Cambridge to teach four year olds

The Cambridge Faculty of Education is set to establish a three-form entry primary school, focussing on research-based teaching and learning practice.The University of Cambridge Training School (UCTS) will provide practical training for students taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Cambridge while also teaching 630 four- to six-year-olds.The plans have received support from some locals, including Nick Robinson, headmaster of King’s College School, who praised the University for, “leading the way in developing research-based exemplary teaching and learning among primary children.” He also looked forward to more widespread change, saying, “I hope that this will lead to Oxford and other Universities also following suit as it will undoubtedly lead to an excellent model for teacher training and school focussed academic research.”Professor Ernesto Macaro, director of the Faculty of Education, put forward the newly established Oxford Education Deanery as Oxford’s, “way of responding to the current challenges and opportunities in England in relation to initial teacher education, professional development of teachers and in general the improvement of standards in schools.” The scheme works in conjunction with existing local schools, attempting to strengthen links between them and the University PGCE course.Professor of Teacher Education, Ian Mentor, suggested that the Oxford Education Deanery’s educational network meant that there is no need for a similar school in Oxford. He commented, “Given the range of schools within the city and the county that the University already has strong relationships with, it was decided that there were unlikely to be any major benefits in setting up yet another school.”Opinion amongst students was similarly divided. One student was reluctant to support a primary school “specifically designed for teacher training and research. It might create an artificial environment and skew potential conclusions drawn from the research due to the narrow pool from which the teachers are chosen.”A spokesperson from Cambridge’s Education and Access department assured Cherwell that the scheme would be state-run and wholly inclusive. read more

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Women of Troy travel to Gonzaga

first_imgWhen the USC women’s basketball team faces Gonzaga (1-1) on Thursday in Spokane, Wash., it will mark a couple of firsts for the team.The game will be the first road contest of the season for the Women of Troy (1-1), who are coming off a 68-63 victory over Fresno State. And it will be the first meeting between the two schools in history.Up to task · Guard Ashley Corral’s matchup with Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot will renew a rivalry that goes back to high school. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanIt will not, however, be the first time sophomore guard Ashley Corral matches up against Bulldogs star Courtney Vandersloot, the reigning WCC Newcomer of the Year.Corral, a native of Washington, and Vandersloot were rivals in high school and now take that rivalry to the collegiate stage.“I know she’s a great defensive player and offensive player,” Corral said. “It’s going to take a lot for us to handle her, but I’m used to her game and I think I can [contain] her.”Corral is not the only person excited to play her old rival. USC coach Michael Cooper said he looked forward to seeing the two lead guards face each other.“It’s a good test for Ashley at this point and time in the season,” Cooper said. “You’ve got a player who may not be as deft at scoring as you are, but a very good point guard who runs her team extremely well.”Vandersloot ranked third nationally last season with nearly eight assists per game, and has been performing just as well this season. The main beneficiaries of her passing have been seniors Tiffanie Shives and Heather Bowman, who each average more than 15 points per game.USC will have to turn in a strong defensive performance if it wants to beat the high-scoring Bulldogs, who return four starters from last season’s 27-win team. Cooper credited his team for playing solid defense through its first two games and said that trend would have to continue.“We’ve been hanging our hats on [defense] all season,” he said. “Defense can definitely win you some games on the road, and that’s the approach that we’re going to take.”Briana Gilbreath will be called upon to answer Gonzaga’s high- scoring offense. Gilbreath scored 17 points in USC’s win over Fresno St.Slowing down the Bulldogs would be difficult enough without having to deal with a hostile crowd, but the Women of Troy will have to face that challenge in Spokane. The Bulldogs enjoy one of the best home court advantages in the country and went 14-3 at home last season.Still, Cooper does not expect his team to be fazed by the noise or successful home record.“We’ve been practicing for situations like that where we’re going to treat it as our home court,” he said. “Yes, it’s going to be a little difficult, but nothing we can’t handle.”It will be incumbent on Corral to settle her team down in front of a hostile crowd where, as one player put it, the opposing team is down 10 points before the game starts.“It’s a tough environment to play in,” Corral said. “I have to get the team calm and settled, execute the offense and let the game come to me.”Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Lacey Seeks Public Input For Planning New Museum Facility

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0LACEY, WA, April 6, 2012: The City of Lacey Historical Commission is inviting members ofthe public to share ideas for a new museum facility that will be dedicated in 2016, marking Lacey’s 125 years as an established community and 50 years of incorporation. The new museum, which will be reminiscent of the city’s original 1890’s train depot, will be located adjacent to the Lacey Woodland Trail near Clearbrook Drive.The city will hold a series of design workshops at various stages of the planning process. The first workshop, on Saturday, April 14, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., will be a general brainstorming session, with additional workshops held on April 28 and May 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to refine alternative design concepts and identify preferred solutions. The sessions will be facilitated by MerrittArch, an architectural firm with extensive experience in museum facility planning and design.Participants can attend any or all of the workshops, which will be held in the City Council Chambers at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact Amber Raney, Lacey Museum Curator, at [email protected] or (360) 413-3557.last_img read more

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