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Last update: Friday 23rd August
 
More than 100 state schools failed to enter a single candidate for GCSE history last year, an official report has revealed. It says the subject is becoming 'margin¬alised' and many pupils have no chronological knowledge of historical events. The schools inspectorate Ofsted also found that England is the only country in Europe where children may stop studying history at the age of 13. Its conclusions will add weight to calls for reform to the national curriculum, which is being reviewed by Education Secretary Michael Gove and historian Simon Schama.
The report, History for All, was based on inspections of 83 primary and 83 secondary schools.
EducationDaily Mail March 14th 2011
 
Explicit cartoons, films and books have been cleared for use to teach sex education to school¬children as young as five. A disturbing dossier exposes a wide range of graphic resources recom¬mended for primary school lessons. The shocking material - promoted by local councils and even the BBC - teaches youngsters about adult language and sexual intercourse. 'The Primary School Sex and Relationships Education Pack' by HIT UK, includes material to allow children aged five to 11 to learn about different sexual positions and prostitution. The dossier, compiled by the Christian Institute, also pinpoints a book called Let's Talk About Sex, by Robie H Harris, which includes a chapter on hetero-sexuality called 'Straight and Gay'.
EducationDaily Mail March 8th 2011
 
School children could be taught about homosexual issues in maths, science and geography lessons under controversial new plans funded by a taxpayer-backed quango during LGBT History Month in March. The lesson plans, which are optional, include considering why homosexuals move from the countryside to cities and using same-sex characters in maths problems. Younger children could be reading books such as And Tango Makes Three, a book about a pair of male penguins who were treated as sexual mates in a New York Zoo.
EducationEvangelicals Now, March 2011
 
UCAS have reported a 5.1% increase in applications this year. With just over 400,000 places for undergraduate study, many will be disappointed. Applicants are likely trying to avoid the increase in fees expected in 2012, when universities will be able to charge up to £9,000 a year. David Willetts, the universities minister said, ‘We are opening up other routes into a successful career. Our reforms will make part-time university study more accessible and we are also investing in new apprenticeship places, with an additional 75,00 being created by 2014.’
EducationYouthwork, March 2011
 
Top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge will be barred from charging the maximum £9,000 tuition fee unless they accept “dramatically” poorer students, Nick Clegg has said. The Deputy Prime Minister said institutions would not be allowed to “merrily” levy the highest charge without making improvements in access. Anybody wanting to charge more than £6,000 a year will be obliged to strike an agreement with the Office of Fair Access.
EducationThe Sentinel, February 10, 2011
 
The race to succeed in life is over for many children in the UK by the day they first arrive in primary school. By the age of just five, huge class differences already exist between the abilities of pupils from comfortable and disadvantaged backgrounds, condemning many poor children to grow up to be poor adults, according to a report by MP Field. The “poverty tsar” has now called on the Government to give more support to parents and children in the first five years of life.
EducationThe Sentinel December 3, 2010
 
Debt and living costs are forcing university students to work during their final year at university, a study found yesterday. Research commissioned by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit found that students in their third year were much more likely to find a job than those in their first year. The study is following 50,000 university students from completing their UCAS application to getting a job.
EducationThe Sentinel November 18, 2010
 
The naming and shaming of failing schools works, research claims. Researchers at Bristol University said the publication of league tables raises average school performance. Bristol’s Centre for Market and Public organisation compared the educational outcomes in England, where tables of secondary schools are published and Wales where they have been abolished. It revealed abolishing tables saw a fall of two GCSE grades per pupil, per year.
EducationThe Sentinel November 3, 2010
 
This summer’s A-level results saw the seventh consecutive year-on-year increase in the number of students taking Religious Studies (RS) A-level, with a slight increase of 0.7 percent against 2009 capping a total increase of 47.3 per cent in the five years since 2004. Church educationalists interpret the continued increase as further evidence that young people are interested in exploring religious perspectives on the big questions in life and in studying how different moral and cultural frameworks shape people’s understanding of the world around them.
EducationThe Wey October-2010
 
Schools could be forced to axe subjects from their timetables to cope with budget cuts, it was reported today. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is reportedly advising schools to look at scrapping courses which are only taken by small numbers of students, if they are not cost effective. The move could hit optional subjects like languages, which are already suffering from a decline in candidates. The Government is to set our spending cuts next month. While there has been a promise to protect frontline services, schools are braced for reductions.
EducationThe Sentinel, Friday, September 3, 2010
 
Atheist schools could be created under the coalition Government’s new plans, as Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he is interested in a school run by prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins. Mr Gove told MPs on the all-party Commons Education Select Committee that he “recognised that there are some people who explicitly do not want their children educated in a faith-based setting. If Professor Dawkins wants to set up a school, we would be very interested to look at an application.”
EducationThe Church Of England Newspaper - August 6th 2010
 
The Government is ready to back the creation of atheist schools as part of its series of reforms [according to] the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. He told MP’s: “It wouldn’t be my choice of school but the whole point of our education reforms is that they are, in the broad sense of the word, small ‘l’ liberal. They exist to provide that greater degree of choice”. Mr Gove, whose two children attend primary faith schools, said he ‘recognised that there are some people who explicitly do not want their children educated in a faith-based setting’.
Education‘Salvationist’ – 7 August, 2010
 
Parents are feeling the strain of putting their child through university as the effects of the recession continue to be felt. More than eight in 10 parents (82 per cent) agree that the economic downturn is already or is set to make it harder for them to support their child through their studies. And many are severely underestimating the debt their child will leave university with.
Education‘The Sentinel’ – July 15, 2010
 
Tens of thousands of would-be students are likely to be denied a place at university this autumn, after another record year of applications. Figures published by the university admissions service, Ucas, reveal applications have risen by 11.6 per cent on last year. In total, 660,953 people from the UK and abroad applied by the June 30 deadline to start full-time undergraduate courses at UK institutions this autumn compared to 592,312 last year. In September 2009, 373,793 UK and EU students were accepted onto courses at English universities.
Education‘The Sentinel’ – July 16, 2010
 
The success of England’s academy schools was questioned today after figures suggested their exam pass rate was down to vocational and “equivalent” qualifications, not GCSEs. Fewer than half of academy exam passes at GCSE were made up of “academic” GCSEs according to data gained through parliamentary questions. The Government is planning a rapid expansion of the academies programme, with Education Secretary Michael Gove inviting every primary and secondary school in England to apply for the status.
Education‘The Sentinel’ – July 2, 2010.
 
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