Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Sex education which is ‘fully inclusive of all genders and sexualities’, and covers school-children from the age of five, was announced by the Welsh Government in May. Re-branded as Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), the subject will be embedded within the curriculum.
EducationEvangelical now – July 2018
 
The NSPCC has issued a warning to parents about exam stress. Its telephone helpline Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2017/18. Main concerns included an overwhelming workload, pressure from their parents and worries about whether they would get the grades they want.
EducationYouth and Children’s Work - July 2018
 
A YouGov survey in 2016 found that one in four university students in the UK struggle with their mental health. This ranges from those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness through to vast numbers who are battling with stress and worry: 63% of students say that they feel levels of stress that interfere with their day-to-day lives.
EducationEvangelical now – July 2018
 
Over 40 secondary schools have banned girls from wearing skirts enforcing uniform rules in a bid to more easily cater to self-identifying transgender students.
EducationChristian Concern - 6th July 2018
 
Primary school teachers lose more than a million hours of lesson time each year toilet-training children and teaching them basic hygiene.
A report by health and hygiene company Essity found a fifth of early years teachers spend up to 30 minutes a week cleaning up youngsters after they have been to the toilet. It equates to more than a million hours of lost time over an academic year.
EducationThe Sentinel - 30 May 2018
 
Cambridge has topped an annual league table of UK universities for the eighth year in a row. The prestigious institution saw off competition from Oxford, as well as a number of London universities.
EducationThe Sentinel - 25th April 2018
 
The government had made a U-turn over its promise to remove the ‘faith cap’ on free schools. The cap – which prohibits oversubscribed faith schools from selecting more than half of their intake on the basis of religion – will remain, but funds will be provided for local authorities to create Voluntary Aided faith schools that can be fully selective on the grounds of religion.
EducationPremier Christianity – June 2018
 
Religious education ranked near the bottom of a YouGov poll looking at which school subjects were considered important. Only twelve percent considered it “very important”, with the majority calling it “not very important."
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018
 
Students from faith schools in England are less likely to be absent from school than pupils in other state schools. Around 20 percent of faith schools reported a persistent absence issue with that number rising to 34 percent at other state-funded schools, according to Department for Education figures.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – April 2018
 
Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins have both signed a letter in The Daily Telegraph along with more than 60 others, arguing that the cap on the number of religious students at faith schools should stay. Currently, faith schools are limited in the number of pupils they can admit who share the religious ethos of the school. However, the government has committed to lifting the 50 percent cap in order to encourage faith groups to open new schools.
EducationPremier Christianity – April 2018
 
Ninety per cent of children who leave primary school in low-income countries are not expected to read or do basic maths, a new report from the Department for International Development (DFID) says. Globally, most children now have access to basic education, and, in 2015, 17 per cent of spending in low-income countries and 16 per cent in lower-middle-income countries went to education. But it is estimated that low- and middle-income countries spend two per cent of GDP on education that does not lead to learning.
EducationChurch Times – 9 February 2018
 
Ofsted’s recently released 2016-17 annual report is critical of independent faith schools. The Ofsted rating system groups schools into four categories: 'outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’. According to the report, a third of independent Christian schools were marked as either ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. One of the main reasons Ofsted cites is the failure to teach British values.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – February 2018
 
As the government asks for public opinion on teaching about sex and relationships, a new poll suggests parents should be at the heart of what is being taught. Research carried out by ComRes and commissioned by the Evangelical Alliance found that almost 80 per cent of adults believe parents should have access to the content created for children ahead of lessons when it’s due to be delivered. Two thirds believe it is the job of parents to decide when children should learn about sensitive subjects such as sexual activity and orientation.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work – March 2018
 
Poor teenagers are being put at a disadvantage by the current university application system, which relies heavily on predicted grades and personal statements, it has been suggested. Bright teenagers from poor backgrounds are more likely to be predicted A-level grades lower than they actually achieve, according to a UCL study. This means that they can end up applying for degree courses with lower entry requirements than they are capable of getting.
EducationThe Sentinel – 19th December 2017
 
Primary schools should put their best teachers in reception class as children taught well in their first year achieve better GCSEs more than a decade later, educational experts have found. A study of 40,000 children in England has shown that an effective start in school boosts development through compulsory education to the age of 16. Researchers measured children’s reading and maths development at four, then at the end of the reception year, at seven, 11 and 16.
EducationThe Sentinel – 15th December 2017
 
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