Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Sunday 21st July
 
Poor literacy and the lack of basic skills caused by unrecognised dyslexia costs the UK economy 1 billion a year, campaigners said today. The Dyslexia Institute estimated that the economy lost a "staggering" 2.75 million a day because dyslexics were not being given the help they needed to fulfil their potential.Some studies have estimated that as much as 50% of the prison population may be dyslexic.And around 20% of the long-term unemployed are thought not to have received the educational support they needed to succeed.
EducationSentinel Sunday 10 October 2004
 
The law says that education is compulsory until the age of 16 but government figures show that a staggering 10,000 14-year olds absent themselves around this time of year - and never return.
EducationThe Independent on Sunday 10 October 2004
 
The Government has missed its main targets for GCSE results this summer, according to figures from the Department for Education and Skills. The figures, published yesterday, show that the proportion of students getting at least 5 A* to C grades in GCSE exams, or their vocational equivalent, rose by 0.5% to 53.4% this year. The target demands that the pass rate rises by 2% each year. Another target required 92% of 16 year olds to pass at least five GCSEs this year in subjects including English and Maths. But the proportion fell from 86.6% last year to 86.4% this year. Another target, to have 38% of all pupils achieve at least five A* to C grades at GCSE level was also missed, although there was slight improvement on last year. The figures also show that 35,000 teenagers, or 5.4%, left school with no GCSE or GNVQ passes this year, up from 32,350 the previous year.
EducationThe Independent 22 October 2004
 
Girls are 9 times more likely to play the flute than boys with gender stereotyping going unchallenged in music lessons, the education watchdog Ofsted said yesterday. Female students are three times as likely to learn the violin or clarinet than male classmates, a study of music lessons provided by local education authorities concluded. Meanwhile twice as many boys as girls learned to play the trumpet, percussion or guitar.
EducationThe Independent 22 October 2004
 
More than 60% of Staffordshire teenagers are failing to achieve a grade C pass or above in English, maths and at least three other GCSEs, it emerged today. The lowest achieving pupils at GCSE are still generally boys - there is now a gap of more than 11% between male and female students.
EducationThe Sentinel Sunday 17 October 2004
 
In this year A-Level passes hit a record 171,639, with A grades representing 22.4%. The overall pass rate went up for the 22nd consecutive year to 96%.
EducationThe Times - 19th August 2004
 
New government figures reveal that nearly 17,000 children were suspended or expelled from school last summer for attacking teachers or fellow pupils.
EducationEvangelical Times - September 2004
 
Until 1987 primary education in Haiti was not mandatory and there are very few state schools. In 2000 only 53 per cent of children were attending primary education.
EducationSalvationist - 31st July 2004
 
A report by NatWest says students are now entering the world of work owing an average of 12,180 - 4,000 more than a year ago. Just under 60 per cent of people are graduating with debts of more than 10,000, while a third of students think it will take them 10 years or more to clear their debt.
The average cost of a three year degree including living expenses now stands at 23,787.
EducationThe Sentinel - 12th August 2004
 
National statistics show that on average in Catholic schools 70 per cent of pupils are white British, whereas in all schools in England the figure is 81 per cent.
EducationThe Universe - 4th July 2004
 
Our children are at school around 40 per cent of the time and 60 per cent at home.
Of the 60 per cent of time at home around 40 per cent of that time, our kids are asleep, the remaining 20 per cent they're eating or very tired after a long day at school. When at school, for vitually ALL of there 40 per cent of the total time, they are at PEEK CONCENTRATION LEVELS.
EducationTV 4 LIFE - May / June 2004
 
Surging interest in English language books helped UK publishers to record solid growth in exports last year, according to new figures. Total exports from the UK in 2003 were worth 1.31bn - up by 5.8 per cent on the previous year. The US remained the leading destination for exports; the second and third largest markets were Ireland and Germany.
EducationChristian Marketplace - May 2004
 
The steady growth in the number of pupils attending private schools slowed last year. The average fee increase of 9.6 per cent also led to a decline in the number of borders as the impact of JK Rowlings Harry Potter novels, which had led to a major revival in boarding, began to wane.
The figures published in the 2004 census by the Independent Schools Council (ISC), provide a national snapshot of trends and parental choices within the private sector. They show a net rise of just 416 pupils - 0.1 per cent - compared with the previous year, On the census day in January there were 508,027 pupils in ISC schools, representing more than 80 per cent of all children in the independent sector. But youngsters attending independent schools still make up only 7.1 per cent of all pupils, with the lions share still educated in the maintained or state sector. Independent school fees rose 9.6 per cent on average last year, but were well into double digits in London and the south east. Average fees are now 3,074 a term. Boarding fees were up 9.1 per cent to 5,909, while rates at day schools rose by 10.1 per cent to 2,429.
The number of day pupils held up, with an increase of 0.3 per cent, but the number of boarders fell slightly after two years of recovery following a long decline. The number of pupils from overseas rose by 3.3 per cent - due largely to an increased number of British expatriate children. Numbers from mainland China were up 13.1 per cent to 1,102. Figures for continental Europe - which contributes 28 per cent of foreign pupils - showed Germany remains the largest single source.
Applications for UK university admission this autumn are 3.1 per cent higher than at the same time last year, according to figures publised today by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). There was a marked rise in applications from Cyprus, one of the countries joining the EU next month, with 1,458 applications received to date, an increase of 104.8 per cent.
EducationThe Guardian - 29th April 2004
 
Currently 50 per cent of religious education is about Christianity. According to many people - that's just not enough.
EducationChristian Herald - 21st February 2004
 
48% of schools fail to comply with the legal requirements for R.E at Key Stage 4.
EducationAct Now, Spring 2004.
 
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