Helping you to keep up with the latest news from the education industry

edition 10 | 13-05-16

In the UK

Scrap Sats, say teachers and parents – but pupils want primary tests to stay

A divide between adults and children over assessment is uncovered by surveys from TES, Mumsnet and First News.

Poorly designed schools affecting pupils' performance, says RIBA

Royal Institute of British Architects finds ‘dangerous and dilapidated’ buildings are causing children to underperform and teachers to quit.

UK's university gender gap is a national scandal, says thinktank

Report calls for efforts to recruit more male students, including a ‘take our sons to university day.’

Parents' smartphones harming children's ability to hold conversation, say teachers

Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns.

Google and Microsoft are teaming up to investigate how computing can be improved in Britain's schools

They may be rivals, but Google and Microsoft are planning to work together to investigate how computing is taught in Britain's schools and see whether it can be improved.

In the US

Expelling bullies doesn't work, but education might

Zero-tolerance policies that kick bullies out of school are not the answer to the persistent bullying problem plaguing the nation's classrooms, playgrounds and social media sites, according to a report released Tuesday.

U.S. Directs public schools to allow transgender access to school restrooms

The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Race for good schools is increasing US income segregation

The gap between the haves and have-nots in the US is widening, and a new study shows that income segregation is increasing most quickly among families with children, as parents jockey for real estate with access to the best schools.

Education is not a guessing game

The Every Student Succeeds Act offers policymakers new opportunities to use education data to benefit all students.

U.S. Department of Education launches $65 million grant competition for creating, expanding high-quality public charter schools

The U.S. Department of Education today announced a competition to award $65 million in grants to as many as 20 Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) across the country to create and expand charter schools that support students from underserved communities.

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