Focus on quality of early education, politicians urged

BBC News – Judith Burns “The next government should focus on the quality of care and education received by young children, say campaigners. Politicians have concentrated on increasing the quantity of free childcare available but its quality is crucial,...

New study shows child fitness levels ‘worryingly low’

Nursery World – Anna Pujol-Mazzini “In activities such as jumping, running and throwing, 67 per cent were unable to reach targets and nearly one in four children fell ‘significantly below levels’. Four in ten children aged five to seven struggled to do 60...

Why We Need to Stop Ignoring Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post UK – Dr. Sally Norton “In the UK, one in five children age 10-11 are obese and one in three are overweight or obese, with those figures steadily on the rise. It didn’t come as much of a surprise then, to see recent statistics...

First Person: ‘Why schools should teach Mandarin’

Leicester Mercury – Alice Eaton “Mandarin Chinese is spoken by around 800 million people worldwide. That’s twice the number of English speakers. With China becoming increasingly powerful in business, there’s a growing need for Mandarin...

Many young pupils ‘can’t communicate’

BBC News – Hannah Richardson “Too many children are starting school in England unable to speak in simple sentences or control their behaviour, a study says. The Early Intervention Foundation’s analysis found a fifth of children lacked the expected...

STEM subjects boost girls’ earnings by a third, study says

Teaching Personnel – Charlotte Michaels “Studying maths or science at A-level can boost girls’ earnings by as much a third, according to a new report. The research reveals that the returns for women who study two or more A-levels in science,...