Posts tagged England

Boys suffering from low body image

[ENGLAND] A survey of 693 members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers found 78% thought girls suffered low self-esteem and 51% thought boys had low confidence in their body image.

Former model Natasha Devon, who campaigns about body image issues, told the BBC many boys “don’t feel they’ve got an environment… where they can discuss these issues freely.”

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[ENGLAND] Fewer students are applying to become teachers since the government began to reduce bursaries for those with 2:2 degrees and turn away applicants with thirds.

Applications to teacher training courses are down by 15% on last year, after the number of bursaries was also cut back for those applying to teach non-priority subjects.

But research shows more students want to join the profession. Over 80% of final-year students think teaching is a high-status career choice, according to research released today by the Teaching Agency, while a separate survey shows schools and universities are the second most popular type of employer

A third of children in England cannot swim by the time they leave primary school, according to research from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).
The research suggests many non-swimmers have never had a school swimming lesson despite its being part of the national curriculum for seven-to-11-year-olds.
The ASA says swimming is the only curriculum subject that saves lives.
The Department for Education said schools must provide lessons and pupils must be taught to swim 25m unaided. (via BBC News - Primary schools ‘failing to honour swimming obligations’)

A third of children in England cannot swim by the time they leave primary school, according to research from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

The research suggests many non-swimmers have never had a school swimming lesson despite its being part of the national curriculum for seven-to-11-year-olds.

The ASA says swimming is the only curriculum subject that saves lives.

The Department for Education said schools must provide lessons and pupils must be taught to swim 25m unaided. (via BBC News - Primary schools ‘failing to honour swimming obligations’)

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Schools in England should be fined if pupils leave school with poor literacy skills, an independent report into last year’s riots says. It adds they should demonstrate how they are building pupils’ characters, and give careers advice to each child. (via BBC News - Schools should be fined for illiteracy, says riot panel)

Schools in England should be fined if pupils leave school with poor literacy skills, an independent report into last year’s riots says. It adds they should demonstrate how they are building pupils’ characters, and give careers advice to each child. (via BBC News - Schools should be fined for illiteracy, says riot panel)

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[ENGLAND] Trainee teachers face sitting tough new tests in literacy and numeracy before being allowed to enter the classroom amid fears over poor standards in the three-Rs, it emerged today.
Students will be required to sit rigorous exams to qualify for training places as part of sweeping Government reforms designed to attract the brightest graduates into the profession.
An expert panel – led by top head teachers – will be tasked with drawing up new-style assessments of basic skills in a move designed to root out poorly-qualified candidates.
Ministers are also proposing to raise the pass mark for existing tests and clamp down on the number of times students can re-sit exams. (via Teachers to sit rigorous new tests in the three-Rs - Telegraph)

[ENGLAND] Trainee teachers face sitting tough new tests in literacy and numeracy before being allowed to enter the classroom amid fears over poor standards in the three-Rs, it emerged today.

Students will be required to sit rigorous exams to qualify for training places as part of sweeping Government reforms designed to attract the brightest graduates into the profession.

An expert panel – led by top head teachers – will be tasked with drawing up new-style assessments of basic skills in a move designed to root out poorly-qualified candidates.

Ministers are also proposing to raise the pass mark for existing tests and clamp down on the number of times students can re-sit exams. (via Teachers to sit rigorous new tests in the three-Rs - Telegraph)

Spending more than two hours a night doing homework is linked to achieving better results in English, maths and science, according to a major study which has tracked the progress of 3,000 children over the past 15 years.
Spending any time doing homework showed benefits, but the effects were greater for students who put in two to three hours a night, according to the study published by the Department for Education.
The finding on homework runs counter to previous research which shows a “relatively modest” link between homework and achievement at secondary school.
The academics involved in the latest research say their study emphasises what students actually do, rather than how much work the school has set.
(via Two hours’ homework a night linked to better school results | Education | The Guardian)
Also see recent story on a group of French parents and teachers boycotting homework.

Spending more than two hours a night doing homework is linked to achieving better results in English, maths and science, according to a major study which has tracked the progress of 3,000 children over the past 15 years.

Spending any time doing homework showed benefits, but the effects were greater for students who put in two to three hours a night, according to the study published by the Department for Education.

The finding on homework runs counter to previous research which shows a “relatively modest” link between homework and achievement at secondary school.

The academics involved in the latest research say their study emphasises what students actually do, rather than how much work the school has set.

(via Two hours’ homework a night linked to better school results | Education | The Guardian)

Also see recent story on a group of French parents and teachers boycotting homework.

[ENGLAND] The riots suggest that the education system must concern itself with a lot more than simple exam results … This summer’s exam results don’t tell us which pupils will make the most responsible citizens or the best parents. These skills aren’t easily measured or weighed, and we don’t have a marks system that charts individual progress. As a result, we have often given the impression that they are not as important as those things we can measure.

[ENGLAND] More than a third of students who start teacher training are still not working in state schools six months after courses finish, it was revealed.

Figures show just 62 per cent of students end up in state education as others either drop out of courses, shun the teaching profession altogether or get jobs in private schools.

It comes despite the fact that graduates are eligible for Government bursaries of up to £9,000 a year to train as school teachers in England.

More than 3,500 schools in England and Wales will be closed and some 2,600 partially closed on Thursday when two teaching unions stage strike action.

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The number of pupils skipping lessons in England’s state schools climbed to a record high last autumn, statistics show.
An analysis of figures published by the Department for Education reveals that an estimated 64,000 children played truant on a typical day over the autumn term last year, compared to almost 57,200 in the same period of 2006. (via State school truancy in England reaches record high | Education | guardian.co.uk)

The number of pupils skipping lessons in England’s state schools climbed to a record high last autumn, statistics show.

An analysis of figures published by the Department for Education reveals that an estimated 64,000 children played truant on a typical day over the autumn term last year, compared to almost 57,200 in the same period of 2006. (via State school truancy in England reaches record high | Education | guardian.co.uk)