data on Free Schools to assess the impact of the programme on several measures, including…

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Five ways to prepare your apprentices for end-point assessment – FE News

16th November 2017

The end-point assessment is designed to provide a robust, independent and rigorous test of an apprentice’s skills and competence at the very end of the training programme. But the key role in preparing the apprentice for the end-point assessment will sit with the training provider, working closely with the employer. If you are a training provider, you…

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Six Principles that have a Real Impact in the Classroom – The Staffroom

15th November 2017

In a new book, What Does This Look Like in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice, by Carl Hendricks and Robin MacPherson they advocate some helpful techniques based on research for teaching effectively ‘The most effective teachers in the studies of classroom instruction understood the importance of practice, and they began their…

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Church of England release updated bullying guidance – the Staffroom

14th November 2017

In bullying guidance issued to its schools, the Church said pupils should be free to explore “who they might be” and should be free to dress up in a tiara or superhero cloak without comment from teachers or pupils. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the guidance would help schools spread the Christian message “without exception or…

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Government rejects call for change on end-point assessment – the Staffroom

13th November 2017

The government has recently issued their response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Education Committees’ earlier report to the House on Apprenticeships and have rejected a call for at least one end-point assessment organisation to be in place before an apprentice can start on a standard. The original report, published in March by the…

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Challenges and Issues for Computing Education in UK Schools – the Staffroom

10th November 2017

A new report form the Royal Society, After the Reboot – Computing Education in UK Schools, explores the challenges and issues facing the subject in primary and secondary schools since the subject was introduced in English schools in 2014. Why computing education? Computing is a subject that all young people should learn in order for…

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Time to Change the Culture to Tackle Harassment in Universities – the Staffroom

9th November 2017

Professor Janet Beer, President of Universities UK (UUK) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, has said that all strategies designed to address harassment must be accompanied by activities to support cultural change in our universities. Speaking ahead of UUK’s conference on tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime, she highlighted the following points: “If students…

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