I’m quitting as a hospital boss: dire NHS funding problems give me no choice | Bob Kerslake | admin

Our deficit at King’s College hospital, London, means we will be put into financial special measures, while what the NHS really needs is a fundamental rethink

I have this weekend decided to stand down from my role as chair of King’s College hospital, London.

This was not a decision that I took lightly. I love King’s and have the highest regard for the people who work there. But in the end I have concluded that the government and its regulator, NHS Improvement, are simply not facing up to the enormous challenges that the NHS is currently facing. This is especially true in London where the…

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Shirley Hebbert obituary | admin

My mother, Shirley Hebbert, who has died at the age of 96, combined lifelong intellectual curiosity with an extraordinary ability to make and keep friends of all ages and from all walks of life.

She was born in Gibraltar, to William Draycott, the then colony’s director of public works, and Winifred Moore, a D’Oyly Carte actor and the daughter of Charles Moore, the celebrated landlord of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub in Fleet Street, central London. Returning to Britain, the family led a happy bohemian existence in Odona, a caravan (complete with piano) on Hengistbury Head overlooking…

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Universities’ response to pay row ’embarrassing and humiliating’ | admin

University chief says sector has lost the public argument over vice-chancellors’ pay and suffered damage to its reputation

The university sector’s response to the debate around vice-chancellors’ pay has been “embarrassing and humiliating” and damaged its reputation, according to the head of the University of Buckingham.

Sir Anthony Seldon, a political historian who has been a vice-chancellor at the university since 2015, said: “The sector has not reacted well [to the debate around pay]. We have lost the public argument and we should have responded earlier when it first came up.”

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Universities win permission to charge £2,000 premium for two-year degrees | admin

Ministers will allow higher education institutions the surcharge to encourage take-up of fast-track courses

Universities will be allowed to charge students almost £2,000 a year more in fees in return for allowing them to complete a degree over two years instead of three, ministers have revealed.

The decision to allow universities to charge a 20% premium for so-called “accelerated degrees” is the latest attempt to encourage more institutions to offer the option.

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The Observer view on Ofsted as a champion for deprived children | Observer editorial | admin

The education watchdog continues to offer an invaluable service

Under the leadership of its former chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s annual reports became an important vehicle for airing difficult truths about our education system. It seems his successor, Amanda Spielman, remains committed to that tradition.

The Observer is the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.

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Vulnerable pupils abandoned by schools, head of Ofsted warns | admin

Amanda Spielman, the new chief inspector of schools, will highlight the ‘deep injustice’ of rising exclusion rates in her first report

Some of Britain’s most vulnerable young people are being left “out of sight and out of mind” by a system that is quick to condemn them to a life without a proper education, the chief schools inspector will warn.

In a fierce denunciation of the treatment of some of the UK’s disadvantaged children, Amanda Spielman, who became Ofsted’s chief inspector at the start of the year, will say that pupils are being expelled to boost results, while young offenders are…

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Weekly Quizzes: Substitution | admin

In my last blog post I discussed how curriculum sequencing underpins successful teaching of concepts. For examples, ensuring that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply, divide directed numbers as well as raise a directed number to a power allows successful teaching of how to substitute directed numbers into expressions.

The second aspect of good teaching is ensuring pupils are regularly given low-stake quizzes which test whether a pupil has retained the small body of knowledge that has been taught explicitly over a short period of time. This is possible through weekly quizzes. I learnt…

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