Education

Academia looks like a pint of Guinness to me – diverse below, but not at the top | Education

A lot of my work examines counterculture, race, ethnicity and religion – and challenges some western paradigms. In my early days I had to work hard to convince research directors of the value in supporting such research aims, and academic peers of the need to expand our subject discipline and research approaches. It’s tough, because I, along with other BAME academics, feel that we are fighting implicit bias on a number of levels. Firstly, how you look, linked to a…

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How crafts are fusing tradition with innovation | Education

Jayne Childs wants to change the way we think about lace. “I’m challenging the perception of lace as just something we use for curtains,” she says. “Lace doesn’t have to be fusty and dusty. It can be something we wear in the 21st century – something that’s embedded in a tradition, but also looking forward. Even if people don’t really necessarily understand what that tradition it is, they like to tap into that story.” The craft economy generates almost £3.4bn…

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‘Schools are killing curiosity’: why we need to stop telling children to shut up and learn | Education

Young children sit cross-legged on the mat as their teacher prepares to teach them about the weather, equipped with pictures of clouds. Outside the classroom, lightning forks across a dark sky and thunder rumbles. Curious children call out and point, but the teacher draws their attention back – that is not how the lesson target says they are going to learn about the weather. It could be a scene in almost any school. Children, full of questions about things that…

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3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your School or Classroom #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

“We are developing the leaders of tomorrow!” This statement has excellent intentions, but it also assumes that students can’t make a significant impact in our world today. What are some of the mindsets and actions that we can take within education to ensure that we develop our students as leaders immediately so that they can make an impact on the world that we live in right now? In this podcast that revisits the November 2018 post, I will dive deeper…

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One in 20 teachers have ‘mental health problem lasting more than a year’ | Education

The government is being urged to monitor teachers’ wellbeing after research revealed that one in 20 are reporting mental health problems which last more than a year. The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is the first to examine the mental health and wellbeing of teachers in England over three decades, based on data from more than 20,000 staff. It found that around 5% of teachers today are suffering long-lasting mental health problems, up from just 1% in the 1990s,…

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Climate emergency: why education and activism go hand in hand | Education

“I turned down a six-figure training contract to focus on climate issues,” says law graduate Harry Holmes, 21, a King’s College London master’s student in environment, politics and globalisation. Worried that many years of studying environmental law or a PhD would take him well into what he calls “the climate decade”, he opted for a one-year course that allows him to continue his environmental activism while broadening his understanding of climate breakdown. He volunteers for UK Youth Climate Coalition, engaging…

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Black female professors must deal with bullying to win promotion, report finds | Education

Black female professors have to overcome bullying, stereotyping and institutional neglect in order to win promotion, according to a damning new report of their experiences working at British universities. In interviews with 20 of the total 25 black female professors working in UK universities, Nicola Rollock, the report’s author, said that their experiences made for depressing reading. “What they are saying is that their entire careers have been characterised by abuse and exclusion, and that their race has been the…

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Teachers to get pay rise in attempt to boost recruitment | Education

Starting salaries for teachers in England will go up to £26,000 later this year, rising to £30,000 in two years’ time, under government plans aimed at attracting more graduates into the profession. The proposals confirm an earlier pledge by the Conservatives, designed to increase recruitment and improve the status of the profession, which has struggled to recruit in sufficient numbers in recent years. Teaching unions welcomed the pay rise for new teachers as a step in the right direction, but…

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5 Starters for a Strong Team @coolcatteacher – Education Article

You can’t always pick your team but you can start helping your team come together and work like one. Jamy Bechler, host of the Success is a Choice podcast shares five ways to start building a strong team today. From knowing your purpose to developing leaders, adding value, connecting, and sharing responsibility – learn some lifelong principles of leadership. Sponsor: Discovery Education Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and…

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Top universities ‘not being chosen by low-income students’ | Education

Poorer students with good A-level grades are significantly more likely to opt for less prestigious universities than those with similar results from more advantaged backgrounds. This is the standout finding from major research that throws into question how effective higher education is in equalising opportunities. Successive governments have spent heavily to encourage disadvantaged students to go to university. The Office for Students in England recently set ambitious targets for wider access. But a team at the UCL Institute of Education…

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Birmingham Islamic school sues Ofsted after being failed for leaflet | Education

An Islamic school in Birmingham has mounted a legal challenge against Ofsted after it was failed by the educational watchdog over a 25-year-old “inflammatory” leaflet. Birchfield independent girls’ school in Aston was rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted after inspectors found a leaflet about a 1994 Islamic conference in the library. The school was predicted to get a “good” judgment until the discovery during the second day of the inspection, the Birmingham Mail. Inspectors said: “The leaflet states: ‘Today we find…

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Who Will Protect My Right NOT to Pay for Your Child’s Religious Education? – Education Article

    When I was a kid back in middle school, I had a crush on this girl, let’s call her Patty.     She wasn’t the most popular or beautiful girl in class, but I kinda’ liked her.       Of course, she had no idea I was alive.     Or so I thought, until one day she walked straight up to my desk and started rubbing my hair.     I was shocked at first, but…

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Dutch schoolchildren make video appeal amid teacher shortage | World news

Parents of children at a primary school in the Netherlands have responded to a national teacher shortage by making a short video of their offspring asking for candidates to come forward and help make their dreams come true. In the film the children talk about their plans to be a caretaker, pilot, plumber, acrobat or director when they get older. “But that is not possible without a good teacher,” the parents write on the website of Wereldboom school in Amsterdam.…

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All hail the Cardiff ‘maths whisperer’ – and other life-changing teachers | Education

Francis Elive deserves a bonus. The 55-year-old maths teacher recently helped his entire class of 30 year 11 students at the Fitzalan high school in Leckwith, Cardiff, to achieve A* grades in their GCSE maths exam – six months early. Inspirational teachers like Elive, who has been dubbed the “maths whisperer”, don’t come along often. But when they do, they can have a lifelong impact. When Lauren Aitchinson was 17, she had a wobble with her mental health. Her boyfriend…

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‘There’s a reason for doing something so difficult’: what to expect from a PhD | Education

A PhD is not just three years of intense study, but something that will affect your whole life. “It is a long project that is very different to any academic work you’ll have done before,” says Alicia Peña Bizama, Life Tools programme manager at the University of Reading. Psychological problems aren’t uncommon. The risks of developing common psychiatric disorders is very high, so it’s no surprise that evasion rates are also high. Above all, says NUS postgraduate representative David Evans,…

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Minister criticises lack of senior black UK academics | Education

The universities minister has criticised UK higher education institutions for their failure to recruit and promote black and minority ethnic academics, after figures showed that no black staff were employed at the most senior levels. Chris Skidmore, higher education minister for England, said it was unacceptable that the number of black academics in the most senior leadership roles had fallen from an estimated five in 2017-18 to possibly zero in the last academic year. According to figures published by the…

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