“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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World of Learning: explore, understand and act upon the latest developments in L&D

International Teaching

19/9/17

A much-anticipated event in the L&D calendar, the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 17 & 18 October 2017. With a reputation for bringing together senior-level L&D professionals with industry leaders and technology, World of Learning combines a world-class conference boasting an exceptional line-up of L&D innovators and practitioners with an exhibition showcasing over 100 L&D solution and service providers. A range of interactive areas, including a Virtual Reality Suite, Technology Test Drive, and the timely Apprenticeship Zone ensure World of Learning is an essential event for L&D professionals. Keynote presentations from eminent names such as consultant, trainer and author Dr Fons Trompenaars, and Geoff Stead, Director of

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WHEN SHOULD YOUR SCHOOL LEASE A MINIBUS, AND WHY?

International Teaching

18/9/17

When to lease: If you don’t have the large upfront costs of a minibus already in place, and can’t raise them anytime soon. Why lease? It is quicker and easier to raise the monthly fee of a lease each month (or to cover a few months) than it is to raise the entire cost of a minibus in a short space of time. Furthermore, when we consider the rate at which a vehicle depreciates, by the time any loan has been paid off the vehicle may no longer be considered a much of an asset. Thus, it could also be argued that leasing is more cost effective in the long run as you are paying to use the vehicle rather than own it.

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LSG webinar series begins with Fosway’s insights into the realities of digital learning

International Teaching

17/9/17

David Perring, Fosway Group’s director of research, kicks off the new series of webinars from the Learning and Skills Group on Thursday 21 September exploring why organisations struggle to find the right solutions and how buyers should be looking at the digital learning market to make better choices. 'It’s easy to provide digital learning in organisations, but it’s hard to do it well' explained David Perring. 'L&D professionals are facing a tsunami of change; changes in how people work, changing expectations about what people want from their employer and a need to make an impact faster than ever before. And it’s not just

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Tuition fees could be 'slashed to £7,500' a year under government plans, report says

International Teaching

16/9/17

Cuts to tuition fees that would save students at least £5,000 over a three-year course are being considered by the Chancellor, it has been reported. Philip Hammond is looking at capping annual charges at £7,500 instead of the current level of £9,250. The reported move comes amid concern from Conservatives about their low support base among young people, who voted for Labour in huge numbers in the June election. The Government has come under intense pressure to ease the burden of student finances after warnings that most graduates will never clear their debts. Universities have also faced a wave of criticism for paying out staggering salaries while those signing up for courses

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Secondary schools are 'breaking law by not offering religious education'

International Teaching

14/9/17

More than a quarter of secondary schools in England are potentially breaking the law on religious education – by not offering it. According to research by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), obtained by the BBC, 26 per cent of secondary schools do not feature religious education on the syllabus, which could leave pupils “unprepared for modern life”. The Freedom of Information data was collected in 2015 but has not been released until now. More than a third of academies did not offer RE to pupils aged between 11 and 13, and 44 per cent of academies were not offering it to 14- to 16-year-olds. Atheists are nicer to Christians than Christians are to

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Student freshers given Paddington Bear-style 'safety wristbands' amid fear that 'snowflake generation' is being mollycoddled at university

International Teaching

13/9/17

For thousands of students around the country arriving for their first week at university freshers' week is a time of experimentation out of sight of their parents. But today's generation of 'snowflake' students seem not to be trusted to avoid the pitfalls and take themselves home safely at the end of a night on the town. One student housing company is handing out Paddington Bear-style wristbands printed with their address and emergency contact details. Campus Living Villages is giving the brightly-coloured safety wristbands to 13,000 first-year students this month, including undergraduates from the Universities of Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool.

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How better education has built a more secular Britain

International Teaching

12/9/17

It’s official: the people of Great Britain have lost faith. New research from the British Social Attitudes survey reveals that 71 per cent of young people are not religious. Overall, 53 per cent of the population in England and Wales are non-religious. It is the first time that following a religion has been a minority position. Only 18 per cent of people are actively practising. So why is this happening? Are the young just feckless and uninterested, or has society somehow “failed” to persuade them that religion should be part of their lives? Around 20 per cent of British schools are, after all, “faith schools”. Surely a religious school, chosen by parents, should produce young people who

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