UK graduates repaid £50m more in student debt than necessary in 2016

International Teaching

25/9/17

Tens of thousands of graduates in the UK paid £50m more than necessary in student loan repayments last year, new figures show. Data obtained by The Times through a freedom of information request show that around 86,000 former students overpaid in 2016, compared with only 52,000 in 2010. The average overpayment was £592, but 260 people paid back between £5,000 and £10,000 too much. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has blamed the Student Loans Company (SLC) for the overpayment error, saying there are issues over whether the organisation is able to “ingest” the data on how much it has collected frequently enough to keep up. HMRC receives real-time data from

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Loneliness: The cost of the 'last taboo'

International Teaching

24/9/19

Researchers have put a financial price on an "epidemic of loneliness" - estimating it costs £6,000 per person in health costs and pressure on local services. But the London School of Economics study of older people says for every £1 spent in preventing loneliness there are £3 of savings. Deborah Moggach, author of the novel adapted for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films about retired people from the UK going to India, said: "Loneliness really is the last taboo." She said old age must not be an "inevitable descent into despair" and more efforts had to be made to stop people becoming isolated and lonely. "We have to stop thinking of this as someone else's problem. As a

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Babies learn benefits of hard work by witnessing parents persevering with difficult tasks, finds study

International Teaching

23/9/17

Babies appear to learn the benefits of hard work or “grit” by witnessing their parents persevering with difficult tasks, according to a new study. After watching an adult struggle but then succeed in a task, such as opening a container, babies would make greater efforts to get a music box to play by pushing a button the researchers had mischievously deactivated for the purposes of the test. The infants, aged 13 to 18 months, pressed the button up to twice as many times as those who saw an adult succeed at their task without apparent effort. The researchers said that children in industrialised societies normally learn by being instructed in skills that “adults have already mastered”. And they

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Number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE falls to lowest level in a decade, report finds

International Teaching

23/9/17

The number of pupils taking arts subjects at GCSE has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, as schools encourage bright students to shun “soft” subjects. The uptake of arts subjects has seen a drastic decline in recent years, according to an analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI). Their report analyses the uptake of GCSEs in arts subjects - including art and design, drama and theatre, music, dance, and performing arts – over the past ten years. Researchers from the EPI examined the impact of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) on subject choice, which was introduced by ministers in 2010 to counter the “dumbing down” of GCSE choices and promote “core” subjects. It measures

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Transgender pupils 'leaving schools over rights breaches'

International Teaching

23/9/17

A growing number of families are taking their transgender children out of schools because their rights are being breached, it is claimed. Some schools are causing pupils stress by not using the name they prefer or enforcing gendered uniform rules, the head of the Good Schools Guide says. This was leaving families with "no option but to pull transgender children out of a school", says Bernadette John. Transgender and non-binary pupils have rights under equality laws. Under the Equality Act, they have the right to:

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Good Schools Guide to examine how 'transgender-friendly' schools are

International Teaching

22/9/17

“Over about the last 18 months or so, I have noticed this issue building up,” Ms John said. “Families are coming to us when they feel they are left with no option but to pull their transgender child out of a school”. She said that in the future, inspectors from the Good Schools Guide will quiz headteachers on how they cater for transgender students. “We had an editorial conversation about this a few days ago,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “It will be something that we ask in the round of questions about pastoral issues. We would certainly be asking headmasters about this.” She said that the Good Schools Guide is now drawing up a list of schools all around the country that have a good track record

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Deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

International Teaching

22/9/17

The second in a series of bulk buying deals (sometimes referred to as ‘aggregated deals’) for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices has now started. Schools could save thousands of pounds by using a deal developed by DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS). To take part, schools will need to submit their requirements for new devices to CCS at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6 October 2017. A video explains the process in more detail. CCS will then work with suppliers to get the best price and notify schools after they award the contract on 10 November 2017. Schools will be able to place their orders for delivery in summer and

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“WHAT IS THE SINGLE GREATEST ASSET THAT A TEENAGER CAN HAVE?” A FREE REPORT.

International Teaching

22/9/17

There was a time when looking neat and tidy was considered to be of prime importance for any teenager when going to a job, college, or university interview. Later there was a period when being able to offer coherent answers to standard interview questions such as, “Why do you want this job?” was thought to be particularly helpful. And yes, there is still something to be said for both points of view.  But it is also true that in recent years many of those who are interviewing candidates for jobs, and those looking to offer places in further and higher education, have changed their stance.

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Parents facing £129,000 premium for houses near best state schools, study finds

International Teaching

22/9/17

Parents in England face paying a premium of nearly £129,000 for a home near a top state school, according to new analysis. Properties near top state schools have an average house price of £415,844 – which is £128,615 or 45 per cent higher than the average house price across the country at £287,229. This average house price of £415,844 near a top state school equates to nearly 11 times average annual earnings, according to the study by Lloyds Bank. State school pupils have 'reduced chance' of winning Oxbridge places

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WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO RAISE THE GRADES AND ACHIEVEMENT OF EVERY PUPIL IN THE SCHOOL?

International Teaching

21/9/17

The answer to this question was provided last school year by the government.  And it is rather curious, because I suspect that until most of us saw the evidence we wouldn’t have guessed. It appears from a whole raft of medical evidence that 30 minutes a day of additional physical activity not only cuts down the chances of obesity but also results in dramatic improvements in behaviour and academic achievement. As a bonus the children who engage in this will also have a lower chance of suffering from mental health issues during the rest of their school lives.

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More than half of secondary schools either full or over capacity in Year 7

International Teaching

20/9/19

More than half of all secondary schools in England are either full or over capacity for year seven pupils, according to new data. A study of school places, with data collected from 100 councils across the country, have revealed that the current number of schools that are struggling with pupil numbers is at 53 per cent, up from 44 per cent in 2015. It is not just year seven pupils: the analysis shows that 40 per cent of secondary schools are full or crowded overall. Schools are 'breaking law by not offering religious education' The numbers, obtained by the Liberal Democrats, come after the Local Government Association warned that 125,000 children could lose out on a school place by

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