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In pictures: famous British public schools with branches abroad

England

Independent Schools Portal Blog Page

Teaching-oriented conferences focused and teaching tools, skill improvement and innovative teaching methods. Best for innovative teachers and …

Education Technology

Helicopter parents stalk teachers over kids' homework

Teachers increasingly report unreasonable homework expectations from parents. One father, on learning his son did not know what homework he had to …

Stem subject snobbery: a student’s view on why arts subjects matter

“Y’know, the soft subjects,” says the boy in maths. “The easy ones: the stupid girls in bottom set take them. Extra, pointless GCSEs. Like dance. It shouldn’t even be a subject.” We’re choosing subjects for our A-level taster day at school, and for some, the prospect of choosing an “arty” option is …

Education

Why Avenues, Manhattan's most exclusive school, is coming to London

A growing number of high-flying parents are choosing elite international schools for their children - but New York based Avenues is in a league of its own, discovers Celia Walden<p>Imagine a school where the classes are conducted entirely in Mandarin, interactive lessons are beamed from country to …

Physical Education

Secret Teacher: let the government think I'm a failure, I've got my own success criteria

My measures of success focus on what’s important – the students. They remind me that, whatever the system thinks of my teaching, I am damn good at at my job<p>This term I had the most soul destroying conversation of my career. I was told by my ever supportive line manager that although the school …

Teaching

Poor pupils 'more likely' to get an Oxford interview, says head of admissions

Samina Khan, head of Oxford admissions, has said bright pupils should be encouraged to “read widely” and "go on visits"<p>Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are “more likely” to get an interview at Oxford University, its head of admissions had said.<p>Samina Khan also said bright children need to …

Oxford University

Labour needs to stop making assumptions about private schools

Most private schools already share their facilities with the state sector. Labour needs to stop preaching<p>You’ve got to hand it to Corbyn’s Labour party: they’ve got cheek.<p>No wonder they want to bring in new laws to force independent schools to share their facilities for music, art, sport, drama and …

Private Schools

Pupils will have to know times tables by age 11 under new tests

Every child in England will be expected to know their times tables before leaving primary school from next year.<p>Pupils will be tested against the clock on their tables up to 12x12 in new computer-based exams that the Department of Education (DfE) said were part of the government’s “war on …

Education

Sir Anthony Seldon: Historian says test obsession wrecks education

Thomas Gradgrind, the notorious school-board superintendent in Charles Dickens’s novel <i>Hard Times</i>, is alive and well and running education systems …

£33m scheme to replace older teachers with newly qualified staff

<b>The education minister is to spend more than £33m on a scheme to replace older teaching staff with newly qualified teachers.</b><p>John O'Dowd aims to encourage up to 500 teachers over the age of 55 to retire with early access to their full pension.<p>The "Investing in the Teaching Workforce" scheme will …

'Taking education back to the 1950s – a classic mistake'

The problem with the knowledge-based curriculum is that many with a stake in its success want something different, says headmaster Keith Budge<p>Nick Gibb, the education minister, used his foreword for a Policy Exchange report <i>Knowledge and the Curriculum</i>, to put some flesh on the bones of his …

Education

Ebooks boost boys' reading abilities, research finds

Reading on a tablet encourages boys to think it is "cool" and they are more likely to have their nose in a story for longer<p>Ebooks can help to boost boys' abilities in reading and encourage them to enjoy the subject, according to research.<p>A new study found that youngsters who used the new technology …

eBooks

Why America overhauled its main education law

CALLING it a “Christmas miracle”, Barack Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” on December 10th. It has been rare, lately, to have …

Top private school gets first female head in five centuries

Helen Pike has become the first female teacher of one of Britain's leading independent schools in its 535-year history<p>Helen Pike has become the first female teacher of one of Britain's leading independent schools in its 535-year history.<p>"I am hoping I am the right woman at the right time."Helen Pike<p>…

High School

Ingenious teacher uses LEGOs to make math fun & understandable for kids

Awesome educator Alycia Zimmerman of New York City is using her students’ favorite plastic blocks to help them learn math skills. The third grade …

Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools

Becky Dickinson visits a Forest School and examines how the Scandinavian approach to education is spreading in the UK<p>The afternoon sun covers the playground in autumnal light. A group of four and five-year-olds gather around an open fire. The heat isn’t strictly necessary - it's only September, but …

Education

Three from UK in world top teacher final

<b>Three UK teachers have made the final 50 in a competition to find the world's best teacher, with the winner to receive a prize of $1m (£670,000).</b><p>Teachers from London, Devon and the Vale of Glamorgan have reached the next stage of the Global Teacher Prize.<p>Last year's winner, Nancie Atwell from the …

Education

Education 101: Google Chromebooks Multiply in U.S. Classrooms

Google, Microsoft and Apple have been competing for years in the very lucrative education technology market. For the first time, Google has taken a huge lead over its rivals.<p>Chromebooks now make up more than half of all devices in U.S. classrooms, up from less than 1 percent in 2012, according to a …

Education Technology

Travel the world from your classroom with this amazing free site

Ever wanted to travel the world from your classroom? Perhaps to showcase a city or mountain range or historical monument or a location from the …

iOS Apps

'Deeply troubling' divide in England's secondary schools alarms Ofsted

England is a divided nation educationally, with children in the north and Midlands much less likely to attend a good or outstanding secondary school than their peers in the south, according to the chief inspector of schools.<p>Launching Ofsted’s annual report on the state of the nation’s schools on …

Education

How to teach ... graphic novels

It’s not all KAPOW! and THWACK! – graphic novels are a great way to inspire students of all ages and abilities about English literature and language<p>If anyone ever needed a lesson on graphic novels, it’s the publisher who told Stan Lee: “That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard. People hate spiders, …

Books

Teens sent to 'unsuitable' universities to study 'obscure' subjects, head claims

Private schools are persuading students to take niche subjects just so they can get into Oxbridge, a headteacher has claimed<p>Private schools are persuading students to take niche subjects just so they can get into Oxbridge, a headteacher has claimed as research shows one in ten fell they have made …

Education

Education is broken — but this entrepreneur has a stunningly simple idea to fix it

Salman Khan, also a founder of the free education resource Khan Academy, says we force students to move ahead when they aren't ready.<p>But he has a solution.<p>"We shouldn't drag everyone around at the same pace," Khan told the audience. Instead, he says, we should take inspiration from martial arts …

Education

Is tech hampering kids' reading? Authors say it's not that simple

If you're worried that "new media" is turning our kids' brains to mush, you are in good company. Socrates felt the same way.<p>More than 2,400 years ago, the great Greek philosopher worried that an over-dependence on what was then an emerging media — the written word — would ruin young Greeks' …

Education

More unqualified teachers taking lessons, suggests research

<b>More than one in 10 schools in England are using more unqualified teachers to take lessons in response to growing teacher shortages, research suggests.</b><p>The Times Education Supplement (TES) says a survey of nearly 250 heads revealed almost half had unfilled positions in their schools.<p>The survey, by …

Education

10 good, productive uses of an interactive whiteboard

A map of our internet: see (2), below For those of you coming to a quick session this morning on using an interactive whiteboard (aka an IWB), here …

Language Learning

Chocolate Fountains are Great for Physics Lessons

Chocolate fountains are mesmerizing. And anything that looks that beautiful and can cover ordinary food into chocolaty-covered goodness is a …

University College London

The maths teachers of Shanghai have the perfect formula for learning

Those who try to dismiss their methods using crude national stereotypes should instead consider what UK educators could learn<p>Earlier this month, I welcomed 68 secondary mathematics teachers from Shanghai to England. They had just touched down to spend three weeks teaching in our secondary schools. …

Pedagogy