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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stepney children urged to learn Chinese languages

East London Advertiser – Mike Brooke

“More children are being urged to learn Chinese languages as part of a campaign for London’s East End to lead the country in promoting Mandarin…“We want more students to have the ability to speak Mandarin,” Mayor Lutfur Rahman said. “By the time most of the children born today leave school, China will probably be the leading economic power in the world.”” (more)

Squeeze on playgrounds as schools tackle places crush

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Pupils in a third of expanding primaries could end up with less space to play in as new classrooms swallow up fields and playgrounds, it is reported.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Breaking the Language Barrier

North-West Evening Mail – Staff Writer

“If we want our young people to grow up with the language skills they need to make the most of life in a global society and work in a global economy, we need to break down the language barrier…being able to speak a foreign language is a vital skill for the future of our country and, most importantly, our children.” (more)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Getting a buzz from languages

Mid Sussex Times – Staff Writer

“The Spelling Bee is the brainchild of Cambridge teacher Jane Driver and has been extended across England, Wales and Scotland by Routes into Languages, a consortium of universities working with schools and colleges to encourage pupils to study languages…“Studies have shown that being able to speak a foreign language has many other benefits, including improving memory, multitasking and decision-making…”” (more)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lack of languages stifles Brits and Americans

The Guardian – Harriet Swain

“In America, academics produced a report last year…that found demand for languages other than English had increased so dramatically that the US education system was now “failing to provide a critical skill to the majority of this country’s youth”…In a globalised world, speaking only one language is no longer enough…” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stem skills: colleges are failing to meet industry needs

The Guardian – Sa’ad Medhat

“Based on consultations with more than 100 Stem-based companies (organisations heavily reliant on science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills), we’ve found a growing disconnect between the types of competencies sought by industry and the learning focus of most further education colleges.” (more)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Royal Society: UK Education System Will Fail in 20 Years

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“In a study released this week, The Royal Society states that the UK educational system will fall apart in the next 20 years. According to the study, titled “Vision for Science and Mathematics Education”, a “baccalaureate-style” education should replace the A-levels currently in existence. Students should be focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses through age 18.” (more)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Learning languages is key to UK’s success in the global economy

The Guardian – Janet Murray

“Since the 2008 financial crisis, the global economy is no longer dominated by English-speaking markets and…this has led to the emergence of an internationally mobile, highly skilled labour force offering a number of languages…learning other languages…goes far beyond having the vocabulary to communicate. It is also about developing cultural sensitivity, international awareness and a global mindset…” (more)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Speak Chinese to succeed in the new business world, says survey

Global Trader – Staff Writer

“Chinese Mandarin is catching up with French, German and Spanish as British businesses seek to harness language skills to succeed in the emerging markets of the world. In the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014…nearly two-thirds of firms (65%) identified a need for foreign language skills, which is likely to increase as ambitious firms look to break into new fast-growing markets.” (more)

Flunking mathematics? It’s all down to culture

CNBC – Katrina Bishop

“Being good at mathematics has never been more important, with strong numerical skills in demand by employers across the worlds of business and finance and beyond. But countries like the U.S. and U.K are falling behind, and experts say it could have more to do with culture than teaching.” (more)