Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Wednesday 13th November
 
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.
 
Parents could pay up to £68 million in fines for taking their children out of school for holidays during term time. A survey showed that one in five parents in England planned to ignore new laws introducing fines of up to £100 for taking youngsters out of school without permission.
EducationThe Sentinel, 12th febuary 2004.
 
At the beginning of this new century, governments and the international community set targets to dramatically improve educational opportunity for children, youth and adults.
By 2002, the Global Monitoring report Is the World on Track warned that almost one third of the world's population live in countries where achieving the Education For All goals will remain a dream unless concerted effort is made.
In Thailand, 81% of children now have access to free primary school education, although some children travel by boat, which reduces attendance in inclement weather.
In Malawi, where education is free for all, many cannot afford to pay for uniform and textbooks.
In Palestine,curfews, roadblocks and closures in the West Bank make it difficult or, in some cases, prevent students attending school.
In southern Sudan, of an estimated 1.06 million school age childen, 75% do not have access to formal education.
Schools and colleges have been destroyed and primary schools are often no more than a group of children gathered under a tree. Teachers rarely have any qualifications and these schools lack even basic equipment, such as desks and chairs.
EducationBaptist Times, Jan 1st 2004.
 
There was a 20% shortfall in the number of people accepted for RE teacher training courses in 2003, and there is concern that 10 to 20% of these actually fail to finish the course. Nearly 200 posts a year are not being taken up, figures from the Teacher Training Agency reveal.
EducationThe Church of England Newspaper, Thurs 4th Dec 2003.
 
In The Guardian on November 25, Prime Minister David Cameron rebutted an attack on faith schools by Richard Dawkins. Dawkins had asked the PM why he supported faith schools for young children, thus labelling them with that faith, whereas he surely would not dream of labelling a ‘Keynesian child’ or a ‘Conservative child’. Mr. Cameron replied: ‘Comparing John Maynard Keynes to Jesus Christ shows, in my view, why Richard Dawkins just doesn’t really get it’. He went on to say: ‘The church was providing good schools long before the state ever got involved’.
EducationEvangelicals Now, January 2012
 
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