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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sir Richard Branson: Want to be an entrepreneur? Start at primary school

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“Soft skills such as grit, determination and resilience are often cited as key benefits of studying entrepreneurship from a young age, skills that are also regularly cited as missing in school leavers by employers.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Third of parents are unhappy with local schools

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The level of parental dissatisfaction with the education system has been laid bare in new figures that show more than a third of mothers and fathers are not happy with standards at local schools.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Learn to love maths

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“People are scared of maths, but it is the most creative subject of all. Here are some mathematical ideas to get you started.” (more)

Support for parents is the key to tackling pupil aggression in schools

The Guardian – Lucy Ward

“More than half of teachers face hostility in schools – from verbal insults to threats. It’s time to look at the cause of these problems rather than playing the blame game.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A quarter of parents ‘do their children’s homework’

The Telegraph – Kunle Falayi

“Many parents might be doing their children more harm than good, according to a new study, which has found that one in four parents do their children’s homework for them.” (more)

Extra PE cash is having positive effect, say ministers

BBC – Judith Burns

“Children in nine out of 10 primary schools in England are getting better PE lessons thanks to new sport funding, suggests research for the government.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

10 things every new primary school teacher needs to know

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“Congratulations on qualifying to enter the world of glitz, glamour and hedonism that is primary education. Sorry, I meant glitter, clamour and headaches – far more exciting. You’re about to embark on one of the most challenging yet rewarding periods of your working life, so here are a few pointers to help you make the most of it:.” (more)

UK has more graduates but without skills and social mobility to match

The Guardian – Peter Walker

“The UK’s massive expansion in university education has not led to a parallel increase in skills, an international study has discovered, with only a quarter of the country’s graduates reaching the highest levels in literacy, well below other top-performing nations.” (more)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How to teach … first aid

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“From asthma attacks to major incidents, teaching your students how to respond to emergencies is important. Here are some resources to help you develop their life-saving skills.” (more)

Companies invest in broader access to college – and in the future workforce

The Guardian – Sarah Shemkus

“With available jobs outpacing qualified candidates, some firms including Ernst & Young, Starbucks and even Walmart help steer youth to, and all the way through, higher education.” (more)