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27 August 2014
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Independent schools head in England reveals secrets to success
While exam scores remained flat across much of England this year, the country's independent schools reported more students sitting for "harder" subjects and a rise in top A-level results. Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools' Council, writes in this column that independent schools achieve these results by encouraging students to take difficult courses, employing top teachers and expecting all students to rise to high standards. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (23 Aug.)
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Study: Code-switching may help children learn two languages
Switching between English and Mandarin while speaking, also known as code-switching, may improve understanding of Mandarin, according to a recent study. Researchers studied how preschool children in Singapore used the two languages during free play, language lessons, meals and group projects. Channel NewsAsia (21 Aug.)
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Researcher: More investment needed in teacher quality
New Zealand educational researcher and author John Hattie recently spoke with educators in Alberta, Canada, about his vision for improving education. According to Hattie, officials should focus more on improving teacher quality and less on smaller class sizes and inquiry-based learning. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta) (21 Aug.)
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Funding aimed at improving sign-language programmes in New Zealand schools
An infusion of £5.5 million over the next four years will help fund sign-language programmes in New Zealand schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced. Among other things, the funds will pay for extra sign-language tutors and the development of sign-language resources, Parata said. Stuff (New Zealand)/The Dominion Post (26 Aug.)
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How technology is transforming education in England
As schools in England adjust to the learning styles of digital natives, technology reportedly is playing an increasingly important role in the classroom. Educators and experts are pushing digitally enhanced lessons as a way to engage students and refine their technology skills for learning. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (23 Aug.)
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Malawi, Africa, seeks to improve English-language proficiency
Thanks to a new government-sponsored education act, students in Malawi, Africa, will soon receive instruction in English, rather than a local language, beginning in Year 1. Before making the switch, officials will update the curriculum and train teachers, who detractors of the policy say are not always fluent in English. Al Jazeera (21 Aug.)
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