Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
Parents have given a cautious welcome to plans to test every primary school leaver on their knowledge of time tables. Under the Government’s new guidelines, children will be assessed on tables up to 12 x 12 to make sure they are confident with their sums.
EducationThe Sentinel - February 12th 2016
 
In January, the Scottish Parliament rejected a bid to make the teaching of LGBT topics a statutory requirement in all schools. In August 2015, homosexual lobby group, Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), called for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Government to enforce a pro-LGBT agenda in schools.
EducationEvangelicals Now - March 2016
 
Schools in England are being judged on the basis of raw GCSE results for the final time as new methods of ranking achievement will be introduced. From next year schools will be measured on a broader range of results across eight subjects.
EducationThe Sentinel - 22nd January 2016
 
A campaign to persuade more people to teach religious education has been a success. Figures have shown a 31 per cent rise in applicants for teaching roles in R.E. – up from 650 to 850 a year ago.
EducationBible Society - 26th February 2016
 
At least 21 'illegal' UK schools are being investigated, over fears children are being exposed to "narrow Islamic-focused curriculums". This follows Sir Michael Wilshaw stating his intention to investigate all faith schools. Currently there is no evidence that Christian schools are operating illegally.
EducationChristian Concern - 20th February 2016
 
The Education Secretary ordered officials in late December to review home education in England over fears that parents could be ‘poisoning` their children’s minds.
EducationEvangelicals Now - February 2016
 
It has been heralded as the biggest change in the school system for decades. Chancellor George Osbourne used his budget speech yesterday to reveal that all state schools will be expected to be academies by 2022. Teaching unions claim the plan is an ‘ideological step too far’, which will remove democratic accountability and won’t be in the best interests of children.
EducationThe Sentinel – 17 March 2016
 
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced that the government plans to limit complaints over faith schools' admission policies. The new plans are intended to prevent complaints from outside the local community, which can burden school admission systems. They will also prevent secular campaign groups from bringing "vexatious complaints" against faith schools. Only local parents or the local authority will be allowed to lodge a complaint against a school.
EducationChristian Concern - 30th January 2016
 
Four out of 10 teachers have experienced violence from pupils in the past year, a survey for the ATL teachers union suggests. Of those who had experienced violence, 77% said they had been pushed, and around half were kicked or had an object thrown at them.
EducationBBC News - 1st February 2016
 
Secularist campaign groups are to be stopped from making "vexatious complaints" against the admissions systems of individual faith schools.
EducationBBC News - 25th January 2016
 
New research by the University of Cardiff shows there is a very real link between how well a child performs in exams and getting a healthy breakfast. A study of 5,000 children aged between nine and 11 showed children are twice as likely to score higher than average marks in assessments at 11 if they have a healthy breakfast in the morning.
EducationThe Sentinel - 18th November 2015
 
Censorship is increasing on British university campuses, with over half imposing serious restrictions on expression, new figures have shown. According to new analysis by Spiked, 55% of campuses banned speakers, behaviours, pressure groups and songs in 2015, rising from 41% in 2014.
EducationChristian Concern - 23rd January 2016
 
Schools in England do not need to give non-religious views "equal air time" and should still teach that the UK is principally a Christian country, guidelines say.
EducationBBC News - 28th December 2015
 
Schools do not have to teach humanism on an equal footing with religious views, revised Department for Education guidance has said.
EducationChristian Institute - 8th January 2016
 
GCSE and A-level exams have been shifted to accommodate Muslim students who fast during Ramadan. The Joint Council for Qualifications has moved some exams forward in light of the Islamic holy month, it was revealed in a Commons education committee meeting on Wednesday.
EducationChristian Concern - 9th January 2016
 
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