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Friday, April 18, 2014

Child bullying victims still suffering at 50 – study

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, say researchers from King’s College London.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bullying is ‘impacting’ school grades of victims

BBC Newsbeat – Nomia Iqbal

“Around a quarter of teenagers in the UK say bullying is affecting their studies and causing their GCSE grades to drop.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Science does educational theatre with a bang

BBC News – Victoria Gill

“Martin Lamb, director and co-writer of the Energy Show explains how fusing science with theatre could ignite children’s passion for the subject…Sam Mason, of the Science Museum, who co-wrote and produced the show, thinks the fusion of live science with theatre enables the audience to learn “without realising they’re being taught.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The arts are just as important as other subjects – and Gove knows it

The Guardian – Alan Davey

“By announcing that arts subjects will join the first round of reformed GCSE subjects to be taught from 2016, Michael Gove has made it very clear that he sees the arts as absolutely on a par with the core subjects in maths, science, languages and the humanities. They are part of the bedrock of a broad and balanced education.”(more)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Focusing on foreign interests

The Telegraph – Virginia Matthews

“…for many independent schools, French, Spanish and, increasingly, Russian and Mandarin are viewed as a key plank of the curriculum and a passport to top careers…According to deputy head Alan Bird, the school’s decision to replace compulsory French with Mandarin reflects the changing demands of the global economy. “Our pupils will be entering the world of work in the 2020s and 2030s, when China will be a massive influence…we believe that demand for Mandarin can only continue to grow,” he says.”(more)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Judy Murray: give children PE homework to boost fitness

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Judy Murray calls for children to be given “physical education homework” as a report from the fitness industry body Ukactive warns of a sharp decline in pupils’ fitness levels…The report…recommended a series of basic activities that parents could do with their children around the home and garden.”(more)

Beyond exams: Schools assess pupils’ other talents

BBC News – Patrick Howse

“…an increasing number of schools are looking at different ways of assessing their pupils’ abilities and aptitudes. Many have introduced psychometric assessments as a way of measuring, developing and instilling character and resilience into pupils.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Primary school tests to be toughened, says minister

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Assessments for pupils when they start primary school and tougher tests when they leave are part of a new package of measures to monitor school performance. Ministers says the new tests, to be introduced in 2016, will ensure higher standards…”(more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shanghai teachers flown in for maths

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“Up to 60 Shanghai maths teachers are to be brought to England to raise standards, in an exchange arranged by the Department for Education…The National Numeracy Challenge aims to improve numeracy levels for a million people.”(more)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

World Book Day: libraries are a lifeline for literacy and social mobility

The Guardian – Alan Wylie

Today is World Book day, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as a worldwide celebration of reading. It is the biggest event of its kind with more than 100 countries taking part.”(more)