These are the education links we found interesting between March 4th and March 28th:
- Next Steps Taken for data.ac.uk… | OUseful.Info, the blog… – A new unveiling this week was the HE equipment register (which I think grew out of the Uniquip equipment and facility sharing project?), and which is intended to provide a single point of access for looking up access to research facilities and equipment.
- BBC – Homepage – Labour says its calculations, based on pupil population estimates, show around 14,545 teachers are needed. When this is added to the 520 vacancies the party says are already in the system, it means that around 15,065 teachers will be required by the next election.
- Ofsted to intervene over ‘failing’ education authorities – Telegraph – Speaking last month, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, suggested that education chiefs in the worst areas should be stripped of their powers to run schools, with their responsibilities handed over to private companies or high-performing local authorities elsewhere.
- Sponsored academies *have* improved faster than other schools. But only a bit! | LKMco, Education and Youth Development – It is therefore much more useful to compare the performance of similar schools. So, I divided schools into 10 parts ranked using their 2011 results, counted how many sponsored academies (and sponsored special schools academies) there were in each and randomly selected an equivalent group of non-spons
- Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants | Education | The Guardian – White applicants to medicine, one of the most prestigious courses, were twice as likely to get a place as minority ethnic candidates, even when they had the same triple A* grade A-level scores. Older figures for Cambridge university suggested a similar pattern. David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenha