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Last update: Friday 23rd August
 
The union representing university lecturers has warned fast-track degrees are in danger of becoming “academic sweatshops” which devalue students’ education. Staffordshire University is one of just a handful of institutions to pilot the degrees. It has hundreds of students enrolled on the courses, which are taken over two years instead of the traditional three.
EducationThe Sentinel – 1st June 2010
 
The Government on April 7 bowed to pressure and withdrew its highly controversial home education and sex education plans for England. It is believed that the Conservative Party blocked the sex education plans. Both the Tories and Lib Dems were opposed to the home education proposals. Under the proposals, sex education was to become a statutory part of the national curriculum and control over the content of lessons was to be taken away from school governors and given to Whitehall officials.
EducationEvangelicals Now, May 2010
 
More than half of British adults think that intelligent design should be taught alongside beliefs such as creationism in school science lessons – a proportion higher than in the US. An Ipsos Mori survey questioned 11,768 adults from 10 countries on how the theory of evolution should be taught in school science lessons. About 54% of the 973 polled Britons agreed with the view: “Evolutionary theories should be taught in science lessons in schools together with other possible perspectives, such as intelligent design and creationism.”
EducationThe Son, Winter 2009
 
Nearly one in six children in England failed to get a place at their first choice secondary school this year, Government figures showed today. Results for applications by more than half a million children showed 83.2 per cent were offered a place at their preferred school for September. The refusal rate was 16.8 per cent – the same percentage as March 2009. Statistics from the Department for Children, Schools and Families show 94.9 per cent of families received an offer of a place at one of their top three.
EducationThe Sentinel, Friday March 12, 2010
 
A new league table shows Stoke-On-Trent has the sixth worst record, out of more than 200 local authorities in Britain, for 16-24-year-olds who hold at least one qualification. The league table has been published by the University and College Union (UCU), which represents lecturers. The UCU says the findings mean Stoke-On-Trent is a “qualifications desert.” The union says efforts to encourage more teenagers to stick with their studies are hampered by complex funding systems.
EducationThe Sentinel – February 24th 2010
 
Children who read daily when aged three are more than two months ahead of their classmates in literacy and maths by the age of five, research found today. Reading is more important to a child’s academic development than teaching them the alphabet or how to count, the University of London study suggests. Researcher Dr Kirstine Hansen said: “Reading has a positive effect.”
EducationThe Sentinel – February 17th 2010
 
Tens of thousands of children from England’s poorest areas are missing on average a day of school each week, according to official figures. Persistent absence is five times higher in the most deprived 10 per cent of neighbourhoods compared to the richest 10 per cent, according to conservative analysis of Government statistics.
EducationThe Sentinel – 28th December 2009
 
Labour is facing increasing pressure from its own MPs to take a stand against a hike in university tuition fees. Some 22 Labour members have signed up to a National Union of Students (NUS) pledge to vote against any rise. A review into the student funding system, which could pave the way for higher fees, began in November.
EducationThe Sentinel – 1st January 2010
 
An extra £100 million has been allocated by the Government to provide around 15,000 extra primary schools places, it was announced today. Schools Secretary Ed Balls said the cash had been added to £200 million from rising birth rates or unexpected population rises in some areas, resulting in high demand for places.
EducationThe Sentinel – 30th November 2009
 
Parents will lose the right to withdraw children from sex education lessons once they reach 15, the Government has announced. Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) will be mandatory in primary and secondary schools from 2011.
EducationThe Sentinel – November 6th 2009
 
Faith schools have received a firm endorsement from the government following the publication pf a new report by Ofsted, the office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. “Independent Faith schools give pupils a strong sense of personal worth and help them understand the importance of being a good citizen,” said the Ofsted report, Independent Faith Schools.
EducationThe Church of England Newspaper - November 6th 2009
 
Religious symbols in classrooms could be banned after a human rights ruling in Strasbourg. Judges backed a parent who complained that displaying crucifixes in Italian state schools breached religious freedoms enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Italian government to pay damages of £4,500 to parent Solie Lautsi.
EducationThe Sentinel – November 4th 2009
 
A second Sussex Catholic school has placed a ban on pupils consuming caffeine-rich, high-energy drinks, believing them to have a significant effect on behaviour. Cardinal Newman School in Hove implemented the ban in conjunction with local shops after recent research showed the drinks could cause poor concentration in class.
EducationThe Universe – October 18th 2009
 
It is clear from surveys and quiz programmes that elementary knowledge of the Bible is much less common than it was a century ago. Younger people are less likely to recognise Bible names than a generation ago. The majority of people today are appallingly ignorant of the basic facts of Christianity, the nature of the Christian life and the contents of the Word of God.
EducationThe Flame - October – December 2009
 
Ministers are facing renewed pressure to scrap Sats tests as new figures show the number of people reaching the required standard in English has fallen for the first time in the history of the exams. A fifth of primary school pupils, around 115,000 in total, failed to reach Level 4 in the subject, according to results published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). This is down one per cent from last year, from 81% to 80%, and the first time there has been a drop since 1995.
EducationThe Sentinel- 5 August 2009
 
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