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"24.03.2017 14:16:08" theguardian.com Read all about it! How to get students discussing current affairs An online platform is connecting children with each other and experts to learn about the news. So how can its principles to used to help foster debate? https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/mar/24/read-all-about-it-how-to-get-students-discussing-current-affairs
"24.03.2017 10:06:38" theguardian.com I sell degrees – but don't tell students they might be worthless At open days I pitch my university to young people, even though fewer graduate jobs and high tuition fees means their qualifications may not pay off https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/24/i-sell-degrees-but-dont-tell-students-they-might-be-worthless
"23.03.2017 13:53:12" theguardian.com Five unconscious biases that hold back women researchers Our research into the low numbers of female professors encountered damaging assumptions and prejudices https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/23/five-unconscious-biases-that-hold-back-women-researchers
"21.03.2017 16:21:30" theguardian.com Should your school serve local food? Seasonal menus, bake-offs and an army of 'Jamie Olivers' are helping more UK schools offer locally sourced lunches. But what's the secret to making the switch? https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/mar/21/should-your-school-serve-local-food
"20.03.2017 16:27:46" theguardian.com Is studying law boring? And other student FAQs From the workload to work prospects, current students and tutors answer the questions law applicants really care about
"18.03.2017 10:48:36" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: My school sees pupils as a funding formula – we're failing them We help students to cheat and ignore threatening behaviour, because keeping them in class brings in more money https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/mar/18/secret-teacher-my-school-sees-pupils-as-a-funding-formula-were-failing-them
"17.03.2017 09:19:04" theguardian.com 'I think my flatmate's got a gun' – tales of weapons on campus It's not just slingshots and stink bombs. Some students bring a hefty amount of firepower on to university grounds https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/17/i-think-my-flatmates-got-a-gun-tales-of-weapons-on-campus
"15.03.2017 12:42:18" theguardian.com 2VCs: How do we win back anxious international students? Tough UK visa rules and harsh rhetoric have seen numbers plummet. Two vice-chancellors tell Anna Fazackerley why they think the tide may be turning https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/15/2vcs-how-do-we-win-back-anxious-international-students
"08.03.2017 17:13:43" theguardian.com College student: the budget puts business before our education More funding for colleges may sound like good news to students like me, but it won't plug the cuts to services we relied on
"08.03.2017 10:17:31" theguardian.com Why universities can't see woman as leaders The roles women take in universities aren't recognised as routes to the top. But they demand as much drive as the posts traditionally scooped up by men https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/08/why-universities-cant-see-woman-as-leaders
"07.03.2017 17:13:16" www.theguardian.com 'Nobody does introductions properly': how to write better essays Is Wikipedia really a no-go? Should you bother with the whole reading list? And how do you make a convincing argument? We ask the experts
As the government begins its crackdown on essay mill websites, it's easy to see just how much pressure students are
"03.03.2017 15:36:54" theguardian.com Creating a buzz: how UK schools are embracing beekeeping Teachers are discovering that beehives can provide exciting opportunities to learn outside the classroom https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/mar/03/creating-a-buzz-how-uk-schools-are-embracing-beekeeping
"02.03.2017 11:06:50" theguardian.com How to appeal if you fail your PhD The results are in, but something's wrong. What can you do if your classification is unfair, or there's been a mistake?
"01.03.2017 16:24:41" theguardian.com Vote for higher education's most inspiring leader 2017 It's your chance to vote for higher education's most inspiring leader – choose from the five shortlisted candidates, selected by our expert judging panel https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/01/vote-for-higher-educations-most-inspiring-leader-2017
"28.02.2017 17:25:56" theguardian.com Should students build their own degrees by studying at several universities? The government says students should get transferable credits for modules and feel free to move between higher education providers. It sounds nice, but there are big risks https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/feb/28/should-students-build-their-own-degrees-by-studying-at-several-universities
"28.02.2017 15:46:48" theguardian.com World Book Day 2017: teachers, send us pictures of your costumes Which literary character are you dressing up as this year? Share your pictures and be part of a worldwide celebration of books and reading https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/28/world-book-day-2017-teachers-costumes
"28.02.2017 12:37:20" theguardian.com The four-year option: why take an integrated master's? The pros and cons of studying for a bachelor's and a master's degree in one go
"25.02.2017 12:12:19" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I thought supply would be hell, but it's a joy I get to spend my days with the funniest, most creative, interesting people around – and also get to go home on time https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/25/secret-teacher-supply-teaching-school-primary
"24.02.2017 12:33:31" theguardian.com What I learned as a student of colour My advice to people of colour at university? Learn all about your cultural history, and link up with like-minded students
"24.02.2017 10:04:11" theguardian.com Family ties: how to get parents involved in children's learning Use social media to share classroom projects, involve mums and dads in homework and try visiting them at home, say the experts https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/24/parents-involved-school-teaching-engagement
"21.02.2017 15:34:08" theguardian.com Four ways to help your students overcome impostor syndrome Are your pupils prone to feeling like a fraud when they succeed? Try these ideas to help them realise their potential https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/21/four-ways-to-help-your-students-overcome-impostor-syndrome
"20.02.2017 15:44:35" theguardian.com From Putin to Trump: Being a Russian student in New York It's a month on from President Trump's inauguration, and I can't help seeing similarities between America and my homeland of Russia
"20.02.2017 11:13:58" theguardian.com Too few 18-year-olds? That's no reason to start shutting universities Yes, there has been a fall in applications from school-leavers at several UK universities. But they aren't the only people we cater for https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/feb/20/too-few-18-year-olds-thats-no-reason-to-start-shutting-universities
"17.02.2017 08:59:34" theguardian.com I want to make a difference in academia – but I'm drowning As the end of my probation period looms, the weight of expectations from my university leaves no space for meaningful research https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/feb/17/i-want-to-make-a-difference-in-academia-but-im-drowning
"16.02.2017 09:40:11" theguardian.com Six tactics to help your students deal with stress Schools are reporting an increase in stressed-out pupils. But teachers can give young people the tools to cope https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/16/six-tactics-to-help-your-students-deal-with-stress
"15.02.2017 15:08:40" theguardian.com Who's afraid of private universities? Traditional universities and the House of Lords are, for a start. Do they have a point, or are they simply clinging to an outdated system that desperately needs reform? The UK government is opening the door to lots of private universities - saying it wants students to have more choice. But questions have been raised about whether for-profit universities will be regulated properly, and whether they'll teach the subjects
"14.02.2017 10:08:19" theguardian.com Want your class to go green? These apps will get them hooked Technology can help turn your classroom into a dripping rainforest, a smoggy city or an underwater shipwreck https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/14/want-your-class-to-go-green-these-apps-will-get-them-hooked
"13.02.2017 15:12:39" theguardian.com 'I wouldn't have done this at 18': why I switched to a nursing degree It takes a special kind of motivation to become a nurse. Postgrad students explain why they made the move
"11.02.2017 11:25:59" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: giving students wifi has made lessons chaotic Technology is useful for learners, but the school leadership team shouldn't have introduced wifi without asking teachers https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/11/secret-teacher-wifi-classroom-mobile-phones
"10.02.2017 12:37:22" theguardian.com Stepping into history: how I moved my class to a museum for a term Decamping to a Victorian classroom in a local historical site was not without its challenges – but my students learned so much from the experience https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/10/stepping-into-history-how-i-moved-my-class-to-a-museum-for-a-term
"08.02.2017 12:23:48" theguardian.com Student choice: the new proposals are all froth and no coffee The government claims it will offer students a wide-ranging menu of university options. But diversity won't just happen by itself – it needs planning https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/feb/08/student-choice-new-proposals-universities
"07.02.2017 17:31:49" theguardian.com Homework: is it worth the hassle? Parents and educators question the value of setting assignments for students. But what does the neuroscience say? https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/07/homework-is-it-worth-the-hassle
"07.02.2017 15:07:57" theguardian.com A student's plea to Brexit negotiators: keep the Erasmus scheme Erasmus grants give students the chance to work or study in Europe for a year. It would be a tragedy if it were scrapped
"04.02.2017 11:36:49" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: My outstanding school felt like a results factory Moving from a school that Ofsted consistently rated highly to one judged as requiring improvement raised eyebrows, but I would never go back https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/feb/04/outstanding-school-ofsted-teaching
"02.02.2017 12:02:37" theguardian.com Studying in Aleppo: 'You get used to seeing blood on the floor' When Enana al-Assaf was bombed during an exam, she made herself carry on writing. Now doing a PhD in the UK, she worries every day about her family in Syria
"01.02.2017 16:59:12" theguardian.com Applying to university? It's time to narrow your choices down to two Getting in your Ucas application was half the battle – now you have to sort through your offers and pick the two that suit you best
"01.02.2017 15:56:25" theguardian.com Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia After opening up about my mental health problems, I received the help I needed to do my lecturing job well, writes Erica Crompton https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/feb/01/schizophrenia-successful-academic-career-mental-health
"31.01.2017 12:33:09" theguardian.com The reality of budget cuts in schools – survey Cash-strapped schools are facing redundancies, reduced subject choices and even running out of paper
"30.01.2017 16:48:18" theguardian.com Should academics boycott Donald Trump's America? We face a difficult choice: stay away in solidarity with Muslim colleagues banned from the US or be there to lend support to critical voices
"28.01.2017 11:52:16" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: My school is teaching students to plagiarise We're creating a culture of cheating, but my colleagues don't seem to care. It's a shortcut to better grades – and we're failing in our role as educators
"27.01.2017 10:34:46" theguardian.com Unsackable senior staff make life even harder for junior academics As expectations of early career researchers rise ever higher, some established colleagues are failing to pull their weight
"26.01.2017 16:20:29" theguardian.com 'I got locked in the gym at lunch' – what (not) to do when experts visit From mysterious rooms to disruptive dogs, there are plenty of potential pitfalls for specialist-run sessions. Here's how to make life easier for everyone https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/jan/26/i-got-locked-in-the-gym-at-lunch-what-not-to-do-when-experts-visit
"26.01.2017 14:35:22" theguardian.com Universities must do more to tackle the unfair, elitist admissions system A new scheme aims to select students for their potential, not just their grades. Why is this such a controversial idea?
"24.01.2017 14:12:16" theguardian.com Becoming a headteacher: four things future leaders need to know Schools face a struggle to fill top roles, but headship can be immensely rewarding. Our expert explains what it takes to step up https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/jan/24/becoming-a-headteacher-what-future-leaders-need-to-know
"21.01.2017 10:18:29" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: My uniform-mad school is putting style over substance We have a long list of forbidden clothing and pupils are sent home to change. The message is clear: it's not who you are, but what you look like
"20.01.2017 11:23:19" theguardian.com Red flags, rulers and ropes: creative approaches to teaching gender equality Young people are eager to explore relationships, stereotypes and confidence, and schools are responding in innovative ways
"20.01.2017 10:15:43" theguardian.com I'm an academic but I took a corporate job. Should I be ashamed? I've accepted a temporary job in finance after years of tireless, thankless toil in academia – but I keep it secret from my colleagues in the ivory tower
"18.01.2017 15:13:32" theguardian.com There's trouble with transparency in the UK's academies Developing good relationships with business is essential for academies, but critics say the system is plagued by secrecy and conflicts of interest
"17.01.2017 14:29:14" theguardian.com Time to take on greed: why business schools must engage in intellectual activism The next generation of corporate leaders are being taught risky practices with little regard for ethics. Educators need to challenge the status quo
"14.01.2017 10:38:19" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: myths of the Ofsted monster keep schools in fear Schools take extreme, often ridiculous, measures in the name of Ofsted approval. This obsession is bad for everyone
"13.01.2017 10:17:11" theguardian.com I'm a single parent and a scientist and I'm dangerously stressed I'm responsible for two children, a research team and my own career in a competitive field. Is it any wonder I lie awake at night worrying? https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/jan/13/im-a-single-parent-and-a-scientist-and-im-dangerously-stressed
"12.01.2017 14:46:35" theguardian.com What I secretly want to tell my headteacher Having difficulties with the leadership at your school? You're not alone. We asked some teachers what they're really thinking https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/jan/12/what-i-secretly-want-to-tell-my-headteacher
"12.01.2017 10:46:31" theguardian.com Brexit doesn't have to be a disaster for universities We've mapped the impact of Brexit and although there are changes ahead, this doesn't mean all is lost
"11.01.2017 16:59:46" theguardian.com From Brexit to Trump: should teachers talk politics in the classroom? As political discourse continues to become more polarised, educators must be mindful of how they engage pupils in discussions
"09.01.2017 14:46:19" theguardian.com Growth mindset: practical tips you may not have tried yet Struggling to inspire growth mindset in your students? You're not alone. Try going stealth, taking different paths and talking to parents
"07.01.2017 08:44:09" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: cutting staff numbers to save money is a dangerous game Management has decided that teachers won't be replaced when they leave. We're losing valuable skills and risking our most vulnerable pupils
"06.01.2017 09:33:30" theguardian.com I landed my dream PhD – and it turned into a nightmare Cutting-edge research, international collaboration and full funding: the project sounded too good to be true. It was.
"05.01.2017 10:32:39" theguardian.com What will happen in higher education in 2017? More strikes? Brexit brain drain? Two-for-one degrees? Check out our experts' predictions for the next 12 months https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/jan/05/what-will-happen-in-higher-education-in-2017
"04.01.2017 16:42:00" theguardian.com Sport, skills and storytelling: how charity begins at school As the curriculum grows narrower, we need to develop pupils' qualities beyond the academic – and charities can help
"02.01.2017 16:41:08" theguardian.com Gap year stories: getting a taste of communal living From shovelling manure in Israel to supporting refugees in north London, two gap-year students recount their experiences of sharing everything
"30.12.2016 10:43:50" theguardian.com Education quiz: how much do you remember about 2016? Endless U-turns, the return of grammar schools and a leather trouser scandal. Test your knowledge of year's education news
"24.12.2016 08:10:20" theguardian.com Our top 10 Secret Teachers of 2016 After another year uncovering the reality of school life, we pick our top 10 Secret Teacher blogs of 2016
"23.12.2016 09:23:02" theguardian.com Academics Anonymous: top 10 secret blogs of 2016 These warts-and-all accounts give us an invaluable insight into university life. Here are our favourites from the past 12 months
"22.12.2016 11:30:17" Timeline Photos Trump University and Tinder campaigns. How much do you remember from 2016?
Test your knowledge of the year's higher education news
"21.12.2016 12:34:34" theguardian.com Teachers and tech: 'they're worlds apart - we can bring them together' Ben Gill explains why he's setting up a new crowdfunding platform to help teachers experiment with innovative tech
"20.12.2016 17:41:40" theguardian.com Oh yes they are! Foreign students prepare for a British Christmas Many international students will spend the holidays with host families in the UK, playing games and watching their first pantomimes "People are definitely mad about Christmas here. They're very very keen”: International students prepare for a British Christmas
"17.12.2016 09:58:53" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: Bah humbug! My bosses are worse than Scrooge We are being worked into the ground thanks to ridiculous targets – we desperately need a visit from some ghosts
"12.12.2016 16:34:22" theguardian.com How schools are helping refugee children to succeed English classes, peer support groups and specialist staff training are just some of the ways schools are reaching out English classes, peer support groups and specialist staff training are just some of the ways schools are helping refugee students to achieve
"10.12.2016 08:56:13" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I feel too old for this job, but I'm trapped I was once an enthusiastic teacher, but after 15 years I feel exhausted and undervalued. Maybe this job is a young person's game
"09.12.2016 15:22:19" theguardian.com How to be happy: a guide for teachers (and everyone else) Staff in schools are notoriously vulnerable to poor wellbeing – try these simple psychological tricks to stay positive
"09.12.2016 14:47:15" theguardian.com Children's mental health services are struggling. Can teachers help? Teachers aren't trained to spot mental health problems and could benefit from NHS-commissioned research and expertise Teachers aren't trained to spot mental health problems and could benefit from NHS-commissioned research and expertise
"09.12.2016 11:01:38" theguardian.com I was assaulted while researching, but was too scared to speak out As a lone female student abroad, I was terrified and powerless when I was attacked. The repercussions are still damaging my career
"08.12.2016 09:57:38" theguardian.com The best places to study for a degree in Europe Studying at a European university is a chance to learn a new language, make friends – and escape £9k tuition fees As it stands, some European countries enable Brits to study without paying tuition fees or incurring anywhere near as much debt as they would in the UK. Here's a roundup of our top destinations:
"07.12.2016 12:33:04" theguardian.com Dear Justine Greening, Michael Gove attacked school arts openly not on the QT – Michael Rosen Your 'knowledge based' curriculum is squeezing out the arts and its way of interpreting the world to include everyone Yet another education secretary squeezes out the arts – it's the same problem but this time it's on the sly
"06.12.2016 14:19:36" theguardian.com Postgrad students lose financial support after loan company mistake 'A result of human error' has left 108 students without their expected payment, leaving some in financial trouble
"05.12.2016 14:23:05" theguardian.com The best apps for law students A selection of the handiest tools for your revision, admin and research
"03.12.2016 07:24:15" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I'm tired of my colleagues' ignorance about race Teachers should address injustice, but some I work with fail to recognise issues of diversity and cultural stereotyping
"02.12.2016 13:19:58" theguardian.com So you feel like dropping out of uni. What are the options? Sometimes leaving higher education is the right move. But it's worth considering the other possibilities
"02.12.2016 10:58:06" theguardian.com Academia is now incompatible with family life, thanks to casual contracts I want to be a good scientist but that means I can't be anything else, as all my time is taken up trying to find contracts
"01.12.2016 16:59:25" theguardian.com What can state schools learn from Eton? Amanda Wray has spent two years collaborating with top private schools, developing strategies to help pupils in state schools excel
"01.12.2016 16:29:39" theguardian.com The 'snooper's charter' is a threat to academic freedom Increasing online surveillance has serious implications for researchers and study participants. Why aren't we protesting?
"01.12.2016 12:03:55" theguardian.com Being a black drama student: 'The fear of stereotyping is crippling' Recent graduate Leah Harvey shares her experiences of being the only black female student in her year at drama school
"30.11.2016 20:04:36" theguardian.com Have you been affected by sexual harassment at school? We'd like to hear from young people, parents and teachers about the impact of sexual harassment on school life in England. Share your experiences
"30.11.2016 20:01:58" theguardian.com Have you been affected by sexual harassment at school? We'd like to hear from young people, parents and teachers about the impact of sexual harassment on school life in England. Share your experiences https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/nov/30/have-you-been-affected-by-sexual-harassment-at-school
"30.11.2016 17:24:04" theguardian.com Should universities take control of schools? The government thinks so Every university could be made to sponsor a school, in exchange for raising fees. But critics say it won't work
"29.11.2016 17:35:48" theguardian.com It's official: your school's marking policy is probably wrong Ofsted is once again trying to bust the myth that extensive marking is best for students. When will the message get through?
"27.11.2016 09:04:56" theguardian.com 'They tell me not to speak Polish': students on life after Brexit vote A rise in racist incidents and a crackdown on visas leave overseas students nervous about studying in the UK A rise in racist incidents and a crackdown on visas leaves EU and overseas students nervous about studying in the UK
"26.11.2016 14:49:00" theguardian.com The non-western books that every student should read Leading authors pick international classics that should be on every students' bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities
"26.11.2016 14:47:35" theguardian.com The non-western books that every student should read Leading authors pick international classics that should be on every students' bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities
"26.11.2016 09:19:26" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I moved to Africa – and realised how flawed British education is I am paid less than ever before and work with scant resources but it is bliss compared with my old schools in Britain
"25.11.2016 10:49:08" theguardian.com Everyone's talking about the Tef, but no one is listening to students The sector has a lot to say about the teaching excellence framework. But what about the people it is supposed to benefit?
"24.11.2016 15:30:17" theguardian.com School for teenage codebreakers to open in Bletchley Park Sixth-form College of National Security will teach cyber skills to some of Britain's most gifted youngsters to fight growing threat
"24.11.2016 15:29:45" theguardian.com 'We're looking for raw intelligence': law tutors share Oxbridge interview tips December means one thing for Oxbridge law applicants: the interview. So what can you do to prepare?
"23.11.2016 15:43:38" theguardian.com Tef: don't equate contact hours with teaching quality Contact hours could be used as a metric in government rankings – but that may damage, not improve, student experience
"23.11.2016 10:01:54" theguardian.com 'It's not all anal sex': the German schools exploring love, equality and LGBT issues Sex education classes are mandatory in Germany, but they aren't the only way students learn about diversity – LGBT topics are taught across the timetable "Last month in Wiesbaden, the picturesque German city famous for champagne and hot springs, around 2,000 parents protested over changes to the school curriculum. The cause of the furore? That children would be bombarded with lessons about anal sex, dildos
"22.11.2016 21:17:23" theguardian.com Graduate employability ranking: the best university for getting a job Stem-focused institutions dominate the new ranking, which sees seven UK universities place in the top 50Top 200 universities in the world 2016 - the table
"22.11.2016 16:04:57" theguardian.com Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class The experience of school can vary enormously for migrant pupils. Here's how to give them a successful, inclusive education
"22.11.2016 14:54:55" theguardian.com Universities struggle to meet green goals Government blamed for stalling of energy saving, as People & Planet table reveals 75% of campuses are set to miss carbon targets How green is your university? Find out which institutions are top – and bottom – of the table
"22.11.2016 11:42:09" Guardian Students 'If any commercial bank or pay day lender behaved like this there would be outrage and the FCA would be stepping in' – Wes Streeting MP
"21.11.2016 16:00:20" theguardian.com Alternative careers for teachers: what to do if you need a change If you're feeling unhappy and overwhelmed, it may be time to go down a new path – and there are plenty of other professions to consider
"21.11.2016 12:48:50" theguardian.com Why my fellow City students are wrong to ban newspapers from campus The students' union may be right to say that the Sun, Mail, and Express have helped to stir up racial tensions – but closing our doors to them is misguided
"19.11.2016 15:31:41" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: An invasive alien species is taking over education Like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, humourless pod people are sucking the imaginations out of our pupils in a march towards target grades
"18.11.2016 10:31:38" theguardian.com Academics aren't lobbyists – so our research changes nothing Researchers naturally want their work to make a difference, but the sad fact is that it often has little influence beyond academia
"17.11.2016 15:51:58" Guardian Students The judges have selected their five favourite entries – now you choose the winner.
"17.11.2016 15:32:49" theguardian.com Universities accused of 'importing Sports Direct model' for lecturers' pay In the latest in a series on the UK's increasingly precarious world of work, we reveal how many institutions are charging higher student fees while more than half of lecturers are on non-permanent or hourly-paid contracts
"16.11.2016 10:26:55" theguardian.com Want your students to love reading? Get them to the library Library partnerships are a vital resource for many schools, but funding cuts threaten their future https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/nov/16/library-home-books-schools-partner-reading-cuts
"15.11.2016 15:49:54" theguardian.com How students are striking for affordable university rent - and winning What exactly does it take to run a successful rent protest? Student activists explain it's all about strength in numbers
"15.11.2016 11:28:35" theguardian.com Let's go back to the future with co-operative schools – and leave grammars in the past England could move towards the success of Finland's schools and save money by expanding the co-operative model, says Danny Dorling Supermarket, funeral parlour … Co-operative is much more and, argues Danny Dorling, that old idea could now hold the key to improving our schools
"14.11.2016 11:04:49" theguardian.com My pupils are young UK Muslims – and they're scared about Trump We work hard to create a culture of acceptance, so the US election has raised difficult questions. All we can do is answer them and promote tolerance
"12.11.2016 12:17:53" theguardian.com Secret Teaching Assistant: We end up hindering the pupils we're meant to help Our job is to support young people, not complete their work for them or become surrogate friends. To make them independent, we have to step back
"10.11.2016 16:03:07" theguardian.com Students: is it really a good idea to live with your friends? Familiarity often breeds contempt, but loneliness isn't much fun either. So weigh your options before you shack up
"10.11.2016 12:25:55" theguardian.com Seven ways to give better feedback to your students Research shows that constructive comments can bring a huge boost to learning – but they can also backfire. Here's how to get them right
"09.11.2016 12:54:56" theguardian.com Cambridge students build a 'lawbot' to advise sexual assault victims Imagine RoboCop went to Oxbridge – well, it's nothing like that at all Imagine RoboCop went to Oxbridge – well, it's nothing like that at all.
"08.11.2016 16:52:59" theguardian.com 'We're preparing for the worst': urban heads await funding changes Inner cities are most likely to lose out when the new school funding formula is announced – but leaders don't know how deep the cuts will be
"08.11.2016 12:30:20" theguardian.com Tef: dump the pointless metrics and take a hard look at casualisation US research shows that putting staff on insecure contracts affects the success of students. The least the UK government could do is some studies of its own
"08.11.2016 10:43:54" theguardian.com Grammar school is blighting my much better comprehensive A headteacher writes: Even our higher ability children get better grades, yet parents insist on bussing their children 12 miles to the grammar. What is a comprehensive to do? Parents like the old fashioned grammar school. It goes with 16th-century high streets, thatched cottages and Poldark; a reassuring reminder that class is permanent
"07.11.2016 10:26:55" theguardian.com 'We've fought for decades' – US graduate teachers win workers' rights PhD students who teach at private universities like Yale have been recognised as employees and have the right to unionise. It's a historic moment
"04.11.2016 11:17:58" theguardian.com Let's bridge the divide between lecturers and technical instructors An outdated snobbery still exists in my university – we all want the best for students, so why not just work together?
"03.11.2016 12:30:52" Guardian Students When the door of education closed behind me, I thought there was no way back – but soon I was prising it open again.
"03.11.2016 11:01:16" theguardian.com Are England's teachers being paid enough? Performance-related pay has shaken up the sector. We explore how English salaries compare with others across the world, and those of other graduates
"03.11.2016 10:35:10" theguardian.com 'My son works until midnight': parents around the world on homework As parents in Spain call for month-long boycott of homework due to 'unacceptable' workloads, we asked your views of extracurricular work As parents in Spain call for month-long boycott of homework due to 'unacceptable' workloads, we asked your views of extracurricular work
"02.11.2016 10:27:59" theguardian.com How to avoid a dysfuntional school Do your homework before your next move – check the school for corporate culture, look at the website, listen to the sounds of the playground
"01.11.2016 16:03:34" theguardian.com Universities need clearer guidelines on how deal with rape cases New recommendations for investigating student misconduct are a step forward, but they fail to tackle key issues of consent and victim-blaming
"01.11.2016 14:26:33" theguardian.com Teachers priced out of house market as property prices soar to 11 times earnings As the education secretary calls for a 1% cap on pay rises, new figures show how hard it is for teachers to buy a house across much of Britain One reason for the classroom recruitment crisis: teachers miss the homeownership boat
"01.11.2016 11:56:35" theguardian.com Another education U-turn? This is dangerous driving from Theresa May The government's irresponsible approach to education policy is leaving a trail of chaos – and schools will have to sort it out
"31.10.2016 21:20:31" theguardian.com Is competition between schools restricting collaboration? Three years ago, the NUT warned that the government's “marketised approach to education” was threatening collaboration. Are schools being held back?
"31.10.2016 12:40:32" theguardian.com Does your university produce racism? Students and academics share their views about race issues in higher education Students and lecturers share their personal views about race issues on campus.
"31.10.2016 10:00:39" Guardian Students Do you have a plan to transform our gridlocked world and make travel a joyous, seamless delight? Then enter our competition.
"29.10.2016 09:02:02" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I'm my school's go-to gay guy I was tired of living a lie – taking the scary step of telling my pupils that I am gay was the best teaching decision I've ever made
"28.10.2016 09:48:36" theguardian.com Studying development: seven tips for your master's Development postgrads can be a whirlwind of balancing study with trying to grab the attention of NGOs. Here, those in the know share their tips for success 'Working in development is neither well paid nor glamorous. Students should watch out for what gets them excited. The job will follow.'
"27.10.2016 14:27:56" The Guardian Teacher Network Why are so many SEN pupils excluded from school? Because we are failing them
"26.10.2016 16:39:21" theguardian.com www.theguardian.com Violence against teaching assistants: 'I've been pinched, kicked and spat at'
"25.10.2016 16:12:49" theguardian.com Imagine the journey of the future… and win the latest iPadPro Do you have a plan to transform our gridlocked world and make travel a joyous, seamless adventure? Enter our competition and tell us how Students: do you have a plan to transform our gridlocked world and make travel a joyous, seamless delight? Then enter our competition
"25.10.2016 15:34:46" theguardian.com We are competing with universities worldwide – and we are going to lose The government's threats against international students are putting the UK's higher education sector at a huge disadvantage
"25.10.2016 11:36:07" theguardian.com Angry student judges refuse to pick winner of accommodation awards A panel of student judges has criticised university accommodation providers for pricing out poorer students The publication Property Week has been forced to withdraw a category from their student accommodation awards, after a handpicked panel of students refused to choose a winner in protest over increasing rent prices.
"25.10.2016 09:08:11" theguardian.com Overseas student crackdown could hit LSE, King's College London and Soas Elite universities fear a low 'silver or bronze' ranking and restrictions on recruiting students from abroad Elite London universities fear a low 'silver or bronze' ranking and restrictions on recruiting students from abroad.
"24.10.2016 09:04:58" theguardian.com Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain's structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills 'Music reaches parts of the brain that other things can't.'
"21.10.2016 14:14:46" theguardian.com Teachers and TAs: how to create the perfect partnership The role of teaching assistants can vary hugely from school to school, but working in close collaboration is vital to get the best results
"20.10.2016 10:52:30" theguardian.com Children need to know stress is normal, not necessarily a mental health problem Some students have have a genuine diagnosis, but schools should teach that feeling down sometimes is just part of growing up
"19.10.2016 15:38:17" theguardian.com 'It's not a victimless crime' – the murky business of buying academic essays Students are spending as little as £20 for essays online, but the cost to academia is immeasurable. We need fight back against this damaging industry
"19.10.2016 13:53:38" theguardian.com Why I refuse to pay my university rent Overpriced accommodation is changing student life for the worse – so I've gone on strike 'For me, living in student accommodation led to intense isolation and stress. I felt I had no control – until I went on rent strike.'
"18.10.2016 10:32:30" theguardian.com My final year at Oxford, when I felt punished for having ME For centuries Oxford has 'rusticated' students – expelled them to their family home in the country – and those who are ill receive the same treatment After weeks of distressing negotiations, I was allowed to suspend my studies for a year – with conditions. I was not allowed anywhere on college grounds (where all my friends lived) for the year. Worse, I would have to sit six hours of exams and achieve a
"18.10.2016 09:40:10" theguardian.com How should schools spend pupil premium funding? Governors will feel the heat from Ofsted if money for disadvantaged pupils doesn't yield results. They must ensure every penny has an impact
"17.10.2016 15:27:03" theguardian.com Five myths about studying law, debunked Studying law is full of unexpected twists and turns – and in the end, you may not even turn into a lawyer 'Law students sometimes embark on their chosen course without knowing what exactly they've let themselves in for.'
"15.10.2016 08:22:05" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: pupils are force-fed maths they'll never use again Theorems, vectors and quadratic equations – what use is all that to most people? Let's instead have fewer, more focused classes
"14.10.2016 11:51:00" theguardian.com Most Britons do not see foreign students as immigrants, survey shows Poll show less than a quarter of adults think of foreign students as immigrants, while two thirds say overseas students are positive for the local economy A poll shows less than a quarter of adults think of foreign students as immigrants, while two thirds say overseas students are positive for the local economy.
"14.10.2016 11:39:42" theguardian.com Studying the empire: can history students avoid pitfalls of the past? Understanding Britain's colonial history is essential, but dealing with racist sources can be a huge challenge. World history graduate Pooja Kawa shares her views Studying history: How should we use source material from Britain's colonial past?
"13.10.2016 09:16:45" theguardian.com Paralympians head back to uni: 'It's not a normal student life' They may have qualified for Rio, but essays won't write themselves. And that's just one of the obstacles facing student Paralympians They may have qualified for Rio, but essays won't write themselves.
"13.10.2016 08:43:12" theguardian.com Plugging the gap: schools forced to find new sources of funding Schools used to ask parents for donations or rent out space when they needed money for extras. Now they do it to survive Schools used to ask parents for donations or rent out space when they needed money for extras. Now they do it to survive
"12.10.2016 10:15:55" theguardian.com The problem of perfectionism: five tips to help your students Striving for perfection doesn't only make young people unhappy – it also affects their development. Here are some ways to get your pupils to think differently Striving for perfection doesn't just make young people unhappy – it also affects their development. Here are some ways teachers and parents can help students to think differently
"11.10.2016 16:16:46" theguardian.com Long hours and low pay: why England's teachers face burnout Long hours, low starting pay and limited access to professional development put teachers at risk of burn out Full-time teachers in secondary schools in England now work an average of 48.2 hours per week. This is the third highest out of 36 education authorities surveyed worldwide. It is also 19% longer than the OECD average.
"11.10.2016 10:16:24" theguardian.com Jeremy Corbyn wants to abolish nuclear weapons – but not the 11-plus Shame on us for keeping every existing grammar school in the face of all the facts Amid the hot air about inclusion, a resolution to the Labour party conference calling for an end to the 11-plus was watered down by the leadership – leaving Labour's policy on the existing grammars much the same as in the Blair years
"10.10.2016 16:14:00" theguardian.com Universities urged to work harder to recruit disadvantaged students Report from Universities UK says access rates among white working-class men also need improving to boost social mobility 'The evidence provides a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done to improve social mobility.'
"10.10.2016 10:58:51" theguardian.com Pivoting postgrads: how to change direction to win that dream job Undergraduate degrees don't always lead to the career you wanted, but postgraduate study can alter your path. Undergraduate degrees don't always lead to the career you wanted, but postgraduate study can alter your path. Here's some expert advice.
"08.10.2016 08:52:02" theguardian.com Is the internet killing our brains? The internet gives us access to endless information. What impact does this have on our memory and attention spans? The web gives us access to endless information. What impact does this have on our memory, and our attention spans?
"08.10.2016 06:05:00" Timeline Photos Secret Teacher: students aren't your friends, so please don't call them 'mate'
"06.10.2016 16:00:44" theguardian.com Cramped classes and staff cuts: school budgets pushed to breaking point For years politicians have promised a fairer funding formula but headteachers, already facing rising costs, are waiting in limbo – and they warn the situation is untenable "As a headteacher I found it incredibly painful to say to staff: I'm going to have to make many of you redundant"
"05.10.2016 15:31:40" Timeline Photos Which areas receive the least school funding?
Find out more on our special school funding series: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/oct/05/cramped-classes-and-staff-cuts-school-budgets-pushed-to-breaking-point
"05.10.2016 14:25:36" theguardian.com 'Would you say that word in a Chinese takeaway?': schools fight racism head-on As hate crime rises after the Brexit vote, primary schools are redoubling efforts to counter racist views – and research shows why it really matters Statistics show children whose families suffer racist abuse are likely to do less well at school. Pupils whose mothers experienced racism performed worse than others in spatial and non-verbal reasoning tests at age five
"05.10.2016 13:02:51" theguardian.com Why is the school funding system so unfair? – explainer Schools in some parts of the country receive thousands of pounds more per pupil than others – and pressure is mounting for politicians to fix this Schools in some parts of the country receive thousands of pounds more per pupil than others. Why is the system so unfair?
"05.10.2016 10:01:08" theguardian.com Cramped classes and staff cuts: school budgets pushed to breaking point For years politicians have promised a fairer funding formula but headteachers, already facing rising costs, are waiting in limbo – and they warn the situation is untenable For years politicians have promised a fairer funding formula but headteachers, already facing rising costs, are waiting in limbo – and they warn the situation is untenable
"04.10.2016 13:36:15" theguardian.com School with guns, knives and fire on the timetable – and Ofsted loves it Should schools be more willing to embrace danger to give students confidence? One headteacher explains why he thinks so 'Every school can take risks and engage in "dangerous" activities, in the same way that I have done so at my school for years. No one is stopping them'
"01.10.2016 08:31:08" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I love teaching, but I'm tired of feeling like a failure The unrelenting pressure of the job tipped me into depression. After almost 20 years, I've realised that it's just not worth it
"28.09.2016 17:00:02" theguardian.com 'I don't like this election': will millennials, the biggest generation, turn out to vote? Clinton and Trump need every vote they can get in the battleground of Nevada. But young people in Reno say they're not convinced by either one This election year, millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the largest living generation. There are almost as many eligible voters among the 18-to-35 set as there are among 52-to-70-year-olds. But the question is: will they turn out to vote?
"28.09.2016 14:31:15" theguardian.com 'It builds confidence and independence': the many benefits of making pupils into mentors From help with homework to tackling attendance, students are teaming up to support each other in peer mentoring schemes
"28.09.2016 09:46:36" theguardian.com Academic staff: we graduate teaching assistants need you to fight for us The plight of broke PhD students doing hours of unpaid work is scandalous. We need permanent staff and unions to acknowledge this, and help
"27.09.2016 11:01:03" theguardian.com Through fantasy, children face their fears and become braver Stories of the imagination are a great classroom tool, taking children to new worlds and teaching them to question their own Why every classroom needs some fantasy
"24.09.2016 08:44:55" theguardian.com Do our brains have extraordinary untapped powers? A rare condition in which brain damage has unlocked prodigious mental abilities in patients has prompted researchers to explore our hidden potential In rare cases, brain damage has unlocked prodigious mental abilities in patients. Now researchers are exploring the hidden potential in all of us
"24.09.2016 08:04:47" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: becoming an academy destroyed my school The government wants schools to join multi-academy trusts, but I've seen the dark side: a culture of fear, failure and back-stabbing. I won't work in one again
"23.09.2016 11:29:05" theguardian.com What makes a brilliant board of governors? Governing boards play a vital role in schools, so they must be empowered to ask challenging questions and offer support
"23.09.2016 09:36:45" theguardian.com The reward for good teaching? We can push learners deeper into debt The new Teaching Excellence Framework is based on crude metrics and is both methodologically and conceptually flawed
"22.09.2016 10:31:47" theguardian.com Five ways to create a happy form group A class works best when pupils understand one another and know how to cooperate. Here are some simple ways to build team spirit Teachers – how well does your form group know one another?
"21.09.2016 15:57:38" theguardian.com Teachers, your local university could the best resource you'll ever have From Tudor history workshops to DNA research, teachers are teaming up with academics to inspire young people
"21.09.2016 09:45:36" theguardian.com 50 Under 50 ranking: the best young universities in the world The latest list sees Asian and Australian institutions excel, as well as those with science and tech expertise
"20.09.2016 10:46:24" theguardian.com No desks but lots of enthusiasm: what it's like to teach in a refugee camp When two UK primary teachers volunteered to teach in a refugee camp in Greece, they had to start from scratch – with tarpaulin and a whiteboard
"17.09.2016 09:08:14" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I'm being punished for working part-time Juggling childcare with work is hard enough, but it's worse when unsupportive colleagues expect you to work 24/7
"16.09.2016 15:58:20" theguardian.com Is this the solution to the teacher workload crisis? No more than two extra hours of work a day – that's the recommendation of the new Fair Workload Charter, which launched today in Nottingham
"16.09.2016 10:36:07" theguardian.com 'I hadn't read a book before prison – now I'm starting my PhD' Homelessness. War. Poverty. Meet the students who overcame towering obstacles to get their master's degrees 'Once you've reached a point of no return, it's like pushing a boulder down a hill – it gathers momentum and won't stop.'
"16.09.2016 09:29:57" theguardian.com I failed my 11-plus – but I passed my PhD Rejection at the age of 11 is a bewildering blow that robs a child of opportunities. I have my mother to thank for my later academic success
"14.09.2016 13:32:23" theguardian.com Meditation made my students calmer, kinder and more focused They were wriggly at first, but now my pupils have the relaxation techniques they need to deal with stress
"14.09.2016 11:51:13" theguardian.com Freshers: is your fancy dress costume racist? There's a fine line between cultural exchange and racism – wearing sexy or 'ironic' versions of other people's national dress might not go down well From Guardian Students:
Where's the line drawn between cultural exchange and racism when it comes to your freshers fancy dress?
"13.09.2016 17:07:56" theguardian.com How a global adventure can refresh your school's thinking British pupils have been playing ukelele in Uganda and finding out why South Koreans are terrified of Donald Trump
"13.09.2016 16:04:00" theguardian.com Sexual harassment in schools: a guide for teachers Are you doing enough to challenge sexist comments? Are you making gender-based assumptions? Creating a safe classroom means asking tough questions
"10.09.2016 09:42:05" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I wish my colleagues would stop moaning I love this job and can't imagine doing anything else. But the culture of constant complaining has me hiding from other staff
"08.09.2016 14:19:03" theguardian.com Debate: should schools send pupils home for wearing the wrong uniform? Parents in Kent protested against a school's decision to send 50 children away for breaking the rules on clothing. Was the headteacher right? Parents in Kent protested against a school's decision to send 50 children away for breaking the rules on clothing. Was the headteacher right?
"07.09.2016 16:02:15" theguardian.com Five lessons young people can learn from the Paralympics Psychologists have identified traits that enable Paralympians to flourish. Here's how you can use them in your classroom Give your students a winning mindset...
"07.09.2016 11:31:06" theguardian.com Graduate tax: a short history of a long-lasting bad idea It's been lauded by the soft left for more than a decade, but a graduate tax has never materialised. That's because it doesn't work
"07.09.2016 08:54:34" theguardian.com How to use classroom conversation to improve learning Discussion is a powerful tool in helping students to understand new concepts, but it needs to be inclusive and structured Discussion is a powerful tool in helping students to understand new concepts, but it needs to be inclusive and structured
"06.09.2016 09:34:23" theguardian.com How Britain's old empire lives on in universities From racist 'banter' to Eurocentric degrees, higher education is haunted by Britain's colonial past. But what does it mean to students? From racist 'banter' to Eurocentric history degrees, higher education is haunted by Britain's colonial past. But what does it mean to students?
"06.09.2016 09:31:41" theguardian.com UK universities tumble in world rankings amid Brexit concerns Uncertainty over research funding and immigration rules blamed for decline, as Cambridge slips out of top three for first time "While the performance of many western European institutions – in France, Portugal, Germany and Italy – has declined, the most significant falls have been in the UK where universities have seen a real-terms cut to government funding for research."
"05.09.2016 19:16:24" theguardian.com Top 200 universities in the world 2016: the global trends As the latest QS world university rankings are released, we take an overview of the results – and it looks like money talks
"03.09.2016 09:56:11" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: schools are in crisis – parents, we need your help We're facing staff shortages, a funding crisis and painful redundancies, but the government just won't listen to us
"01.09.2016 15:51:34" theguardian.com Ask the experts: do multi-academy trusts really improve school results? The government says Mats are the most efficient way for schools to collaborate – but research suggests it isn't so clear cut The government says Mats are the most efficient way for schools to collaborate – but research suggests it isn't so clear cut
"31.08.2016 09:43:43" theguardian.com Great expectations: how to help your students fulfil their potential When you believe in your pupils, they will believe in themselves. Here's how to create a culture of positivity in your classes
"30.08.2016 13:53:03" theguardian.com 10 things to consider before renting for the first time Leaving the campus bubble to let your first home can be a scary prospect. Stay safe and secure by doing your research Moving out of halls? Here are 10 things to consider when renting your first place:
"27.08.2016 06:19:57" theguardian.com Secret supply teacher: we're used to trouble from students. If only we had support from staff We barely get a hello, and our instructions are woefully thin. Is it any wonder we struggle to deliver worthwhile lessons?
"25.08.2016 12:48:39" theguardian.com Could you pass a maths GCSE exam? Do you remember anything your maths teacher taught you? Have a go at our quiz with questions from last year's higher tier paper by the AQA exam board. Calculators may be used only from questions 1-6 How good is your maths? Try out our GCSE quiz to find out
"25.08.2016 10:54:54" theguardian.com Could you pass a French GCSE exam? – quiz How bon is your French vocab? Test your skills with these questions from real GCSE exam papers Is your French vocab super or affreux? Try our quiz and find out
"25.08.2016 10:28:27" theguardian.com GCSE results day 2016: UK students get their grades – live As pupils across the country found out their results, we bring you the latest reactions from schools, young people and experts As pupils across the country found out their results, we bring you the latest reactions from schools, young people and experts
"25.08.2016 09:25:05" theguardian.com Students are building apps with a social conscience Under-35s are leading the charge in the app market, accounting for over half of developers in the UK. But these pioneers aren't just out for themselves Under-35s are leading the charge in the app market, accounting for over half of developers in the UK. But these pioneers aren't just out for themselves
"22.08.2016 10:02:35" theguardian.com Clearing is a gamble for worried students – and I lost The system works well for some, but the panic of finding a place can lead to bad choices. I wish I'd thought it through New on the Student blog: The Clearing system works well for some, but the panic of finding a place can lead to bad choices. I wish I'd thought it through
"20.08.2016 08:32:17" theguardian.com Does music really help you concentrate? 'I won't be able to focus if you turn that off,' a gazillion teenagers have whined at their parents. Is it possible that they're right? 'I won't be able to focus if you turn that off,' a gazillion teenagers have whined at their parents. Is it possible that they're right?
"20.08.2016 07:48:33" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: why do people love to judge us so much? We have to defend our holidays, our working hours, our lessons – and we turn on each other too. Please, give us a break
"18.08.2016 10:44:55" theguardian.com Live Q&A: A-level results and Clearing If you missed the A-level results you needed for university, our experts are on hand to help out. Join them from 1–3pm on Thursday 18 August Didn't get the A-level results you need? Don't panic – you could still get into university yet.
Send us your Clearing and Adjustment queries and we'll put them to our panellists at 2pm:
"17.08.2016 16:03:21" theguardian.com Keep disappointed students away from Facebook on results day Students who miss their grades could feel even worse when they see lots of happy faces on social media. Here's how to help them stay positive "August brings exams results for students across the UK – and for most young people that means facing a social media landscape awash with celebration... But what about the ones who are disappointed with their grades?"
"16.08.2016 09:34:42" theguardian.com Can students still get their A-levels re-marked? A dramatic rise in the number of schools challenging GCSE, AS and A-level grades has resulted in a clampdown. So what now? The exam regulator, Ofqual, says too many schools have been asking for re-marks, so it has issued new guidance to exam boards on how to handle such requests. What does this mean for schools, pupils and parents?
"16.08.2016 09:18:59" theguardian.com Live Q&A: A-level results and Clearing If you missed the A-level results you needed for university, our experts are on hand to help out. Join them from 1–3pm on Thursday 18 August Any questions about Clearing? Put them to our experts for a Live Q&A on Thursday
"15.08.2016 11:31:02" theguardian.com Five go through Clearing – and come out smiling Missing out on your preferred university courses can seem like the end of the world but, as these five demonstrate, Clearing can quickly get you back on track 'My heart was so set on the University of Nottingham that when I got the email, all I could read was: “You have not been successful.”'
"13.08.2016 07:07:14" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: students need to know bad grades aren't the end of the world Pressure to hit targets means we can accidentally panic our students. They need to know disappointing grades aren't the end of the world
"12.08.2016 12:19:59" theguardian.com Student surveys are destroying my confidence I'm a new academic and I keep being told that my lectures are boring. Is this really the best way to develop as a teacher?
"10.08.2016 13:41:29" theguardian.com A school governor's guide to dealing with GCSE results When the final marks are in, the work is only just beginning for governing boards. Whether the news is good or bad, here's what you need to know When the final marks are in, the work is only just beginning for school governing boards. Whether the news is good or bad, here's what you need to
"10.08.2016 12:42:43" theguardian.com Struggling to write? Take some tips from Charles Darwin Charles Darwin's work is a masterclass in how to structure research and craft your arguments
"09.08.2016 14:47:29" theguardian.com Could you ace the 11-plus? – quiz This week's Secret Teacher argued too much pressure is being put on children to pass grammar school entrance exams. Can teachers and parents ace the test? Take our quiz to find out
"06.08.2016 09:18:02" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: people think teaching is easier in private schools. They're wrong Racism, bullying and expecting money to buy top marks – I've seen it all while training at an independent school
"05.08.2016 12:09:09" theguardian.com How can we combat the teacher shortage in deprived areas? I don't blame colleagues for leaving schools in areas hit hard by the recruitment crisis – we need to reward them for staying
"05.08.2016 09:22:41" theguardian.com A blind student's guide to choosing a university Can you get the bus to campus? Are electronic books available? Here are the main things to consider before you apply A blind student's guide to choosing a university
"05.08.2016 09:14:45" theguardian.com I'm a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer We should not have to parade ourselves on social media to please our employers or be considered enthusiastic Why should academics have to parade themselves on social media to please their employers? A PhD student speaks out
"03.08.2016 16:52:36" theguardian.com 'Losing my maintenance grant means £80,000 of debt. It's daunting' How will UK students cope now that living costs are no longer covered by grants? Guardian readers share their thoughts How will UK students cope now that living costs are no longer covered by grants? Guardian readers share their thoughts
"03.08.2016 13:24:12" theguardian.com Universities are tracking their students. Is it clever or creepy? Learning analytics is becoming an increasingly popular way of improving learning and cutting drop-out rates – but critics question the impact on privacy
"02.08.2016 10:47:43" theguardian.com Is fashion law as glamorous as it sounds? You could bag invites to catwalk shows, but it's not all botox and bolly. Being a successful fashion lawyer takes rigour and long hours You could bag invites to catwalk shows, but it's not all botox and bolly. Being a successful fashion lawyer takes rigour and long hours
"02.08.2016 10:00:21" theguardian.com Lights, camera, action, learning: how film club inspired my students It started with a projector and extra large sheet, now Anson Primary School uses film across the curriculum to bring lessons to life It started with a projector and extra large sheet, now Anson Primary School uses film across the curriculum to bring lessons to life
"01.08.2016 12:54:53" theguardian.com Are you a student affected by the loss of maintenance grants? Grants worth about £3,500 will be replaced with additional loans – we want to hear from you if you are affected by the change now in effect Are you a student affected by the loss of maintenance grants?
"31.07.2016 13:09:54" theguardian.com Meet Shitty: the internet's favourite self-deprecating watercolourist Illustrator Hector Janse van Rensberg – better known online as Shitty Watercolour – recalls the first time he put brush to paper From Guardian Students:
Meet Shitty: the internet's favourite self-deprecating watercolourist
"30.07.2016 09:35:40" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: parents, I wish I could tell you how brilliant your children are My pupils are kind, hilarious and inquisitive, but the reports I send home can only talk about narrow academic targets "When the time comes to write reports, I am only allowed to comment on academic work – and even this must be done through the prism of targets. I cannot discuss the things that make my pupils unique. So here are the things I wish I could have said to
"29.07.2016 14:21:56" theguardian.com Help! I'm a postgrad: how to combat the stress of doing a master's Deadlines are looming, you're broke, and student parties are a distant memory. Being a postgrad is tough at times, but you don't have to suffer in silence Deadlines are looming, you're broke and student parties are a distant memory. Being a postgrad is tough at times, but you don't have to suffer in
"29.07.2016 10:22:54" theguardian.com I'm afraid my crippling shyness will ruin my career Networking is the name of the game in academia, but I'm terrified of talking to people and find myself hiding away "Every now and then there will be a kind-hearted person who sees you standing on your own and invites you over to join them. These people are lovely, but they only make things worse. I can't help but wonder what they must think as they take pity on me."
"28.07.2016 09:16:17" theguardian.com Quiz: match the celebrities to their degrees Who's the comedian with a degree in electrical engineering, the supermodel with an MA in public health? Take our quiz on the academic secrets of the stars Who's the comedian with a degree in electrical engineering, the supermodel with an MA in public health? Take our quiz on the academic secrets of the stars
"27.07.2016 16:06:00" theguardian.com Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked It's not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by 'learning styles' – let's cut this nonsense from classrooms It's not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by 'learning styles' – let's cut this nonsense from classrooms
"27.07.2016 14:18:11" theguardian.com Victims of revenge porn turn to students for legal advice Law students at Queen Mary, University of London, combine their academic knowledge with social media savvy to help victims of angry ex-lovers Law students at Queen Mary, University of London, combine their academic knowledge with social media savvy to help victims of angry ex-lovers
"27.07.2016 14:17:29" theguardian.com 'I met Roger Federer!' – my first work placement in fashion Want to get a job in the fashion industry? These interns prove that running errands around the office is a good way to start From Guardian Careers:
Want to get a job in the fashion industry? These interns prove that running errands around the office is a good way to start
"27.07.2016 10:33:16" theguardian.com Joining a multi-academy trust? Ask these questions first Forging a partnership with other schools can help to share resources and save cash. But there are risks to consider The government wants more schools to join Mats – but there are risks to consider. What key questions should schools ask before taking this irreversible decision?
"25.07.2016 13:40:21" theguardian.com Victims of revenge porn turn to students for legal advice Law students at Queen Mary, University of London, combine their academic knowledge with social media savvy to help victims of angry ex-lovers Law students at Queen Mary, University of London, combine their academic knowledge with social media savvy to help victims of angry ex-lovers
"25.07.2016 09:52:23" theguardian.com Why I started an LGBT club at my all-girls school As a young LGBT student, I needed support and solidarity – so I set up a society with my friends to help others "We expected about 15 people to come to our first meeting – only a small number of students attend our school, after all. We certainly didn't expect the session to attract 50 students."
"23.07.2016 08:57:32" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: My pupils' creativity is being crushed by the punctuation police Children should be dreaming up quirky characters and gripping cliffhangers. Instead they are worrying about semi-colons and the passive voice When we read a brilliant story, do we exclaim: “I loved how Charles Dickens used that semi-colon to separate two independent clauses” or “I like Roald Dahl but I wish he had used the passive voice a little more often”?
"22.07.2016 09:21:56" theguardian.com No drink, no drugs: what's drawing young people to teetotal festivals? Most festivals depend on drinks company promotions. But some festival-goers prefer their music booze-free From Guardian Students:
No drink, no drugs: what's drawing young people to teetotal festivals?
"21.07.2016 10:25:12" theguardian.com Environmental studies: the schools being powered by nature Children learn better when the outdoors comes into the classroom – and the benefits extend beyond academic achievement Children learn better when the outdoors comes into the classroom – and the benefits extend beyond academic achievement
"20.07.2016 15:10:07" theguardian.com Is speed reading a waste of time? Lots of apps promise to accelerate the way you take in information, but researchers raise questions about how much is retained Lots of apps promise to accelerate the way you take in information, but researchers raise questions about how much is retained
"19.07.2016 13:32:37" theguardian.com Do you have what it takes to switch to law? Law requires a range of skills that may seem daunting to prospective students from other academic fields – but you may be better prepared than you think Law requires a range of skills that may seem daunting to prospective students from other academic fields – but you may be better prepared than you think
"17.07.2016 10:03:01" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: my school tried to stop me being openly gay Unlike other members of staff, I was urged not to discuss my home life with my students. How can we tackle homophobia when we refuse to be honest with young people? "I don't want my students to think I am ashamed of my sexuality."
"16.07.2016 08:09:03" theguardian.com Politicians, stop squabbling about education and agree a long-term plan Establishing a cross-party committee to set long-term education policy would provide the stability, vision and consistent leadership teachers are crying out for As a new Education Secretary takes up her post, why do we entrust education to the whim of the government of the day?
"15.07.2016 14:35:06" theguardian.com How to work for your festival ticket Too skint to watch Biffy Clyro? You may want to consider volunteering as a festival steward to avoid those eye-popping entry fees Guardian Students: Too skint to watch Biffy Clyro? You may want to consider volunteering as a festival steward to avoid those eye-popping entry fees
"14.07.2016 10:21:06" theguardian.com www.theguardian.com "New prime minister Theresa May was notoriously hostile to international students in her previous role as home secretary. She tightened visa requirements last year and made it more difficult for international students to work in the UK after graduating.
"13.07.2016 16:45:00" theguardian.com The teacher recruitment crisis: views from the frontline As a new report reveals the extent of the shortage facing the teaching profession, we ask our community about the impact it is having on their classrooms The teacher recruitment crisis - reports from the front line.
"13.07.2016 11:43:00" theguardian.com A quick guide to shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, for teachers Pregnant at 16 and without the magic five A*-C grade GCSEs, this MP – with a penchant for Star Wars – battled against the odds to get to Labour's front bench How much do you know about the new Shadow Education Secretary?
"13.07.2016 08:00:00" theguardian.com Acronyms, planning and resilience: 10 lessons I learned as a student teacher After a year conquering the School Direct PGCE, Sophie Devonshire has learned a thing or two about surviving teacher training NEW on the network: "Ten things I learned as a student teacher."
"12.07.2016 19:41:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: brilliant eccentrics are a dying breed in education They may not play by Ofsted's rules, but we should cherish maverick teachers – they can change students' lives From the Secret Teacher archive: are there fewer eccentrics in teaching than there used to be?
"12.07.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com 'I wish they would write more clearly': students speak out about marking Does green pen really make a difference? Pupils discuss whether schools' marking policies are bureaucratic nonsense or vital academic exercises How useful is your marking? A student's eye view.
"12.07.2016 12:45:51" theguardian.com What does Brexit mean for students? We answer your FAQs You've sent us lots of questions about the effect of Brexit on higher education in the UK and Europe. Here's what we've found out so far You've sent us lots of questions about the effect of Brexit on higher education in the UK and Europe. Here's what we've found out so far
"12.07.2016 12:08:05" theguardian.com Academisation, cuts and parents: school governance faces major change At a recent roundtable, our experts debated whether schools could survive without converting, fierce financial constraints tighten and whether parents pick up the pieces Even the changes have changed: our experts assess the latest challenges for governors.
"10.07.2016 13:00:00" theguardian.com Teachers, what is your school doing to prevent sexual violence? There's little data on how much sex education is delivered in schools. Tell us how common sexual bullying is among students and how you tackle it We want to hear about how your school tackles sexual violence and bullying – even if the answer is nothing.
"08.07.2016 13:06:58" theguardian.com 'I seasoned chips with sugar' – my first work placement as a cook You never really appreciate how much work goes into a restaurant meal until you've worked behind the scenes – as these students found out You never really appreciate how much work goes into a restaurant meal until you've worked behind the scenes – as these students found out
"05.07.2016 14:30:56" theguardian.com Got a 2:2? Don't panic, get some work experience After an intense year of hard work, I was distraught when I received my 2:2 grade. But I've since learned that grades aren't the way to land a good job After an intense year of hard work, I was distraught when I received my 2:2 grade. But I've since learned that grades aren't the only way to land a good job
"05.07.2016 13:56:33" theguardian.com www.theguardian.com As thousands of schools close on Tuesday due to industrial action, we hear from teachers who are taking a stand
"05.07.2016 10:37:32" theguardian.com Teachers, why are you striking? Thousands of schools are closed today due to industrial action, and we want to hear from teachers on what's prompted them to take a stand Thousands of schools are closed today due to industrial action, and we want to hear from teachers on what's prompted them to take a stand
"04.07.2016 11:03:48" theguardian.com Students' end-of-year artwork 2016 As part of our Students Express series, we asked you to share your end-of-year artwork. We have received hundreds of your paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures. Here are some of our favourites As part of our Students Express series, we asked you to share your end-of-year artwork. We have received hundreds of your paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures
"01.07.2016 10:48:40" theguardian.com Student surveys are a waste of everyone's time My students have to answer 25 questionnaires a year and they are sick of it. Here's a question: why are universities so obsessed with pointless data?
"01.07.2016 10:06:43" theguardian.com Can't focus? Maybe it's your body clock Your circadian rhythm could hold the key to staying sharp – here are six ways to understand when your brain works best 'Planet Earth's rotation – once every 24 hours – is deeply ingrained into human physiology...'
"30.06.2016 18:34:00" theguardian.com How could Michael Gove's education reforms inspire him as prime minister? As Gove launches his leadership campaign, we look at how his legacy as education secretary could inform his policies Latin classes for jobseekers and cabinet ministers who can recite poetry...
"30.06.2016 10:54:57" theguardian.com Brexit has sparked an identity crisis in UK universities Higher education policy, already in a period of change, may be shifting under our feet. Meanwhile do enough people know what we do and who we are? "Whatever we do now, we must redouble our efforts to communicate, explain and articulate how we can change lives for the better."
"29.06.2016 16:17:01" theguardian.com The great escape: five reasons to study abroad for a master's Worried about money? There's plenty of funding. Not a linguist? You don't need to be. Overseas study isn't as daunting as you might think Worried about money? There's plenty of funding. Not a linguist? You don't need to be. Overseas study isn't as daunting as you might think.
"29.06.2016 15:54:00" theguardian.com What are the best time-saving apps for teachers? A round up of the apps that could help you save time, their best features and glitches The best apps to help you save time.
"29.06.2016 11:52:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: why is getting a new job such a heinous crime? Just because I have resigned, doesn't mean I should be isolated from my colleagues and made to feel as though I've betrayed the school From our Secret Teacher archive. Is getting a new job such a heinous crime?
"29.06.2016 07:50:00" theguardian.com The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students How can we teach perseverance?
"28.06.2016 19:18:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: we have one of the best jobs in the world, so stop moaning All teachers need the odd whinge, but our workloads and mental health would improve greatly if we stopped mithering and focused on the highlights From the Secret Teacher archive: we have one of the best jobs in the world, so stop moaning.
"28.06.2016 16:02:37" theguardian.com Seven ways governors can get to know their school Board members can feel very removed from classroom life. Here's how to get a strong insight into your school using everything from Twitter to learning walks How can governors be sure they really know their school?
"28.06.2016 07:10:22" theguardian.com How can universities prepare for a post-Brexit world? No one knows how leaving the EU will affect higher education - but rather than panicking, we should be proactive and positive
"26.06.2016 12:15:00" theguardian.com On the frontline of integration: how Swedish schools are helping refugees Educators are trialling a range of initiatives to ensure newly arrived children do not fall through the gaps and all schools bear the pressure equally Bussing and quota systems are both being used to help the Swedish education support and integrate refugee children.
"26.06.2016 10:23:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: restraining pupils is humiliating – for everyone Physical restraint is degrading and ineffective: the techniques are inept, and guidance on when to use them is ambiguous "There are many times in your working life when you say you didn't come into teaching to do that; for me, holding down a teenage boy until he relaxes tops the lot."
"25.06.2016 12:00:01" theguardian.com Teacher's guide to sleep – and why it matters On average, teachers get just six hours' sleep a night. Neurologist Judy Willis explains why this is detrimental and offers her tips on how to nod off with ease Just in case you needed an excuse for a lie in tomorrow...
"25.06.2016 06:54:22" theguardian.com 'I don't like where the UK is going' – students share their feelings about Brexit Young people – especially students – overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union. So how do they feel now that the country has opted to leave? "I am an EU student so I could not vote this week... People who I do not know, and who do not know me, just decided my future."
"24.06.2016 16:05:00" theguardian.com Do teachers in private schools really work fewer hours for more money? Recent research shows that private school teachers are working longer hours for little extra pay. So how does this compare with the state sector? Is it true that teachers in private schools work fewer hours for more money than their state school colleagues?
"24.06.2016 13:20:00" theguardian.com The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains Neurologist Judy Willis explores what kinds of homework help students at different stages of development and just how long out-of-hours work should take What does science have to say about homework?
"24.06.2016 09:18:00" theguardian.com School governors vs academy trustees: what's the difference? When a school converts to become an academy, the structure, responsibility and remit of governing body alters. Here are five key changes Here are some of the key changes for governing bodies when a school converts to an academy.
"23.06.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com Goodbye Lennie and George – I, for one, will miss Of Mice and Men As the last GCSE cohort studying Steinbeck's novel starts exams, let's remember how it gave students a real chance to engage with literature As 'Of Mice and Men' takes an enforced break from the GCSE curriculum, one teacher bids it a fond farewell.
"23.06.2016 11:05:00" theguardian.com 10 proven ways teachers can improve their sleep Beware of cold feet, embrace the darkness and ditch the laptop – here's what science says about how to get a restful night's sleep Ten proven techniques to help sleep deprived teachers nod off.
"23.06.2016 10:40:00" theguardian.com Alone and unsupported: why student carers need more help Juggling university deadlines and caring for unwell family members is not an easy task – and too many students are doing it without help Juggling university deadlines and caring for family members is not an easy task – and too many students are doing it alone.
"23.06.2016 08:00:00" theguardian.com Dear Nicky Morgan, I'd like to return to teaching – you just need to fix a few things first Glossy adverts and 'golden hellos' won't solve the teacher recruitment crisis – you need to end the toxic culture in schools Is a toxic atmosphere in schools to blame for the current recruitment crisis? http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/feb/14/dear-nicky-morgan-return-to-teaching-fix-things-first
"22.06.2016 20:16:00" theguardian.com Dear NQT, teaching isn't easy but here's how to enjoy the adventure Teaching at its best can be rewarding and exciting, but what can you do to get through more difficult times during your first year? Are you starting as an NQT in September? Here are some tips for enjoying the adventure. http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/mar/13/dear-nqt-teaching-isnt-easy-but-heres-how-to-enjoy-the-adventure
"22.06.2016 19:10:00" theguardian.com 'Joining a multi-academy trust is like marriage without divorce' We ask headteachers with experience of converting from schools to academies what the process was like 'Joining a multi-academy trust is like marriage without divorce'
"22.06.2016 16:30:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: parents, your 'treats' ruined our school trip I can't imagine many parents at home would load up their child with gadgets and sweets to take to bed. So why do it to us?More from the Secret Teacher Don't miss this week's Secret Teacher on the school trip that was ruined by parents not sticking to the rules. http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/jun/18/secret-teacher-parents-your-treats-ruined-our-school-trip
"22.06.2016 15:37:28" theguardian.com Eight ways school governors can prepare for an Ofsted inspection From getting the website in order to reading previous reports, researcher John Davies shares his tips for making sure you are inspection-ready NEW - How can school governors prepare for an Ofsted inspection?
"22.06.2016 13:50:16" theguardian.com Eight ways teachers can reduce their marking mountain Recent reports reveal many traditional, time-intensive marking methods aren't effective. Here are some simple ways teachers can change their approach Are you facing a marking mountain this evening? Check out these tips for lightening the load.
"21.06.2016 11:43:17" theguardian.com Education Guardian Students end of year art-work 2016 – your entries so far
"20.06.2016 18:05:00" theguardian.com How to teach ... body image Students face a world full of unhealthy images and pressure about how they look. Here's how you can help them cope Barbie's transformation is a step in the right direction in helping young people deal with unrealistic body image pressures.
"18.06.2016 09:18:19" theguardian.com How physical exercise makes your brain work better Research shows different activities have quite specific mental effects – here's how moving your body could sharpen your ideas For all those who are revising: don't forget about exercising. Different physical activities boost different parts of the brain
"15.06.2016 15:37:31" theguardian.com Independence, empowerment and the environment: school trips are more than jollies School trips are a unique chance to educate students about green issues while teaching a host of curriculum subjects and life skills “It's quite easy in a classroom to see a picture and write an essay about it, but until you see it face to face it is very hard to understand what that actually means for someone's life and how it affects them.”
"15.06.2016 10:54:41" theguardian.com Eddie Izzard: "I may look confusing, but I have a clear message" He's on a mission to enlist students in the campaign for Europe. Is Eddie Izzard the champion Remainers need to beat Brexit? Eddie Izzard on the EU: 'I may look confusing, but I have a clear message'
"14.06.2016 10:01:14" theguardian.com A blogger's guide to festival food on a budget Festival food is generally good nowadays – but it doesn't come cheap. Food blogger Niamh Shields gives her advice on alternative outdoor eating Students! Cooking at a festival on a budget sounds like work, but it's entirely worthwhile and can be much more fun than queuing for an overpriced falafel
"13.06.2016 11:42:15" theguardian.com 'Look at her hair' – I wish albinism didn't make people stare Most students have no idea how tough university life can be if you have albinism. International Awareness Day gives us the chance to tell our story and shift attitudes "Recently, while walking to the library, a fellow student loudly shouted 'look at her hair!' as I passed by. When you have albinism – like me – university can be a challenge,"...
"12.06.2016 15:00:00" theguardian.com The science of resilience: how to teach students to persevere Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students Perseverance, dogged determination, tenacity – call it what you will, #teaching resilience is essential. Here's how to make a start
"12.06.2016 12:00:00" Timeline Photos Warn your team early and make the messaging consistent – tips for #school leaders on how to handle redundancies
"12.06.2016 09:00:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: Schools have come a long way since I was a gay pupil Watching a shy boy talk to my class about LGBT rights was a far cry from my struggle for acceptance as a teenager “I was overwhelmed with pride and pleasure at his courage in being himself and his bravery in being open about his sexual orientation in front of his peers.”
"10.06.2016 11:48:45" ucu.org.uk Next wave of strikes announced in UCU's pay row with universities Eight UK universities will be hit with strike action in the next eight days as UCU escalates its industrial action in a row with universities over pay. With further waves of lecturer strikes due to take place next week and beyond, we want to hear from students what they think about the action. How sympathetic are you with your university's staff? How much do you mind missing contact hours?
Let us know
"08.06.2016 09:58:37" theguardian.com Scientists aren't superheroes – failure is a valid result The media has an appetite for clear-cut findings, but sometimes all we can offer is ambiguity and more questions "The goal is not the elimination of errors, but a system with better feedback, so that dubious claims can be disputed and discussed at the point of publication, not years later when the findings have been used in news articles, TED talks, radio features
"08.06.2016 09:38:30" theguardian.com Seven scientific ways to beat the onset of panic in an exam Read the question twice without holding your pen and stick to the plan – these psychology-inspired tips will help your students keep their cool The thought of the exam hall. The noise of the invigilator walking up and down. The deafening sound of the clock ticking. For some students, the pressure and stress of exams can be suffocating.
What are the best strategies for students who are prone to
"06.06.2016 12:17:40" theguardian.com Art students: send us your end-of-year artwork In our Students Express series you have the chance to exhibit work and share ideas with readers. Whatever your medium, we want to see the culmination of your creative endeavours this academic year: whether you prefer to paint, draw, photograph, sculpt - or maybe something more unusual that we haven't thought of.
"06.06.2016 09:56:40" theguardian.com Aspiring lawyers: your most common questions answered Our expert constantly meets groups of law students and hears their concerns: it's clear many of them are desperate for more information, he says After meeting groups of law students from around the country, an associate and mentor to aspiring lawyers answers some of the questions they asked him most frequently
"05.06.2016 07:00:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I protect and nurture my staff like a doting parent I want teachers to know that people in senior leadership teams are not all bad. Sometimes we hate ourselves for the position we feel forced intoMore from the Secret Teacher 'I'm the head of a primary school with supportive staff who work hard, and expect me to do the same. In many ways, I find that my staff are like my children. When things get tough, as the parent, I try to make sure the senior leadership team (SLT) takes
"04.06.2016 09:02:02" theguardian.com If you can't imagine things, how can you learn? We know some people can't conjure up mental images. But we're only beginning to understand the impact this “aphantasia” might have on their education For most of us, visual imagery is essential for memory, daydreaming and imagination.
But some people find it impossible to conjure up visual images – and their inability to do so may affect their ability to learn and their educational performance
"03.06.2016 09:31:14" theguardian.com I've been dumped by the job I love My university made me redundant in the kindest possible way, but I'm heartbroken. Now I have to reinvent myself yet again "You weren't fired – you definitely weren't fired – you were made redundant. You aren't unemployed now because you were bad at your job, but because of cutbacks. That's supposed to be the good news."
"02.06.2016 11:12:05" theguardian.com How to make your part-time master's worthwhile If you're thinking of studying a part-time postgrad degree, read this first If you're thinking of studying a part-time postgrad degree, read this first
"01.06.2016 12:15:01" theguardian.com 'Joining a multi-academy trust is like marriage without divorce' We ask headteachers with experience of converting from schools to academies what the process was like 'We were already supporting another school quite significantly and, to an extent, we were forced to form a multi-academy trust (MAT) because that school was close to being closed or taken over by others.'
"01.06.2016 10:41:33" theguardian.com Student politics has a fight on its hands. We will only win by working together Votes to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students are a gift to a government that is destroying universities "Every vote to disaffiliate from the NUS is a gift to the government. Every vote to strengthen it is a signal of our determination to defend our education,"...
"31.05.2016 19:06:48" theguardian.com Teachers, tell us about your experiences of online abuse Half of teachers have been targeted by pupils or their parents online – what can be done about the problem? Teachers, have you experienced online abuse by pupils or parents? Take part in our anonymous survey - and tell us what support you think should be given to school staff who find they are being targeted online
"31.05.2016 17:40:34" theguardian.com London university scraps 400 jobs and two campuses Lecturers' union says cuts at London Met are devastating and accuses management of investing in buildings rather than teaching
"30.05.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com Live Q&A: building confidence and resilience while at university Staying confident at uni can be tricky. Join our experts from 12-2pm Tuesday 31 May to get advice on making decisions and building resilience Wish you were more confident? Better at making decisions? Or that you had a clearer sense of what you're good at? Join our Q&A tomorrow to get tips from our experts
"30.05.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com Live Q&A: building confidence and resilience while at university Staying confident at uni can be tricky. Join our experts from 12-2pm Tuesday 31 May to get advice on making decisions and building resilience Wish you were more confident? Better at making decisions? Or that you had a clearer sense of what you're good at? Join our Q&A tomorrow to get tips from our experts
"28.05.2016 11:30:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I was treated like a naughty pupil for not wearing a tie An insignificant choice of workwear led to diktats and thinly veiled threats. Schools might teach liberty but they don't practise it Was I not the same “outstanding” teacher without a tie that I was two weeks ago when I was wearing one? It seemed preposterous that a piece of fabric dangling from my neck could matter so much. But the head finally told me, in no uncertain terms, that a
"27.05.2016 09:47:27" theguardian.com How charity work breaks down the town v gown divide For students moving to a new city, setting up a charity or volunteering can help them feel involved in the community beyond university – and locals benefit too A town versus gown divide persists in many university towns, but students are volunteering and setting up charities to minimise the disparity.
What could you do in your home away from home?
"26.05.2016 09:45:23" theguardian.com Students! Your lecturers are on strike because they are struggling to survive I know you want feedback on your essay, but I'm underpaid, sleep-deprived and wondering how I'll pay my rent "Having spent between four and 10 hours preparing lectures and seminars, and then replying to students' emails, you are paid £35 (five months later). You have to keep reminding your employer that you are owed money. Your travel expenses can be sky high,
"25.05.2016 10:04:56" theguardian.com 'I hurtled downhill on the sheep's back' – student stories of farmwork Frrom lambing in the Lake District to working with cows on a beef farm in Herefordshire, two students share their stories of working with animals "The farmer sent me to feed some sheep on a hill. It was the first time I'd been allowed off on my own to do a task and I didn't think anything could go too wrong. The sheep were really greedy though and surrounded me. Before I knew it one had run through
"24.05.2016 10:20:03" theguardian.com Applying to university: what the savvy sixth former is asking As the Guardian publishes its 2017 university guide, our experts answer those vital questions on unconditional offers, entrance exams and how to pick a course 'I'm worried about the removal of the cap on places – are there enough facilities? I'm also worried about uni entrance exams.'
"23.05.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: we must end the spiral of negativity in teaching The self-pitying blogs and political rants that pervade teaching might be cathartic, but they don't help our wellbeing. We need to be more constructive 'You know what? I like the new primary maths curriculum. Yes, it's harder, but you can't raise standards without having higher expectations.'
"23.05.2016 14:18:01" theguardian.com Recruitment lessons: how Japan and Australia attract teachers into rural schools The National Teaching Service faces an uphill battle to get brilliant educators into unattractive schools – but other countries have made it work When we talk of rural schools in the UK, we refer to coastal or remote schools, two or three-hour's drive from the nearest city. In Australia, that is more likely to be a three-hour flight. How does the government convince their teachers to move into the
"23.05.2016 10:25:54" Timeline Photos The Guardian University 2017 is out – find your perfect degree course
"23.05.2016 10:03:20" theguardian.com University league table: Loughborough races into top five Cambridge holds on to top spot for sixth consecutive year, followed by Oxford and St Andrews The Guardian University Guide 2017 is out today. Find out where your university ranked
"22.05.2016 09:15:01" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: we must end the spiral of negativity in teaching The self-pitying blogs and political rants that pervade teaching might be cathartic, but they don't help our wellbeing. We need to be more constructive "No politician takes on educational reform with the sole purpose of eroding a workforce or destroying self-esteem. The danger is that we teachers feed off the media and get so caught up in the outcry that we fail to maintain a sensible – or even
"19.05.2016 15:26:05" theguardian.com Extreme distance learning: a look at home-schooling in the wild From biology lessons in Montana to jungle classrooms in Papua New Guinea, we meet parents who teach their children in remote locations 'It has certainly made our relationships stronger.'
"19.05.2016 12:03:56" theguardian.com Student festival startups: 'too much fun to feel like work' Less peace and love, more supply and demand: young entrepreneurs sacrifice sleep and socialising for their companies – but they don't really mind For most of us, festivals are the ideal places to relax after exams. But for others, festival season is a window of opportunity.
We find out what it takes to run a festival startup
"19.05.2016 08:43:31" theguardian.com Think academic publishers are greedy? Do your research Academics bemoan the cost of journals but, argues a publisher, the industry funds innovation and development in myriad ways
"18.05.2016 12:31:33" theguardian.com Not feeling confident? Here are six ways to fake it From adjusting your body language, to dressing in a way that makes you feel good, here's our guide to projecting the best version of yourself Got a job interview, presentation or tricky exam coming up?
"17.05.2016 14:00:10" theguardian.com Why Sadiq Khan should bring down travel costs for London students Keeping transport costs low was one of his flagship policies during the London mayoral election campaign, but this might not be enough for struggling students – they deserve a proper discount Travel is a big expense for many students, particularly for those living in London. Here's what we think the new mayor could do to help those studying in the capital
"16.05.2016 16:05:21" theguardian.com No straight people allowed: students share views on LGBT-only halls To tackle homophobia and transphobia at university, some students are calling for separate accommodation. But is it a good idea? Should UK universities introduce LGBT-only halls?
"16.05.2016 12:05:00" theguardian.com How to teach … the EU referendum With the remain and Brexit campaigns facing their last push, it's never been more timely to learn about Europe and Britain's place in it In the grand ranking of topics that excite pupils, the EU referendum is probably not in the top spot. Yet the debate is everywhere. And the ramifications of the vote on Thursday 23 June 2016 will be felt by future generations. So how can you make the
"16.05.2016 10:13:03" theguardian.com Could freelance be the future for lawyers? The high-pressured life of a desk-bound solicitor can be leave you burnt out and stale. Why not swap the office for a cafe and go freelance? Freelancing in a coffee shop probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a law career – but times are changing
"15.05.2016 10:35:00" Timeline Photos Secret Teacher: Dear Nicky, I cried at the SATs hell you put my pupils through
This week I have watched children cry; I have seen eager anticipation fade into confusion then embarrassment and finally shame. I looked on as children put their heads on
"14.05.2016 11:33:00" theguardian.com How to help your students manage their mental health during exam time YoungMinds activist Alice Victor discusses the pressure she felt during exam season and how teachers can support young people through the stress It's obviously important that your students respect you and that you maintain a professional relationship. However, when talking about stress and mental health, it helps to remember that we're all human.
"13.05.2016 10:14:47" theguardian.com Universities must do more to protect PhD students working in dangerous countries The murder of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni should be a wake-up call – universities can't ignore their responsibility for safety of those in the field
"13.05.2016 09:39:04" theguardian.com About to graduate? Here's how to avoid career panic If you're a student in your final year, it can be hard to make the next step and find the job you want. Here's our guide As you finish exams and prepare to leave university, it can feel like you're facing one of the most important decisions of your life: what to do next. But don't worry if you don't have a plan – some of the best careers are decided off the cuff.
"12.05.2016 12:15:00" theguardian.com Six ways students can prepare for success on the day of an exam When you've worked so hard revising, don't leave the last few hours before entering the examination hall to chance. Here's how to make sure you're ready Focusing on taking a few deep breaths can act as a prompt to slow you down. Physiologically, this helps to lower your heart-rate and reduce tension. By slowing down or pausing for a moment, you allow yourself time to fully assess the situation, come up
"12.05.2016 09:49:09" theguardian.com Sats week: teachers' reactions day-by-day Children in tears, parental protests and tough exam papers. Tell us about how your Sats week is shaping up Share your verdicts on today's paper and check out teachers' reaction to the week so far.
"12.05.2016 09:29:23" theguardian.com Are computers killing off craft? Not a chance Today's art students are ready to embrace both traditional and digital approaches: universities must inspire them to breathe new life into old forms
"11.05.2016 09:28:59" theguardian.com Balancing act: we need engineers in research, not just in industry The problem of the UK's engineering shortage is well known, but the answer could lie in guiding more brilliant minds towards academia
"11.05.2016 09:18:57" theguardian.com How do I decide what type of lawyer I want to be? For budding solicitors, picking a specialism is a major career decision. Here's how to make an informed choice You're unlikely to have free rein when it comes to choosing a practice area, but you can maximise your control through extensive research, gaining work experience and making targeted applications based on your preferences
"10.05.2016 11:06:26" theguardian.com Why are politicians ignoring universities' concerns about reform? MPs and vice-chancellors used to communicate openly about policy changes – but silence has descended
"10.05.2016 09:16:57" theguardian.com Testicular cancer put an end to my carefree student days I had hoped the final days as a student would be spent relaxing with friends. But now I'm having conversations about sperm banks and losing all my hair "I had hoped the final days as a student would be spent relaxing with friends. But now I'm having conversations about sperm banks and losing all my hair,"...
"09.05.2016 16:08:47" theguardian.com Sats week: teachers' reactions day-by-day Children in tears, parental protests and tough exam papers. Tell us about how your Sats week is shaping up Teachers – tell us how you are finding #SATsweek. Here's your verdict on day one ...
"09.05.2016 11:26:02" theguardian.com I built a musical fort for my PhD Studying composition can be a solitary business, but my interactive soundscapes bring people together http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/may/09/i-built-a-musical-fort-for-my-phd
"08.05.2016 15:00:00" theguardian.com Dear NQT, teaching isn't easy but here's how to enjoy the adventure Teaching at its best can be rewarding and exciting, but what can you do to get through more difficult times during your first year? Heading into your #NQT year soon? Here's what you need to know.
"08.05.2016 12:00:00" Timeline Photos Goodbye Lennie and George – I, for one, will miss Of Mice and Men
As the last GCSE cohort studying Steinbeck's novel starts exams, let's remember how it gave students a real chance to engage with
"08.05.2016 09:00:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: please show more respect for early years education If I had a pound for every time someone said I am basically a babysitter, I could retire soon. But I am a highly trained teaching professional, and should be treated like one We're not glorified babysitters, and we work just as hard as everyone else. Secret #teacher calls for more respect for early years professionals
"07.05.2016 08:13:08" theguardian.com The way you're revising may let you down in exams – and here's why Most people practise the wrong tasks, reveals a psychologist. Take your head out of those textbooks for a few minutes and read his advice 'As a psychologist who studies learning and memory, I know quite a few scientifically informed revision tips.
'Here are some crucial pieces of advice for anyone studying for an exam or trying to learn something new.'
"06.05.2016 11:35:28" theguardian.com Five ways students can boost their confidence at uni From creating the social life that's right for you, to sharing your problems with professionals and peers – here's how to stay on top of things at university Student life can give your confidence a kicking – whether you're up against seemingly impossible deadlines, stressing about how you'll pay your rent or paralysed by existential angst about what you're going to do with your life. But there are lots of
"06.05.2016 09:28:29" theguardian.com What does a Russian literature expert look like? Not me, apparently People keep asking me if I'm a scholar of postcolonial studies; I'm not, but I am Asian. And I'm tired of handling unhelpful assumptions
"05.05.2016 10:55:45" theguardian.com Boris, Tatchell, Greer: were they actually no-platformed? Leading figures have reacted with fury to students' reluctance to have them speak on campus. But were they really banned by the NUS? Leading figures have reacted with fury to students' reluctance to have them speak on campus. But were they really banned by the NUS, if at all?
"05.05.2016 09:33:51" theguardian.com Facing the future: how can university boards stay ahead of the game? Decision-making in universities today involves predicting a rapidly changing future. Current board members share their tips for success
"04.05.2016 18:00:01" theguardian.com Without parent governors, schools face an uphill battle to engage families School boards already struggle to involve mums and dads meaningfully in their work – plans to scrap their place at the table will weaken this further The government announcement that schools will no longer need to keep two spaces for elected parent governors has serious implications for parental engagement beyond just governance.
"04.05.2016 16:00:37" theguardian.com How can outdoor learning boost pupil development and wellbeing? Live chat As exams and fair weather approach, join us on Wednesday 4 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for advice and debate about making the most of outdoor education Don't miss tonight's live chat about #outdoorlearning! We kick off in 30mins and our experts will be on hand for two hours to answer all your questions!
"04.05.2016 12:04:00" theguardian.com 'People suffer so much' – my first work placement on a hospital ward Two students reveal how they felt during their work experiences in a hospital – from first day nerves, to what it felt like to help patients You can never understand a person until you try and appreciate what they're going through.
"04.05.2016 09:14:33" theguardian.com It must be love: what makes university partnerships tick? Research shows that collaborations between higher education institutions are less about fact and more about fancy
"03.05.2016 10:26:02" theguardian.com www.theguardian.com "One of the major achievements of the 20th century was to give women choices. One of the major challenges of the 21st century will be to indemnify them against the costs of those choices."
"03.05.2016 09:56:30" theguardian.com Meet the next generation of women engineers The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers of all countries in Europe. What's stopping women getting into the sector? What needs to be done to encourage more women like these into engineering?
"02.05.2016 12:00:00" theguardian.com How can outdoor learning boost pupil development and wellbeing? Live chat As exams and fair weather approach, join us on Wednesday 4 May from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for advice and debate about making the most of outdoor education Comments are already open on our #outdoorlearning live chat. Join us on Wednesday or post your qs now
"01.05.2016 15:00:00" theguardian.com How can outdoor learning boost pupil development and wellbeing? Live chat As exams and fair weather approach, join us on Wednesday 4 May from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for advice and debate about making the most of outdoor education Has the long weekend inspired you to harness the charm of the great outdoors in your #classroom? Help is at hand!
"01.05.2016 12:00:00" Timeline Photos Sometimes, the best way to get the most out of the #classroom is to leave it
"01.05.2016 09:00:00" Timeline Photos “Verbal and even physical attacks on staff have become more commonplace; the safeguarding of our extremely vulnerable pupils has become more difficult; and fixed-term exclusions (usually between one and three days) are now depressingly
"30.04.2016 08:23:24" theguardian.com The key to learning a new skill? Wanting it badly enough Learning is all about motivation. When we really want to learn something, we generally succeed, even when the going gets tough Motivation isn't the only thing you need when learning a new skill – there are plenty of other factors at play – but without it, you're going nowhere fast...
"29.04.2016 10:39:23" theguardian.com Managing an anxiety disorder in academia is a full-time job The thought of speaking at conferences fills me with panic and the lack of job security is a constant worry, but there are ways to cope
"29.04.2016 09:58:37" theguardian.com 'I must have my teddy': what do students need to feel at home? The idea of home can be complicated when you move away from where you grew up. Students tell us how they settled into their student halls Accidentally referring to uni as “home” in the presence of Mum and Dad can be the first sign that you have settled in.
"28.04.2016 11:20:19" theguardian.com How much student debt did you graduate with? Share your experiences How much student debt did you graduate with? Was it worth it? And do you feel like you can pay it back? Share your experiences with us Students in England leave university with more debt than anywhere else in the English-speaking world, according to a report by the Sutton Trust.
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"28.04.2016 08:45:30" theguardian.com Has the way universities teach economics changed enough? Universities came under attack for failing to predict the 2008 financial crisis, and students demanded change. Have economics departments risen to the challenge?
"27.04.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com Reluctant writers? 10 top tips to help primary pupils write poetry Choose one theme and act out a scene – children's poet Kate Williams shares her techniques for helping young students discover their inner Wordsworth If poetry is proving quite the slog,
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"27.04.2016 11:25:13" theguardian.com How to juggle a full-time job and a part-time PhD My PhD and my business career are not connected and they are both demanding. But I've found there are benefits to my double life
"27.04.2016 09:33:01" theguardian.com University innocence projects: where are they now? Only one conviction has ever been overturned on the strength of a university innocence project's work in the UK – what's going on? And what's next for these projects? Only one conviction has ever been overturned on the strength of a university innocence project's work in the UK. What's going on?
"26.04.2016 17:21:17" theguardian.com Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked It's not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by 'learning styles' – let's cut this nonsense from classrooms Learning styles, the left and right brain... There's lots of neuromyths #teachers can put to bed
"25.04.2016 16:40:00" theguardian.com How to teach ... dance Get toes tapping in the classroom and celebrate International Dance Day with our lessons plans and ideas Bust a groove with your students using our lesson plans.
"25.04.2016 14:18:41" theguardian.com Researching Cuban independence has taught me what matters in life I love my PhD, not because it will further my academic career, but because it has brought me close to extraordinary people and taught me about myself 'I have found passion in people trying to decipher and preserve the remains of their past, not even considering those that we take for granted such as getting a proper salary, being able to demonstrate academic impact, or paying attention to how many
"25.04.2016 09:43:54" theguardian.com Meet the students crowdfunding their tuition Desperate to get through uni without amassing a mountain of debt, students are turning to online backers. Does this actually work? Scholarships and bursaries are few and far between – so many postgraduate students are turning to crowdfunding to cover the costs of their degrees.
But how effective is it in reality?
"24.04.2016 15:00:00" theguardian.com The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Psychology shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don'ts Missed our psychology inspired #revision tips? Perhaps you were too busy highlighting…
"24.04.2016 11:50:00" theguardian.com Workload is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to low morale in teaching After surveying 1,400 teachers about wellbeing in the profession, teacher and author Emma Kell discovered bullying and a lack of recognition are also huge problems #teacher Emma Kell shares her research findings with us today – and discovers there more to low morale in #teaching than just workload.
"24.04.2016 09:00:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: nepotism is rife in schools and it does students no favours A school is not a place where you ensure your friends can pay their mortgages. Teachers should get jobs based on merit, not how well they know the head School isn't the place where you ensure your friends can pay their mortgage.
This week's Secret Teacher takes on nepotism
"22.04.2016 10:41:43" theguardian.com My secret life as a student Nightline volunteer Being a faceless voice for 12 hours at a time can be hard and thankless work. But making people feel safe is the most rewarding job of all Being a faceless voice for 12 hours at a time can be hard and thankless work. But making people feel safe is the most rewarding job of all
"22.04.2016 10:10:16" theguardian.com Working as a casual? Zip your lip and do as you're told We have no job security, no prestige and no option but to be obliging, or face the prospect of unemployment 'I beg for work from semester to semester, and constantly have to watch my words, actions and body language to avoid a career-ending slip-up. I'm not allowed to get angry, question decisions, or argue back. If I want to keep being teacher, I have to keep
"21.04.2016 17:21:51" theguardian.com The secret recipe for high-performing schools? Listen to teachers Proactive headteachers with strong inter-personal skills are the key to delivering results at a time of upheaval – and it starts with looking after staff wellbeing 'Those heads who manage by “command and control” or bullying damage teachers' health, morale – and performance.'
"21.04.2016 10:43:08" theguardian.com Employers and universities already work together - we shouldn't put that at risk I welcome the government's focus on apprenticeships, but we should not overlook the already effective model of employer-sponsored degrees "There is a danger that, by creating yet another range of qualifications, we will fail to build on what already exists and may even weaken some of the best bits of our current professional education provision."
"20.04.2016 16:53:51" theguardian.com Students vote to sabotage plans to rate teaching in universities We will boycott the National Student Survey unless the government drops its plan for a Teaching Excellence Framework, say delegates at NUS conference We will boycott the National Student Survey unless the government drops its plan for a Teaching Excellence Framework, say delegates at NUS conference
"20.04.2016 11:06:50" theguardian.com Why women's workspaces are a feminist issue A visitor told me it was unprofessional to pin up family photos at work, so I started researching how women feel about their office spaces
"20.04.2016 09:14:12" theguardian.com Exam fiascos: what's the worst that could happen? With exam season looming, we ask students to tell us about their test hall disasters – and experts for advice on how to cope with them From a clogged ear to a spontaneous case of mumps and feeling sick with caffeine-induced shakes, students share their exam horror stories.
What are yours? Share them in the comments section
"19.04.2016 18:15:00" theguardian.com Support vs challenge: how school leaders can strike the right balance The best school leaders don't just protect their teams from the pressures of teaching – they empower them. Here's how to blend accountability with assistance How can you balance pushing your teams without over-facing them? Essential advice for #school leaders.
"19.04.2016 17:00:01" theguardian.com The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Neuroscience shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don'ts Yes, that's right: step away from the highlighter.
We look at what psychology research says about what works and what doesn't when it comes to #revision techniques.
"19.04.2016 09:23:14" theguardian.com How to find books in authoritarian states: head for dark, dusty corners Censorship and intimidation can make life hard for academic researchers. You need to know where to look for hidden truths "On several occasions I have asked about a controversial book and been guided to a secret room – walls adorned with the faces of African nationalists, Arab Marxists, and European existentialists – which is only accessible to those who ask."
"19.04.2016 09:22:38" theguardian.com Student bands: how to secure a spot on a festival line-up Do you dream of playing at a big music festival like Latitude? With perseverance, schmoozing and a whole load of Jiffy bags, you could make it happen For student bands still playing around their university town or at the local student union, a gig at a Glastonbury, T in the Park or Download might seem an unachievable goal. Yet many young up-and-coming bands grace festival stages every year.
"18.04.2016 19:22:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I wish ministers would tell the truth about school funding The government is misleading the public into thinking it is protecting schools' funding. Our budgets have been decimated – and students will suffer "Just as junior doctors are being asked to believe they are actually getting a pay rise, so the government is misleading the public into thinking it is looking after schools."
"18.04.2016 18:17:00" theguardian.com How to help your students manage their mental health during exam time YoungMinds activist Alice Victor discusses the pressure she felt during exam season and how teachers can support young people through the stress #Exam season is in full swing. Are your pupils feeling the pressure? We talk to a student to ask how #teachers can help
"18.04.2016 16:00:00" theguardian.com How to teach... Shakespeare This week marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. From making quills to baking Tudor treats, we explore how to bring the bard to life in your classroom To be or not to be; to thine own self be true; Once more unto the breach dear friends.
Shakespeare gave us a world of literary brilliance – here's how to #teach it.
"18.04.2016 09:40:12" theguardian.com How to choose a master's that will put cash in your pocket There are many good reasons to embark on postgraduate study – but if your pay packet is your first concern, you need to pick wisely There are many benefits to studying a postgrad degree – like the opportunity to study something you love. But a master's is expensive.
So let's take a look at whether a postgrad degree will benefit you financially in the long run
"18.04.2016 09:18:45" theguardian.com It's time to stand up to greedy academic publishers The UK's higher education institutions spend more than £180m on journal subscriptions every year. We need to come together and create a better system
"17.04.2016 16:26:30" theguardian.com Support vs challenge: how school leaders can strike the right balance The best school leaders don't just protect their teams from the pressures of teaching – they empower them. Here's how to blend accountability with assistance The best school leaders don't protect their teams – they empower them. Here's how
"17.04.2016 09:00:00" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I wish ministers would tell the truth about school funding The government is misleading the public into thinking it is protecting schools' funding. Our budgets have been decimated – and students will suffer “The government is misleading the public into thinking it is looking after schools.” Secret Teacher questions the government's narrative around “protecting” school funding
"15.04.2016 09:32:11" theguardian.com How should we cope with sexism? That's the wrong question We should be thinking about why senior academic staff think nothing of making crass advances or indulging in blokey banter – and we need to take action "Why does a public figure of authority and reference – a professor and the organiser of an event for dozens of young scientists – feel like he can make overt advances towards the participants? And why did I questione the victim about her actions, but let
"15.04.2016 08:53:56" theguardian.com Phone line secrets of a student caller It sounds like the most routine job: fundraising on the phone. But it opens up a whole world of skills and friendships – and the pay's good "Before I started, people said, 'I'd find it weird calling people I didn't know', or 'I wouldn't want people to be rude to me over the phone'. Being a student caller will be awkward, they told me. They couldn't have been more wrong."
"14.04.2016 16:09:56" theguardian.com I don't feel guilty about teaching in a private school – all pupils face challenges Teacher Natalie Bennett reflects on her move from state to private education, how she has reclaimed her life and does what she always wanted to – teach "Initially, I felt guilty for leaving my state school pupils, who don't have access to all these wonderful facilities and opportunities. Didn't they need me more? The resounding fact is, it doesn't matter where these children are from, they all have
"14.04.2016 09:40:33" theguardian.com Wield your student vote: have your say on mayors, regions and the EU Explainer With less than a week to register to vote in May, here's what students need to know about the forthcoming elections and referendum Did you know there's less than a week left to register to vote in the upcoming elections on 5 May?
Here's the lowdown on exactly what's happening in UK politics over the coming months, and what young people need to know to have their say
"14.04.2016 09:30:17" theguardian.com A league of their own: India ranks its universities for the first time The government hopes new league tables will boost the prestige of higher education in the country, but students and academics are not convinced
"13.04.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com Seven festival pitfalls and how to avoid them You've bought your wellies and bagged your tickets, but are your prepared for these common problems that often befall even the most seasoned festival-goers? Summer festival season is upon us – and you don't want to be the person who gets sunstroke on the first day and spends the rest of the weekend in a dark tent.
Check out the first piece in a brand new series on Guardian Students, Festival Ready, helping
"13.04.2016 10:42:41" theguardian.com Seven festival pitfalls and how to avoid them You've bought your wellies and bagged your tickets, but are your prepared for these common problems that often befall even the most seasoned festival-goers? One weekend at a festival can amount to a year's worth of fun. Maybe the mistakes and rookie errors are all part of the experience.
But if you want to avoid at least some common pitfalls, Guardian Students has got them covered
"13.04.2016 09:28:29" theguardian.com How to help autistic students succeed at university Campus life can be particularly challenging for those with autism, but there are simple steps academics can take to reduce anxiety and confusion "When meeting an autistic student, identify their strengths and think about how these can contribute to their studies. Attention to detail, for example, can be a great asset when managing time and resources in a group project."
"12.04.2016 17:04:00" theguardian.com How to teach ... flowers From counting petals to developing deployable structures, nature's blooms can help teachers explore a variety of topics in the classroom There are some bloomin' brilliant #lesson ideas in this for you, #teachers.
"11.04.2016 09:38:46" theguardian.com Studying Roman law: Juno it's more useful than you'd think It might sound like it has little relevance to law students in 21st century Britain, but Roman law is valuable to your future studies and career Don't dismiss studying Roman law as elitist or a waste of time – this overlooks the advantages it can offer to law students, both during and after their degree
"10.04.2016 14:00:44" theguardian.com How teaching assistants can make a real difference in the classroom There's no shortage of research into TAs' impact on students. But what bits should schools act on? A group of academics set to find out Teaching assistants make a real difference in the classroom – but only when used properly. Here the evidence-based practice into how to use their skills most effectively
"10.04.2016 10:00:00" theguardian.com 404 | Guardian News & Media © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Registered in England and Wales. No. 908396. Registered office: PO Box 68164, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1P 2AP Is a life without levels really all it's cracked up to be? It's a resounding “no” from this week's Secret #teacher.
"10.04.2016 00:00:00" theguardian.com 404 | Guardian News & Media © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Registered in England and Wales. No. 908396. Registered office: PO Box 68164, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1P 2AP “I think I'm gay.” How would you respond to a student coming out to you? Here's a guide to what not to say
"09.04.2016 08:22:56" theguardian.com Does working as a group actually help us learn? You can't escape having to work with others these days – everyone accords high value to “teamwork skills”. But is collaboration really better than going it alone? Everyone has to do "teamwork" in some way these days – but does collaboration benefit our learning? Or is a camel just a horse designed by committee?
"08.04.2016 09:42:34" theguardian.com Why I don't tell uni friends about my single-sex education Single-sex schools seem archaic to the outside world – and their graduates can feel stigmatised on arrival at university. Is this fair? “You're from a girls school? Wow!” he responded when I mentioned my sixth-form education. “So did you all sleep around? Or did you sleep with each other?”
This wouldn't be the only moment of crassness I would face in my first term at university as a
"07.04.2016 09:36:17" theguardian.com How to stay positive and manage anxiety during exam season Many people get stressed before exams, but there are ways to increase your confidence and minimise your nerves How can students manage anxiety and stress during exam time – and still get the grades they need?
"06.04.2016 18:30:00" theguardian.com How to spot if you or colleagues are stressed: tell-tale signs for teachers Mental health problems are on the rise in teaching. But what early stress warning signs should you look out for in yourself and others? Our anonymous blogger shares their insights With all the talk of #teacher stress recently, it's worth checking out the tell-tale signs that you or a colleague might be starting to struggle.
"06.04.2016 17:15:54" theguardian.com School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books Libraries are suffering at the hands of budget, curriculum and digital demands. But we must not underestimate this vital resource Tech, funding pressures and curriculum pressures are creating a perfect storm for the future of #school libraries. Here's blogger Andrew Bradley's rallying cry to save them.
"06.04.2016 14:18:01" theguardian.com Doing a PhD is as tough as training for a marathon - and I'm doing both I used to wake up full of doubts about being a student again, but running has taught me to pace myself and stay focused "Do I still sometimes think, 'Why am I doing this?' Absolutely!"
"06.04.2016 09:45:02" theguardian.com A private school background is no longer a golden ticket to a law career Law firms and chambers have woken up to the need for a diverse workforce and are taking concrete steps to encourage students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply "While the profession could arguably be doing more, it is working hard to make access fairer. There are a number of opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented ethnic groups to help them get a foot in the door."
"05.04.2016 18:00:00" theguardian.com Inside the schools with edible playgrounds Schools are discovering that getting students to grow their own greens has benefits beyond healthy eating and unusual learning opportunities Have you ever known a child be excited about eating a brussell sprout? How about chard? No? Then you have never visited Rockmount primary school in Croydon.
"05.04.2016 09:26:47" theguardian.com Student mental health: if you can't see a counsellor, consider options University counselling services are struggling to cope with huge demand. So what alternatives are there for students looking for support? University counselling services are struggling to cope with huge demand. So what alternatives are there for students looking for support?
"04.04.2016 19:00:00" theguardian.com 'I wish they would write more clearly': students speak out about marking Does green pen really make a difference? Pupils discuss whether schools' marking policies are bureaucratic nonsense or vital academic exercises Green pen is friendlier, but all the time to'ing and fro'ing over feedback isn't that helpful.
We ask students what they think about all the marking bureacracy in #teaching.
"04.04.2016 17:00:56" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I refuse to let the negativity in teaching bring me down There's no doubt teaching faces huge problems. But we won't be able to change anything unless we start shouting about how great the profession is "If you really don't enjoy your job, then leave. But please don't drag us all down with you."
This week's Secret Teacher on how they try to escape all the negativity in the profession.
"04.04.2016 09:56:07" theguardian.com Meet the students turning a profit out of a lifestyle niggle Does something annoy you about your daily life? University is the perfect time to build a business to rectify this – whether you're a fitness fanatic, a tech addict or a fashionista Students across the UK are using university as an opportunity to set up societies, clubs and even businesses based around little annoyances they encounter in their daily lives
"31.03.2016 14:14:32" theguardian.com Funding cuts will strip London schools of their social mobility success My students have access to enrichment activities, decent class sizes and resources – all this is at risk under funding formula changes "The success of London schools has proved, if nothing else, that if we fund education at the right level, we will get results."
"31.03.2016 09:45:13" theguardian.com Agriculture is UK's fastest growing subject – and a smart career choice Students are flocking to study agriculture – and the student farmer of the year says he’s not surprised "There’s nothing better than an early morning crop walk to cure a hangover."
You may have thought a degree in agriculture is solely designed for farmers. But it's actually extremely diverse
"30.03.2016 09:53:33" theguardian.com I wasn't prepared for the culture shock of being an international student I thought student life in the UK would be much the same as in the Netherlands. But small things began to catch me off balance... I thought student life in the UK would be much the same as in the Netherlands. But then small things began to catch me off balance...
"29.03.2016 10:17:41" theguardian.com A student guide to campaigning for refugees From setting up English classes on campus to teaming up with local organisations, here’s how you can help A student guide to campaigning for refugees.
"24.03.2016 18:48:19" theguardian.com Teacher training is like a TV survival show – and we all need a Bear Grylls The right school and mentor can make or break you as a student teacher in a dark jungle of unruly pupils, pedagogy and paperwork "Now that I’ve just passed the halfway stage of my PGCE training, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on what I’ve learned so far – which is infinitely more than my 150 or so students (sorry kids)."
"23.03.2016 13:30:00" theguardian.com Charity challenge for speedy students: how to ace jailbreak Students across the UK sign up each year to travel as far away from university as possible on a shoestring budget – all for charity. Here’s how to do it well How can students get as far away from university for as little money as possible?
"23.03.2016 12:57:39" theguardian.com Follow the leaders: the best social media accounts for academics Irreverent, funny and informative – higher education does the internet really well. Here are our favourite blogs and Twitter accounts
"23.03.2016 11:19:30" theguardian.com Fur-free coats and wood heels: study a master's in sustainable fashion The shift is towards more ethical and sustainable practices in the manufacturing process, and a number of postgraduate courses are setting the trend “Every industry has to be pushed; the fashion industry is no different,” said designer Stella McCartney in a documentary on the clothing business, The True Cost.
Could a master's in sustainable fashion be for you?
"22.03.2016 14:33:30" theguardian.com Charity challenge for speedy students: how to ace jailbreak Students across the UK sign up each year to travel as far away from university as possible on a shoestring budget – all for charity. Here’s how to do it well What is jailbreak? And do you have what it takes to get involved? Students share their tips for succeeding in the ultimate charity challenge
"22.03.2016 14:22:35" theguardian.com Want to be the next Tim Berners-Lee? Consider a data science master's The new MSCs in data science are tapping into the current information explosion. After all, big data is of little use without skilled people to make use of it Want to be the next Tim Berners-Lee? Consider a data science master's
"22.03.2016 10:15:31" theguardian.com Charity challenge for speedy students: how to ace jailbreak Students across the UK sign up each year to travel as far away from university as possible on a shoestring budget – all for charity. Here’s how to do it well The rules of jailbreak are simple; you have 36 hours to travel as far from your university as you can, without spending any of your own money. It’s not an excuse for a holiday, though – it’s all for charity. Here's how to do it well.
"22.03.2016 07:40:01" Timeline Photos 60-hour weeks and unrealistic targets: teachers' working lives uncovered
The Guardian’s survey of teachers provides a snapshot into the realities of teaching – from career ambitions to mental health
"22.03.2016 07:35:01" Timeline Photos Schools are relying on inexperienced staff and supply teachers, survey reveals
Seven in 10 teachers believe the recruitment crisis is affecting pupil results and attainment, according to Guardian research
"21.03.2016 12:20:00" theguardian.com Eight things to do when you make a mistake We all get it wrong sometimes – and students are no exception – but being less than perfect can help you to get to where you want to be We all get it wrong sometimes – and students are no exception – but being less than perfect can help you to get to where you want to be
"19.03.2016 09:57:45" theguardian.com Brain training: should you believe the hype? Do the puzzles, say the purveyors of pricey brain training apps, and you’ll boost memory and concentration. Researchers have put their claims to the test It would be great if brain training could be used as a quick fix to help boost our cognitive abilities, particularly in the run-up to exams.
But what does the scientific research actually have to say about whether these games are effective or not?
"19.03.2016 08:46:08" Timeline Photos Secret Teacher: our obsession with targets is hurting vulnerable pupils
"I became a teacher because I wanted to help students who struggle to cope. But constant box-ticking means I’m making little
"18.03.2016 10:55:22" theguardian.com Student law societies are much more than fancy balls and networking By getting involved in a student law society, you could end up receiving national recognition for your good work If you take up a position on the executive committee of a law society, or even go for a more minor role, you could receive praise on a national scale for your work.
Last night, the student law society awards honoured students who have taken their
"17.03.2016 14:48:57" theguardian.com I’m 16 and overloaded – longer school hours would just burn us out | Orli Vogt-Vincent George Osborne’s budget should have considered the issues that really matter – teacher workload, constant assessment and pupils’ wellbeing "Adding mental and physical exhaustion to the list of ailments affecting today’s stress-infused teenagers is a terrible breach of Osborne’s power."
"17.03.2016 14:05:50" theguardian.com Guardian University Awards 2016: how you saw it Canapes, selfies, champagne - and a Chaser. Here’s what you loved most about the evening
"17.03.2016 11:22:29" Timeline Photos Too many women give up teaching after having children. So what can be done to allow a mother and teacher to co-exist?
"17.03.2016 10:20:34" theguardian.com Go and work abroad – it could have career benefits you never imagined Taking the leap can be daunting, but you’ll face challenges and pick up skills that will turn you into a desirable employee Work abroad. Taking the leap can be daunting, but you’ll face challenges and pick up skills that will turn you into a desirable employee...
"16.03.2016 12:37:43" Looking for teachers and heads who work at academy schools to share their experiences. Email us: email@example.com #academies
"16.03.2016 10:01:25" theguardian.com Students with unusual names: 'at least no one forgets us' Meet Fragile, Xanthe and Yu Rong. Sometimes they get annoyed with spelling or explaining their names, but they always have something to talk about Meet Fragile, Xanthe and Yu Rong. Sometimes they get annoyed with spelling or explaining their names, but they always have something to talk about...
"16.03.2016 07:06:00" Timeline Photos Books about white, middle class men send the wrong message to students
"15.03.2016 11:01:36" theguardian.com Why do people mock us geography students? I love studying geography, but people constantly make fun of me. It’s not all about colouring in, you know "I’m tired of everyone giving geography students like me a hard time. For years I’ve experienced jibes, sarcastic comments and mockery for the fact I like geography, but I didn’t think it would carry on at university.
"My friends and I have heard all the
"15.03.2016 10:50:15" theguardian.com How to teach ... volunteering and community action Lesson ideas to make social action a central feature of school life How to teach ... volunteering and community action
Tips for teachers who want to make social action a central feature of school life
"15.03.2016 09:47:02" theguardian.com The joy of invented languages, from Nadsat to Newspeak There are almost as many people who speak Klingon as Welsh. But what drives people to construct new languages and what are they really saying? http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/mar/15/invented-languages-nadsat-newspeak-klingon-elvish-dwarvish
"14.03.2016 10:54:01" theguardian.com Set up a society at school - you'll learn about leadership You may face apathy from other students or objections from teachers, as I did. But as you overcome the hurdles, you develop crucial skills "Being a sixth-former today is all about being impressive. Gone are the days when a good work ethic and passion were enough to put you on a fast track to getting a job. The focus now is on Ucas points and good attendance.
Students are led to believe
"13.03.2016 11:53:16" theguardian.com Dear NQT, teaching isn't easy but here's how to enjoy the adventure Teaching at its best can be rewarding and exciting, but what can you do to get through more difficult times during your first year? "Teaching at its best can be rewarding and exciting, but what can you do to get through more difficult times during your first year?"
"12.03.2016 10:28:43" Timeline Photos Secret Teacher: Your child is our lowest priority unless they're exam-age
We’ll pay attention when they’re writing GCSEs or A-levels but until then we can barely tell them apart at parents’
"11.03.2016 10:22:11" theguardian.com How might a Brexit affect students' law degrees? If Britain votes to leave the EU in June, it could mean significant changes to the content of law courses taught at UK universities A Brexit could be the most exciting and transformative legal event to the contents of the law, and the academic debate surrounding it, for a generation. So how might it affect law students?
"10.03.2016 19:29:20" theguardian.com Fomo, stress and sleeplessness: are smartphones bad for students? Phones can have nasty side effects, but there are ways to minimise their impact on students "A recent study found that students aged 19-24 spend around 95 minutes each day texting, 49 minutes emailing, and 39 minutes on Facebook"
"10.03.2016 10:50:39" theguardian.com In or out? Students use condoms to contemplate Brexit On campuses around the UK, campaigners are doing all they can to make the Europe referendum relevant to fellow students “Would you like a free condom?” asks Tom Harwood, 19, a fresher at Durham University, to students rushing to and from the university library between lectures. On the packets are two different slogans – “the safer choice” and “it’s riskier to stay in”. The
"10.03.2016 10:21:30" theguardian.com It’s rocket science: schools sow seeds for national space experiment The UK Space Agency has teamed up with schools to explore which crops could exist in space, providing a sustainable food source for astronauts Teachers: find out how your class could take part in a national experiment studying the effects of space on plant growth plants.
"10.03.2016 09:24:53" theguardian.com Student protests: are young people too sensitive these days? Safe spaces and no-platform policies have come in for media ridicule. But a more nuanced debate is taking place on university campuses
"09.03.2016 12:05:54" theguardian.com Why I'm glad my parents sent me to a state school Apparently I’m disadvantaged by my lack of soft skills, but I’ve learned many things – they’re just not valued as much as they should be Why I'm glad my parents sent me to a state school
"08.03.2016 10:09:08" theguardian.com Live Q&A: how far have we come on gender equality in HE? Join our live chat on international women’s day, Tuesday 8 March, to discuss how well the sector is tackling disparities in pay and progression Happy international women's day! Join us from 12pm to 2pm today
"08.03.2016 07:05:01" Timeline Photos Fomo, stress and sleeplessness: are smartphones bad for students?
Phones can have nasty side effects, but there are ways to minimise their impact on
"07.03.2016 14:53:02" theguardian.com The scientist's dilemma: can you be a parent, a partner, a friend #AndAScientist? The Royal Society’s new campaign highlights the importance of life outside the laboratory Real stories about making work-life balance work in academia
"06.03.2016 08:05:01" Timeline Photos Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives
The inspectorate has been widely criticised for demoralising teachers and stagnating school improvement. Is it time to ditch the watchdog? What else might
"05.03.2016 07:05:01" Timeline Photos Secret Teacher: my IVF has failed – pupils are the only children I have
"After each failed egg fertilizsation, egg retrieval and now egg transfer, the following day I am confronted by my infertility as 30 cheerful children troop through my classroom
"04.03.2016 12:19:38" theguardian.com Remind me, Mr Cameron: what am I trying to 'Prevent'? Anti-terrorism laws are making reluctant Big Brothers of us all, but radical thought is a cornerstone of learning Is the Prevent strategy turning us all into Big Brother?
"04.03.2016 12:04:28" theguardian.com Meet the student running an online magazine with a difference Frustrated by the messages of self-hatred peddled to young women by the mainstream media, Camilla Ackley took things into her own hands As part of a series on young people who want to make things better for themselves and everyone else, Guardian Students spoke to Camilla Ackley, the editor of online magazine Into The Fold
"03.03.2016 10:42:20" theguardian.com South Africa's student protests have lessons for all universities The uprising has specific roots in apartheid and colonialism. But issues of race, identity, fees and unemployment are provoking unrest across the world What can we learn from South Africa when it comes to unrest in universities?
"03.03.2016 09:55:44" theguardian.com Six things students can do to boost their mental health University mental health day is the perfect time to take stock of how you’re feeling, the things that stress you out and the activities that lift your mood Today is university mental health day. Here are some simple things students can do to give themselves and others a boost
"02.03.2016 10:47:58" theguardian.com Wish you were more confident at uni? Six myths are stopping you You don’t have to be a party-loving Instagram star. Facing up to life’s challenges will give you the self-esteem you need to succeed Confidence: everyone wants it. It’s what gets people jobs, relationships and friendships, right? Here are six myths that may be holding you back...
"02.03.2016 09:38:55" theguardian.com Can you spot a good teacher from their characteristics? Professor Rob Klassen explores the latest research into what traits effective teachers have and how this could inform recruitment "Teaching is often portrayed as something that’s too magical and cryptic to decode. But research has shown that some teachers are routinely more successful than others – and science can predict who is likely to be the most effective."
"01.03.2016 19:29:00" theguardian.com Five myths about teaching in international schools It isn’t one long holiday, but the work-life balance could tip in your favour. Headteacher Dan Roberts debunks the misconceptions about working abroad If Wilshaw's talk of golden handcuffs and #teachers flocking abroad has got you thinking about #teaching in international schools, check out Dan Roberts's myth-busting blog.
"01.03.2016 18:13:31" theguardian.com How to promote good mental health among teachers and students in your school Discuss mental illness regularly, incorporate more exercise and encourage honest dialogue, suggests the government’s mental health champion for schools "Most of us wait for mental illness symptoms to arise before giving the health of our minds any consideration."
Natasha Devon, the government's mental health champion for young people, shares her equivalent of a wellbeing five-a-day – simple steps
"01.03.2016 10:21:38" theguardian.com In their own words: students share their views on smart drugs ‘I felt amazing, really buzzing and ready to work. I was superhuman. Then I crashed and got crazy...’ “When I took it, I felt amazing for the first couple of days, really buzzing and ready to work. I felt like I could study for 10 hours and then go to the gym. I was superhuman,” she says. “I ended up taking more of it until I crashed and got crazy and
"29.02.2016 18:00:58" theguardian.com Dear Wilshaw, your golden handcuffs won't work – and here's why Instead of forcing teachers to stay in the UK, the Ofsted chief should focus on making teaching here more attractive Instead of forcing teachers to stay in the UK, the Ofsted chief should focus on making teaching here more attractive
"29.02.2016 15:39:44" theguardian.com How to teach ... the Himalayas From how mountains are formed to discussions about the ‘fatal attraction’ of Everest, our lesson resources will help you scale new heights with your students Teachers: how to explore the Himalayas in your classroom
"29.02.2016 11:00:51" theguardian.com 'Self-harming is behind me, but it blights many students' lives' Students are turning to private online communities and peer-led societies to help them break the cycle of self-harm When it comes to self-harm, students are turning to private online communities and peer-led societies for help...
"29.02.2016 10:08:00" theguardian.com Unrelenting pressure and 12 hour days: headteacher recruitment is in crisis too High-stakes Ofsted inspections, unrealistic targets and a flood of teachers leaving the profession has left schools unable to recruit leaders "It has become an impossible job which is really tragic as it is a great job.”
High-stakes Ofsted inspections, unrealistic targets and a flood of teachers leaving the profession has left schools unable to recruit leaders
"26.02.2016 10:17:13" theguardian.com First trans student to run for women's officer stands up to backlash Anna Lee, who calls herself a ‘queer trans disabled lesbian woman’, says online trolling and personal abuse highlight the importance of her campaign The first trans student to run for women's officer has stood up to backlash. Anna Lee, who calls herself a ‘queer trans disabled lesbian woman’, says online trolling and personal abuse highlight the importance of her campaign
"25.02.2016 10:32:42" theguardian.com We're about to assess teaching in universities – let's learn from other sectors There are well-established regimes for rating schools and healthcare providers. Those that work best are stable, detailed and easy to compare What can universities learn form Ofsted and other assessment regimes?
"24.02.2016 13:58:51" theguardian.com Vote for higher education's most inspiring leader It’s your chance vote for higher education’s most inspiring leader – choose from the five shortlisted candidates, selected by our expert judging panel The Guardian Higher Education Network is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the 2016 Inspiring Leader award
"24.02.2016 10:33:51" theguardian.com Caught between two cultures, I'm a not-quite-international student I’m a bit more British than my international student friends, but I’m still quite foreign to students who grew up in the UK “It wasn’t until my third year that I realised that some British families still have a roast every Sunday. I thought it was a quaint, forgotten custom, but it turned out some people still took it totally seriously,”...
"24.02.2016 07:00:00" theguardian.com 404 | Guardian News & Media © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Registered in England and Wales. No. 908396. Registered office: PO Box 68164, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1P 2AP "It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms"
"23.02.2016 18:08:10" theguardian.com Is year 9 the worst school year for students and teachers? Teacher Lucy Ivison discovered that being head of year 9 is seen as a poisoned chalice. When she investigated why, pupils described a time of harrowing change "I decided to ask students in years 11, 12 and 13 what year of school they found they toughest. Year 9 came out top by a country mile."
"23.02.2016 11:57:31" theguardian.com Stop chucking food away - you need to plan your eating better Students waste nearly 800g of food a week, according to research – follow these tips to waste less food without letting your diet suffer Students waste nearly 800g of food a week, according to research – follow these tips to waste less food without letting your diet suffer
"23.02.2016 10:26:21" theguardian.com I won't stop offering a platform to so-called 'hate speakers' David Cameron has named and shamed Kingston University for our choice of guests, but it’s our job to protect freedom of speech "By the end of the talk, ideas had been shared and challenged. I think it highly unlikely that anyone was radicalised. Instead, students learned that those with different opinions to them are thoughtful and willing to listen. This is surely a good way to
"22.02.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com How teachers can use social media to boost their CPD – live chat Join us on Wednesday 24 February 5.30pm to 7.30pm for expert advice on making the most of Twitter and Facebook for your professional development Join us on Wednesday 24 February 5.30pm to 7.30pm for expert advice on making the most of Twitter and Facebook for your professional development
"22.02.2016 17:00:02" theguardian.com Secret Teacher: I see Ofsted for what it is – a purposeless farce I love my job and don’t want to waste energy resenting aspects of it, so my new approach to inspections is: don’t panic and never ask for feedback "I love my job and I don’t want to waste energy resenting certain aspects of what it has become. I know at times this will be easier said than done, but to continue doing what I do best, I need to make sure I keep what is lacking in the current climate –
"22.02.2016 12:35:47" theguardian.com 'I was locked in the cellar for two hours': your work experience disasters From standing up with flies undone to tweeting about colleagues – if you’re on work experience, don’t do what these students did “On my second day I was thrust into a large exhibition room filled with people, including the managing director of the company. I had to give a speech to introduce myself and I was nervous. When it was over I was pleased that it had gone well, until I
"20.02.2016 18:30:00" theguardian.com Making it up as you go along: how your brain freestyles When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow What happens in our brains when we're improvising and being creative?
"20.02.2016 09:39:19" theguardian.com It's our job to help students, whether they're self-harming or dealing drugs Young people in universities face a wide variety of issues, but campus security is always standing by to step in during a crisis The next instalment from the Secret Campus Security Guard
"20.02.2016 09:15:23" theguardian.com Making it up as you go along: how your brain freestyles When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow Few people can freestyle like Kendrick Lamar and Notorious BIG, or improvise like jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.
What is going on in the brain during these acts of creative genius? TED-talker and professor Charles Limb explains
"19.02.2016 10:11:59" theguardian.com I've finally admitted that I'm a dyslexic academic – and I'm terrified After 23 years of managing in private, I’ve just told HR that I have dyslexia. But it’s what happens next that’s worrying me "A voice in your head is shouting 'idiot' but you don’t believe in giving up in the face of adversity, so this goes on for another hour. The stress is causing the text to move and float around."
"18.02.2016 14:07:29" theguardian.com The do's and don'ts of setting up a student society If you want to spend your evenings dressing up as Jon Snow but your uni doesn’t have a Game of Thrones society, here’s how to set one up If you want to spend your evenings dressing up as Jon Snow but your uni doesn’t have a Game of Thrones society, here’s how to set one up...
"18.02.2016 12:42:30" theguardian.com How can the UK overcome a national skills shortage? Think local Universities must join forces with employers in their regions to produce graduates who meet the changing needs of industry "Does the UK’s chronic skills shortage mean we are fated to become an also-ran in the global economic race? Three recent reports suggest this is a worryingly real prospect."
"17.02.2016 09:50:51" theguardian.com Students are so in this season: the young people behind London Fashion Week Student interns, fashion bloggers and photographers are the unsung heroes of fashion week. Here they reveal the highs and lows of prepping for the big event “For me, fashion is a beautiful creative exchange of ideas that allows us to develop and grow." Meet the students at London Fashion Week...
"17.02.2016 07:00:01" Timeline Photos Teachers, looking for some new ways to use tablets in your lessons?
From tuning into worldwide radio to experimenting with augmented reality, here are 20 ways to make the most of classroom
"16.02.2016 12:48:29" theguardian.com ‘We respect Islam and gay people’ … The gay teacher transforming a Muslim school Primary teacher Andrew Moffat left his job after a backlash over his sexuality. Now he’s bringing his message of equality to a 99% Muslim primary in Birmingham After Mr Moffat had to leave his school because he was gay he picked himself up and started again, determined to make LGBT equality a reality in a staunchly Muslim community
"16.02.2016 10:32:39" theguardian.com Students must be ready to fight for freedom of information at unis Don’t let the government make unis exempt from FOI, says a student journalist who has just used the act to reveal how men’s pay outstrips women’s "Students must vociferously defend the Freedom of Information Act if they care about their universities being more representative, more aware of how they spend their money, and, ultimately, more accountable to those they educate,"...
"16.02.2016 06:00:00" theguardian.com Teachers, share your thoughts and experiences of the Prevent agenda Last summer schools were tasked with spotting students who are vulnerable to radicalisation. We want to hear how teachers are coping with the guidelines Since July last year, schools have been given a legal duty to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism. We want to hear how teachers are coping with the guidelines - all responses will be kept anonymous
"15.02.2016 15:05:46" theguardian.com The Tab is squeezing out old-school student media The tabloid’s romp to success has left traditional student media struggling to keep up The Tab is squeezing out old-school student media
"14.02.2016 15:30:00" theguardian.com 404 | Guardian News & Media © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Registered in England and Wales. No. 908396. Registered office: PO Box 68164, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1P 2AP This week's Secret #Teacher recounts the awful moments when parents have totally undermined their authority.
"We're on the same side," they write.
Share your thoughts and experiences with us here: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/feb
"14.02.2016 12:00:02" Timeline Photos "I miss my classroom – my quiet, productive, creative classroom. And I miss the children. It sounds like they – and you – might be missing me too."
Former #teacher Lucy Mycroft Smith writes an open letter to Nicky Morgan explaining what it would tak
"14.02.2016 10:00:01" Timeline Photos Happy Valentine's Day! How will all the #teachers be "marking" the occasion?
Check out our new illustration: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/picture/2016/feb/14/teachers-celebrate-valentines-day-gift-mark-the-occasion
"13.02.2016 10:00:01" Timeline Photos "Parents, however you feel about us and our work, nothing good can come from undermining us in front of your children."
This week's Secret #teacher on the need for parents to help teachers by all singing from the same song sheet: http://www.theguard
"12.02.2016 10:18:38" theguardian.com 'The class dived on top of me': my first work placement as a teacher Two students reveal how they felt during their first work experiences in a classroom – from first day nerves, to what the pupils were like "The children were all friendly on my placement; and when I revisited the school a month later I went into the playground as they were finishing lunch and the whole class ran over and dived on top of me to give me a hug,"...
"11.02.2016 15:24:30" theguardian.com Poo power: fuelling schools and teaching students a lesson Kasiisi school in Uganda is harnessing the power from human waste. Journalist Matthew Jenkin explores the educational and environmental issues We speak to a school that's using poo power for fuel - and teaching students about the environment
"11.02.2016 10:25:16" theguardian.com What kind of law firm should I apply to? No two law firms are the same, so before you apply for a job, make sure you understand the different kinds of employers you could approach Law students: clients choose different law firms according to their needs and wants, and so should you when applying for a job
"10.02.2016 15:25:50" theguardian.com The teacher recruitment crisis: views from the frontline As a new report reveals the extent of the shortage facing the teaching profession, we ask our community about the impact it is having on their classrooms Unqualified supervisors and bigger class sizes: teachers describe what impact the recruitment crisis is having on their careers and classrooms
"10.02.2016 10:15:33" theguardian.com I wish I weren't the only girl in my computer science class I’m determined to do well in a traditionally male area, and I think more girls should consider doing Stem subjects "I’m 17, and I’m the only girl in my computer science class. I’m pretty much the same as my classmates, only shorter. I expected a large majority of my classmates to be male, but being the only girl is slightly mind-blowing,"...