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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads.”(more)

Families have less time together, teachers warn

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Family life is under growing strain as parents have to put work before their children, a survey of teachers finds.”(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)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

UK should eliminate illiteracy in our lifetime – Gove

BBC – Gavin Stamp

“The UK must strive to eliminate illiteracy and innumeracy “in our lifetime”, Michael Gove has said, likening the challenge to past efforts to eradicate deadly diseases.”(more)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My best science lesson: why history is essential to engage students

The Guardian – Andrew Holding

“‘Neglecting the rich history of science when teaching it is a missed opportunity to connect the subject to the world around us.’ Andrew Holding on teaching the Haber-Bosch process.”(more)

‘A level languages in crisis’

The Telegraph – Tony McAleavy

“Compared to our European neighbours, the British have long failed to take foreign languages sufficiently seriously but, rather alarmingly, the situation seems to be getting significantly worse.”(more)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Can tech apprenticeships bridge the IT skills gap?

Tech Republic – Steve Ranger

“Employers have long been critical of the skills of IT graduates and have been demanding more business-ready recruits: IT apprenticeships – which offer a job combined with a skills development programme designed by the employer – may be one way to solve the issue. Government funding covers the cost of training so employers only have to pay wages.”(more)

Generation of children left without vital skills

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“In a strongly worded intervention, Lord Baker insisted that every level of the education system was “dysfunctional” and struggled to meet the needs of modern business.”(more)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Project brings healthy eating and nutrition to the classroom

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

“This week, Leicester City Council have teamed up with the Start Smart initiative in an attempt to promote healthy eating in under fives, following a report last year which found that 72 per cent of teachers see children coming to school having skipped breakfast .”(more)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Language learning: what motivates us?

The Guardian – Lauren Razavi

“What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place.”(more)