Category Archives: Education

US curbs visa-free travel for some dual nationals

Under the VWP, nationals of 38 countries are able to travel to the US without obtaining a visa, provided they have ESTA approval prior to travel. “The US government has taken a series of actions to ensure the Program’s requirements are commensurate with the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters” However, the new restrictions, which are being implemented under the Visa Read More


Student accommodation shortage attracts A$1.2bn investment in Aus, NZ

Brisbane-based Blue Sky Alternative Investments has partnered withGoldman Sachs in a $1bn deal to fund between 5,000 and 10,000 purpose-build student beds across Australia and New Zealand over the next three years. “We are looking for future sites to buy and develop right now around the country and New Zealand as well” The partnership marks US investment heavyweight Goldman Sachs’s entry Read More


How can wearable tech make its mark in education?

Wearable technology has long been talked about, with consumer facing products such as the Go Pro being launched in the early 2000s and then Fitbits coming out in 2009. What’s clear is the various benefits these offer consumers, for example filming whilst on the move with a Go Pro, or monitoring your daily workout with a FitBit to track improvement. Read More


The 3 Es of eLearning

What should the E in eLearning stand for? Originally it stood for Electronic, which shows how long the term has been around. Perhaps it’s for this reason there remain preconceptions that can limit its use in education; for example, eLearning software is complicated. Teachers haven’t time to waste working out how to use it, they want something that’s simple to Read More


Sunderland talks business with new tech apprenticeship

A North East University is collaborating with industry on a new Degree Apprenticeship; continuing its work to deliver graduates with higher-level skills and address the regional high-tech skills gap. The University of Sunderland is one of a select group of UK higher-level teaching institutions to be working directly with businesses on a new Higher Degree Apprenticeship programme. The programme, which is Read More


Britain’s schools ‘hit by sexting epidemic involving children as young as 12’

Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years Rex Britain’s school children are experiencing a “sexting crisis”, according to a newspaper investigation. Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years, leading the Government and child-protection groups to call for compulsory sex education Read More


Maths teaching in the UK is ‘superficial’, says education expert

Andreas Schleicher of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development says that British schoolchildren are falling behind in maths because lessons in the subject are ‘a mile wide and an inch deep’ Rex British schoolchildren are falling behind in maths because lessons in the subject are “a mile wide and an inch deep”, according to an international education expert. Maths Read More


School leavers ‘put off apprenticeships over misconceptions about pay’

Almost 30 per cent of 16 to 18-year-olds in the UK said the information about apprenticeships in their school or college is ‘poor’, ‘very poor’ or ‘non-existent’, compared with just 6 per cent who thought the same about information they were given regarding university iStock School leavers are being put off becoming apprentices by widespread misconceptions about levels of pay, Read More


Student loans: Teachers should have debts written off after 10 years in classroom, headteachers declare

Teachers conduct lessons in subjects outside their field in many schools Getty Teachers should have their student loan debts written off after spending 10 years in the classroom, as part of a package to help solve the recruitment crisis in schools, head teachers have declared. The idea is one of a series of measures being put forward by the Association Read More


Nicky Morgan: Education Secretary on the lack of female school heads and cross-dressing in the Commons

Liberal leaning: Nicky Morgan in Leicester Andrew Fox The Secretary of State for Education may be the mother of a school-age child, but she’s rather more nuanced than the working mum cliche. In fact, Nicky Morgan is hard to pin down. One moment it’s all a bit Middle England – family finances, children’s rugby and the school run. The next Read More