Welcome to our September 2019 Newsletter!
UK Education Guide in the News
2 published articles in the last month, both with a technology theme:
The first article published in The PIE looks at what a Boarding school might look like in 10 years time-chat bots acting as class assistants, personalised, digital learning plans and the growth of online and blended learning…
The second article published in ST magazine focuses on how technology is changing the lives of international pupils and their families; from parent portals to online EAL provision, technology is changing almost every aspect of the international pupil experience.
Football news from Millfield. Former Millfield defender Tyrone Mings (2009-2011) signed permanently for Premiership club Aston Villa FC in July after he impressed on loan from Bournemouth, in a deal worth up to £26.5m. Mings was hugely influential in helping manager Dean Smith’s side to achieve promotion to the Premier League. Also, Tyrone has been called up to the England squad for the 2020 Euro qualifiers.
Kingsley School has announced a new Oxbridge Programme. Kingsley School Bideford is offering up to 100% Scholarships on the new programme - starting in September 2019 for Lower Sixth Form/Year 12 students - for both boarders and day pupils.Pupils will be based at Kingsley but will have direct access to the school's new dedicated Oxbridge study centre at Oxford University for residential stays during the Sixth Form.
International Education Round-up
UK Government announces it will reintroduce two-year post-study work visas
The changes will apply to international graduates in any subject. Much of the credit must go to the Prime Minister’s brother, former Universities Minister Jo Johnson, who championed the policy shift as a backbencher, but quit the government before it came to fruition.
New tool from Google to help tackle plagiarism....
With figures suggesting 1 in 7 students use essay mills or replicate existing work, Google has just unveiled a new feature, “originality reports.”
Students and instructors can run originality reports to check any written assignments done in Google Doc against the hundreds of billions of web pages, and tens of millions of books, that Google has indexed over the years. It will flag any text that appears to be improperly lifted or referenced without citation.
London named the world's best student city for the 2nd year running...
The city owes the accolade to its high-quality institutions, high levels of employer activity and student diversity, and its popularity among the global student body – all these positive features outweigh its lower rank in the ‘Affordability’ criterion in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking.
“The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news – and is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement.
Should all pupils be made to wear gender neutral uniforms?
This debate is back in the news-About 150 parents and pupils have staged a protest outside a secondary school over gender neutral uniforms.Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex has made trousers compulsory for new and existing students for the new term.The school said "concerns" had been raised over the length of girls' skirts and new rules also catered for a handful of transgender pupils.
Protesters have said pupils should have a choice to wear skirts, while others believe clothes are being wasted. Students not conforming to the new rule have been asked to return home and change before being allowed into the building.
Times Global University rankings for 2020 announced
Oxford is still top for a 4th year, but Asian institutions are gaining ground on both US and UK institutions. China now has the top 2 ranked Asian universities and, between 2016-2020, China has risen from nowhere to joint 6th in the countries with institutions in the top 200.
International Recruitment Events
We are focusing on B2C recruitment events coming up in the next 3-4 months to give ample time for consideration.
You will need to log into the British Council web site to access the links below.
Study UK Saudi Arabia schools and public mini fairs from 23rd-27th February
Study UK Hong Kong fair and mini schools roadshow 18th-21st January
Study UK fair Bangkok 11th January plus International schools tour 13-15th January