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‘High-stakes achievement culture’ in schools could explain rise in teenage mental illness, says headteachers’ leader

The “high-stakes achievement culture” in schools could be one of the reasons for the increase in teenage mental illness, according to a headteachers’ leader. Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said there were many causes for the worrying increase in teenage mental illness reported by many schools and that […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

Keeping it old school: Pupils swap iPads and Xboxes for reading and board games

Pupils at a Shropshire school face the start of a weekend with a difference. Until Monday their iPads and Xboxes will go untouched and the television will sit unwatched as children discover the delights of reading, sewing, cycling, board games, cricket and walks in the woods. Since Monday, pupils at £11,775-a-year The Old Hall School […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

The problem of Hannah’s sweets solved: the GCSE question that stumped Britain’s students

After the date of Cheryl’s birthday left people all over the world stumped, now a GCSE Maths exam has done the same. Students taking Edexcel’s GCSE Maths paper took to Twitter to vent their frustration over a problem involving how many sweets a girl called Hannah has. But what actually was the problem and how […]

June 5th, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

One in three university students wish they had chosen a different course, says study

Nearly half a million university students believe they may have chosen the wrong course to study, according to a major new study. One in three told researchers that – knowing what they now know about their university – they would have chosen a different course. As the study –  carried out for influential university think-tanks, […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

Hundred of clever children from disadvantaged homes being failed by secondary schools, says new report

Clever children from disadvantaged homes are being failed by their secondary schools after shining at primary level, a report warns. Every year, hundreds of children who scored among the top 10 per cent of the country in tests for 11-year-olds end up lagging behind their peers by the time they take their GCSEs. More than […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

Oxford Union passes motion calling itself ‘institutionally racist’

The Oxford Union has passed a motion stating that it is institutionally racist. The move comes in light of a race row sparked last week involving the Oxford University debating society after it served a controversial cocktail titled ‘Colonial Comeback’. The cocktail was served as refreshment for the debate ‘This House believes Britain owes reparations […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

Pets as Therapy: How Millie the Jack Russell is helping children learn to read

Every Friday lunchtime, Denise Kantor and Millie, her Jack Russell, leave their home in Willesden Green in north-west London and make the short journey by foot to Anson Primary School. A single-storey building hidden from the street by a bank of trees, Anson has been described by Ofsted as “a village school in the United […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

Stephen Hawking fears talented academics with serious medical conditions may not receive the support he enjoyed due to lack of funding

Stephen Hawking fears that talented academics with serious medical conditions like his own would no longer receive the support they need to flourish due to a lack of funding. The renowned physicist and author said: “I wonder whether a young ambitious academic, with my kind of severe condition now, would find the same generosity and […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

Oxford Union criticised over ‘tasteless’ Colonial Comeback cocktail served during debate on British Empire

The Oxford Union has come under fire after a cocktail called “The Colonial Comeback” was listed on its menu as part of refreshments for a debate about the British Empire. The cocktail was advertised as a “Reparations Debate Cocktail” and featured an image of black hands in chains. The Oxford University debating society was holding […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »

University of Oxford nominates first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year history

The University of Oxford has nominated its first female vice-chancellor in its 800-year history. Professor Louise Richardson, who is currently principal at St Andrews University, is set to take up the role at the start of next year, subject to the approval of the institution’s legislative body. She has been put forward by a nominating […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Education,Society | Read More »