Gideon Kua

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Imagine a company where many of the brightest and best minds remain on the lowest rungs of the ladder, while some of the least able hog the top steps. The company would soon go under, wouldn’t it? Yet that is exactly what we are doing as a nation.<p>Despite heroic efforts over the last 25 years to …

Kids Write Song to Try to Save Their School From Closure

On June 30, parents and students of Birmingham, England's Baverstock Academy were informed that their school would be closing. The LEAP Trust, which …

Education

Tory MPs react with fury as EU leaders consider UK 'emergency brake' on free movement

Tory MPs have reacted with fury after it was reported that EU leaders are considering allowing Britain curbs on freedom of movement whilst retaining access to the single market.<p>MPs have accused leaders across the continent of "missing the point" and failing to accept the public's decision to sever …

MPs and Lords call for review of Prevent anti-terror strategy in schools

MPs have “concerns” about the impact of Prevent – the government’s controversial anti-terror programme - on schools, a new report …

What Australia can learn from England's plan for vocational education

The UK has set out a plan to reform English vocational education. It’s post-16 skills plan will establish two educational tracks for students over 16 …

Higher Education

Teachers are thanking Melania Trump

<b>Teachers and academics in the UK and the US have taken to Twitter to thank Donald Trump's wife for providing the perfect material to teach their students what plagiarism is and why it is wrong.</b><p>Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention has notable similarities with a speech given …

Amanda Spielman formally approved as Ofsted chief inspector

Amanda Spielman has been approved by the Privy Council to become Ofsted’s next chief inspector, <i>TES</i> can reveal.<p>Question marks had started to appear …

Theresa May pledges to fight injustice and make Britain 'a country that works for everyone' in her first speech as Prime Minister

Theresa May has directly addressed working-class Britons who are "just managing" to cope with life as she vowed that her Government will not "entrench the advantages of the privileged few".<p>In a searing speech outside Downing Street she pledged to "fight against the burning injustices" of poverty, …

Half of primary school pupils to follow Chinese style of learning maths with focus on whole-class teaching

Thousands of primary schools in England will copy the south Asian style of teaching maths, the Department for Education has said.<p>A £41 million boost will help more than 8,000 schools - half of the total number in England - receive support to adopt the approach, which is used by leading maths …

Headteacher tells parents of his Sats 'heartbreak' in emotional letter

A primary headteacher incensed at the new testing regime has <b>written an emotional letter to parents</b> saying that it “breaks his heart” to give out the …

Life Skills

'Let's stop blaming teachers for Sats results – they didn't sign up for this'

I couldn’t agree more with most of Michael Tidd's argument, when he writes: "<b>The DfE are not solely responsible for trashing children’s learning this</b> …

Education

Universities take a knock post-Brexit

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1250000/1250936_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524689774_7932cc28676712334ab1f54606861b78<p><b>European academic bodies are pulling back from research collaboration with UK academics, amid post-Brexit uncertainty about the future of UK higher</b> …

Sats results 2016: just 53 per cent of pupils reach expected standard in all three subjects at key stage 2

The first results for this year’s controversial Sats tests show that 53 per cent of children reached the expected standard in reading, writing and …

Myanmar should dismantle laws blocking free speech: Human Rights Watch | Reuters

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), should amend and abolish laws that threaten freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.<p>Linda Lakhdhir, legal consultant at Human Rights Watch, talks during a …

Government austerity policy a breach of international human rights, says UN report

The British Government's austerity policies are a breach of international human rights, a new report by the UN has warned.<p>The UN Committee on …

Singapore bank halts lending for London properties over Brexit vote

United Overseas Bank stops writing loans while DBS Bank, Singapore’s biggest lender, warns customers of ‘foreign exchange and sovereign risks’<p>Singapore’s third-biggest lender has suspended new loans for the purchase of London properties as the aftershocks of Britain’s vote to leave the EU are felt …

Loans

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The campaign and final vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union was certainly the most polarising political event in recent UK history.<p>Perhaps inevitable in a choice between just two options, the campaign ultimately exposed clear divisions within British society. The young voted Remain, …

Great Britain

Boris Johnson and Theresa May set to announce Tory leadership bids

Home secretary to say she would create Brexit department, and frontrunner Johnson will pitch himself as a winner<p>Theresa May and Boris Johnson will on Thursday both announce they are running to become leader of the Conservative party, with each claiming to be the unifying candidate Britain needs as …

SNP threaten break-up of the UK as Nicola Sturgeon says second independence vote is now 'highly likely'

Nicola Sturgeon has thrown the future of the United Kingdom into doubt by saying a second independence referendum is “highly likely” in the next two-and-a-half years following UK’s vote to leave the EU.<p>The Scottish First Minister claimed in 2014, before Scotland voted to stay in the Union, that it …

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This teacher used apples to make a devastating point about bullying

LONDON — A teacher in Birmingham, UK, has used a simple, powerful trick to teach children about the grim effects of bullying.<p>Rosie Dutton tours …

Secondary schools need 16,000 new spaces within seven years

<b>More than 16,000 new secondary school spaces are needed within seven years to accommodate new pupils starting primary education, official figures reveal.</b><p>Data analysed by BBC News shows the scale of the challenge to meet rising demand by the time current four-year-olds move schools.<p>Surrey County …

For universities to improve ‘customer experience’, they must reform internal processes to improve communication, convenience and security

According to a recent Hepi-HEA survey, a mere 37 per cent of British students believe their university experience represents good value for money. …

Reality Check: Your questions on sovereignty and laws

<b>Many of you have contacted the BBC about sovereignty, laws and defence. We've answered some of your questions below.</b><p>It's difficult to quantify how much EU law comes from the EU; the BBC's Legal Correspondent Clive Coleman says estimates vary between 13% and 62%.<p>If the UK were to leave the EU, …

How the EU referendum result will emerge in the hours after polls close

In the early hours of Friday a picture will develop of a divided nation. But will Britain still be part of Europe? Here is how to interpret the outcome<p>Shortly after midnight on Friday, Sue Stanhope, the counting officer for the city of Sunderland, will declare how many people in that area have …

Great Britain

Baroness Warsi Switches Sides In EU Referendum Over Brexit Campaign 'Xenophobia'

But Vote Leave did not know she was on their side in the first place<p>Chris Radburn/PA Archive<p>Baroness Warsi, the former chairman of the Conservative …

Brexit

College workforce: data reveals ‘scandalous’ gender and ethnicity pay gap

A major new study has uncovered evidence of a “gender and ethnicity-related pay gap” in colleges.<p>According to the annual workforce data reports, …

Research

Exclusive: Private schools say reformed exams will allow them to pull further ahead of state sector results | Tes News

The government’s GCSE and A-level reforms will widen the attainment gap between state and private schools, headteachers in the independent sector …