Center Stage – The Additional Support Needs Blog

Yesterday, the report by Prof. Ken Muir CBE “Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education” was published, alongside the Scottish Government’s response to the report and its recommendations. The recommendations are all either fully accepted, broadly accepted or accepted in principle. The headlines, of course, are on what is to […]

Canada lifts education requirement for Hong Kong immigrants

Vancouver resident Calvin Wong says he can finally start picturing a future in Canada after the federal government announced it was dropping educational requirements for Hong Kongers seeking permanent residency in the wake of the Chinese city’s crackdown on dissent. Wong, 28, had graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology […]

‘Put learners first’: Unesco calls for global ban on smartphones in schools | Unesco

Smartphones should be banned from schools to tackle classroom disruption, improve learning and help protect children from cyberbullying, a UN report has recommended. Unesco, the UN’s education, science and culture agency, said there was evidence that excessive mobile phone use was linked to reduced educational performance and that high levels of screen time had a […]

Ontario’s ‘back to basics’ push in education: Here’s what you need to know

Premier Doug Ford’s government is pushing Ontario schools to focus on what it calls “getting back to the basics of education.” The 2023-24 school year brings fresh momentum to that push from Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce.    The government is now armed with new powers to set provincial priorities for student achievement, and school boards face new […]

Ontario’s rushed education overhauls: concerns raised among educators – Op-Ed

Ontario elementary educators were informed via a newsletter distributed on Wednesday, June 20, of a new language curriculum to be implemented in the 2023-24 school year beginning this September. The minister of education announced plans to overhaul the language curriculum in Ontario, on the heels of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Right to Read Report, […]

Closure of Natural Resources Education Center about efficiencies, collaboration, DNRR says

DNRR photo. MIDDLE MUSQUODOBOIT: The closing of the Natural Resources Education Center (NREC) at the end of the summer is being made to improve workforce collaboration and efficiency, a spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables said. Residents in Middle Musquodoboit had heard the NREC would be closing and became concerned of losing […]

What can Brazilian teachers learn from London? Nearly 50 of them are here to find out

From the Amazon River to the Thames River, a group of Brazilian teachers made the 7,000 km trek to London, Ont., to soak in knowledge about Canada’s education system. “In Canada we are learning another way to see people around us, and that’s a great thing so far,” said Debora Menezes, an elementary special education […]

Quebec’s education minister criticized for comments about teachers’ salaries

Québec – Education Minister Bernard Drainville is dismissive of teachers when he insinuates that they are deserving less of a significant pay raise than MNAs, according to Liberal MNA Marwah Rizqy. In an interview with Le Devoir on Monday, Drainville was asked why Quebec teachers don’t deserve to be among the highest paid in Canada, […]