Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Saturday 24th August
 
Britain is to invest 1.4 billion in the education of millions of girls in the developing world. The three-year strategy announced today by Chancellor Gordon Brown aims to make it as easy for girls to go to school as boys.
EducationThe Sentinel 26th January 2005
 
Church-based schools continue to excel in the Department for Education's league table of 17,800 primary schools. Of the 190 primaries where all the pupils reached Level 4 (the achievement expected of an 11-year old), 81 were Church of England schools and 33 were Roman Catholic.
EducationEvangelical Times January 2005
 
While Religious Education is the fastest growing of all A-level subjects taken in 2004 the most popular papers were on Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, with the New Testament a poor third. Christian Belief was the least popular behind Eastern Religion, Western Religion, and Religion and Culture. Christian History only just topped Christian Belief.
EducationProtestant Truth January/February 2005
 
Atheism and minority faiths such as Baha'I and Zoroastrianism should be taught alongside Christianity in schools, the first national guidelines on religious education say..The other five major religions - Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism - should all be studied by pupils by age 14, the guidelines say. But they should also study "other religious traditions" such as Baha'I, Jainism and Zoroastrianism and "secular philosophies such as humanism".
EducationThe Independent 29th October 2004
 
Children who start nursery school by the age of two are up to a year ahead in maths and English when they begin full-time schooling, a major research project, published yesterday shows..The only drawback to an early start was that youngsters sent to day nurseries before the age of two were more likely to show signs of antisocial behaviour towards their teacher - 7.1% of the cohort compared with 6.8% of those who stayed at home. However, they were more sociable with their classmates.
EducationThe Independent 26th November 2004
 
One in three children at hundreds of primary schools still cannot read properly by the age of 11 because of poor teaching it emerged yesterday. Seven years after the introduction of a compulsory reading hour in primary education, at least 35% of pupils in 2,235 schools fail to read properly by the time they leave.
EducationThe Independent 15th December 2004
 
England's 10 year olds have shown a dramatic improvement in maths tests over the past decade. A worldwide study yesterday revealed they had shown the biggest improvement of any country since 1994..In the 15 countries which have participated in all three tests, England's score in mathematics has improved the most, by 47 points, to place it 10th in the world in an international league table.
EducationThe Independent 15th December 2004
 
The Government gave the first clear indication yesterday that it does not expect to reach targets set for the national curriculum tests for 11-year olds. Ministers had pledged to get 85% of all pupils to reach the required standard in maths and English by 2006. Stephen Twigg, the minister with responsibility for primary schooling, told the Commons Education Select Committee that it was an "ambitious" target.
EducationThe Independent 9th December 2004
 
Universities should hold back up to 35,000 places a year until A-level results come out in an attempt to attract more working class students, the director of the government backed Office for Fair Access to Higher Education said yesterday. Sir Martin Harris signalled his backing for plans for all universities to withhold "between 5 and 10%" of the 350,000 annual entry until August, when pupils learn their results.
EducationThe Independent 9th November 2004
 
Children will be able to quit school for good at 14 and learn a trade under a planned government shake-up of the education system. Instead of school, they will be able to study at college full time - and take up a trade such as plumbing or engineering under a "young apprenticeship" scheme for 14-16 year olds.
EducationThe Independent 13th December 2004
 
The Church of England could take over a high school in Staffordshire to help tackle an acute shortage of places for families wanting a faith-based secondary education.There are almost 100 Church of England primary schools dotted across Staffordshire. Yet most parents, except those who are Catholic, are shut off from a faith school once their children reach age 11.
EducationSentinel Sunday 21st November 2004
 
Mixed schools should teach boys and girls separately for some of the day, David Miliband the School Standards minister, said yesterday. Mr Miliband described as "startling" the findings of a four-year study by Cambridge University, which found a marked improvement in results at a mixed school that switched to teaching boys and girls in separate classes...Boys at the school in the study, which was not named, did better in languages and girls improved in maths and sciences when taught separately, the minister said. Overall achievement among boys rose from 68% gaining five good GCSE passes in 1997 to 81% this summer. Girls performance rose from 68% in 1997 to 82% in 2004.
EducationThe Independent 17th November 2004
 
English learning is set to rocket with half the world's population speaking the language by 2015, new research revealed today. Two billion people will start learning English within the next 10 years and three billion will speak it, a study for the British Council estimated.
EducationThe Sentinel 9th December 2004
 
Hundreds of children could miss out on school trips after teachers have been advised to boycott outings because of the spiralling compensation culture. NASWUT, the second largest teachers union, said teachers were increasingly being blamed and threatened with legal action over accidents. In the UK over the past five years 20 children and two adults have lost their lives on school trips.
EducationThe Sentinel Sunday - 7th Novemeber 2004
 
Every school in England will be twinned with one abroad in the next 5 years.
EducationThe Sentinel - 15th Novemeber 2004
 
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