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Ark: Free schools are 'engines of social justice', Morgan says | tesconnect (Ark Conway)

Ark: Free schools are 'engines of social justice', Morgan says | tesconnect (Ark Conway) | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Free schools are the “modern engines of social justice” according to education secretary Nicky Morgan, as she today confirms the government’s plans to open 500 new free schools during the course of the current Parliament. Marking the opening of the latest application window for teachers, parents and other parties looking to open a new school, Ms Morgan said that free schools had the power to “break the cycle of disadvantage”.
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UK Schools: Free school expansion plans launched - BBC News

UK Schools: Free school expansion plans launched - BBC News | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan begins the process of creating more free schools, which she describes as "engines of social justice".
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UK Education: Young jobless total lowest for 10 years - BBC News

UK Education: Young jobless total lowest for 10 years - BBC News | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
There are fewer young people not in education, employment or training in the UK than at any time since 2005, the Office of National Statistics says.
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UK Education: Students to learn about cyber-security and programming in new GCSE

UK Education: Students to learn about cyber-security and programming in new GCSE | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Pupils are to learn about cyber-security and how to create the next Facebook or Snapchat in a new GCSE from the exam board OCR
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International Education: Wendy Kopp: 'Majority of Teach for America grads continue fight against social injustice' | tesconnect

International Education: Wendy Kopp: 'Majority of Teach for America grads continue fight against social injustice' | tesconnect | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Teachers trained on programmes like Teach First are sometimes accused of being careerists with only a short-term interest in helping students. But six out of 7 graduates from Teach for America continue to do "mission-centric work" tackling the social injustices facing young people, according to the scheme's creator. Wendy Kopp, who also founded the global Teach for All movement, told the Oppi festival in New York that around 66 per cent of the original project's graduates were still working in education.
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UK Schools: Nicky Morgan: Coasting schools are not defined by their Ofsted grade, and 6 other things we learned from our webinar | Schools Week

UK Schools: Nicky Morgan: Coasting schools are not defined by their Ofsted grade, and 6 other things we learned from our webinar | Schools Week | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
In the first ever Schools Week webinar, education secretary Nicky Morgan told us more about her future plans for coasting schools, teacher shortages, and
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UK Education: More pupils 'reading for pleasure' - BBC News

UK Education: More pupils 'reading for pleasure' - BBC News | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Increasing numbers of UK schoolchildren are choosing to read in their spare time, with six in 10 having a favourite work of fiction, research suggests.
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UK Schools: Racist and anti-immigration views held by children revealed in schools study

UK Schools: Racist and anti-immigration views held by children revealed in schools study | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Survey of 6,000 schoolchildren finds many have a wildly distorted view of the number of immigrants in Britain, negative attitudes about Muslims, and pessimism about their own future opportunities
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UK Education: 'We need to address school autonomy - or lack thereof'

UK Education: 'We need to address school autonomy - or lack thereof' | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Why do we still believe that a central government should be in charge of the granular level of school education, asks Dr Sian Townson
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UK Education: Too many Suffolk pupils 'not in good schools' - BBC News

UK Education: Too many Suffolk pupils 'not in good schools' - BBC News | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
School improvements in Suffolk demanded by Ofsted are happening too slowly and pupils' attainment remains below average, a new study says.
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Ark: School gives pupils a taste of the real world (Ark Blacklands Primary Academy)

Ark: School gives pupils a taste of the real world (Ark Blacklands Primary Academy) | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Youngsters at a local primary school were given the opportunity to participate in a silent demonstration against unsafe parking and influence school meals with a tasting day.
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UK Education: Pasi Sahlberg: 'Those who underperform at school often become the best teachers' | tesconnect

UK Education: Pasi Sahlberg: 'Those who underperform at school often become the best teachers' | tesconnect | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
The idea that top-performing school systems only select the most academically successful to become teachers is a "dangerous myth", a Finnish education academic has warned. Professor Pasi Sahlberg told the Oppi education festival in New York this weekend that neither Finland nor Singapore take an academically elitist approach to selecting teachers, recognising that under-performers at school could be the best later at explaining ideas to pupils.
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Ark: Officially opened Isaac Newton Academy Primary drums up places

Ark: Officially opened Isaac Newton Academy Primary drums up places | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
An academy principal spoke of the demand for places at a primary school at its official opening ceremony on Tuesday.
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Ark: GSUS Live - 3D styley (Ark William Parker)

Ark: GSUS Live - 3D styley (Ark William Parker) | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Students at Ark William Parker Academy had the opportunity to explore a range of moral dilemmas within a Christian context via an interactive experience on the ‘GSUS Live’ bus.
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UK Education: 'Too tough' maths GCSE papers to be rewritten | tesconnect

UK Education: 'Too tough' maths GCSE papers to be rewritten | tesconnect | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Schools preparing to teach new maths GCSEs have been plunged into uncertainty by the news that Ofqual has told all exam boards to tear up sample question papers because they have not been pitched at the required standard. Many schools will have already been using the papers to prepare for reformed maths GCSEs, due to be taught from September. But the exams regulator has decided that three of the boards – OCR, Pearson Edexcel and WJEC Eduqas – have produced sample assessments that are too difficult.
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UK Education: Is it time to stop tinkering with school structures and invest in teachers instead? (Teach for All)

UK Education: Is it time to stop tinkering with school structures and invest in teachers instead? (Teach for All) | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Stephen Byers was quite clear about what should be the main focus of the Blair government if it wanted to improve the education system. "It's standards, not structures," he said, emphatically. He even changed his title so that he became known as the School Standards Minister.
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UK Education: Home tutors now 'lifestyle accessories' for London parents, claims education consultant

UK Education: Home tutors now 'lifestyle accessories' for London parents, claims education consultant | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
London parents are employing tutors as “lifestyle accessories” even if their children are not struggling at school, the head of an education consultancy warned.
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UK Education: Schools Week editor interviews education secretary, Nicky Morgan – audio recording | Schools Week

UK Education: Schools Week editor interviews education secretary, Nicky Morgan – audio recording | Schools Week | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
On Monday, May 18, Schools Week editor Laura McInerney interviewed the education secretary, Nicky Morgan (audio recording available below). The interview was
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UK Education: Graham Stuart stepping down from education select committee | tesconnect

UK Education: Graham Stuart stepping down from education select committee | tesconnect | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Graham Stuart has decided to stand down from his role as chairman of the Commons education select committee. The Conservative MP told TES that after eight “tremendously fulfilling” years of examining education policy – five as chairman – it was time for another challenge. “I have enjoyed it and I hope with colleagues that we have made a difference,” he said. “But I felt that if I stood again I would get to my thirteenth year of scrutinising the same department and there was a risk I might become a little stale.”
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UK Education: Parents should be demanding, but not too demanding, study says | tesconnect

UK Education: Parents should be demanding, but not too demanding, study says | tesconnect | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Overly demanding parents may be discouraging their children from achieving at school, new research has found. The attitude of a family towards academic achievement affects how well children perform in school even more strongly than how wealthy they are, the researchers conclude. Academics from Wayne State University, in the US state of Michigan, point out that previous research has shown that “parental involvement may mediate the effects of poverty, parents’ educational attainment and race on achievement”.
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Ark Schools: The six-year-old computer whizz who passed Microsoft exam - BBC News (Ark Oval Primary)

Ark Schools: The six-year-old computer whizz who passed Microsoft exam - BBC News (Ark Oval Primary) | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
A six-year-old British boy has become the youngest person in the world to become a Microsoft Office Specialist.
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UK Education: How to spot if a school is right for you when job hunting

UK Education: How to spot if a school is right for you when job hunting | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Discard the marketing and trust your instincts. Journalist Hannah Fearn explores the easy-to-miss signs that tell teachers if they’ll suit a school
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Ark: Mobile phone bans improve school exam results, research shows (King Solomon Academy and Daisy Christodoulou)

Ark: Mobile phone bans improve school exam results, research shows (King Solomon Academy and Daisy Christodoulou) | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
A study by the London School of Economics found pupils at phone-free schools performed better in GCSE exams, especially those in bottom 60% of KS2 tests
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UK Education: Nicky Morgan: Academies are a ‘better kind’ of school than local authority ones | Schools Week

UK Education: Nicky Morgan: Academies are a ‘better kind’ of school than local authority ones | Schools Week | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, education secretary Nicky Morgan agreed that academies are a 'better kind' of school than those overseen by local
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UK Schools: ‘There are a lot more quietly Tory teachers than you think’

UK Schools: ‘There are a lot more quietly Tory teachers than you think’ | Ark News Update | Scoop.it
We talk to ‘shy Tory’ teachers who explain why the Gove years did not put them off voting Conservative
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