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Dear Parents, I Know My Supply List Is Long. Here’s Why.

Dear Parents, School supply shopping is no joke, I know. Getting school supplies takes time, a good chunk of change, and, where I teach—a place in which parking lots feel…

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Architecture: ‘People from social housing should build cities’

At 16, Mark Warren says he struggled to spell “architecture”, let alone think he might enter the profession one day. Now aged 30, he’s an architect at a leading London…

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How important are GCSE grades when applying to university?

Each year, as results day approaches, so too do reports that admissions tutors are using GCSE grades (or their equivalent) as a cut off point to cherry-pick the best applicants.…

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‘My results spelled out END’: 10 disappointing A-Level results stories

For those of us who don’t make the grades we were hoping for on A-level results day, it can be hard to see a way forward. Advice can be hard…

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School cuts: ‘Children now raise money for their own education’

The village of Benenden in Kent has a green nearly as big as a football pitch. At one end stands a charming stone church. On the western edge is a…

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Idea from Harlem transforms young lives in west London

Two years ago Phoenix academy in Shepherds Bush, west London, was put in special measures. Its headteacher, Oli Knight, knows that turning around academic performance and behaviour in a school…

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If teachers can’t have better pay, give them rail tickets or capped rents | Laura McInerney

Teachers are the envy of the country during the summer break, snoozing and reading for six weeks. But spare them a thought: when they finished term last month they had…

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10 Ways To Start Shifting Your Classroom Practices Little By Little

When a colleague invited Joy Kirr to a professional development day featuring the Scottish design thinking expert Ewan McIntosh she didn’t think it would be life changing. She was flattered…

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Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents’ complaints

A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage…

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15 Top Educators to Follow on Twitter in 2017

The way people communicate and consume information has changed rapidly in the past decade. With developments in modern technology, it has become easier and faster to communicate with large audiences…

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UK’s soft power at risk due to immigration policy, survey reveals

The UK’s fabled “soft power” influencing international affairs is under threat from restrictive immigration policies, after a new survey revealed the UK has been supplanted by the US as the…

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Life without evenings: the people left behind by South Korea’s war on overwork

Kim Jeong-cheol wakes up every morning at 6am to deliver packages to Seoul’s wealthier residents, and spends every night ferrying those same people home after a night out, ending his…

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Get Our Free Poster Set: Classroom Tech Rules

So much is going on in the busy one-to-one classroom. Keyboards are clicking, mice are wiggling, the Internet is buzzing. How do you keep it under control? A little visual…

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23 Jungle Classroom Theme Ideas

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! We all know teaching can be a jungle, so why not embrace the chaos by transforming your classroom into a jungle? From bulletin…

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30 Back-to-School Memes for Teachers That Will Have You Saying “Same”

It’s back-to-school time! Some of you have already had your first day back, while others are counting down the few precious days they have left before school begins again. Take…

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A-level maths paper ‘leaked online’ night before exam

An A-level maths paper was allegedly leaked on the internet the night before thousands of students sat the exam. The exams watchdog Ofqual said it was working with Pearson, the…

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One individual behind A-level maths paper leak, says exam board

One person was allegedly the source of a leak of an A-level maths paper this summer, an exam board has said. In addition, five students have been disqualified and a…

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Advice to revise 7 hours a day for GCSEs over Easter ‘unbelievable’

An expert recommendation that GCSE and A-level students should study for seven hours a day throughout the Easter holidays has been greeted with a variety of scepticism, concern and mild…

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A-level and GCSE grade changes down a quarter after re-mark overhaul

The number of A-level and GCSE grades that are changed after being re-marked has dropped by a quarter after an overhaul of the examination appeals system, according to the exam…

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New A-level and GCSE grades will be handed out fairly, says Ofqual

The chief qualifications regulator in England, Sally Collier, said that year’s A-level and GCSE students would not be suffer from being the first to take the new, tougher, exams. Collier,…

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Locals decry ‘tortuous’ exclusion after Glasgow School of Art fire

Local residents and businesses have described their ongoing exclusion from homes and premises around the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building as “tortuous”, amid growing calls for a public inquiry…

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Six Strategies to Help Introverts Thrive at School and Feel Understood

In every classroom, teachers try to engage students who have a variety of temperaments: extroverts, introverts and ambiverts. They work with children who crave sensory stimulation and with those who…

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John Hudson obituary

John Hudson, who has died aged 71, was a professor of economics at the University of Bath, and my partner in research for much of the last 40 years. Born…

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Geoff Whitty obituary

My friend and colleague Geoff Whitty, who has died aged 71, was one of the world’s leading sociologists of education. His early reputation was made in the 1970s and early…

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Never too old for new tricks: the joy of being a mature student

Age is not a barrier when it comes to learning. About 40% of mature students studying at university are over the age of 30, some in their 50s and 60s.…

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Degree apprenticeships: train on the job and gain a qualification

As an alternative route into higher education, and as a work-based learning programme where students can earn and learn at the same time, apprenticeships are gaining ground among young people.…

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Mature students who embrace clearing: ‘Getting a degree was life-changing’

A university degree can transform your life at any age, and each year thousands of mature students enrol on degree courses. For some, it is a second chance for the…

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New-style exams may distort A-level and GCSE results – Ofqual

The head of England’s exam regulator has warned schools to expect volatility in their pupils’ results this summer, as new figures showed the impact of government reforms in the subjects…

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Moocs to earn degree credits for first time in UK at two universities

Two major UK universities are to offer massive open online courses – or Moocs – which for the first time will earn credits that count towards a final degree, it…

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Record number of university admissions after cap lifted

A record number of students have been accepted on to university courses this year, with women making up an increasing share of undergraduates. The admissions service Ucas revealed that by…

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British universities employ no black academics in top roles, figures show

No black academics have worked in senior management in any British university for the last three years, according to employment records. Figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency record…

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How to get a degree without going to university – and other life routes

Degree apprenticeshipsThese are offered by employers, usually in partnership with a training provider, such as a university or further education (FE) college. You’ll end up with a degree, and you’ll…

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Middle-class teenagers ‘play the system to get into top universities’

Middle-class teenagers and their parents are increasingly using university clearing to shop around for the best courses to the detriment of their less well-off peers, education experts have warned ahead…

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Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

1. Make realistic, specific goals You have decided to learn another language. Now what? On our recent live chat our panellists first piece of advice was to ask yourself: what…

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The Guardian Profile: VS Naipaul

One of the literary world’s more bizarre vendettas was resumed last week when Paul Theroux laid waste in the Guardian to VS Naipaul’s first novel in seven years, Half a…

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Unicycles, skydives and stand-up: five out-there ideas for a new student hobby

Become a stand-up comicDo you think you’re as funny as Tina Fey or Jack Whitehall? Join your university comedy society, and you could team up with like-minded merrymakers to write…

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Profile: Peter Hennessy, University of London

Things aren’t always what they seem. Peter Hennessy marches into the building looking every inch the country squire on his way to the Newmarket bloodsales. He’s wearing a pale green…

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Need some perspective before university? Take a gap year

A six-month stint working and travelling around Australia? Or three months volunteering on a sea turtles conservation programme in Costa Rica? With so many options available, deciding what to do…

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Calls to clearing: ‘One mum pretended to be her son. It was surreal’

One of the first rules of clearing is that your mum can’t phone up for you. And she certainly shouldn’t impersonate you. “I had one strange experience,” says Monique Lucas,…

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Clearing: how parents can help

Results day can be a nerve-racking experience if things don’t go your child’s way, but parents should try to not get swept up in the emotion. Take three deep breaths,…

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