£1.28 million invested to cut classroom bureaucracy – Kirsty Williams

International Teaching

2/9/17

The funding will support the creation of new school business managers in eleven local authority areas. The two year pilot will see groups of primary schools having a school business manager to provide dedicated support for head teachers and teachers so they can better focus on raising standards and the needs of pupils. School business managers can help organise and run a range of non-teaching activity in a school, from finance, administration and procurement, freeing up head teachers and staff to focus on leadership and teaching.

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DoceboInspire Fuels Passion for Innovation in Learning and Development

International Teaching

1/9/17

DoceboInspire will feature a lineup of world-class speakers, bringing 300+ learning and development professionals to Boston on September 18-19, 2017. TORONTO - On September 18-19, 2017, DoceboInspire will bring more than 300 learning and development professionals to Boston, MA to experience world-class speakers, panels and workshops, capped off with a gala awards ceremony and evening yacht cruise around the Boston Harbor. This is the first user conference for Docebo, the leading learning management platform for business, and the event is supported by platinum sponsor Ceridian and other industry partners, including OpenSesame, GuyKat, eLearning Industry, Training Industry and Elucidat.

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Why we need an agriculture GCSE

International Teaching

31/8/17

Actually using what you learnt at GCSE upon reaching adulthood isn’t something many of us can lay claim to. Which is why the suggestion this week from Countryfile presenter Adam Henson and Country Life editor Mark Hedges that agriculture become a part of the British schools’ curriculum has caught the imagination of so many. “You can get a GCSE in religious studies and business, so why not in agriculture?” Henson, a rare breeds and arable farmer, said, adding that he wanted “to do for farms what Rick Stein has done for fish.” It is such a sensible suggestion that one’s left asking why there isn’t an agriculture GCSE (outside of Northern Ireland) already.

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Virtual College shortlisted in four Learning Technologies Awards 2017 categories

International Teaching

30/8/17

Virtual College, renowned for its online courses and learning management software, has been shortlisted in all four categories for which it entered in the prestigious Learning Technologies Awards 2017. The shortlisted nominations have been reached following a summer of deliberations by an independent judging panel, comprising over 40 experts organised by the eLearning Network. Entries were received from a huge range of sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance, transport, utilities, retail, leisure and communications, as well as national and international government, major public and

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ASSESSING PRIMARY LANGUAGES BY INTERPRETING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE KS2 PROGRAMMES OF STUDY

International Teaching

29/8/17

The most effective way of ensuring progress in Foreign Languages among your KS2 pupils is by breaking the Programmes of Study into achievable, understandable objectives, creating a unified tracking approach which can then be used by any KS2 teacher to plan their lessons. How do you translate the vague curriculum requirements such as ‘speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures’ into a four year scheme of work? And then, how do you record progress when the national curriculum does not provide much guidance?

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A fifth of grandparents hate their grandchildren's names, survey finds

International Teaching

27/8/17

Finding the perfect baby name can be a cause for strife among soon-to-be parents.  But it is the older generation who are often left disappointed by the final choice, according to a survey which found that a fifth of grandparents hate their grandchild’s name.  The most common reason for grandparents’ dissent is that the name sounds “too odd”, with just under a third citing this as their chief objection. Meanwhile 15 per cent said the name sounded as though it was “made-up” or unconventional. The survey of over 2,000 parents and grandparents, carried out by the online networking sites Mumsnet and Gransnet, found that one in ten grandparents felt that the choice of name

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Autistic student kicked off college course one week after starting

International Teaching

26/8/17

An autistic teenager has reportedly been left distraught after a further education college asked him to leave just a week after he started his course. James Parker, 16 – who has been described as having high support needs – had just started a one-year pathways course at City College Norwich (CCN) when his mother, Emma, received a letter saying he had been enrolled in error and asked him not to return. The letter, which Ms Parker, 40, posted on Facebook, said: “Unfortunately, James has been enrolled in error at the College, the tutor was unaware of a consultation which had taken place prior to the interview. “Norfolk County Council should have informed you of the outcome

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QA awarded with Google Cloud Platform Premier Partnership status

International Teaching

25/8/17

QA, the UK’s leading provider of professional training has announced that they have become one of the first UK training organisations to be awarded with Premier Partnership status enabling them to deliver authorised Google Cloud Platform training and certifications. With a number of Google Certified Trainers already in place and courses scheduled to run across their network of 20 UK training centres, QA is now able to offer a full suite of training across all the leading Cloud Platform providers. The tie up with Google means that QA can now enable individuals and organisations to get hands-on training across the spectrum of skills needed to architect, build and undertake Data Engineering and Machine Learning on the Google platform.

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Jo Johnson: speech to UUK annual conference

International Teaching

24/8/17

Thank you for inviting me to join you again at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference – I am particularly glad to have a chance to visit Brunel University, here in my brother’s wonderful Uxbridge constituency. Much has happened in the world of UK Higher Education since I spoke at last year’s conference. A General Election, of course, and I note that Uxbridge, like some other university seats, now has a rather smaller Conservative majority. Sorry about that. But happier milestones too, in the higher education reforms that we launched following the election before last, in 2015: 

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Backlash against 'gaffe-prone' Oxford University's vice-Chancellor for scoring 'own goal' in pay row 

International Teaching

23/8/17

Oxford University's vice-chancellor is at the centre of a backlash from academic colleagues for making comments that appear to have reignited the controversy over soaring salaries. Prof Louise Richardson waded into the debate about vice-chancellor pay this week, accusing politicians of "mendacious" behaviour and defending the salaries, saying university bosses were poorly paid when compared with footballers and bankers. Announcing a fresh crackdown on the salaries of university chiefs, Johnson, the universities minister, suggested she should not be in her job if she wanted to be paid like a footballer. It is just astonishing that to some extent [the row] was dying down and then she

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With this fetish for tickbox targets, no wonder Britain is losing teachers

International Teaching

23/8/17

The sociologist Helmut Schoeck described the “Spartan complex”, in which primitive man, envious of the apparently luxurious lot of his children, seeks to impose hardship upon the next generation in order that they may suffer as he did. As children across Britain settle into new classrooms with their new teachers, it is a useful idea to keep in mind. How else to explain the widespread animus against educators, which regularly sees them portrayed as workshy moaners? Teacher recruitment and retention is a serious and growing problem. Secondary schools are struggling to recruit enough teachers to replace those who are retiring, and a National Audit Office report released this

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