Welcome to our October 2018 Newsletter!
We hope the new term has started well for you all and some of you will now be enjoying half term!
UK Education Guide has published 2 blog posts in international publications this month:
How to integrate EAL into the general curriculum
Boarding schools give their views on how making EAL ‘relevant’ and seamlessly applying EAL to other academic subjects can benefit students on many levels. The challenge is sometimes that highly academic pupils stop seeing the relevance of EAL quite early in their studies, wishing to focus on academic subjects, but this is a mistake and can impact on their future success. Therefore, keeping EAL relevant in subject lessons is vital…
Full article on The PIE’s web site.
The challenge of understanding SEN needs in International students
This piece looks at the challenges facing UK schools when trying to assess SEN needs in international students. David Bara is a Senior Lecturer of SEN in Early Childhood Studies Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London and he takes a broader view of the challenge.
‘So often what is perceived as challenging behaviour is often a lack of cultural understanding’, he says. He feels very strongly that often schools are not asking parents the right questions in application forms and during Skype interviews with the family prior to the child arriving at a given school. In addition, questions aimed at assessing learning difficulties or challenging behaviour are written by UK educators for UK parents and do not take account of different cultural interpretations.
Full article on Study Travel’s web site
In other news….
Call for a ban on 'essay writing' companies
More than 40 university bosses in the United Kingdom have written to the education secretary calling for so-called essay mill companies to be banned. Some students pay for bespoke, original assignments – which cannot easily be detected by anti-plagiarism software, writes Katherine Smith for the BBC News.
But the letter says these essay-writing services should be targeted rather than those who pay for their services. Such services undermine the integrity of higher education and are unfair to honest, diligent students, they say. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said the government was working to "bear down" on the problem – and added that “legislative options are not off the table”.
UK Higher education commission argues for more government support to grow international student numbers
The UK government should introduce a target for growing international student numbers and ease student visa rules at universities that focus recruitment on important markets, according to a report.
The recommendations from the Higher Education Commission, an independent body made up of leaders from the education and business sectors and MPs, came days after the long-awaited Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on the impact of overseas students in the UK was published. The MAC report disappointed many in the international education sector for failing to suggest international student numbers should not be removed from the government's net migration figures.
New Times World University rankings published in October
Not great news for the UK with many universities slipping down the rankings, notably Durham and Cardiff and an overall poor showing from London Universities but the UK is still holding onto the top 2 spots - Oxford and Cambridge at No.1 & No.2. Also, some notably movers upwards-Warwick and both Aberdeen and Birmingham up over 25 places each...
Meanwhile, back to our Cardiff City Guide-this month we focus on Places to Eat-so many suggestions here…and definitely something for everyone. Again, thanks to our friends at Cardiff Sixth Form College for their contributions to the Guide.
Places to eat
Afternoon tea at The Mansion House
As the former residence of the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Mansion House continues to host many civic occasions. Now there is the opportunity for visitors to the city to enjoy a sumptuous traditional Afternoon Tea which includes a guided tour of this splendid Victorian house. The interior has retained much of its original features, notably the extensive use of carved and inlaid woodwork, both in the fine staircase, the fireplaces and the beautiful stained glass windows.
Places to eat (a mix of student and 'higher end' dining experiences):
The Cosy Club - Located on the Hayes in Cardiff city centre, Cosy Club Cardiff has a privileged position and in addition overlooks the shoppers below benefiting from floor to ceiling windows, with dual-aspect views onto The Hayes below.
The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff – a dining experience delivering change, staffed by prisoners working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service, leading to employment in the UK hospitality industry upon release. Since opening, The Clink Restaurant at Cardiff has won several prestigious awards, including being named tenth best restaurant in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015 and receiving the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s 3 Star Award.
Viva Brazil offers a unique Brazilian dining experience where you will enjoy an unlimited supply of 14 authentic Brazilian BBQ meats, served to your table straight from the charcoal BBQ. It is the only authentic Brazilian steakhouse in the city centre.
Chapel 1877 Bar & Restaurant provides very luxurious surroundings and diners eat in a 19th century gothic chapel, which was converted in 2008 by owner David Bevan and modernised. In addition to a fabulous a la carte menu they also offer afternoon tea and Sunday roast dinners.
Pier 64 Wine Bar and Steakhouse in Penarth Marina has a gorgeous terrace, ideally placed for a spot of Mediterranean-style al fresco dining.
Restaurant James Sommerin overlooks the Penarth seafront and diners can opt for an exquisite six course tasting menu while enjoying views of the Severn Estuary.
The Potted Pig is located in a former bank vault beneath the city, has varying seasonal menus and even serves whole suckling pigs to large parties!
Eating competitions, ideal for students:
The Roman Empire Sundae at Coco Gelato
It costs £32.95 and for that princely sum you get 18 scoops of gelato served on top of 4 hot waffles, topped with a mixture of fresh fruit and chocolate bars. Layered with chunks of chocolate fudge brownie, you then choose from the selection of toppings and syrups.
Coco Gelato, 133A Woodville Rd, Cardiff, CF24 4DZ
Student eating on a budget:
Situated in a former warehouse, DEPOT was the first to offer the people of Cardiff an indoor street food venue. The weekly Street Food Social now runs every Saturday all year round.
Construction House, 22 Dumballs Rd, Cardiff CF10 5FE
The New York Deli
Pastrami sandwiches and fresh bagels are popular options on the menu here.
20 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB
If you are up for trying Welsh rarebit or fancy a giant brie baguette in a French cafe, this is your place! 21 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BW
The award-winning coffee shop is beautifully decorated, serves fantastic hot drinks, paninis and is constantly developing its dessert and ‘freak shake’ selection on the menu. Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU
The perfect place to eat for vegetarians and the vegan population of Cardiff in a grade 2 listed building. 28-29, Morgan Arcade, St Mary St, Cardiff, CF10 1AF
Shake Shack is the latest US chain to come to the UK and Cardiff is its only location outside of London to date. The affordable burger chain is famous for its ‘Frozen Custard’ shakes and cheese fries! St Davids Way, Cardiff CF10 2EF