Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of India’s leading Islamic organization, is giving training to students enrolled in government-aided madrassas to become scouts and guides. The madrassa students are being trained to help people during emergencies and natural calamities including floods and earthquakes. At present, the Jamiat is offering training to 50 students enrolled at madrassa Ashfaqia in Bareilly. Similar training had already been given at government-aided madrassas located in Shahjahanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. The members of the organization said that they will carry out this training at government-aided madrassas, schools and colleges across the country.  Talking to TOI, Mohammed Touheed, Bareilly secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and teacherRead More →

The government has undertaken a collaborative, multi-stakeholder and multi-pronged consultation process for formulating the New Education Policy (NEP), which included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations.  A press statement issued by human resources department stated that out of the 33 themes, one theme under School Education “Promotion of Languages” and one under Higher Education “Promote cultural integration through language” relates to languages. For facilitating grassroots consultations, relevant question templates were translated with the help of NCERT into 12 languages: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.  The NEP consultation process was discussed in the meeting of Central AdvisoryRead More →

Today UCL celebrated the start of its 2016 Reading Recovery Read Aloud (Read Aloud) campaign, which is being led by the International Literacy Centre (ILC) based at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), to raise awareness of literacy issues of school children. Actor Gillian Anderson joined pupils and teachers at the William Tyndale Primary School in Islington, London to listen to students demonstrate how their reading skills have improved as a result of working with the ILC and its Reading Recovery programme. The visit was also attended by UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, and Interim Director of the IOE, Professor Andrew Brown whoRead More →

The test used to assess four-years old in reception class when they start school does not accurately reflect children’s ability at this age, according to research carried out by UCL for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Teachers believe that valuable information about their new pupils is not provided by the assessment and that it disrupts pupils’ start to school when many are in education for the first time. The research, which was conducted by Dr Guy Robert-Holmes and Dr Alice Bradbury (UCL Institute of Education) in autumn 2015, involved an online survey of over 1,000 ATLRead More →

Professor Becky Francis has been appointed as the next Director of UCL Institute of Education, with effect from 1 July 2016. The Institute is the world’s leading centre for education and social science. It is unique amongst faculties of education in its scale and in the depth and breadth of its expertise. In the 2014 and 2015 QS rankings, the Institute was placed first in the world for education, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Melbourne. Professor Francis is currently Professor of Education and Social Justice, and Director of Research, Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London. She is a leading academic with leadershipRead More →

London secondary school pupils are behind their peers in East Asian, European, Australian and North American cities and regions by the equivalent of about half a year of schooling. Children in Shanghai, the top performing city overall, are around 3 years ahead of their London peers in maths alone. Only the top 10 per cent of London’s 15-year-olds could match the maths skills of the average Shanghai pupil at this age. Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education compared the performance of just over 1,000 pupils across 42 London schools to their peers around the world. The researchers estimated pupils’ scores using information collected inRead More →

As a language student, I was lucky enough to have a year abroad as part of my degree. I spent it in Chile, and learned a lot more Spanish and real life skills than I ever would have done sat in a lecture hall. But for some students, a year abroad isn’t an option. Either it’s not offered as part of their course, or a year is just too long to spend away from home. For those who don’t want to miss out on the benefits of globetrotting while they study but can’t take a full year out, there are still many opportunities available thatRead More →

If you want to do a master’s degree but need to keep costs down, studying in Europe may be a solution. Over the past five years there has been an explosion in the number of graduate programmes taught in English at universities in non-English speaking nations. Even better, master’s courses lasting one or two years are free of charge in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark for citizens of the European Economic Area. Universities in the Netherlands offer the greatest range of English-taught master’s and although they charge fees, they are a fraction of the equivalent UK courses. Some master’s taught in English are free inRead More →

Coming face to face with a hostile Steve Redgrave back in 1998 was one of the most intimidating moments of sports physiologist Steve Ingham’s career. He now leads a team of physiologists who work with “sports that hurt” within the English Institute of Sport (EIS), but he hasn’t forgotten his baptism of fire. “I’d started working with the British rowing team but we hadn’t formally met,” he remembers. “I introduced myself to Steve: ‘I’m your new physiologist, I’m looking forward to working with you.’ He glared at me. ‘Are you going to make me go faster?’ It was all in that single sentence – areRead More →

If you think a computer science degree involves three years of getting pale and unhealthy sitting in front of a computer studying Word, think again. Over the last few years there has been a shake-up in how IT is taught and the latest figures from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (Ucas) show that more people than ever are choosing to continue with the subject at university. With supermodels encouraging girls to code, and digital skills now being considered equally important as lessons in numeracy and literacy, computing has become a hot topic. Children are realising that a degree in computer science just might beRead More →