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EdTech news roundup – July 2018

A look at some of the most important UK education and edtech headline stories from July 2018.

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Here are 3 of the latest UK education and education technology news stories from July 2018…

Video games DO enhance learning and teaching

Game-based learning does work when it’s used alongside other resources to make a 21st-century lesson, says this edtech CEO

“I strongly believe game-based learning (GBL) has a significant role to play in education and enhance the learning experience for our students. It has many inherent benefits for the teacher but I agree that it cannot and will not replace good teaching. Contrary to what some may believe, I don’t think GBL is for everyone and I know it doesn’t work for everything that students need to learn. However, it works extremely well when carefully mixed with a range of other resources to make a wholesome lesson in a 21st-century classroom”.

One in five grammar schools prepare expansion bids in wake of £50m funding, analysis finds

‘Many parents are likely to worry about the destabilising impact on the educational ecosystem in their local area’

More than a fifth of existing grammar schools are preparing bids to expand in the wake of £50m funding.

At least 35 selective schools – of which there are 163 in England – are considering a share of the expansion funding announced by the government to help create thousands of new places.

Analysis from campaign group Comprehensive Future calculates that an additional thousand pupils could attend grammar schools a year – if all proposals for expansion are approved.

Teachers’ summer holiday workload ‘increases by third’

Stress, lesson prep and job worries: survey reveals the reality of long teacher holidays

The amount of time teachers expect to spend working during the summer holiday has increased by a third over the past five years, a new study has found.

The findings about teacher health and wellbeing over the break have sparked warnings about teachers burning out during the following academic year.

A YouGov survey of 811 teachers, commissioned by the Education Support Partnership, showed that more than half worry to a “large extent” about the amount of preparation needed for the next academic year.

The research found that teachers expect to work eight days over the current summer holiday, compared to six days five years ago.

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