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Girls less confident as they grow older, says Girlguiding

BBC – Judith Burns

Girls’ career confidence plummets as they near the world of work, suggests research by Girlguiding. A poll of 1,627 girls and young women showed they felt less powerful as they progressed through secondary school. Only a third of the 17- to 21-year-olds questioned felt they would do as well as their male peers, against 90% of the nine- to 10-year-olds. “It is our responsibility to change this,” said Girlguiding Chief Executive Julie Bentley. The young women interviewed were a representative sample and not necessarily connected with Girlguiding, says the charity.”(more)

UK schools adding Chinese math

China Daily – Wang Mingjie

“More than 8,000 institutions to adopt the ‘mastery approach’ after tests showed Shanghai students lead the world in subject. The Chinese “mastery approach” to math teaching is set to roll out in more than 8,000 primary schools in the United Kingdom, with funding of up to 41 million pounds ($54.2 million; 48.9 million euros), to bring pupils up to par with their Asian peers. Children as young as 5 will be required to practice sums and exercises, and they must master each concept before moving on to more difficult material.”(more)

The 100 things to do before leaving primary school

BBC – Staff Writer

“Falling asleep in a lesson or telling your teacher to “chill out” are among the 100 things primary-age children feel they should do before turning 11. As a million children wave goodbye to primary school, a Times Educational Supplement survey of 2,500 youngsters reveals their wish lists. The top 100 includes numerous pranks such as spinning on the teacher’s chair or being caught impersonating “Miss”. It also features life lessons such as failing so you can learn from mistakes. Helping younger pupils learn something and being kind to someone who needs a friend are also on the list produced from the survey of under-11s. And perhaps surprisingly, children saw the experience of losing or falling out with a friend as a key lesson for life learned in primary school.”(more)

School Gender Gap Crisis: Boys ‘Twice as Likely To Fall Behind Girls’

NewsWeek – Elisabeth Perlman

Boys are almost twice as likely to struggle with mastering English language skills than girls by the time they start school. A report published on Monday by international children’s charity Save the Children revealed that in the last academic year alone, a quarter of boys aged five in England—an estimated 80,000—started school unable to speak a full sentence with ease or follow basic instructions. They had trouble answering simple “how” and “why” questions. It is striking that there is no single region in England where boys outperform girls in early language skills. The charity’s report, based on a University of Bristol study entitled ” The Lost Boys: How boys are falling behind in their early years,” also highlighted that children who start school behind often never reach an equal footing with their peers.”(more)

Boys should be treated ‘more like girls’ to stop them falling behind at school

The Telegraph – Javier Espinoza

Boys should be treated more like girls to stop them falling behind at school, a study into the gender gap in education has shown. Academics said parents should do the kinds of activities normally done with girls to boost boys’ language skills such as singing nursery rhymes and songs. Parents should also do more drawing and painting with boys to help bridge the gender gap in academic attainment, researchers at Bristol University said. They should also read more story books to boys and reward them with stickers or hugs to boost their concentration.”(more)

Social media harms moral development, parents say

BBC – Staff Writer

A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children’s moral development, a survey has suggested. Just over half (55%) of 1,700 people with children aged 11 to 17 strongly agreed that social media hinders or undermines moral development. The poll was part of a project by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University. Researcher Blaire Morgan said some of the findings were surprising. “Not least [of these is] the low level of agreement that social media can enhance or support a young person’s character or moral development.”(more)