Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Monday 19th August
 
The number of pupils taking physics A-Level has plummeted by 38% since 1990.

EducationThe Sentinel – 21st November 2005
 
Within the estimated 270,000 English students due to start university this month, young people who have been in care are significantly under represented according to a report by leading children’s charity NCH. It is estimated that less than 1 in 100 (1%) of care leavers go to university compared with nearly half (43%) of all under 30 year olds.
EducationChristian Herald – 24th October 2005
 
This year the A-level pass rate has risen slightly to 96.2%, up 0.2% on 2004, the 23rd successive rise since 1982 when the pass rate was 68%.

EducationThe Universe – 18th September 2005
 
Religious Studies in the UK has this year become the A Level subject with the largest increase in entries, according to the 2005 A Level entry results data. The 16.9% increase in the number of students taking RS A Level this year makes it the top subject in terms of the increase for the second year running, after last year’s 13.8% rise.

EducationThe Church of England Newspaper – 26th August 2005
 
There are currently around 7,000 faith schools in England, 600 secondary and 6,400 primary. The vast majority are Christian (mostly Church of England and Catholic) with 36 Jewish, five Muslim and two Sikh.


EducationThe Church of England Newspaper – 26th August 2005
 
A poll by ICM for ‘The Guardian’ found that 64% of respondents agreed that “the government should not be funding faith-schools of any kind.” A quarter of those polled said Muslim schools should be treated on the same basis as Christian and Jewish schools, while 8% wanted to limit public funding to Christian and Jewish schools only.
EducationThe Church of England Newspaper – 26th August 2005
 
Over 600,000 young people aged 15-16 all over England will be sitting their GCSE examinations, and a further 250,000 their A-Levels. On average each GCSE pupil takes 10 subjects and the older pupils three A-Levels. Of this vast volume of examinations some 2.3% of pupils will be taking Religious Studies (RS) or Religious Education at GCSE Level and 1.9% at A Level which translates (in England) to 150,000 and 15,000 pupils respectively. Even excluding the six% average of other faiths, this is still almost four times the number of 16 year olds going to church!
EducationChurch of England Newspaper – 13th May 2005
 
Independent Christian schools produce happier and more socially aware children than state schools, according to a study by the University of Wales at Bangor. But they also produce pupils who believe in the creationist view of the world and that God punishes people who do wrong.
EducationThe Times – 23rd May 2005
 
New figures from the Department for Education and Skills show stress and sickness in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire is reaching crisis point. Parents groups say they are becoming increasingly worried about the impact of widespread absence on their children's studies.
EducationThe Sentinel - 30th January 2005
 
'A California teacher is suing public school officials for barring him from using the Declaration of Independence and other historical documents in class because they contain references to God and Christianity.
EducationEvangelicals Now - February 2005
 
Frustration with public education seems to be growing among the nation's Southern Baptists, with supporters of Christian schools and home schooling arguing that if God is absent from the classroom, then their children should leave to.
EducationEvangelicals Now - February 2005
 
As part of a recent poll, Ofsted, England's education watchdog, identified a significant growth in the number of independent faith schools. There are now around 250 of them, with some 100 Muslim schools educating an estimated 14,000 pupils and more than 50 Jewish schools with 9,500 students. There are also more than 100 evangelical Christian schools.
EducationChristian Herald - 22nd January 2005
 
Ofsted recently conducted a poll of teachers and pupils aged 14 to 16, who are currently studying citizenship as part of the National Curriculum. Only one in four pupils could identify the correct balance of power in the House of Commons, yet 45% said they did not think it is important for them to know more about what the political parties stand for. Tony Blair was correctly identified as Prime Minister by 95% of the pupils, but only 16% recognized Michael Howard and 10% recognised Charles Kennedy.
EducationChristian Herald - 22nd January 2005
 
Youth work will become a degree-level profession in 2010, leading figures in the statutory sector have announced. The move is intended to place youth workers on an equal footing with teachers and social workers, and has been agreed by the Education and Training Standards Committee.
EducationYouthwork – February 2005
 
Around 200,000 sixth formers will get £100 this week for returning to school after Christmas. Under the education maintenance allowance scheme students get £30 a week to stay on at school. About 270,000 students get EMA's and 75% of these will get the bonus.
EducationThe Sentinel – 24th January 2005
 
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