Monthly Archives: April 2015

Send childrens’ homework abroad to be marked, says leading academic

Schools should consider sending their pupils’ work abroad to be marked to cut down on teachers’ workload, according to a leading academic.










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Finland’s ‘teaching by topic’ instead of ‘teaching by subject’ policy actually started in Norway 40 years ago

It was billed as one of the most radical reforms ever undertaken by a nation state when Finland decided to move away from “teaching by subject” to “teaching by topic – phenomina-based learning, as it has been called.










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University rankings: Elite British institutions top list of world’s best for academic disciplines

Elite universities in Britain have once again come out on top in world rankings, according to a new table which compares universities by faculty.










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French Education Minister sparks diplomatic situation with Germany by proposing to abolish ‘two-language’ classes for 11-year-olds

As the history of Franco-German quarrels go, this one seems mild – and rather confusing. It goes, however, to the heart of the Franco-German problem: a half-century after the two countries signed a treaty promising to bring their peoples closer together, their citizens live mostly back-to-back lives.










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David Puttnam: Headteachers shun art in their schools due to worry about exam table rankings

Too many “bad” heads are shunning the arts in their schools because they are worried about their exam league table rankings, according to Oscar-winning film producer David Puttnam.










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Bexhill High School: Multi-million pound investment in ‘education pods’ ends in failure

It was, parents, pupils and the watching world were told, incredibly exciting stuff.










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Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist

Constant use of technology such as smartphones is making today’s children display borderline “autistic” behaviour, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist has warned.










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Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become ‘unbearable’

The working lives of teachers have become “unbearable” because of constant monitoring and as a result they are quitting in such numbers that the profession is heading for a crisis, according to an open letter to The Independent signed by 1,200 teachers.










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Should schools teach boys and girls different subjects?

Among the more thought-provoking discoveries in the emerging science regarding the teen brain is the fact that the pace of brain development differs in males and females.










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Tristram Hunt: ‘Britain needs skills, skills, skills or else we’re stuffed’

The man who could be education secretary next month has said he would be “delighted” if one of his children chose an apprenticeship rather than university, as he pledged that technical and vocational education would be his “number one mission” in the job.










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