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Sector News, 5 May - 9 May 2008

History essay in the making.  Education Guardian, 6 May 2008

There has been a rise of ‘contact cheating’ where university students post requests for on the web for small business to write their essays for them.  This is easy and generally cheap to do, but the results are often poor. 

Revolution waiting to happen.  Education Guardian, Link (supplement), 6 May 2008.

Assistive technologies, for example, the Read and Write Gold programme from Texthelp, can go a long way to support students with learning difficulties. 

Interactivity beckons.  Education Guardian, Link (supplement), 6 May 2008.

A review of the latest whiteboard hardware and software from three major suppliers.

What will we do for those whose parents can’t work the system?  THE, 8 May 2008

Certain ethnic groups and socio economic backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education. Deborah Eyre, Professor of Education at the University of Warwick, takes a look at this well known issue.  In the article she discusses the pre-conceived ideas of certain groups and the support, or lack of it, available to students from their parents.

Is it fair to point the finger at teachers? TES, 9 May 2008

In light of recent published comments concerning the effect of so called ineffective teachers, William Stewart analyses why quality teaching is in the spotlight.

All clues point to college’s forensic award.  TES, FE Focus, 9 May 2008

Bridgewater College has won the AoC’s charitable trust president’s award for innovative approaches to education.  The college has developed a Btec certificate course in forensic science which can be taken alongside AS and A2 qualifications.  Bridgewater College impressed by the way it had drawn students into science programmes.

Also on this page are the winners of this years Beacon Awards.