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How technology can support teachers best

Educational technologies are advancing rapidly; new solutions, apps, and online platforms appear every day. Mobile learning, learning on demand, and media rich curricula are recent buzz words describing the “techno-pedagogical” state of the art. And not least, the research and development community is encircled by the hovering spirit of...

Boosting investment in education: Let’s make it happen

In a speech at a joint event with The European Investment Bank, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, outlines the importance of booting investment and tackling the key challenges in Education When Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented the Investment Plan for Europe in Strasbourg almost a year ago,...
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Are teachers under too much pressure?

Unions warn teachers are under so much pressure they are being “reduced to tears”, highlighting yet another difficulty facing the sector. It certainly seems as if the education sector is in disarray lately. Last week it reported difficulties retaining staff, with teachers leaving in droves. In a leaked letter, it...
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Is the education sector in trouble?

With teachers leaving the profession in droves, many failing to even last the first year after qualifying, AG asks if the education sector is in trouble. It has been a turbulent week for education. Over the weekend, the media had a field day over the mass exodus of thousands of...

Equality starts in early education

OAG highlights the work being done by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education to help remove education barriers for vulnerable and disabled people In 2012 the European Commission reported that around 45 million EU citizens of working age have a disability, and 15 million children have special educational...

Automotive Software Engineering

The automotive industry is one of Europe’s driving economic forces. A huge variety of cars from premium cars, to e-mobile and low-cost cars, are developed and sold. Unseen, deep down into numerous electronic control units (ECU) engine control functions, comfort functions, driving assistance functions, as well as security functions,...

A new ecosystem for learning

Alastair Creelman, an e-learning Specialist from Linnaeus University, Sweden discusses the benefits of universities embracing new changes in learning The worldwide demand for higher education is exploding and projections show an increase from 100 million today to 250 million by 2025. The traditional university system simply cannot cope with this...
Kent children placed in London schools

Kent children placed in London schools

Kent County Council has revealed some children have been offered places in London schools after the closure of a local secondary school After the closure of a struggling secondary school in Hextable, Kent County Council (KCC) has been forced to offer children places in London schools. The county council opposed the...
Teachers increasingly supporting families

Teachers increasingly supporting families

Union leader warns that schools are becoming the A&E departments of communities, as they are increasingly supporting struggling families The new leader of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) Tony Draper has warned teachers are struggling to deal with the impact of austerity measures on families. Draper said schools are...
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Effective leadership in education

In an interview with AG, Dr Victoria Showunmi of UCL Institute of Education in London sheds some light of what an effective leader is, and why they are integral to the education system The school system has undergone vast reform over the last few years. The advent of academies, the...
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Engaging young people in Kent

Kevin Mullins, Community Youth Tutor at Kent County Council details how they are helping to engage young people into the community I have been very fortunate in being involved in the delivery of one of the trial projects for social action opportunities for young people. The aim is to evaluate the...

Why we should proactively develop character in our young people

In this article Simon Dean, CEO and Founder of challenger Troop (CIC) talks about how he believes that character development is something that needs to be actively passed down to the youth of today. Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, has defined character development as a key priority...

Reforming the education system

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform at the Department of Education details the governments to drive to reform the education system It is no secret that this government has carried out extensive reforms to the education system. The driving aim behind our plan for education is ensuring every child,...
Parents think schooling costs are unaffordable

Parents think schooling costs are unaffordable

Research suggests that many parents have concerns about the cost of schooling their children. It seems that the rising cost of childcare is not the only concern facing parents. A survey commissioned by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has revealed that many parents think the...
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70 per cent of schools use tablets

A new study has found that almost 70 per cent of UK primary and secondary schools use tablet computers. The study, which was commissioned by the education technology charity Tablets for Schools, collected a representative sample of 671 state and independent schools. It found that almost 70 per cent of...
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A strong focus on internationalisation

Studying abroad can have great benefits to students, and here the Danish Agency for Higher Education details how the Danish government has launched an action plan to increase internationalisation. More and more Danish students are choosing to participate in an exchange or internship programme in Europe. In the 2012/13 academic...
Education Secretary tackles science gender pay gap

Education Secretary tackles science gender gap

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said teenage girls should not be made to feel as if mathematics and science subjects are “the preserve of men”. Tackling “tired stereotypes” about science careers is the only way to decrease the pay gap between men and women, said Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Currently, fewer...
£1.8m funding to boost language education

£1.8m funding to boost language education

A total of £1.8m funding from the government will see a series of new school-led programmes put into place to provide foreign language training for thousands of teachers... Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that from this week schools across England will teach the new, more challenging languages curriculum. Languages for...

E-learning – from alternative to norm

Alastair Creelman, Vice-President at EFQUEL sheds light on why e-learning is no longer an alternative form of education. The concept of e-learning is in danger of soon becoming redundant. In today’s digital society, where the European Commission forecasts that 90% of all jobs by 2020 will demand digital literacy, any...
Wirral libraries under threat from closure

Wirral libraries are under threat

Wirral Council will consider plans to seek help from volunteers to prevent the closure of library sites throughout the borough. Wirral Borough Council's cabinet is being asked to approve plans to seek outside help from volunteers to maintain library sites throughout the borough. The council has been forced to cut...

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