[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.”
[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
[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.