The Department for Education (DfE) announced last week that it will provide £50million extra funding for England’s 163 surviving grammar schools with details of the remaining £150million to be announced later. This funding, however, is dependent on these schools setting out what action they will take to boost the number of disadvantaged pupils they admit. Many MPs and commentators in the education space have criticised the decision. Kevin Courtney of the National Education Union (NEU), said: “The grammar school corpse has climbed out of its coffin once again despite evidence of the damage that selective education causes.” But the reality is that this new policy, which places strict conditionality on current grammar schools expanding and rules out the creation of new schools, is far removed from Theresa May’s original vision which was to lift the ban on creating new grammar schools and allow existing comprehensive schools to become selective. This could … [Read more...] about New Support For Grammar Schools Only A Shadow Of May’s Original Vision
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At the White House on Monday, Melania Trump unveiled a campaign to keep children happy and healthy in today’s hyperconnected, often unsettling world. The name of this lofty and laudable effort? “Be Best.” That’s right: “Be Best!” Not “Be the Best”, or “Be Your Best”, or “Be the Best You Can Be”. Not “Be Better” or “Be Safe”, or even “Don’t Be a Jerk” (which is an actual campaign launched in New York to promote safe cycling). Donald Trump, who was there by his wife’s side in the Rose Garden, signed a proclamation that designates 7 May as “Be Best Day”. Roll it around on your tongue for a moment. Say it out loud. “Hey, friend, any plans for Be Best Day?” “Nah, I’ll probably just spend Be Best Day at home”. “Be Best” just so plainly doesn’t hold up to the laws of English grammar, which require that a superlative … [Read more...] about ‘Be Best’: does Melania Trump’s oddly named initiative break the laws of grammar?
0 Comments Revealed: Transfer test grade intake for Northern Ireland grammar schools 2017 BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Unofficial transfer tests are still growing in popularity - 10 years after the abolition of the 11-plus. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/education/revealed-transfer-test-grade-intake-for-northern-ireland-grammar-schools-2017-36523243.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36523242.ece/4927d/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-01-24_new_37942332_I2.JPG Email Unofficial transfer tests are still growing in popularity - 10 years after the abolition of the 11-plus. Just over half of P7 pupils in Northern Ireland sit tests each year in the hope of attaining a place at an academically selective grammar school. In the 2016/17 academic year 11,570 applications were made for the 8,743 available places at our 63 selective grammars. This is out of a total of 21,763 pupils who obtained Year 8 places at Northern Ireland's 199 post-primary schools in … [Read more...] about Revealed: Transfer test grade intake for Northern Ireland grammar schools 2017
Language snobs who correct other people's grammar are often wrong, a top linguist says.Professor Michael McCarthy says that many so-called rules taught in schools are actually out of date and no longer apply.One example in his new book English Grammar: Your Questions Answered is telling children they should not say, "You and me."He writes: "'Between you and I' comes from old-fashioned school teachers telling children that 'me' is an impolite word or is a sign of bad grammar. "That's nonsense."He also claims it's now acceptable to say "less" instead of "fewer".He says: "Supermarkets have been known to change their signs from 'Five items or less' to 'Five items or fewer', probably after protests from purists, but only the grammarian's equivalent of King Cnut would try to turn back the tide on this one,.”Professor McCarthy, of the University of Nottingham, also says it's fine to use the word "they" instead of "he or she."But he complains that the exclamation mark is over-used these … [Read more...] about Language snobs who correct other people’s grammar are often wrong, says top linguist
BACK in school we were given various handy rules to help us perfect tricky spellings and confusing grammar, but how much of it can actually be relied on?There’s no doubt you’ve heard the age old “I before E except after C” motto chanted at you relentlessly, but a statistics PhD student has now suggested it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.Nathan Cunningham, a second-year statistics PhD student at the University of Warwick, took to his blog to explain why we should disregard this basic rule we’ve previously taken as gospel.In the clever post, published on June 26, he explained his inspiration for investigating the mnemonic further.He said: “An episode of QI I watched recently claimed the rule has more exceptions than adherents, that words containing ‘cie’ actually outnumber those containing ‘cei’, rendering the latter half of the rule useless.”He decided to run some statistics to find out just how useless … [Read more...] about The one common grammar rule which isn’t as accurate as you might think