Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families

International Teaching

9/7/17

A fund launched to help struggling families who adopt some of the country’s most vulnerable children has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing much-needed emotional support. Announcing the success of the Adoption Support Fund on Wednesday (2 August), Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill also confirmed that a further £5 million will be invested in a number of innovative projects across the country, designed to improve families’ experiences of adoption. It is part of a government drive to deliver the best possible services for vulnerable children. Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, said:

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I was named after a World War One battle'

International Teaching

2/7/17

Passchendaele, Somme, Arras, Cambrai, Verdun, Dardanelles, Ypres and Jutland. There were not only the names of World War One battles, but also the names given to babies, usually in commemoration of a father or relation who fought and died there. It might sound strange to modern ears, but more than 1,600 children during and after World War One were given names related to the war, even down to calling babies Vimy Ridge or Zeppelina. The war literally became part of their identity - and they became a form of living commemoration. The names tended to be given to girls rather than boys and the battle names were feminised, such as Sommeria, Arrasina, Verdunia, Monsalene and

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Record numbers of women going on to university this year

International Teaching

29/6/17

Teenage girls are now more than a third more likely to go to university than boys, according to new figures, as the gap between the sexes reaches record levels. In total, upwards of 30,000 more women than men are set to start degree courses this autumn, official Ucas data shows. The difference is the largest ever recorded by the university admissions service by this point in the year. A-level results day: Record number of students score university places The figures show around 6,600 fewer students have been placed on courses this year, compared with the same point last year.

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WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL WAY OF SHOWING STUDENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NOVEL?

International Teaching

11/6/17

It is self evident that we live in a world in which pupils and students primarily value the new.  Indeed it is an era that is said to have evolved the Cult of the New. From the latest phone to the latest software upgrade: new is everything. Which can add a barrier to the students’ appreciation of literature.  Especially if the copy of a book they are studying looks a little… well, not to put too fine a point on it, old. Yet there is a simple solution to this dilemma.  Brand new editions of classic works of literature which are available at the discounted price of just £1.87 each with free delivery when ordered directly from us.The range of titles available at this price is extraordinary.  We have over 450 titles in

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Dustbin man builds free library of thrown away books

International Teaching

4/6/17

A dustbin man in Bogota in Colombia, who never studied further than primary school, has gathered a library of more than 20,000 thrown away books. The collection began 20 years ago, when Jose Alberto Gutierrez fished out a discarded copy of Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. He now offers his books to other people as a free community library. "I realised that people were throwing books away in the rubbish. I started to rescue them," he said. Mr Gutierrez, who has gained the nickname The Lord of the Books, began collecting books that had been dumped in the waste bins in wealthier parts of the city. He would take them out of the rubbish and retrieve them for families in poorer areas.

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Learning Technologies Summer Forum opens next week

International Teaching

4/6/17

Innovations and best practices in L&D: the Learning Technologies Summer Forum is taking place next Tuesday in London and includes a thought-leadership conference and an exhibition of leading suppliers and seminar programme. The Learning Technologies Summer Forum is a unique one-day follow up event to February’s Learning Technologies show and is completely free to attend for L&D professionals and takes place in the Olympia Conference Centre, London, Tuesday 13 June. The event comprises a thought-leadership conference with an emphasis on learning in practice with sessions hosted by influential learning leaders including Itiel Dror, David Kelly, Clive Shepherd and Laura Overton. The exhibition, which runs alongside the conference, contains a packed programme of over 30

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ARM partner with Business Smart International to enhance their on-boarding programme

International Teaching

4/6/17

ARM Holdings Plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corps has partnered with Business Smart International to developed a bespoke simulation based on the ARM business. The simulation was aligned to both the ARM business strategy and culture and helps new hires to understand how ARM’s business model works. Teams are tasked with running and managing a core aspect of the ARM business in a virtual environment. The simulation includes, engaging  scenarios, real company visuals, data, KPI’s and a reporting format all based on the metrics of the company. The simulation is deployed online and through

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On Facebook, even Harvard students can’t be too paranoid

International Teaching

4/6/17

The other day I noticed that the little green light next to the camera built into my computer screen was on. It’s perfectly possible that I had recently used some app that required the camera, and forgotten about it; but I couldn’t find a way to turn it off. It’s unlikely anyone was really watching me pretend to work, but my computer definitely was. Either way, it started to make me self-conscious. I thought about putting a piece of duct tape over the lens, but that seemed a little unhinged. Perhaps, I thought, I should just put some tape over the green light.

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Social mobility is not on the agenda this election - that's why Teach First has devised its own manifesto

International Teaching

3/6/17

For quite a while now education has been out of the political spotlight. With results improving and more parents having a choice of good school, attention has focused on other topics like immigration and the NHS. But in this election, it has re-emerged as a theme – with debates about school funding, free school meals and grammar schools coming up frequently in hustings and on the doorstep. But while education has been a stronger theme than in recent elections, there’s been little attention paid to the biggest problem: the huge gap between the achievement of children from rich and poor backgrounds. Out of the three main manifestos, "social mobility" is mentioned only

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Fuse Universal announces plans for Networking Soirée in June

International Teaching

3/6/17

LONDON UK (June 1, 2017). Market leading learning provider Fuse Universal announce plans for their Summer Networking Soirée, taking place on 15th June at the Montcalm Hotel in London. The event provides an unforgettable opportunity for learning professionals to network with like-minded peers, connect with existing Fuse Universal clients and hear from thought leader and Fuse CEO Steve Dineen on “The Secret of Transforming Your Company Into a Learning Organisation.” For the first time, on the evening of the Soirée, the Fuse Universal team will share the secrets of engagement success from progressive global brands.

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Ananya Vinay, 12, wins US spelling bee with 'marocain'

International Teaching

3/6/17

A 12-year-old girl from California has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after a tense final in Washington. Ananya Vinay from Fresno correctly spelled the word marocain - a type of dress fabric - to defeat Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Oklahoma. The rivals had correctly spelled words including cheiropompholyx, durchkomponiert and tchefuncte as each waited for the other to slip up. But Rohan misspelled the word marram and Ananya got two words right to win. She said she felt "amazing" after her victory, adding: "It was just fun to see how far it would go.

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