Month: October 2016

Brexit – Universities ‘out of touch’ on Remain vote

An outgoing vice-chancellor of a top Russell Group University has revealed he is ‘uneasy’ about the near unified stance British universities took in opposing Brexit. Writing in The Telegraph, Sir David Greenaway, who is also the chair of the Russell Group, an association made up of the UK’s top twenty universities, has said universities should stop criticising the Brexit decision. Describing the referendum vote as a ‘catalyst’ for the country’s higher education sector, Greenaway argues that Britain being outside the European Union is an opportunity for universities to exceed expectations, implying that the EU has been a restraint on...

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Need a super Headteacher? Don’t pick an RE or PE teacher

A new major study, has concluded that a Headteacher who taught PE or RE before taking top jobs at failing academies, are more likely to be ‘short-termist’ in their approach to turning those schools around. Researchers Ben Laker and Alex Hill, of the Centre for High Performance, have researched the effect of “different types” of headteacher, focusing on a link between leadership style and degree subject for the first time, SchoolsWeek exclusively reports. In a study of 411 secondary heads of ‘failing schools’, Laker and Hill, using management system data from 2012-2017, interviews, grades and budget information, conclude that...

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50% of autistic children ‘illegally expelled’

Almost 50 percent of autistic children expelled from schools in England, have been wrongly removed, new figures reported by Schools Improvement show. The misconduct occurs when pupils are sent home early, barred from attending school trips or assessments or put on a reduced timetable and school’s fail to provide the correct paperwork in support of the action. Around 20,000 autistic children have been affected by the wrongful exclusions, as teachers struggle to cope with their behaviour. The study was conducted by charity, Ambitious About Autism, which is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for autistic children. They surveyed 745 families...

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Jordan moderates syllabus to tackle extremism

Jordan’s school year began with some noticeable changes to its school materials last month. Along with women who appear without headscarves, clean shaven men are featured alongside traditionally bearded men, and heavy reference to Islam has been scaled back. The New York Times reports that 70 such changes have been made to school materials and syllabus in Jordan. Though the changes are small when compared to what remains, the new textbooks, which are being trialled in the Ma’an region of Jordan, are the first steps to discouraging extremism amongst young people. The changes have prompted protests in the region...

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Trojan horse teachers have lifetime bans lifted

Two former teachers at the centre of the Trojan horse radicalisation scandal in Birmingham, have had their lifetime bans from teaching lifted, after a High Court ruling last week, the Birmingham Mail reports. The two men, Inamulhaq Anwar and Akeel Ahmed, were banned from teaching indefinitely by a disciplinary hearing at the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), after it was concluded the pair had sought to include “an undue amount of religious influence in pupils’ education” at Park View School, now called Rockwood Academy. The presiding judge, Mr Justice Phillips, overturned their bans, citing the unfair disciplinary...

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