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860 primary schools fail to reach targets on three Rs: Soaring numbers face closure after not reaching minimum standard
by Daily Mail, December 9, 2013
.Teachers concentrate on weaker students at expense of high achievers
.Brighter pupils are held back and even regress, according to report
.Schools face closure if they do not turn results around
Tens of thousands of the country’s brightest seven-year-olds are being let down by primary schools that allow them to coast for years, official league tables will show.
Up to 50,000 are failing to reach their full potential by 11, particularly in reading, as teachers concentrate on low-performing and average classmates instead.
Official primary school rankings are set to expose how a ‘culture of low expectations’ is holding back high achieving youngsters who effectively go backwards.
by Guardian, December 9, 2013
A Labour policy that has improved results in many London schools should be rolled out to failing shires. Instead it has been abandoned
A decade ago, parents were fleeing inner London to avoid sending their children to local schools. Today, a poor pupil is more likely to perform better in the capital than anywhere else in the country. Much of this is down to the London Challenge policy of school collaboration which, in the mid-noughties, turned around life chances – and now needs a national rollout.
by Telegraph, December 9, 2013
Britain has created a generation of girls who are nervous about maths and science because of cultural ideas about gender, the education minister claims.
by BBC, December 9, 2013
Almost half (49%) of state-funded mixed schools in England are "reinforcing gender stereotypes" in terms of the subjects students study at A-level.
This is according to a report published on Monday by the Institute of Physics (IoP).
It says these schools are failing to counter the idea that certain subjects are for girls and others are for boys.
by BBC, December 9, 2013
The average UK teenager owns six digital devices and posts pictures and information online, a survey says.
With most using mobile gadgets, it may not be long before youngsters see "always-on connectivity" as a right, the poll for IT firm Logicalis says.
Some 28% of the 1,004 13- to 17-year-olds questioned feel ICT is key to their future career, it says.
by Independent, December 9, 2013
Half of state-funded schools in England are paying too little attention to the way gender stereotypes influence subject choices, researchers have claimed.
Forty-nine per cent of co-educational secondary schools are strengthening the gender divide, with just 19% actively bridging the gap by explaining the universal appeal of typically "boy" or "girl" subjects, an Institute of Physics (IOP) study found.
by Guardian, December 8, 2013
Sir Michael Wilshaw's annual report will condemn 'unacceptable waste of human potential'
White working-class children are being written off far too often in England's schools, Ofsted's chief inspector will warn this week.
Sir Michael Wilshaw will on Wednesday blame teachers' low expectations and a failure to instil the right learning culture for holding back improvements in the education system. In Ofsted's second state of the nation annual report, he will say that attainment levels for white children from poorer families, in particular, have improved more slowly than for all other ethnic groups since 2007.
by Independent, December 7, 2013
Nearly half of teachers who are black or ethnic minority (BME) feel that racial discrimination has stopped them from progressing in their careers, a conference organised by a teacher union has heard.
The annual NASUWT Black and Minority Ethnic Teacher’s Conference saw teachers from across the country meet in Birmingham on Saturday.
by Welwyn & Hatfield Times, December 6, 2013
Autism group HARC, the Hertfordshire branch of the National Autistic Society, carried out the poll, which it said found 59 per cent of respondents said they had been bullied.
The figure rose to 70 per cent of children with “high-functioning autism” and Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
The survey asked parents of children with autism in Hertfordshire about their experiences of education provision and found that of those who responded 29 per cent of children with autism had been excluded from school.
by BBC, December 6, 2013
The Chancellor George Osborne has said there'll be free school meals for all Year 1 and Year 2 kids in English primary schools from next September.
He made a speech today in Parliament about the government's spending plans, called the Autumn Statement.
There'll also be an extra £150m to update and build kitchens and dining rooms in primary schools in England.
'The increasing number of faith schools means there is a real danger of creating educational apartheid'
by Times Educational Supplement, December 6, 2013
A remarkable new map of how schools in Britain select their pupils shows that the traditional arguments over equality in the education system – grammar and private schools versus comprehensives – miss the hidden unfairness that is secretly going on in the state sector.
Whereas only 5 per cent of secondary-age children attend grammar schools, over three times that number attend state schools that select according to faith, and it is in those schools that a high degree of socio-economic jostling also takes place.
by Guardian, December 6, 2013
Deputy PM says extra £150m required will come from Treasury and underspend in schools maintenance budget
Nick Clegg has defended plans to provide free school meals for all six- and seven-year-olds, saying it is nonsense to suggest the cost of funding extra kitchens will come from funds not available in the schools maintenance budget.
by Times Higher Education, December 6, 2013
The Russell Group has attacked the government’s decision to abolish student number caps, warning of a potential decline in quality.
The group of 24 large research-intensive universities – which has traditionally lobbied for increases in the fee cap rather than expansion in numbers – issued a strongly critical press release.
by BBC, December 6, 2013
A cap on the numbers of students England's universities can admit is to be lifted in 2015, Chancellor George Osborne has said.
The change will mean universities will be able to expand further if they want to.
The announcement came in the chancellor's Autumn Statement in the Commons.
by Telegraph, December 6, 2013
Treasury says young people who do not have GCSE level maths and English will have to start studying 'from day one' or risk losing their benefits
Young people must improve their maths and English skills or lose their benefits, the Chancellor has said.
In a pilot scheme aimed at improving Britain's low adult literacy and numeracy rates 18 to 21 year olds without basic GCSE level knowledge of the subjects must sign up to sixteen hours a week of compulsory lessons or lose their right to claim job seekers allowance.
by Guardian, December 6, 2013
The prime minister wants schoolchildren to learn Mandarin, but it is a notoriously difficult language. From filthy mistakes to the impossibility of text messaging, here are eight of the biggest challenges
David Cameron wants our schools to teach Mandarin. But China's first language has a reputation as one of the hardest in the world. Can we really expect our kids to get their heads round it? Here are eight reasons why – for a native English speaker – learning Mandarin is one of the trickiest tasks there is.
by Guardian, December 5, 2013
Chancellor says end of 'cap on aspiration' funded by selling loan book, but critics question sustainability of annual £700m needed
English universities will be able to take as many students as they want from 2015, after the chancellor said the limit on places would be abolished – leaving critics to question how the expansion would be funded in the long-term, with potentially damaging implications for the arts and humanities.
by The Star, December 5, 2013
New research from nutrition experts at the University of Sheffield has revealed that sandwiches, pizza and puddings are the most popular dishes with pupils.
They also found that youngsters who receive free school meals are far more likely to choose a freshly-prepared hot meal than other pupils.
by Liverpool Daily Post, December 5, 2013
A Liverpool all-girl secondary school has confirmed it will become fully mixed-sex to coincide with its move to a new building.
St Hilda’s CE High School, on the edge of Sefton Park, already has a mixed sixth form but will welcome boys in the rest of the school from 2015.
The switch to co-education will be phased in over five years, with boys starting in year seven only and moving up the school years.
by The Shields Gazette, December 5, 2013
SCHOOLS in South Tyneside that recruit pupils based on their faith are not being fully inclusive, a new report claims.
The Fair Admissions Campaign has published research into the extent of religious selection in state schools and its effect on social and ethnic inclusiveness.
Nationally, Roman Catholic secondary schools were found to admit 24 per cent fewer pupils eligible for free school meals – a common measure of deprivation – than would be expected given their areas.