Teaching Abroad

24/05/16

Loughborough University, famous for its athletic prowess, has leapfrogged into the top five in the new Guardian University Guide. While the top three places were retained by Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews, Loughborough jumped seven places to join Surrey in fourth. The university – which was Team GB’s preparation HQ in the run-up to the London Olympics – was particularly boosted by the success of its engineering department. It ranked highly for its fashion and textiles, as well as design and crafts courses. Cambridge, which held on to the top spot in the Guardian’s main league table for the sixth year in a row, increased its dominance across the specialist tables,

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Teaching - North vs South

23/05/16

Tackling the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils is the key to improving the performance of schools in northern England, a report has said. The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research says northern secondary schools lag behind the England average. The report echoes Ofsted's warning that without better education, the government's Northern Powerhouse economic plan will "splutter and die". Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said ongoing reforms had helped poor pupils. The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is "falling", but "the job is not  finished yet", she said. The IPPR report, which was funded by education charity Teach

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Teaching Overseas

22/05/16

After an Associated Press article last month about Hawaii's growing teacher shortage and recent teacher recruitment efforts on the mainland, followed by other articles and social media posts excitedly imagining the fun of being paid to teach in paradise, the Hawaii State Department of Education has been inundated with thousands of teacher applications and inquiries from around the world, the agency said. With the Associated Press reporting that there may be as many as 1600 vacancies next school year, that would seem to be a positive. However, most of the applications and inquiries have not been coming from qualified teachers or teachers authorized to work in the United

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Teaching

21.05.16

The new book Student Politics in Africa: Representation and activism highlights trends including a penetration by national politics into student representation and the co-option of student leaders through ‘incentives’. Also, marketisation has led to a dearth of ideology in student politics and new dynamics in institutional governance.
The purpose of the project was to map out and compare across Africa recent changes in the higher education landscape and different models of how students as a collective body are organised on both institutional and national levels; how their interests are aggregated, articulated and intermediated into institutional and national policy processes;

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Cheaper Holiday

20/05/16

A primary school is extending its school-day to help parents afford cheaper holidays. Less than a week after a land-mark High court ruling over the ban on term-time holidays fell in favour of parents, a rural primary has announced it has revolutionised its teaching schedule to make it easier for families to bag a cheap get-away. Chiddingstone Primary School near Tunbridge Wells in Kent has added 20 minutes teaching time on to each school-day, which means pupils can enjoy an additional two weeks holiday per year outside of peak times. Youngsters will break up a week ahead of other Kent schools for an extended May half-term, and will also get a longer half-term holiday in

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Teaching - Then Passing The Exams

19/05/16

When you’ve worked so hard revising, don’t leave the last few hours before entering the examination hall to chance. Here’s how to make sure you’re ready. Everyone has moments of self-doubt. For some, these thoughts are fleeting and quickly pass. But, as Shakespeare puts it, others find that their “doubts are traitors” which hold them back from fulfilling their potential. Elite athletes have long known the importance of a  pre-performance routine. It allows them to focus on what’s important, helping them concentrate on the task at hand and execute their skills to the best of their abilities. Could the same concepts work for students before an exam? With the scrapping of

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Teaching Science In Primary Schools

18/05/16

Pupils are leaving primary school unprepared for the rigours of science and foreign languages at secondary level, Ofsted's chief inspector says. Sir Michael Wilshaw said the focus on the "three Rs" had pushed other compulsory subjects "to the margins of the curriculum" in primary schools. Science and languages had become the "poor relations" of the primary curriculum as a result, he said. The government said more pupils were taking science and languages at GCSE. Sir Michael said, in his monthly commentary, that the government wanted most pupils who started secondary school last September to take the full suite of English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects, including science and a foreign language, when they sat their GCSEs, in 2020.

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Teaching Of Career Education

17/05/16

Careers education given to pupils in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers. A study published in the Journal of Education and Work suggests that better-informed teenagers are likely to make more advantageous career choices. It measures the earnings benefit as an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions when aged 14 to 15. Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people. The research, commissioned by the Education and Employers charity, found that once other factors were taken into account, such as exam results and economic background, there were higher earnings for those who had received sustained careers advice in school.

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Better Teaching

16/05/16

Universities in England will be able to increase tuition fees above £9,000 from autumn 2017, if they have high-quality teaching, in plans announced by Universities Minister Jo Johnson. The proposals will also make it easier for new universities to open. The plans aim to encourage more competition and better consumer value for students. Labour's Gordon Marsden warned of "inadequate" controls over a "rapid expansion" in new universities. The proposals, published in a White Paper called Success as a Knowledge Economy, aim to encourage a wider range of new higher education institutions, by speeding up the process allowing them to award their own degrees. This

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Why Teach Abroad    by Natasha Stevens

15/05/16

"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there." Quoted from the Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, who founded the Global AIDS and Health fund for developing countries. After graduating from University I knew I wanted to work abroad, gain an understanding of international travel and see the world from my own eyes, moving beyond college textbooks and stories from professors. There are a number of reasons of why I am choosing to teach English abroad, but the top three are opportunity, awareness and passion.

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Would You like To Teach the International Baccalaureate?

14/05/16

The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly known as The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switaerland, founded in 1968. IB offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19. The organization's name and logo were changed in 2007 to reflect a reorganisation. Consequently, "IB" can refer to the organisation itself, any of the four programmes, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of the programme. The successful completion of this programme enable many International Students to gain entry to further and higher education all over the world.

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