education in the news this week

Alberta education minister receives mandate letter from Premier Smith

Nicolaides has also been tasked with working on several other initiatives: Reviewing the role of parent school councils and working with educators to explore ways parents can appropriately provide more input into school policies and learning options. Ensuring Alberta’s educational funding model continues to promote parental choice in education. This includes ensuring that Alberta’s public, […]

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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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‘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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Exclusion statistics 2020/21 – The Additional Support Needs Blog

The Summary Statistics For Schools In Scotland 2021 have been released, with the more detailed stats being available as of March 2022. These statistics are based on the annual pupil census (conducted in September 2021) and the attendance, absence and exclusion returns for the 2020 to 2021 school year. As always, I am particularly interested

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UNESCO calls for ban on smartphone use in classrooms – National

UNESCO is pushing for classrooms around the world to ban smartphone use, arguing that the devices distract from learning, are bad for students’ mental health and well-being and come with a host of privacy concerns for young people’s data. The recommendations come from the 2023 Global Education Monitoring Report published Wednesday, which analyzed global policies

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Less than half of the children ‘have received a meaningful financial education’

Less than half (47%) of children and teenagers aged seven to 17 have received a meaningful financial education, according to a Government-backed body. The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) estimates from its findings that around 5.4 million children across the UK do not have the money skills they will need in adulthood. Children living in

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Quebec ups offer for education, healthcare workers in union negotiations

The Quebec government announced Wednesday that it’s upping its offers for education and healthcare workers in the hopes of reaching collective agreements with unions. According to Treasury Board president Sonia LeBel, the government is offering a $12,000 lump sum to retirement-eligible teachers who voluntarily agree to remain full-time in 2023-2024. Quebec estimates that nearly 7,000

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