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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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Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

12/01/17

A "hard Brexit" would be the "biggest disaster" to have hit the UK's universities for many years, a university head told MPs.Alistair Fitt, vice chancellor of Oxford Brookes, was giving evidence to the Education Select Committee, holding a special away-day session at the University of Oxford.With the elegant panorama of Pembroke College behind them, the MPs wanted to find out what would be the impact...

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London school's towering performance in Pisa tests

London school's towering performance in Pisa tests

19/12/16

A school in north London could be among the best in the world after scoring better in international rankings than even top performers like Singapore.The international Pisa education rankings, published earlier this month, showed UK 15-year-olds were well behind the leaders when it came to maths, science and reading - but a handful of UK schools bucked the trend. Michael McKenzie, head teacher...

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