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Ontario’s ‘back to basics’ push in education: Here’s what you need to know

Premier Doug Ford’s government is pushing Ontario schools to focus on what it calls “getting back to the basics of education.” The 2023-24 school year brings fresh momentum to that push from Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.    The government is now armed with new powers to set provincial priorities for student achievement, and school boards face new […]

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Education Appeal Committees – the end? – The Additional Support Needs Blog

The Scottish Government recently consulted on a (longstanding) proposal that the functions of education appeal committees (hearing exclusion appeals, and most placing request appeals) be transferred to the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland. With the assistance of colleagues, I prepared a response on behalf of My Rights, My Say. The

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UNESCO issues urgent call for appropriate use of technology in education

Learning inequities between students widen when instruction is exclusively remote and online content is not always context appropriate. A study of open educational resource collections found that nearly 90% of higher education online repositories were created either in Europe or in North America; 92% of the material in the Open Educational Resources Commons global library

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More work is needed to understand the ‘risks’ that AI could pose – Education Secretary

More work is needed to understand the risks that artificial intelligence could pose to schools, colleges and universities, the Education Secretary will say. Gillian Keegan will call on education leaders and technology experts to come forward with ideas on how generative artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in a positive way to support the education

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‘Put learners first’: Unesco calls for global ban on smartphones in schools | Unesco

Smartphones should be banned from schools to tackle classroom disruption, improve learning and help protect children from cyberbullying, a UN report has recommended. Unesco, the UN’s education, science and culture agency, said there was evidence that excessive mobile phone use was linked to reduced educational performance and that high levels of screen time had a

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B.C. expands post-secondary education for Métis students

Métis post-secondary students are benefiting from new education and training opportunities as a result of an investment through the StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan.   Métis Nation British Columbia is exploring a new Métis post-secondary institution model and strengthening the Michif language to meet the needs of Métis learners through a new $1.65-million investment over the

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Dal Engineering partners with Indigenous group to improve educational opportunities – Dal News

A new partnership between Dalhousie’s Faculty of Engineering and an Indigenous-led charitable organization announced this week aims to help build a more representative and diverse engineering profession that will better serve society and the people it impacts.  The partnership with Ulnooweg Education Centre paves the way for the launch of an Indigenous stream of the

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Center Stage – The Additional Support Needs Blog

Yesterday, the report by Prof. Ken Muir CBE “Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education” was published, alongside the Scottish Government’s response to the report and its recommendations. The recommendations are all either fully accepted, broadly accepted or accepted in principle. The headlines, of course, are on what is to

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School uniform consultation – The Additional Support Needs Blog

Recently, the Scottish Government issued a consultation on national school uniform guidance that they are planning to issue. The main stated aims of the new guidance will be to reduce costs for families, and to comply with equal obligations. The guidance is to apply to all schools in Scotland, whether local authority schools, independent schools,

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