Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Wednesday 21st August
 
Decades of dumbing down in education have cost the economy £9 billion as hundreds of thousands of teenagers turn their back on maths, a report warned today. Every teenager who drops the subject at A-level misses out on £136,000 in lifetime earnings. Since 1990 a “lost generation” of nearly 440,000 pupils has given up maths at a cost to the economy of £9 billion.
EducationThe Sentinel - June 3rd 2008
 
Campaigners have slammed education chiefs who banned school sack and three legged races because of health and safety fears. Teachers at John F Kennedy Primary in Washington, Tyne and Wear, dropped the races amid fears a child would fall over and be hurt. It followed talks with the Beamish Open Air Museum, where the event will be staged.
EducationThe Sentinel - July 14th 2008
 
A new resource is set to bring an Alpha-style Christianity course to Britain’s classrooms. Born out of the partnership between Youth for Christ and youth Alpha, exploRE is a multi-media resource for use with 11-to-14 year olds within the context of RE lessons. The series of 12 lessons allows students to explore key aspects of the Christian faith, raising questions such as, ‘Is there a God?’ and ‘What about suffering?’ The course structure allows the students space to discuss and debate the issues, with a view that they might move someway toward finding answers for themselves.
EducationYouthwork - August 2008
 
Parents believe the English education system provides too little choice and is too frequently run in the interests of politicians, not children. The pole comes with the release of a new report by think-tank Policy Exchange, which argues there is too much central Government intervention in schools at the expense of teachers.
EducationThe Sentinel March 10th 2008
 
A web-based game that encourages girls as young as nine to create virtual characters who embrace plastic surgery and extreme dieting in the search for the perfect figure has been condemmed as lethal by parents’ groups and health care experts. The Miss Bimbo site has attracted young girls who then buy their virtual characters breast enlargement surgery and keep them “waif thin” with diet pills. Almost half of 11-14 year olds are told off by parents for not engaging with “proper books”. However, National Year of Reading and online teen community Piczo complied a survey which found that young people enjoyed reading everything from film scripts and lyrics to traditional literature.
EducationYouth Work May 2008
 
Many school children could be failing reading and writing tests because they are unaware they are dyslexic, new research suggests. A study by Hull University academics of 1,300 children said dyslexia was a major cause of failure. Over half those who did not achieve expected levels in SATS tests displayed all the signs of being dyslexic.
EducationThe Sentinel - March 14th 2008
 
The equivalent of over 3 million more school days were lost this year due to truancy compared to 1997, according to Liberal Democrat analysis figures. An estimated 63,000 pupils truanted every day, equating to 1% of all school sessions missed without a valid reason. And more than 19,000 parenting contracts were agreed to improve attendance, ministers said.
EducationYouth Work Magazine - April 2008
 
Poorer parents are less likely to be able to exercise choice over their children’s schooling, it was claimed today. Official figures obtained by the Conservatives under the Freedom of Information Act showed approximately 100,000 parents missed out on their first choice of secondary school. Nearly one in five parents had to settle for a back-up option, according to data from more than 80 per cent of local authorities.
EducationThe Sentinel - February 26th 08
 
Many teachers are being bullied and harassed by pupils, but school heads are concealing the problem, says the The National Association of Head Teachers. A survey by the NASUWT teacher’s union found about half of the 5,000 teachers polled had been taunted, abused or attacked by their pupils. But the NAHT union said its members feared reporting ill-treatment would reflect badly on their school. The NAHT’s general secretary, Mick Brookes said “I think we’re quite right in asserting the under reporting of these sort of incidents because it’s not the sort of thing that schools and even teachers, will want to be shouting from the rooftops.
EducationThe Sentinel - February 28th 08
 
The number of immigrant children entering England’s secondary schools who are unable to speak English has jumped 50 per cent in two years, figures suggested today. Nearly 2,000 non-English speaking 15-year-olds had their GCSE results removed from official league tables at their teachers’ request, the Government said.
EducationThe Sentinel - January 9th 2008.
 
Thousands of teenagers were punished for cheating in their GCSE Exams last year. A government watchdog said 4,258 candidates were caught, with a quarter punished for taking mobile phones or other gadgets into their exams.
At the same time, the number of teenagers given extra marks for being ill on the day of their exams rose sharply, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) said.
EducationThe Sentinel - 12th February 2008
 
Teenagers will be given compulsory cooking lessons at school for the first time, under government plans to ensure all pupils know how to make a healthy meal. From September every 11-14 year old in the 85 per cent of schools currently offering food technology classes will be taught practical cookery.
EducationThe Sentinel – 22nd January 2008
 
The sudden influx of immigrant children is pushing some schools to breaking point, headteachers warn Parliament. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) stress that migrant pupils should be welcomed into schools. But the union is concerned that headteachers do not have the resources to cope. The NAHT will set out its views alongside nurses doctors and academics to an inquiry by the House of Lords economic affairs committee. NAHT general secretary Mick Brookes said: “There is a feeling among some of our members that this is out of control and unpredictable."
EducationThe Sentinel - November 2007
 
Students in England are among the least hard-working in Europe, putting the reputation of the country’s universities at risk. The Higher Education Policy Institute, which conducted the study, said studies courses averaged only about 20 hours of work each week, although medics did 35 hours.
EducationThe Sentinel - September 25th, 2007
 
Students will no longer be awarded traditional university degrees, under plans published today. Instead, universities will issue graduates with a detailed transcript, breaking down marks for each unit. The new Higher Education Achievement Report could show overall percentage scores and is intended to become the main method for grading all UK students by 2010.
EducationThe Sentinel - October 16th, 2007
 
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