Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Two year old children should be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues, according to National Union of Teachers (NUT). At its annual conference in April, delegates passed a motion calling for compulsory teaching of LGBT issues “throughout all phases of state education” including nurseries.
EducationThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
A recent study showed that 75 per cent of parents think sex education should be compulsory and that schools should teach about these issues.
EducationFamilies First - May/June 2017
 
62% of Scottish 15-year-old girls feel pressured by school work ‘a lot’, up from 29 per cent in 2010 (Scottish Government report)
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - July 2017
 
More than four in ten British adults believe primary-aged kids should not be taught about homosexual relationships, according to a new study. A YouGov survey commissioned by homosexual news website PinkNews found that 41 per cent of Brits would not expose kids aged 5-11 to such teaching, while 14 per cent said they were unsure. Interestingly, 12 per cent of LGBT respondents also said kids should not learn about gay relationships.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 4th August 2017
 
An Orthodox Jewish school has remained under scrutiny from Ofsted because it does not teach students about 'gender reassignment' or 'sexual orientation', even though it meets the required school standards in every other category. Ofsted said that the school's schemes "do not pay enough regard to developing respect and tolerance" as per the Equality Act 2010. Vishnitz Girls' School has pupils aged 3 to 8.
EducationChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
Across Staffordshire, only 53% of pupils met the new national standard in reading, writing and maths in 2016. At 45% the figure was even lower in Stoke on Trent. And in Cheshire East just 52% of pupils reached this benchmark. It reflected a 15% difference between children’s reading and writing scores – one of the largest gaps anywhere in England.
EducationThe Sentinel - May 8th 2017
 
Head teachers at the National Association of Head Teachers conference have backed a motion which could see a shorter school week introduced. The idea to bring in a four and half day week in schools around England is one measure proposed to cope with what the national audit office says are budget cuts of £3bn by 2020. Heads at the conference said ministers had not been listening to their concerns and they were now exploring all available options to protect education.
EducationThe Sentinel - May 1st 2017
 
Scotland’s largest teaching union has voted for children across the country to be taught about same-sex families and LGBT history. At its annual general meeting in Perth, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) resolved to “affiliate to the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign”.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 16th June 2017
 
More sex education is linked to higher rates of teenage pregnancy, a new study has shown. It found that teenage pregnancy rates have declined in areas where the government has cut spending on sex education and birth control. The decline was steepest in areas where councils slashed their teenage pregnancy budgets most aggressively. The results follow calls for relationships and sex education to be made compulsory in schools.
EducationChristian Concern - 2nd June 2017
 
Students at a British university have been told they will be marked down in essays unless they use gender-neutral pronouns. Undergraduates in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Hull have been told that if they do not use "gender-sensitive" language, it will have an "impact on their mark". While other universities already advise students to use 'gender-neutral' language, Hull is the first to penalise students for not doing this.
EducationChristian Concern - 7th April 2017
 
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has passed a motion calling on its members to teach nursery children about same-sex relationships and transsexualism. Delegates at the NUT's annual conference in Cardiff approved the motion. It follows the government's plans to introduce "age appropriate" relationships and sex education in schools.
EducationChristian Concern - 22nd April 2017
 
Young children are to receive 'happiness lessons', including mindfulness, in a new government trial aimed at improving the well-being of the UK's children. They will be taught to think of disturbing thoughts as 'buses', which come and go. It follows results of a study last month which found that the UK's children are among the unhappiest in the world.
EducationChristian Concern - 17th March 2017
 
A poll of more than 1,000 parents conducted for the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, found that fewer than a third of parents even look at league tables when choosing schools for their children. Instead, more than half (54 per cent) look online for general information, 49 per cent read the latest inspection report, and 53 per cent speak to parents of current pupils.
EducationThe Sentinel - 20th January 2017
 
The number of would-be students applying to university has dropped for just the third time in 15 years. Figures show that around 30,000 fewer people had applied to start degree courses this autumn by January 15 – the main deadline of submitting applications. A breakdown reveals that, in the wake of Brexit, the number of EU students planning to study at a UK university has dropped by around seven per cent.
EducationThe Sentinel - 2nd February 2017
 
Police-Style body cameras are being worn by teachers in England to stop pupil disruption. Two schools are taking art in the pilot scheme, according to Tom Ellis, a criminal justice researcher from the University of Portsmouth.
EducationThe Sentinel - 9th February 2017
 
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