Teaching the first world war
One hundred years ago, a hitherto individual by the name Gavrilo Princip, a member of Young Bosnia, set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to the outbreak of the first world war. It was utterly inconceivable to all that a regional conflict would take over the entire planet.
As the historian Hew Strachan concludes in his excellent history of the conflict,... »
Boost in Three Rs results
There has been a marked rise in the number of primary school children achieving the expected standards in the "Three Rs", according to new data released by the government.
Statistics showed that 79 per cent of 11-year-olds achieved at least a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths tests, which is the level expected of this age group.
The Department for Education... »
Britain remains 'deeply elitist'
The UK remains a "deeply elitist" society with best-paid and powerful roles still dominated by individuals who have come from affluent backgrounds, benefited from a private education and studied at Oxbridge.
This is according to a major new report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, which found that the most influential roles in the country are still... »
Primary school places 'in a precarious position'
There is a lot of talk about an ageing population in the UK and the implications that this has for society and public services, yet, as new research suggests, this isn't the only age group that needs to be looked after.
Policymakers should also be looking hard at the infrastructure that underpins primary school education, the Local Government Association (LGA) has outlined.
Top 3 A-level history topics
History remains one of the most popular subjects at A-level, with some figures suggesting that it continues to gain favour with youngsters beyond GCSE. While that is, of course, welcome, the subject at this level remains ironically confined in historical scope.
Despite many attempts to widen the curriculum, time after time, students, and indeed schools, are returning to modern... »
Disadvantaged parents to benefit from free childcare extension
More parents of two-year-olds will be eligible for free childcare, as the government is doubling the amount on offer to 40 per cent, the Department for Education has revealed.
This means that a greater number of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds will be able to benefit from 15 hours of free early education, which is an important step in bridging the "academic gap".
Lib Dems: Sex and relationship education at Key Stage 2
Sex and relationship education in state-funded schools will be reformed under a Liberal Democrats government, so that it is more effective and age-appropriate.
The party announced the plans as part of its manifesto for next year's General Election, adding that it has ambitious ideas for transforming education.
The Curriculum for Life would mean that children as young... »
NEET levels fall to 9-year low
The number of young people classed as being not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen. New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that it has fallen to its lowest level in nine years.
More immediately, for the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period last year, the number of NEET young people fell by 1.9 percentage points... »
Memory recall from e-readers less substantial than paper
The rise of the e-reader in recent years has led to the growth of a bustling new industry of digital books. Along with the exponential expansion of the tablet – so much so that it is now an everyday device – e-readers are changing the way we read and access the written word.
While there are a lot of positives with e-readers such as the Kindle, such as a greater access to books... »
GCSE results improve
There has been a slight rise in the number of students achieving a C grade or better across GCSE subjects with hundred of thousands of youngsters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving their results today.
The number of pupils receiving and A*-C has gone up by 0.7 percentage points, compared to last year, with 68.8 per cent of entries securing top results.
Changes to primary school English curriculum
The importance of English as a foundation subject is all too clear. Those who benefit from a quality education in English from primary school onwards will be equipped with the skills needed to thrive and succeed as they progress through the various stages of learning and beyond. Additionally, the subject has, as the government notes, a “preeminent place in society” as well.
Child’s doodles ‘can predict later intelligence’
When it comes to determining the later intelligence of a child, it may be worth looking at their doodles, if new research published in Psychological Science is anything to go by.
The study from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London suggests that how a child draws at the age of four may suggest how smart they will be when they hit their teens.
Examining 7,752... »
5 back to school ideas for teachers
It is that time of year again when, as a teacher, you are readying yourself for another exciting year of study. It can be an exceptionally busy time, which is why it is important you get as much planning done ahead of the first bell of the new term. Once that rings, it is very much go, go, go.
This guide will help you get organised, easing you back into the professional mindset... »
Latin resurgence in state schools
The ancient language of Latin is gaining popularity in state schools, according to new data released by the University of Cambridge Schools Classics Project.
Ten years ago, the number of non-selective state-maintained secondary schools offering Latin to students was a rather modest 100.
Fast-forward to today and it is a remarkably different story. The Independent reports that 600... »
Primary school sizes ‘spiralling out of control’
Primary schools in England are overcrowded, with some classrooms featuring as many as 70 pupils, according to Labour.
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said that since the coalition government came to power in 2010, classrooms sizes have “spiralled by 200 per cent”.
Mr Hunt cited data that reveals 40,000 children in England are being taught... »
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