April 2019: Education Market Review

Below is a snapshot of Education and Business-focused news from April 2019, brought to you from the world.

For insight into specific global markets, including bespoke research requests, contact Shamal’s Research team today.

GLOBAL / US

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World Autism Awareness Month

April is World Autism Month. Show support and go blue to raise awareness and increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

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#pledge#wearblue#shareblue#lightblue#donate to contribute towards a more inclusive society in support of those with Autism.

New global testing standards will force countries to revisit academic rankings

Since the introduction of the Programme for International Student Assessment (“PISA”) in 2010 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”), PISA has been taken by 15-year olds every 3 years and results are used to make cross-national comparisons of students’ achievements, and its influence continues to grow world-wide. However, in light of criticisms, PISA is considering expanding how and what it tests to reflect a broader knowledge rather than just the cognitive side of learning; reading, maths and scientific literacy.

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Education Department has stalled on debt relief for defrauded students

The Education Department failed to approve a single application for federal student loan relief in the second half of last year, according to new department data that signals that students who claim they were cheated by their colleges cannot count on help from Washington anytime soon.

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Facing Segregated Schools, Parents Took Integration Into Their Own Hands. And It’s Working!

For months, in two of New York City’s most politically progressive neighborhoods, parents debated what to do about their deeply segregated schools. Now, after adopting a series of initiatives last year following many spirited and emotionally charged discussions, these neighborhoods are starting to see swift changes in enrollment, according to city data released on Monday.

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PayPal enters India’s $215 billion education market

One of the world’s largest online payment corporations, PayPal, is currently integrating its services with Indian online education platforms.

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Three things Australia’s next education minister must prioritise to improve schools

State governments may run schools, but federal decisions still make a big difference to the education of Australian children. Whoever the federal education minister after the May 18 election, he or she needs to put these three things first…

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Charter Hall successfully raises $120M to fund new centre acquisitions

Charter Hall Education Trust, formally known as Folkestone Education Trust, has confirmed the successful placing of $120 million of new units to fund the acquisition of 13 new purpose-built early childhood education and care centres…

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MIDDLE EAST

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Repton School raises AED 142,000 for Senegal School (‘Adopt a School Programme’)

Repton School Dubai has raised Dh142,000 to support education programmes for underprivileged children in rural Senegal.

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Maximise skill sets to maximise results

For children, learning is a constant process, and schools play a critical role during their formative years.

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New licensing standards to improve education in UAE universities

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched a new set of standards for licensing universities in the UAE, taking effect in the last quarter of the year.

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School fees to become more affordable

The average fee increase in Dubai schools this year will be 35 per cent lower as compared to previous years, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has said.

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UAE government raises teacher salaries as it launches hiring drive in India

The UAE has launched a major drive to lure leading teachers from India to work in Emirati government schools by offering them significant salary hikes.

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In the Middle East, stigma surrounding autism persists

While awareness of autism has improved in the Middle East, the stigma surrounding it still lingers, according to experts and parents of children with the condition, who are using World Autism Day to call for more awareness, early detection and better inclusion.

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Learning through games helps increase engagement

Gaming has been making headlines worldwide for all the wrong reasons lately – addictions, violent scenes, talking to strangers online and a ‘bad influence on youth’ overall.

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Abu Dhabi school pupils to learn about UAE history in pilot curriculum

A pilot project that aims to teach Abu Dhabi school children more about the UAE’s history was launched by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, on Wednesday.

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Emirati woman honoured for Down Syndrome advocacy

Nawal won the award in recognition of her outstanding achievements that have enriched the lives of people with Down Syndrome.

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93% of disabled Emiratis are unemployed

More than 90 per cent of disabled Emiratis are unemployed, a UAE minister has said.

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Emirati faculty to receive more funds for research

In the next few years, there will be more Emirati faculty members doing PhD research, more studies will be funded, and more universities will be able to fund promising start-ups.

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EUROPE / UK

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that Labour would scrap formal tests in primary schools in England, known as Sats.

The elite French school that trains presidents

The school has long selected and trained leaders, including former presidents François Hollande and Jacques Chirac, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and foreign presidents.

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Wealthy families are the biggest winners from school appeals

Families in affluent areas of England are much more likely to succeed in getting a school place on appeal, according to research.

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Labour pledges to scrap primary Sats if elected

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that Labour would scrap formal tests in primary schools in England, known as Sats.

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GCSE and A-Level appeals up by 42%

The number of appeals relating to GCSEs, AS and A levels increased 42 per cent in 2018, according to new figures from Ofqual.

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EU teacher supply protected for no-deal Brexit

Government acts to ensure that teachers trained in the EU will still have qualifications recognised if there is no deal.

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Almost 1/3 of children in need almost persistently absent from school

Rise in number of children in need and looked-after children who miss school for a half-day a week on average.

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Call to review school admissions system that ‘reinforces inequality’

Disadvantaged children are less likely to win places through the appeals and waiting list system, research shows.

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Scrap Ofsted, raise teacher pay and bring back EMA, say union rivals

The manifestos by candidates standing to lead UCU call for changes to the way the government deals with the FE sector

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Unregistered schools given council funding

Local authorities are paying for places for children in settings that are not even registered, Ofsted is warning.

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‘We need an ‘arts premium’ in schools’

Young people have told us how much they value the arts – so why aren’t we listening to them? They cannot become a ‘nice-to-have’, writes the RSC’s artistic director

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The Lego bricks designed for children with sight loss

Lego have designed “Braille bricks” to help pupils with sight loss.

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Inside the school for bullied children – Northleigh House School

Bullying blights the lives of many pupils, but what happens when children are left so sick with anxiety that they refuse to go to school? In the Midlands, a tiny specialist school has been helping youngsters rediscover their confidence and achieve their potential.

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ASIA / PACIFIC

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Up and coming destination for science students

China has long been a popular destination for foreign students studying Chinese language or culture. But now many are switching to majors in science and technology…

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Report: top international high schools in China

Shanghai High School International Division tops the Hurun Education schools rankings, followed by…

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