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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ACCESS 3,800 EDUCATION QUIZZES FOR FREE FOR A WHOLE YEAR

International Teaching

11/9/17

“It is a fun way of reinforcing all the great work being done by teachers every day in the classroom.” – Chris Packham, TV presenter, author and education advocate. “Now, we all know that keeping learning fun and informative is the key to gaining and keeping pupils’ interest and concentration, which is why I have become a massive fan of the website, Education Quizzes.” This is what TV presenter, author, and education advocate, Chris Packham, said when he was asked what he thought about Education Quizzes. But that is not all… “You see, they are written by teachers who understand the sticking points that pupils have when they are trying to understand a complex

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Domestic abuse victims are ignored because some police officers see it as a 'lifestyle choice', report finds

International Teaching

10/9/17

 

Child victims of domestic abuse are being ignored because some police officers see it as a “lifestyle choice”, a major report has found. Authorities must undergo a “sea-change” in their attitudes, inspectors have warned, after finding that at times, victims have been “incorrectly held responsible for the risk of domestic abuse”. Authors of a report, titled “Prevent, protect and repair”, said social workers, police, health professionals, youth offending teams and probation services must focus more on perpetrators rather than just victims. The report - written by inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HM

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Boys are better at physics because they learn about 'projection' while going to the toilet, researchers say

International Teaching

9/9/17

Boys are better at Physics because they learn about “projection” while going to the toilet, researchers have claimed. From a young age, boys are taught about how to aim accurately so that they do not make a mess in the bathroom, and this gives them a better understanding of “projectile motion”, according to three academics. Writing for Times Education Supplement (TES), Anna Wilson of Abertay University along with Kate Wilson and David Low of the University of New South Wales Canberra, explained their theory. “Playful urination practices – from seeing how high you can pee to games such as Peeball (where men compete using their urine to destroy a ball placed in a urinal) –

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Freshers' week charity auction investigated by university over ties to 'slavery'

International Teaching

8/9/17

Students who planned to hold a charity auction during freshers’ week are now under investigation by the university authorities over the event’s association with “slavery”. Two events, titled “slave auction” and a “slave night”, were advertised as part of the entertainment programme laid on for new students at Loughborough University during their first week of term. The social gatherings - organised by Faraday Hall, one of the university's halls of residence - provoked an outcry from the university’s African-Caribbean Society (ACS), which said they showed a “blatant disregard for coloured people”.

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