Monthly Archives: January 2012

Link: Boris Johnson advertises for unpaid intern (and some legal context)

TweetGraduate Fog do some straightforward digging to reveal that London Mayor Boris Johnson, who “attacked young jobseekers for lacking the “appetite” to find work”: “Is busy recruiting for his own unpaid intern to help with his Back Boris 2012 campaign … Continue reading

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Relaunched crime map includes ‘public buildings’ – including schools and universities

TweetThe relaunched crime website includes a new feature which allows you to find details of crimes near schools, universities and colleges. Type in the name of an institution and you’ll get a map around that area. But if you … Continue reading

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Data: UCAS applications

TweetUCAS have just released the latest statistics on university applications, generating a raft of stories on the impact of fees (a drop of 9.9% for English universities). If you want to dig further into UCAS data, you can download them … Continue reading

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Data: secondary school A level and GCSE results

TweetThe Guardian’s Datablog has published data on secondary school league tables and exam results. It’s available in various formats: Full spreadsheet for local authorities Fusion table as a CSV with key details for each school School spending (raw data) GCSEs, all … Continue reading

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HMI Education’s list of education reporters

TweetWhat better way to stay informed on education issues than having access to a database of national and local education correspondents? All the correspondents can be found here. There’s also a Google Reader bundle of those and other feeds here. … Continue reading

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Link: UK university applications expected to drop

TweetNew figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) are expected to show a steep decline in the number of UK students applying to study in fall 2012, the Guardian reports. 

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Document: DfE response to the consultation on changes to the Admissions Framework

TweetA document that those following education should be watching. From the DfE site: “Subject to the views of Parliament, these Codes will come into force on 1 February 2012, affecting the 2013/14 admissions intake. 

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Have a burning question on education in the UK? Tweet it.

TweetHave a question you are dying to ask Education Secretary Michael Gove? MPs are asking you to tweet the question with the hashtag #AskGove.

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Part 2: National Audit Office assess support for young adults with SEN

TweetThe National Audit Office (NAO)  released a report last year which assessed the provision available to young adults who have special educational needs. The report, which I wrote about in November, revealed a postcode lottery and wasteful spending. However none of the data … Continue reading

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Link: academy exclusions and referrals

TweetA lengthy BBC report on accusations that academies are excluding pupils “unofficially” is worth reading through for insights into the school system and possible avenues of investigation that pre-date academies:

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Education – open data sources

TweetBefore Christmas myself and Joy Gibara from the Looked After Children Education Service in Birmingham City Council attended the Hacking education data meet up at Urban Coffee Company.  I worked in various admin and IT related education roles for quite a few years … Continue reading

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Part 2: Who gets the money docked from striking teachers?

TweetBack in November, I wrote a post asking who gets the money docked from striking teachers. The question came from @schoolgate and it’s a very valid question. I submitted a Freedom of Information request to the DfE and a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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