The experience of getting into college should be as polished as the experience students have been told to expect when they arrive. And admissions systems failures can be costly and put a college’s reputation on the line.

According to WisePay, its new 24/7 online Course Booking and Enrolment Service will not only simplify the booking and payment processes for courses, it will also improve the student experience and reduce administration costs.

'Pupils who wouldn’t even stay in lessons become engaged,' says researcher  

Efforts to improve the country’s mastery of ICT, English and maths have been given a boost by a research report published by the University of Sunderland. 

The report, ‘The positive effects of using e-learning resources on the success rates and progression of learners in functional skills’, reveals that students struggling with ‘functional skills’ show a 9 per cent improvement when they use e-learning resources for 15 hours over an eight-month period. 

Waltham Forest School joins CPD programm to empower teachers to use digital content to improve achievement

Innovative Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow, London, is working with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for school classrooms, on a new professional development effort that will support teachers as they prepare today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. 

It enables Discovery Education to provide a five-year, customised programme of professional development to support teachers in developing consistent and effective instructional practices using digital content and technology to maximise engaging and relevant learning experiences for students.

Teachers plan celebration of support for UN's Sustainable Development Goals
For the first time ever, schools across the world will join together at the end of September to deliver The World’s Largest Lesson; educating students about the UN (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goals, using resources co-created by teachers and education specialists.

The World’s Largest Lesson, delivered in partnership with UNICEF and with the support of TES Global and Education International (EI), is part of the Project Everyone initiative led by the campaigner Richard Curtis.


A leading education charity wantp oliticians to stop playing politics with education

As the main political parties line up to talk about their plans for education, The National Education Trust has launched its own Election 2015 Education Manifesto calling for the creation of a National Education Service with its own chief executive, similar to the NHS.

The Trust believes that successive governments tinker with education policy for ideological purpose and political gain. These have made long-term education reform and planning impossible.

Coupled now with the issues of
➢    An increasing pupil population – putting huge demands on resources, buildings and outcomes
➢    The funding apartheid that exists between primary and secondary phases, and different parts of the country
It is increasingly difficult for the UK to compete with the very best education systems in the world.

Roy Blatchford chief executive of the NET commented, “A key tenet of our Manifesto is the appointed post of Chief Executive of the National Education Service, similar to that which exists in the NHS. This post will enable education to be less trammelled by the five-year electoral cycle. It would be focused on outcomes and improvements for pupils.  And the single most important objective for this service would be a KPI around sustaining a national level of performance by pupils of all ages that places England in the top 10 of all nations.
 
“We also want to see a national system of fair funding based on an individual school’s needs, ending the funding apartheid which exists between primary and secondary phases, and between different parts of the country. An 11 year-old in Reading is ‘worth’ £4000. In Camden the 11 year-old is ‘worth’ £8000. That cannot be right.”

The Trust also calls for the establishment by Royal Charter, of an independent Royal College for Teaching, charged with ensuring that the profession grows in stature, ensuring teachers follow a programme of continuous professional development in order to maintain their licence to teach. And to benchmark the quality of teaching and school leadership in England against the best international practice, building on the national Teachers’ Standards (2011) and the Headteachers’ Standards (2015).

As school rolls continue to increase NET calls for education to harness the use of school buildings for year- round and day-round schooling, meeting the needs of an expanding pupil population and the learning needs of local communities. It also wants to enable the setting up of new special, primary, secondary and all-through schools by suitably qualified sponsors, where pupil places are required.

“Only when we take party politics out of schools, will we achieve lasting education reform and intelligent education policy making”, says Roy Blatchford.  “The nation’s health and education services should no longer be subject to short-term political manoeuvring. Politicians must do differently with these two great public services.”
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Roy Blatchford is available for interview and comment. Contact Fiona McLean on 07748 520983 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The NET’s manifesto can be found at http://www.nationaleducationtrust.net/

Notes to Editors: The National Education Trust (NET) was created in 2006 as an independent charitable foundation dedicated to leading excellent practice and innovation in education. It harnesses extensive national and international experience to bring about improvements for learners, from early years to university entrance. The Trust has three key platforms:
1.    A national resource for high quality practice in the nation’s classrooms and schools
2.    A national provider of high impact professional development for teachers and leaders
3.    An intelligent contributor to education policy making.

Developing countries host 86% of the world’s refugees compared to 70% ten
years ago. This is the highest value in more than two decades
Last year, 50% of refugees were under 18 years old and 49% were female.
Asylum-Seekers
Close to 1.1 million individuals submitted applications for asylum in 2013. UNHCR offices registered and processed a record high of 203,200 (19%) of these claims, determining the status of applicants. 
Germany (109,600) was the world’s largest recipient of individual applications,
followed by the U.S.A. (84,400) and South Africa (70,000). Approximately 25,300 asylum applications were lodged by unaccompanied or separated children, the highest number on record since UNHCR started recording such data in 2006.

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