Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Monday 19th August
 
The UK Government is to make sex education in English schools compulsory from the age of five, sexual intercourse from the age of seven a, and contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion and homosexuality from the age of 11.
Some insist it is necessary to cut teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Others say the Government is determined to abolish traditional morality and assert its control over children of all ages to the exclusion of parents.
EducationPrayer Magazine - January 2009
 
David Cameron will unveil a package of proposals today aimed at improving numeracy, including a maths task force headed by former Countdown host Carol Vorderman. The television presenter will examine teaching methods, how to address people’s fear of mathematics, and whether tests have got easier.
EducationThe Sentinel - 2nd February 2009
 
Hundreds of English Primary schools are to be rebuilt after the Government approved plans worth £1.75 billion. More than 1,500 projects will begin in 133 local authorities over the next two years. The remaining 15 local councils in England will be offered advice on how to bring their plans up to speed.
EducationThe Sentinel - 12th November 2008
 
University students today are more focused on gaining qualifications and getting a good job than going into higher education for the experience. A study commissioned by the National Union of Students reveals that most undergraduates see university as a means to an end. Less then a third say their main reason for going to university was for the experience itself.
EducationThe Sentinel - 25th November 2008
 
Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to do menial tasks and less likely to get placements in professional jobs when they do work experience. By contrast, students at a selective school found it comparatively easy to get placed in law firms, banks and alongside managerial staff. They were also more likely to be trusted with tasks, treated as a colleague and coached by employees, the Birmingham City University study found.
EducationThe Sentinel – September 4th
 
A group of leading universities today warned that without increased investment, the UK could face losing its standing as a world leader for higher education. It comes as World University Ranking revealed Cambridge and Oxford have slipped down the table to third and fourth place. The Russell Group said there was increasing global competition from other nations.
EducationThe Sentinel - 9th October 2008
 
The number of students taking Religious Studies A-level has showed the biggest percentage rise in candidates of any subject this summer with an increase of 5.9 per cent since 2007.Some 81 per cent of more than 20,100 students are celebrating an A-C grade (against 82 per cent in 2007).
EducationThe Church of England Newspaper – August 22nd
 
Details of a government initiative to give disadvantaged children free computers and internet access were announced today. Schools minister Jim Knight said the programme would begin in February with two year-long pilot schemes in Oldham and Suffolk. Grants will be provided to allow families to buy an “approved home access package” which will include a computer or laptop, basic software and broadband access for one year.
EducationThe Sentinel - 21st October 2008
 
Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in managing their money under a new Government initiative. The £11.5 million programme will see youngsters taught about dealing with financial matters from when they start school through to university, or when they begin working. The My Money Initiative will also help parents to answer their child’s financial questions.
EducationThe Sentinel - 22nd October 2008
 
The Rev. Tim Hastie-Smith, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents 250 independent schools across the country, has criticised the removal of God from the British education system and the rise of a consumerist culture that eschews personal responsibility. Speaking at the HMC’s annual gathering in London Mr Hastie-Smith, Head of Dean Close School, Cheltenham, lamented that a generation ‘nurtured on nannying government’ was incapable of taking responsibility and blamed others for it’s own short comings.
EducationSalvationist - 11th October 2008
 
Faith schools should be forced to open their doors to pupils and staff who do not sign up for their ethos, said a new coalition of teachers groups and think tanks in September.
The new coalition, Accord, says that faith schools – which often out-perform other schools – should not be able to “discriminate” against students and teachers on the grounds of their beliefs.
EducationEvangelicals Now & The Christian Institute – October 2008
 
During August, ten MPs wrote to The Daily Telegraph requesting that sex education be made compulsory for children as young as four.
The Government is conducting a review of sex education, and liberal organisations are pressing for compulsory sex education in primary schools.
EducationEvangelicals Now & Prayer Digest – October 2008
 
Children spend so little time outdoors, they are more likely to recognise a Dalek than a barn owl, a survey revealed today. The National Trust found just 53 per cent of youngsters could correctly identify an oak leaf, while half could not tell the difference between a bee and a wasp. Only 47 per cent correctly named a barn owl, but nine out of 10 were able to correctly name Doctor Who’s old enemies and Yoda from Star Wars.
EducationThe Sentinel - July 8th 2008
 
The English language will celebrate its one-millionth word within a year, experts say. At present there are 995,844 official words, with the millionth word predicted to arrive on 29th April 2009. The average person is said to use fewer than 14,000 words and even the linguistically gifted use only about 70,000 words – which leaves a lot unsaid!
EducationEvangelical Times - August 2008
 
A scheme to refurbish or rebuild every secondary school in England by 2020 may be undermined by poor design. According to The Commission For Architecture And The Built Environment, eight out of 10 designs under the £35 billion Building Schools for The Future initiative are “mediocre” or “not yet good enough”, while fewer than a fifth are rated “good” or “excellent”.
EducationThe Sentinel - July 21st 2008
 
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