Learning Technologies Awards 2017 sponsors announced

International Teaching

22/8/17

The annual Learning Technologies Awards has announced is lineup of sponsors. The Learning Technologies Awards 2017 sponsors are Brandt, Bright Matter, Brightwave, Growth Engineering, Highfield, Kallidus, Lumesse, Sponge and tts, and the programme is supported again this year by its judging partner eLearning Network and more than 40 judges across the categories. “Ten of the learning sector’s most important vendors are supporting this year’s awards programme and we want to thank the vendors for their support on what is our strongest awards programme to date,” said event director Mark Penton. Each year the awards recognise the best of the learning technologies industry. There

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Half of teaching posts filled with unqualified teachers, National Audit Office finds

International Teaching

21/8/17

Half of teaching posts in the UK were filled with unqualified teachers last year, the Government spending watchdog has warned. A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that secondary schools teachers are leaving the profession in droves, as pupil numbers continue to swell. Schools only filled half of their vacancies with teachers that had the right experience and expertise last year, and in around one in 10 cases, the post was not filled, according to a survey conducted by the NAO. Tens of thousands of teachers left England's schools before reaching retirement age last year, and headteachers are finding it difficult to fill jobs with good quality candidates, the

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The end of young love: Dating is in decline among the "i-Generation", study finds

International Teaching

20/8/17

Dating is in decline among young people, a major study has found. Those born between 1995 and 2012, dubbed the “i-Generation”, are noticeably less interested in romance than their millennial predecessors, according to a new book by Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University. Teenagers from this group have grown up with social media and smart phones, meaning they spend far more time socialising with one another online than they do in person. The decline in dating corresponds to dwindling sexual activity among this cohort, Prof Twenge has found.

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Nick Gibb: The importance of vibrant and open debate in education

International Teaching

19/8/17

Summarising the aims of ResearchED, Tom Bennett recently wrote that ResearchED is determined to break things. Not for the sake of destruction, but to break the hibboleths that have, for too long, dominated education policy and stifled the spread of evidence-led teaching. As The West Wing’s President Bartlet said to Will Bailey (borrowing a quote from the anthropologist Margaret Mead): Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does. ResearchED is a grassroots, teacher-led revolt against the old order in education, a challenge to received wisdom and a rejection of the status quo. You are the small

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New school guide for parents with adopted children launched

International Teaching

18/8/17

Created by Adoption UK Cymru, ‘Getting it right for every child: A parent’s guide to working with schools’, sets out the top things parents of adopted children should look for when choosing a school, how to work with staff at the school and gives advice on how attachment issues can have an impact on a child’s progress through the education system. The guide, funded by the Welsh Government, is based on recommendations from internationally renowned experts on trauma and attachment. Written by Ann Bell, who is an adoptive parent and Director of Adoption UK in Wales, the content is based on contributions from other adopters, adopted children and young people, teachers

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Intelligent machines will replace teachers within 10 years, leading public school headteacher predicts

International Teaching

17/8/17

Inspirational teachers of the future will be intelligent machines rather than humans, the influential head of one of Britain's most famous public schools predicts. Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Sheldon, master of Wellington College believes. School teachers will lose their traditional role and effectively become little more than classroom assistants. AI can secretly be trained to behave 'maliciously' and cause accidents They will remain on hand to set up equipment, help children when necessary and maintain discipline, Sir Anthony said. However, the essential job of instilling

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Christian parents 'to sue school' because boy in son's class was allowed to wear dress

International Teaching

16/8/17

A Christian couple are reportedly threatening to sue a Church of England primary school because it allowed a boy in their son's class to wear a dress. The family withdrew the six-year-old from the school and will now educate him at home, alongside his eight-year-old brother, who was taken out of school a year ago after a boy in his class also began to wear dresses. The boys' parents, Nigel and Sally Rowe, will argue that the school has acted without due regard to pupils and not respected their rights to bring up their children according to their biblical beliefs. Transphobic hate crimes treble amid serious 'lack of trust' in police

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Headteachers who resist teaching phonics are failing students, minister warns

International Teaching

15/8/17

Headteachers who resist teaching phonics are denying students the “education they deserve”, the Schools Minister has warned. Attacking heads who refuse to accept the “overwhelming evidence” in favour of phonics, Nick Gibb claimed that “fallacious” beliefs about reading had “blighted” the education outcomes of  “generations of children”. Speaking at an education conference yesterday, Mr Gibb said that whilst the Government was winning the “war” over reading instruction, “pernicious arguments” made by some academics were undermining efforts to improve literacy rates. His warning follows years of fierce debate over phonics, a reading system which requires pupils

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Cambridge University could allow laptops and iPads for exams amid fear young people are losing ability to write

International Teaching

14/8/17

Cambridge University is considering axing compulsory written exams and allowing students to use laptops or iPads instead, after tutors complained that students' handwriting is becoming illegible. Academics say that the move, which would bring an end to more than 800 years of tradition, has come about because students rely too heavily on laptops in lectures, and are losing the ability to write by hand. Cambridge University has now launched a consultation on the topic as part of its "digital education strategy", having already piloted an exam typing scheme in the History and Classics faculties earlier this year. In an online survey, students are asked whether they would like the

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Highest paid vice-Chancellor suggests university leader 'characteristics' have little impact on institution's performance

International Teaching

13/8/17

The country’s highest paid vice-Chancellor has suggested that the "characteristics" of university leaders have little impact on how well their institution performs. This week Jo Johnson, the universities and science minister, said that all vice-Chancellors who earn over £150,000 will have to “justify” their salary, or risk being fine by the regulator. It comes amid growing concern about the largesse of universities where vice-Chancellors now typically enjoy six-figure packages with grace and favour homes and gold plated pensions. Dame Glynis Breakwell, who earns £451,000 as vice-Chancellor of Bath University, co-authored an academic paper which found that the characteristics of vice-

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Universities must embrace accountability

International Teaching

12/8/17

Minister outlines plans to boost accountability and transparency across high education sector In a speech at the Universities UK annual conference (7 September), Universities Minister Jo Johnson told Vice Chancellors and senior university staff that they must embrace accountability and take urgent steps to ensure they are offering a good deal for students and taxpayers. Jo Johnson unveiled a series of new measures designed to curb spiralling Vice Chancellor pay. He said he will instruct the new Office for Students (OfS) to:

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