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The Augar Review – hopeful for the Post-18 Education Sector?

The Augar Review, an independent review which was ordered by the Prime Minister in February 2018, has this week published its 53 recommendations for the Government to further boost the viability of the post-18 education system. The expert panel, emphasised as a wide-ranging remit of experts and led by Philip Augar, highlighted the overwhelming strengths …

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Prioritising safeguarding in education

Schooling plays a central role in children’s lives, and the impact is far-reaching. Not only does it provide them with an academic education, it also nurtures their mental and physical well-being. Unfortunately, safeguarding shortfalls have occupied education headlines across the UK, and with a recent Ofsted report warning that “ineffective safeguarding judgements remain high”, it …

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The impact of play on teaching and learning

Change comes from action. Action comes from doing. And doing helps us learn. The power of learning through ‘doing’ or ‘play’ by taking part in hands-on, practical activities should never be underestimated, regardless of whether we’re children or adults. However, the sad fact is approximately 95 per cent of five-year-olds will test as creative geniuses, …

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IT’s girl code!

Computer Weekly recently reported that ‘the number of girls taking GCSE level computer science [had] fallen since the computing curriculum’s introduction in 2014.’ The article explained that a study by the University of Roehampton found the number of girls taking Key Stage 4 level computing subjects was ‘30,000 less in 2017’ than in 2014.  BBC also …

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A+ in Happiness: The course that could revolutionise mental health for children

By Taylor Kay Price, PLMR – A recent article from NPR sheds light on an initiative that makes happiness courses part of the school curriculum in Delhi, the capital of India. The courses have become a mandatory 35 minutes of the school day as part of an effort to make the country’s education system more centred …

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Damian Hinds on social mobility: Everyone should have the chance to fulfil that spark of potential which exists in all of us

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, made his first major speech on social mobility at an event hosted by the Resolution Foundation, discussing the plans that are being put in place to close the attainment gap and boost the success of children of all ages, regardless of their background because, “everyone should have the chance to …

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Why Careers Advice Needs To Take Vocational Courses Seriously

For a long time obtaining a degree has been thought of as the main way to secure a well-paid and fulfilling career- a golden ticket to the good life if you will. Yet this narrative is increasingly falling in to disrepair with reports that many graduates are now finding themselves in non-graduate positions wondering whether …

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How can higher education lead on gender equality?

Earlier this week, a couple of the Mangoes attended a panel discussion, hosted by the University of East London (UEL), which looked at the UN’s HeForShe initiative for gender equality. The panel included human rights activists, university lecturers and pro-vice chancellors, as well as youth workers, and one of the topics that particularly resonated with …

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