Key Quotes - Education

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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
 
A school leaver’s chances of going to university depend heavily on where they live, new figures suggest. London teenagers are around 25% more likely to go into higher education than their peers across England, according to the Ucas data, while the region with the lowest proportion was the South West at 28.9%. On average, a third (33.3%) of 18-year-olds in England went on to study for a degree this autumn.
EducationThe Sentinel – 11th December 2017
 
Highly conservative faith schools in England that persistently fail to promote or “actively undermine” fundamental British values must be investigated, the latest annual report from Ofsted says. The report, published on Wednesday by the chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, found that, overall, 90 per cent of primary schools and 79 per cent of secondary schools were rated as good or outstanding in the past year.
EducationChurch Times – 15th December 2017
 
Inspectors need new powers to tackle conservative faith schools which are “spreading beliefs that clash with British values”, a major Ofsted report will say on Wednesday. An increasing number of ultra-religious schools are teaching children in a way that threatens to undermine principles of tolerance and respect, according to the school inspectorate’s annual report.
EducationThe Telegraph - 13th December 2017
 
According to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), 28 per cent of secondary schools give no dedicated curriculum time to RE. It estimates that this equates to 800,000 pupils missing out. The number is even higher within academies, which make up the majority of secondary schools. A third don’t offer formal RE teaching to 11 to 13-year-olds, rising to 44 per cent for 14 to 16-year-olds.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
A growing number of schools are removing the historical terms BC and AD from religious education lessons in a bid to avoid offending non-Christians. Teachers in East Sussex and Essex are among those replacing ‘Before Christ’ and ‘Anno Domini’ (which means the year of the Lord) with ‘Before Common Era’ (BCE) and ‘Common Era’ (CE) according to an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.
EducationPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
A report published this week into the sexual behaviour of 16-24 year olds found that teenagers are increasingly experimenting with taboo practices. The report concluded that sexual education for children should become more graphic.
EducationChristian Concern - 24th November 2017
 
Schools in the UK will be rated for how ‘trans-friendly’ they are by an education review group, it was announced at the end of September. Bernadette John, a director at the Good Schools Guide, announced the move and said the issue of transsexualism in schools has been ‘building up’ in recent months. John said ‘inspectors’ from the guide will certainly be asking headmasters in the future about their treatment of transsexual pupils.
EducationEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
More than a quarter of English secondary schools are failing to offer religious education, research by the Department for Education (DfE) indicated in September. Data gathered by the DfE and obtained under a Freedom of Information request shows that 26% of secondary schools are not offering RE lessons. Among academies, which comprise most secondary schools, 34% do not offer RE to 11-13 year olds and 44% are not offering it to 14-16 year olds.
EducationEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
Sex education should promote abstinence, more than seven in ten US adults believe, according to a new survey. Over 1,200 people from a variety of faiths and none, across all 50 states, were interviewed.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
Boys will be allowed to board with girls at a top state school if they are questioning their ‘gender identity’. Gordon’s School in Surrey is drawing up new guidance for transsexual pupils which will allow them to wear the uniform of the opposite sex and be addressed by a gender-neutral pronoun.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 20th October 2017
 
Universities that use "no platforming" and "safe spaces" to shut down free speech could face action from the new higher education regulator, the Government has announced.
Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said young people and students need to "accept the legitimacy of healthy vigorous debate" as he outlined plans for the Office for Students (OfS).
EducationThe Telegraph - 19th October 2017
 
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