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Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England

Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England

13/02/17

Schoolchildren in England will be offered lessons in cyber security in a bid to find the experts of the future to defend the UK from attacks. It is hoped 5,700 pupils aged 14 and over will spend up to four hours a week on the subject in a five-year pilot.Classroom and online teaching, "real-world challenges" and work experience will be made available from September. A Commons committee last...

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Work visits result in fewer young 'Neets'

Work visits result in fewer young 'Neets'

03/02/17

Young people who have regular contact with employers while at school are much less likely to become so-called Neets - "not in education, employment or training", according to research.The findings, from the Education and Employers charity, suggest a long-term benefit of links with business.But the research found that employers' involvement was stronger in independent and grammar schools.The charity...

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South African e-learning to reach excluded

South African e-learning to reach excluded

26/01/17

Tablets, laptops and digital learning are increasingly being used to reach students with little or no access to education, according to an international report from the ITU/Unesco Broadband Commission.This is especially crucial in the developing world, where Unesco says the digitilisation of learning could be a means of accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, such as ensuring...

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Chinese billionaire offers biggest education prize

Chinese billionaire offers biggest education prize

23/01/17

A Chinese technology billionaire is offering the world's most valuable education prize.The Yidan Prize will award nearly $8m (£6.64m) every year to two research projects that have the potential to "transform" global education.Charles Chen Yidan, who co-founded China's internet company, Tencent, wants to use the prize to scale up innovative education research projects and replicate them across...

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'Research schools' for social mobility zones

'Research schools' for social mobility zones

18/01/17

Education Secretary Justine Greening is to announce a wave of "research schools" to raise standards in disadvantaged parts of England.This will be part of an announcement of six more "opportunity areas", where efforts will be focused to improve social mobility.There will now be 12 opportunity areas in total and each will have a research school.These schools will encourage innovation and share evidence...

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Confusion over numerical GCSE grades sparks publicity drive

Confusion over numerical GCSE grades sparks publicity drive

16/01/17

There is widespread confusion about England's new GCSE grading system, says the exams regulator Ofqual. Starting this summer, GCSE grades A* to G will be phased out in favour of grades numbered from nine to one. However, around 70% of more than 400 parents and pupils surveyed by Ofqual did not understand the system. "It is really important we explain the basics, like the fact that nine...

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