Education

Helping girls get an education
Education

Helping girls get an education

Sadia Noor lives in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Thanks to the support she received from UK aid while she was at high school she is now working as a teacher in a local school. Girls get an education in Pakistan When I was younger my family couldn’t support my education, the stipend helped me. When I got admission to college I got a job teaching, which supported my studies. Now I teach maths to classes 9 and 10. I love teaching. It’s a very good profession because you get respect, and you get a chance to learn more yourself. Because I’m literate, I can educate other girls in my community. I have a motive, which helps me teach these children. My motive is to educate children like myself so they can stand on their own two legs as well. A helping hand In Pakistan, two-thirds of women a...
Competition concerns raised over educational supplies merger
Education

Competition concerns raised over educational supplies merger

Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Findel Education Limited (Findel) supply a wide range of educational resources such as stationery, furniture and art and science materials to different types of educational institutions across the UK. They are the second and third largest generalist educational distributors, respectively. After its initial Phase 1 investigation of YPO’s anticipated acquisition of Findel, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that both YPO and Findel compete closely with each other. If the planned merger goes ahead, YPO would face effective competition from 2 other generalist distributors – RM Plc (which operates across the UK) and ESPO (a large regional player) – and, to a lesser extent, KCS (a smaller regional player). The competition from sma...
Stone Age bear genome reconstructed from DNA in Mexican cave
Education, Science, Technology

Stone Age bear genome reconstructed from DNA in Mexican cave

Scientists have reconstructed ancient DNA from soil for the first time, in an advance that will significantly enhance the study of animal, plant and microorganism evolution. "Analysis of DNA found in soil could have the potential to expand the narrative about everything from the evolution of species to developments in climate change – fossils will no longer be needed." - Eske Willerslev A team of scientists led by Professor Eske Willerslev in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology and the Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre, University of Copenhagen, have recreated the genomes of animals, plants and bacteria from microscopic fragments of DNA found in the remote Chiquihuite Cave in Mexico. The findings have been described as the ‘moon landings...
University of Cambridge brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, and earth scientists to answer fundamental questions on the origin of life in the Universe
Education, Science, Technology

University of Cambridge brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, and earth scientists to answer fundamental questions on the origin of life in the Universe

Led by 2019 Physics Nobel Laureate Professor Didier Queloz, the Cambridge Initiative for Planetary Science and Life in the Universe will be the driving force for the development of a new Cambridge research community investigating life in the Universe, from understanding how it emerged on Earth to examining the processes that could make other planets suitable for life. "By bringing together chemists, geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists to work toward a common goal, we can exploit the full potential of this exciting new field of research, bringing us closer to understanding life in the Universe and finding life beyond Earth" - Didier Queloz The initiative comes at a crucial moment in science, as scientists are able to study exoplanets – planets orbiting stars other than our Sun ...
No fee increase at Dubai schools for 2021-22 academic year: KHDA
Education, Middle East, World News

No fee increase at Dubai schools for 2021-22 academic year: KHDA

DUBAI, 15th March, 2021 (WAM) -- The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) today announced that private schools in Dubai will not be increasing tuition fees for the 2021-22 academic year. This is the second consecutive year that fees for Dubai schools have remained steady. The announcement follows the release of the annual Education Cost Index (ECI) calculated by the Dubai Statistics Centre, which measures annual changes in the costs of running a school, including salaries, rent and utilities. The ECI for this year stands at -2.58 per cent. Mohammed Darwish, CEO of the Regulations and Permits Commission at KHDA, said, "This announcement shows Dubai’s commitment to ensuring that the private school sector continues to deliver value to parents, investors and school operators....
Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings
Education

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

As confirmed by the Prime Minister on 22 February, based on the government’s assessment of the current data against its 4 tests for relaxing restrictions, children and young people will return to schools and colleges from 8 March 2021. In the event that restrictions in schools are needed to help contain the spread of the virus, the government may ask childcare, schools and colleges to change how they are delivering education for a short period of time. In all circumstances, and in all settings, priority should continue to be given to vulnerable children and young people and children of critical workers to attend full time. The contingency framework for education and childcare settings provides more information. Vulnerable children and young people Vulnerable children and young people ...
Education Secretary statement to Parliament on national lockdown
Education

Education Secretary statement to Parliament on national lockdown

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement regarding schools in national lockdown. The last thing any Education Secretary wants to do is announce that schools will close and this is not a decision that the government ever wanted to take. I would like to reassure everyone that our schools have not suddenly become unsafe, but limiting the number of people who attend them is essential when the COVID rates are climbing as they are now. We must curb the escalating cases of COVID throughout the country and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed. That is why today I am setting out the contingency plans I had prepared but had hoped to never have to implement. I would like to thank all our teachers, all our education staff and social workers for all they have been doing ...
Education inspections in the summer term
Education

Education inspections in the summer term

Ofsted will inspect schools and further education & skills (FES) providers in the summer term to provide reassurance about how well children and learners are catching up, but it will not resume a full programme of graded inspections until September. Following extensive discussion with government and education leaders, Ofsted today confirmed that it will undertake on-site, lighter-touch inspections in the summer term. Unlike ‘full’ inspections, these visits will allow inspectors to assess how well schools and FES providers are educating their learners and keeping them safe, but they will not result in a grade. However, where the evidence strongly suggests that a school’s current grade is no longer a fair reflection of its work – for example where the school is graded ‘inadequate’ ...
Kick-start for summer school and activities
Education

Kick-start for summer school and activities

Young people in England will benefit from a series of summer activities and academic opportunities targeted at those who have suffered the most disruption to their education as a result of the pandemic. The government has today (Tuesday 30 March) published new guidance for secondary schools to help progress plans for summer schools once they return from the Easter break, using the £200 million funding announced in February. Summer schools will help pupils who have experienced the most disruption as a result of the pandemic. Guidance will provide advice ranging from academic support to sports and activities, mental health and wellbeing advice, and guidance for accessing premises. Alongside this, the government will also work with a national supply contractor to give extra support f...