Why some UK students are unmotivated by language studies | Survey: Teachers in UK concerned over state of language education | Tips to help school leaders balance roles
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20 April 2016
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Why some UK students are unmotivated by language studies
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Some students in the UK stop studying languages after age 14, according to a study by the British Council and Education Development Trust. Data suggest potential causes may be test rigour, inconsistent grading and focus on other subjects, such as maths and science.
BBC (18 Apr.) 
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Professional Development
Tips to help school leaders balance roles
School leaders must strike a balance between challenging their teams and supporting them, former school head Jill Berry suggests in this commentary. Berry, now with the National College for School Leadership, also shares advice for school leaders at all levels.
The Guardian (London) (17 Apr.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Study: More schooling for girls doesn't guarantee equal job access
Women and girls are better educated, but equal job access continues to elude them, says a study in Journal of African Development. "Improvements in education have been important -- and there are still some ways to go -- but we really have to shift our focus to the barriers that women face in getting access to high-quality jobs if we want to eradicate gender inequality," said study author Stephanie Seguino.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (15 Apr.) 
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Report: Australia ranks 24th in education equality
Widening inequality is a key issue affecting schools in Australia, writes Stewart Riddle, a senior lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. Australia ranks 24th out of 37 countries in education equality, according to a recent report from UNICEF.
The Conversation (Australia) (17 Apr.) 
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Technology
How Australia can prepare students for the 21st century
Educators in Australia should consider replacing the three Rs of education with the four Rs of 21st-century engagement, asserts Mark McCrindle, a social researcher, trends analyst and demographer. In this commentary, he writes that it is unreasonable to expect students to be prepared for the 21st century if they are learning in 19th-century schools.
The Huffington Post (18 Apr.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Teachers boost collaboration through Japanese lesson study
Japanese lesson study is being modeled in classrooms worldwide, according to authors Brad and Genevieve Ermeling. In this blog post, they describe how the model increases collaboration among teachers and improves learning for students.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (14 Apr.) 
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