September 2019: Education Market Review

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

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virtual sixth form

Harrow school sets up online sixth form for global pupils

Harrow, in a joint venture with Pearson, is establishing a virtual sixth form which will teach A-levels online to pupils anywhere in the world. Harrow School Online will begin teaching from September 2020 and will initially focus on science and maths subjects, and technology will be provided by Pearson, setting families back £15,000 per year.

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Additional learning needs: More time for reform of system in Wales

A new system for supporting children with additional learning needs will be introduced a year later than planned in order to allow for sufficient time to ensure schools, colleges and councils are ready. Statements of current SEN needs and requirements will be replaced by individual learning plans for children and young people up to 25 with additional learning needs, like autism, Asperger’s syndrome and Attention, Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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UAE University

UAE University is country’s top institution, Times Higher Education world ranking reveals

UAE University, Al Ain, surpasses Khalifa University for the first time as The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, released on Wednesday, listed UAEU in the 301-350 bracket, indicating an improvement from the university’s 351-400 position last year. Success of UAEU has been attributed to the university’s pursuit to become a “University of the Future”, by encouraging and supporting excellence and creativity in the fields of scientific research and technology.

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Dubai schools offering ‘freebies’ in bid to increase low pupil numbers

Many Dubai schools that opened their doors in 2018 have resorted to offering free lunches, uniforms and transport to boost pupil numbers due to stark competition within the emirate. An example includes Riverston School Dubai, a British curriculum inclusive school, which welcomed only 13 pupils in the 2018-19 school year, despite having a capacity for 270.

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Law change to award vocational higher education graduates bachelor degrees

Changes in Estonian law will enable bachelor’s degrees to be awarded to graduates of professional or vocational subjects. Under the Higher Education act, Estonian tertiary education will transform and be more in line with the current German and Swiss system.

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Teacher shortages mean ‘global learning crisis’

In accordance to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (2030), approximately 69 million more teachers are required globally with more than 76 per cent of these in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in order to provide ”inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. According to the UK’s former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, at current rates more than 800 million children are at risk of not acquiring the necessary skills required for work.

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