Education: Interesting Stories from the BBC


Here is the latest Education News from the BBC.

Reading ‘exports’ university to Malaysia
University of Reading is taking UK degrees directly to Asian students through a campus in Malaysia.

Why are South African students so angry?
Student protests have taken place across South Africa, fuelled by concerns that university is unaffordable for many students.

Hunt for 1,000 boys in illegal schools
BBC Newsnight’s Chris Cook and Rhoda Buchanan report on the attention now being paid to unregistered schools serving the strict orthodox Jewish community in Hackney.

Syria’s loss of students to rebuild future
Syria has lost the students needed to rebuild the future

Fake US university exposes visa scheme
Twenty-one people are arrested after US authorities set up a fake university to expose immigration fraud.

Schools ‘must adapt for trans pupils’
Single-sex schools must find a way to accommodate pupils who come out as transgender, a teachers’ union hears.

‘Serious failures’ in child services
“Serious and widespread failures” are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

Swiss school row over Muslim handshake
A Swiss secondary school sparks a furore by allowing two Muslim boys not to shake hands with women teachers – a common greeting in Swiss schools.

Pupils face ‘school holiday hunger’
Pupils who rely on free school meals can face hunger in the holidays, a teachers union conference has heard.

Moderate union considers academy action
Moderate teaching unions considers industrial action over government plans to force all schools in England to become academies.

Deaf students ‘were abused at college’
Deaf students at a residential college suffered abuse and physical harm which shocked inspectors, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed.

Children aged six ‘getting exam stress’
The mental health of children as young as six is being blighted by exam stress, education staff tell their trade union.

Teachers heckle schools minister
The schools minister Nick Gibb has been heckled by teachers as he defended government plans to turn all schools in England into academies.

VIDEO: White British pupils underperform in GCSEs
The children of white British parents do worse in their GCSEs than those who speak English as a second language, according to education think tank, Centre Forum.

Pupils ‘lag behind international peers’
Children in England’s schools are performing less well than their international peers, a report finds.

‘Useless bureaucracy’ deflates teachers
Too much of teachers’ time is taken up by mind-numbingly useless bureaucracy, a union leader has argued.

VIDEO: Labour: Academy plan will cost £1.3bn
Labour says that government plans to turn all state schools in England into academies could cost more than £1.3bn, which is more than the Conservatives have budgeted for.

Computer science A-level 1970s style
Computer science A-level 1970s style

Academy plan ‘could cost £1.3bn’
Labour predicts government plans to convert all England’s state schools to academies could cost more than £1.3bn.

Rennie makes education funding pledge
The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader pledges that education funding would rise every year if his party forms the next Scottish government.

Schoolboy’s killer jailed for nine years
A teenager who stabbed a 16-year-old to death in an Aberdeen school is jailed for nine years.

School’s not out for Easter
The Belfast school open for lessons over the break

Why no academy schools in Wales?
Wales rejects academies as England presses ahead

Davidson defends ‘graduate charge’ plan
The Scottish Conservative leader has defended her party’s plans to end free university tuition in Scotland.

Academy to pay back over £100k funding
A Birmingham academy chain must pay back more than £100,000 in government funding.

Schools urged to combat sexist bullying
Girls feel they have to choose between being attractive or clever because of sexist name calling, a teachers’ union leader has warned.

Children in care homes ‘criminalised’
Police are being called to children’s homes thousands of times a year, leading to the unnecessary criminalisation of young people, a charity says.

Toddlers ‘need early years teachers’
Every nursery in England should have a qualified early years teacher to help toddlers develop key skills like speech and language, the charity Save the Children says.

Libraries ‘facing greatest crisis’
Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC reveals.

Leaving EU ‘devastating for young’
A vote to leave the European Union would have a devastating impact on the life chances of young people, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is to warn.

VIDEO: What keeps new teachers out of schools?
The NUT claims that more than half of teachers are considering leaving the profession in the next two years, as Robert Piggot reports

Teacher shortage ‘should be priority’
A teachers’ union says tackling staff shortages should be the priority rather than “politically motivated” projects such as academies.

Supply teachers ‘missing out on pay’
Supply teachers in England and Wales are being exploited in the workplace, the NASUWT teachers’ union claims.

Anti-extremism ‘stopping school debates’
The National Union of Teachers is warning that anti-extremism measures are making schools afraid to have open debates.

VIDEO: Teachers consider early tests boycott
Teachers are to debate calls for a boycott of primary tests, with claims that children in England are the “most tested in Europe”.

VIDEO: Why is there a shortage of teachers?
Unions say they are concerned about a shortage of teachers, but why are there problems?

Teachers vote on primary test boycott
Teachers are to debate calls for a boycott of primary tests, with claims that children in England are the “most tested in Europe”.

Pupils ‘come to school hungry’
Increasing numbers of pupils are coming to school hungry, anxious and unable to concentrate because of family financial pressures, the NASUWT teachers’ union says.

Cross-party resistance to academy plan
Local government representatives of the three main parties in England have combined to oppose plans to make all schools become academies.

Teachers to hold academy strike ballot
Teachers are calling for a one-day strike as part of a campaign against plans to force every school in England to become an academy.

VIDEO: Morgan heckled at NASUWT conference
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan was interrupted by hecklers several times as she addressed the NASUWT teachers’ conference.

Teachers threaten workload strike
The National Union of Teachers has backed calls for strike action over long hours and stress – as the government announces plans to cut unnecessary workload.

Teachers ‘turning to anti-depressants’
One in 10 teachers say they have been prescribed anti-depressant drugs to help cope with the pressure of their jobs, says a teachers’ union survey.

Morgan urges teachers to “do their bit”
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is calling on teacher unions to work with her as ministers press on with changes to the education system in England.

Teachers demand forced academy U-turn
The National Union of Teachers will debate calls for a one-day strike in opposition to plans to compel all schools to become academies.

Tories oppose academy schools ‘diktat’
Plans to turn every state school in England into an academy are criticised by Conservative councillors.

Corbyn to attack ‘forced’ academisation
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech to the National Union of Teachers to attack the “forced” academisation of England’s schools.

VIDEO: Unions consider academy schools plan
Academy schools plan to dominate discussion on first day of NUT and NASUWT conferences.

VIDEO: What do heads think about academies?
Two head teachers explain what they think about academies as some Conservative councillors have criticised government plans to convert all state schools in England.

Edinburgh University cat ‘missing’
Edinburgh University’s famous library cat Jordan is reported missing.

Police ‘did not act on abuse claims’
The handling of child sexual exploitation cases by South Yorkshire Police was “inadequate”, according to a major report.

MPs want action on ‘motherhood penalty’
A committee of MPs demands greater steps to combat a ‘motherhood penalty’ that has left women being paid less than men.

‘School food loophole must be closed’
A loophole exempting some schools in England from healthy eating standards must be closed, say council leaders.

Plans to ‘transform’ teacher training
New guidelines which aim to transform teacher training courses in Wales are set out by the education minister.

Seven outstanding Micro Bit projects
As the Micro Bit mini-computer is handed out to school children across the UK, some of the people who got to test the device describe their experiments.

Tony Blair warns of ‘flabby liberalism’
Former prime minister Tony Blair says extremism can be countered, but moderate voices need to be much stronger.

Sexting among under-16s ‘skyrocketing’
Sexting among young people is “skyrocketing” but the government is “refusing to protect the smartphone generation”, says Labour.

‘Speedy academisation plans risky’
The plan to make all schools academies by 2022 is risky, says a body representing them.

Mini-forests planned for urban schools
Pupils at city schools in England will plant mini-forests in their playgrounds under a government backed scheme.

Apprenticeships ‘failing young people’
The apprenticeships system is not delivering for young people, an official commission on poverty and social mobility says.

Exam appeals system overhaul ‘flawed’
Plans to overhaul exam appeals England will make the system more unfair, say heads from state and private schools.

Call to update student crime guidelines
Universities should overhaul guidelines on dealing with allegations of sexual assaults and harassment, a taskforce set up by the government says.

VIDEO: Why some Muslim parents home-school
As figures show home education is becoming more popular in the Muslim community, BBC Asian Network has had access to an online community of parents who home-school their children.

VIDEO: Parent governor role to be scrapped
Parent governor role will go as part of the sweeping changes published by the government

Budget ‘black hole’ in academy plan
Labour says it has identified a £560m “black hole” in the government’s plan to force all schools in England to become academies.

Ofsted amnesty for failing school heads
The government sets out its plans for school reform with a pledge to give new heads in challenging schools in England a reprieve from inspections.

VIDEO: The children running a mile a day
The BBC’s Robert Pigott visits Hallfield Primary in Central London where children are joining in a campaign encouraging them to run a mile a day.

College lecturers set to begin strike
Scottish college lecturers will go on strike on Thursday in the first of a series of potential walkouts over pay.

New university rated ‘one of best’
An institution which only achieved university status in 2012 has been rated one of the best in the UK for student experience.

Teacher-attack pupil cases on rise
Primary school teachers are headbutted and bitten by pupils as figures suggest a rise in the number of Yorkshire children suspended for attacks.

VIDEO: Pawns and knights in the classroom
Some schools in South Africa have started using chess as an educational tool.

How China is building a new university every week
Why they are building a new university every week

Budget to reveal longer school day plan
Schools in England will be urged to run a longer school day, Chancellor George Osborne is expected to say in his Budget speech on Wednesday.

Historian Lord Asa Briggs dies
Lord Asa Briggs, a leading historian and pioneer of adult education, has died at the age of 94.

Nigeria’s ‘eight-year-old teachers’
Children as young as eight are being paid teaching salaries by the state as part of identity fraud in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Bauchi, officials have found.

‘Every school to become an academy’
The Department for Education is expected to put out proposals, perhaps as soon as Thursday, to radically reform the way that schools are run in England.

Sixth-form college teachers walk out
Thousands of teachers in sixth-form colleges in England are staging a one-day strike over funding cuts after the High Court ruled the action was lawful.

Mental health badge launched for Guides
Girl Guides across the UK will be able to take a new badge in mental well-being and resilience from early next month.

Care fees for under-threes ‘may rise’
The cost of sending one and two-year-olds to nursery may have to increase substantially when free childcare for older children doubles, nurseries tell the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Surprise school visit by Hollywood star
Hollywood star Liam Neeson makes a special appearance at an integrated college in County Antrim as it celebrated its 20th anniversary.

College teachers’ strike can go ahead
Tuesday’s strike by teachers at sixth-form colleges in England can go ahead, the High Court has said.

‘Post-16 education must improve’
A charity has cast doubt on the ability of post-16 education to help teenagers without good GCSEs to catch up.

Sixth-form strike faces court challenge
Strike plans by sixth-form college teachers in England are “unlawful”, the government will argue in the High Court later.

Education is ‘toughest reform’ – Blair
Changing the education system is “one of the most difficult things” for a government, said former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

Palestinian wins global teaching prize
A Palestinian teacher who grew up in a refugee camp has been named as the most exceptional teacher in the world

UK teacher in final for global prize
A London maths teacher is among the top 10 finalists for a $1m global teaching prize.

‘Gilded youths need to learn to fail’
High-achieving children need to understand failure if they are going to have resilience in adult life, says a former head of Eton.

School chief bans use of ‘Trojan Horse’
Birmingham’s education commissioner says he has banned the use of the term “Trojan horse” to describe the allegations of attempts to take over schools in the city.

Jordan warns of refugee school pressure
A failure to provide education for refugees escaping the conflict in Syria risks creating a generation of extremists, warns the deputy prime minister of Jordan.

University Phileas Fogg party ‘racist’
A Cambridge University student party is halted in a row over political correctness after concerns it had the “potential for offence”.

‘Make Playmobil friends’ with immigrants
A new study is to look at whether playing with ethnic Playmobil could help immigrants settle in at school.

Ofsted hits out at academy boss pay
Sir Michael Wilshaw says top executives at England’s biggest academy chains are getting huge salaries and sitting on reserves while failing pupils.

Can mindfulness improve pupils’ concentration?
Should mindfulness be compulsory in schools?

ADHD children ‘may just be immature’
Taiwanese researchers suggest many children diagnosed with ADHD may just be the youngest in the class.

‘Imperialist ‘ bronze cockerel removed
A bronze cockerel looted from Nigeria in 1897 is removed from Cambridge University’s Jesus College after a student campaign.

Tuition fees: Is England more expensive than US?
Is England more expensive than the US?

Teacher advert complaints rejected
Complaints that a teacher recruitment advert exaggerated teachers’ pay have been rejected.

Stephen Hawking remembers best teacher
Scientist Stephen Hawking has paid tribute to the maths teacher who inspired his early steps into scholarship.

Sexism rife in textbooks, says Unesco
School textbooks are accused by a UN agency of perpetuating negative stereotypes of women.

Free travel for Tanzanian teachers
Public school teachers in Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam, Kinondoni district will be able to commute to and from schools for free.

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