Wed, 27/02/2013 - 17:21
The future of the book trade depends on future generations reading and writing books.
It may seem self-evident, but this future is far from secure when you consider that 20% of England’s 16-year-old pupils have literacy skills below the level expected of an 11 year old.
The Tail: How England’s schools Fail One...
Mon, 04/02/2013 - 08:25
Education secretary Michael Gove's announcement of changes to the A-Level exam system has given "added pressure" to education publishers as they wait for details to be confirmed.
Gove said last week that he will return A-Levels to two years of study with an end-of-course exam. In September he said GCSEs would be...
Wed, 09/01/2013 - 16:40
McGraw-Hill Education has unveiled its SmartBook, a new adaptive e-book programme that acts like a virtual teacher, adapting the reading experience to suit each students' ability and guiding them through the text.
The US company showed off the new product at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this week, with plans...
Mon, 07/01/2013 - 08:00
Pearson is to exit its UK adult training business, Pearson in Practice.
After launching a comprehensive review into the business in October 2012, Pearson has decided to close the business, at a cost of around £120m.
The company, which was built around Pearson’s 2010 acquisition of Melorio p.l.c., delivered...
Thu, 11/10/2012 - 09:33
Yudu Media has launched an education platform which allows publishers to create enhanced e-books which can be used across multiple devices.
A company spokesperson said it was the first system which provides access to enhanced content on any device and also enables publishers to sell it outside a locked system.
Fri, 21/09/2012 - 08:40
Publishers say the plan to abolish competing exam boards as GCSEs are scrapped in favour of new Baccalaureate certificates will open up the education market.
Lis Tribe, m.d. of Hodder Education, called the development "very good news". She said: "If there is a contract model where one exam board will be offering a...
Fri, 03/08/2012 - 08:52
Cengage Learning is among the companies that have put in initial bids for McGraw-Hill Companies' education business, according to a Reuters report. Other interested parties include Bain Capital, Thomas H Lee Partners and ...
Thu, 12/07/2012 - 10:04
Publishers are "missing out" on e-book sales to schools because of the lack of a business model and a platform where schools can buy e-books for lending, said Andrea Carr, m.d. of educational and digital publisher Rising Stars.
While schools are now embracing e-books, particularly over the past 18 months, Carr said: "...
Thu, 07/06/2012 - 10:22
Authors have reacted angrily to news of a proposed qualification for Creative Practitioners Working with Children and Young People which would mean them having to study health and safety and child welfare, as well as "planning, delivering and evaluating creative learning activities".
It is unclear whether the qualification...
Mon, 28/05/2012 - 06:30
International education publisher Pearson has acquired Business English language learning software company GlobalEnglish.
Pearson has acquired the company for $90m in cash. The acquisition is subject to the approval of GlobalEnglish's sharedholders.
GlobalEnglish is a provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English...