Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Monday 19th August
 
The UK’s performance in major international education rankings has stagnated, leaving the nation’s teenagers lagging far behind their peers in East Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan. Despite the UK spending more than average on education, there has been no change in the country’s abilities in reading, maths and science in the past six years, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study 2012. The UK failed to make the top 20 for any of the subjects, coming 26th place for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science, it found…More than half a million 15-year-olds from 65 countries took part in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) study last year.
EducationThe Sentinel, December 4, 2013
 
A survey carried out by Populus for the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Values has revealed that 87 per cent of parents think that schools have a wider role to play than just producing academic results. Those asked wanted schools to encourage values such as honesty and fairness in pupils.
EducationYouthwork, November 2013
 
In 2012 YouGov polled 1,825 adults asking whether RE should remain part of the national curriculum. For many, the results were surprising.
The poll showed:
• Over half (53%) of all adults in England and Wales think that RE should remain a compulsory subject in state funded schools.
• 58% think it is beneficial for pupils to study RE.
• The above two percentages rise to 63% in each case among 18-24 year olds.
• 1 in 2 adults think RE provides a valuable space in the school day where young people can learn about all religious and non-religious beliefs.
EducationThe Plain Truth, Autumn-Winter 2013
 
16-17 year olds will be obliged to attend school for the first time this year. Young people who were in Year 11 last academic year are required to stay in compulsory education for one more year. Those who were in Year ten or below last year will be required to stay until they are 18.
EducationYouthwork, September 2013
 
The number of homeschooled children in the US has increased by 75% since 1999, according to a report published in Education News on May 21. According to the report, discrepancies in achievement between sexes, income level and ethnicity are non-existent in home-schooling.
EducationEvangelicals Now, August 2013
 
Research from the Office of National Statistics shows that nearly 80,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have no formal qualifications.
EducationNULC News - Summer 2013
 
Teachers across England are struggling to deliver quality RE lessons, despite the fact the public still want the subject on the curriculum. Mr Dorricott said: ‘What RE teachers need are better resources. It’s no use saying that RE lessons are incoherent or stereotypical if you don’t give teachers the tools to teach them well’. He added: ‘This is all the more important if you expect Geography and History teachers to teach RE. They need simple, easy-to-use lessons with great visual aids to do justice to this important area of education’.
EducationFamilies First March/April 2013
 
Outstanding schools could be downgraded by Ofsted if they fail to help their most deprived pupils. Such a move would see over¬subscribed schools that are otherwise deemed highly successful by inspectors re-categorised as 'good' or even 'requiring improvement' - the second-lowest rating. Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw accused schools in 'relatively affluent' areas of 'complacency' for focusing on more able students while cultivating 'low expectations' in others. Ofsted will 'visit and revisit' until there is an improvement, he warned.
EducationDaily Mail June 21 2013
 
Primary school teachers know so little about religion that more than two-thirds now rely on the internet to plan their RE lessons, a study has found. Research by the National Association of Teachers of RE (Natre) found that most teachers questioned felt their own training did not equip them to teach the subject, leading to fears that they could unwittingly turn to misleading, inaccurate or even offensive material.
EducationDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
Children should be tested in basic language and literacy skills before they even start formal education, the head of Ofsted has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that the assessment of pupils' grasp of the nursery-age curriculum is "too broad" and comes "too late". He called for a change in the way young children are tested, with more external moderation and the publication of results showing their progress. Sir Michael, Ofsted's chief inspector, also raised the question of a return to externally marked Sats for all seven-year-olds to restore rigour to primary education. He acknowledged that this was unlikely to win political support from ministers. His blueprint for a new testing system in primary schools is aimed at closing the gulf in achievement between the poorest children and their more affluent classmates. Evidence suggests that children growing up in deprived homes start to fall behind their peers by the age of five and the gap widens in later years.
EducationDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
Hundreds of schools and colleges are failing to send any sixth-formers to Britain's most highly regarded universities, figures have disclosed. For the first time, the Government published results showing the success rate of schools at securing places for pupils at leading institutions such as Oxford or Cambridge. The data showed that state-educated sixth-formers in some parts of the country were more than twice as likely to go to university as their peers living in other areas. A total of 359 state-funded schools and colleges failed to send a single student to one of the 24 leading
EducationDaily Telegraph June 21 2013
 
It was reported at the end of last year that there is widespread support in England for teaching Christianity in schools, according to a YouGov poll released by Oxford University. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the more than 1,800 people questioned said that children need to learn about Christianity to understand English history, while more than half (57%) said it was important if pupils are to understand the English culture and way of life.
EducationThe Plain Truth Spring-Summer 2013
 
Every state school in England was given a new copy of the King James Bible from the government – with a brief foreword by Education Secretary, Michael Gove, to mark the 400th anniversary of its translation last year. The ‘gift’, made around Easter 2012, was intended to help every pupil in every primary and secondary school access Britain’s cultural heritage.
EducationThe Plain Truth Spring-Summer 2013
 
England’s schoolchildren should have shorter holidays and spend more time in the classroom. Education secretary, Michael Gove, called for a longer school days and term times, warning the current system is out of date and fit for the agricultural economy of the 19th century. He said pupils are at a ‘significant handicap’ compared to youngsters in the East Asian nations who benefit from extra tuition and support from teachers.
EducationThe Sentinel - April 19, 2013
 
Andrew Lloyds Webber has launched an educational programme which will allow every child at participating schools to learn to play a musical instrument. It is hoped that the new Andrew Lloyds Webber programme will improve the behaviour and overall academic achievements of pupils, rather than create performing artists.
EducationThe Sentinel - April 24, 2013
 
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