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Universities urged to do more to support the poorest students⤴

from @ Engage for Education

Student outcomes inequality highlighted in latest Fair Access Commissioner paper.

Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged the university sector to do more to support students from the most deprived backgrounds throughout their studies.

It comes as the latest discussion paper from the Commissioner for Fair Access shows the extent of the gap in retention rates, achievement levels and outcomes between students from the most disadvantaged communities and those from better off areas.

Ms Somerville said:

“This report brings in to sharp focus the extent and the range of the barriers which result in students from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing inequality at every step of their journey through university and into adult life.

“The Commissioner sets out a timely challenge to us all to do more to address this shocking inequality. Certainly I accept that challenge on behalf of the Government and would encourage universities to do likewise.

“It is an issue that I have raised consistently with university principals and intend to do so again through the next Widening Access Delivery Group. I have already asked the Scottish Funding Council to consider changes to the university outcome agreements. If more needs to be done to improve their effectiveness, then I will not hesitate to act.

“We must all be focused on picking up the pace of change. I am absolutely determined to ensure that more young people from our poorest communities don’t just make it to fresher’s fair, but to graduation day and beyond.”

Background

The Commissioner for Fair Access Discussion Paper: Retention, Outcomes and Destinations can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

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The importance of handwriting and spelling by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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As part of my push to drive the standards of homework setting and getting in my own classroom, I thought I would share Ten (10) reasons why you should love homework as a teacher. Context: The concept of homework will never disappear. For the past 2 years, I have set homework as a professional goal … Okumaya devam et

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When childcare backfires! by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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#SecretOfsted: A special school experience for @OfstedNews⤴

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… The location and identity of this school, is not disclosed in the following article, but, the relevant Ofsted report is to be passed to Mike Cladingbowl for consideration at this week’s Ofsted meeting. This #SecretOfsted post, is written by a teacher who works in a Special School in London. Context: This article follows a … Continue reading

Raising aspirations and equal-access by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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“The UK education system faces a range of inter-related challenges: students from non-selective state schools are under-represented at top universities; with schools increasingly accountable for progression to higher education.” (Source) Context: This week, I’ve been touched by two stories I’ve heard from my own students. Both heart-wrenching; real and poignant. But, what is moving about … Continue reading

What can teachers learn from football? by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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Lesson reflection and review by @TeacherToolkit⤴

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