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Friday, January 23, 2015

Gender gap in university admissions rises to record level

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Women accepted to study at university outnumbered men by record levels last year, with female applicants dominating entrance to medicine, law and biology undergraduate degrees. The 2014 admissions data from Ucas, the UK’s universities clearing house, also revealed record numbers of acceptances for disabled people and Asian and black ethnic groups…The detailed breakdown of subjects being studied showed another fall in the number of students taking European languages and literature degrees…One good piece of news is some students are opting to study a language alongside another degree subject – more should, it’s a particularly attractive combination for employers.”(more)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Campaign puts £88bn economic value on ‘soft skills’

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“”Soft skills” need to be taken much more seriously as factors for business success, says a campaign by employers. These are skills such as communication, initiative, interacting with customers and team working. Research commissioned by the campaign suggests such skills are worth £88bn to the UK economy…Neil Carberry, the CBI’s director for employment and skills, said: “Business is clear that developing the right attitudes and attributes in people – such as resilience, respect, enthusiasm and creativity – is just as important as academic or technical skills.””(more)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Survey Shows 20% of UK Teens Think Churchill is Fictional

Education News – Sherlynn Summers

“A survey commissioned by British television channel Gold uncovered 20 percent of the teen population in Britain believing former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill to be a fictional character. On the contrary, many teens accepted imaginary characters such as Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Eleanor Rigby as real people in history. The survey, which was carried out with around 3,000 British people below 20 years old, concluded that a large number of British teens possessed an astounding lack of basic historical knowledge – knowledge which was well embraced by older generations…”(more)

Friday, January 2, 2015

UK suffering from science skills gap, engineering body warns

BBC News – Staff Writer

“From designing vacuum cleaners to building off-shore energy plants, Britain needs to train at least 75,000 new engineers in the next five years. The BBC’s Steph McGovern is looking at the skills shortages facing employers in Britain. She has been finding out how to get more children interested in becoming scientists and engineers.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boys ‘held back by reluctance to write at home’

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Boys’ reluctance to write outside school could be hampering their chances of fulfilling their potential, a National Literacy Trust study says…It cites evidence that those who write for fun outside school are four times more likely to be writing above the expected level at the end of primary school than those who do not. At the other end, nine times as many children and young people who do not enjoy writing at all, write below the expected level compared with those who enjoy writing very much.”(more)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Risk of childhood obesity doubled in poor areas – Staff Writer

“Primary school children from poor areas of the UK are twice as likely to be obese as children from wealthier areas, according to official figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Campaigners are demanding taxes on junk food…The report is considered by many commentators to be indicative of issues of social inequality and nutrition education.”(more)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Why English isn’t enough

The Guardian – Nigel Vincent

“…why would an international business hire a monolingual English speaker when it can hire a bilingual, trilingual or quadrilingual German, Swede, Korean or Chinese? When it comes to international employment, by sitting on our linguistic laurels we disadvantage the United Kingdom…the fact that we have English only, whereas others have very good English plus another language, means that they are ahead of the game, and we need to catch up.”(more)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Don’t stop the music – children need a proper arts education

The Guardian – James Rhodes

“As schools grapple to meet targets and focus hard on maths, English and science, subjects like music can be squeezed way down the priority list…Quite apart from the proven effects of specialist music therapy, simply having a musical instrument for company, being able to practise and focus on making a sound, and eventually playing as part of an ensemble can have a huge impact on self-confidence and self-belief – two things that provide life-long benefits.”(more)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Degree apprenticeships launched to boost hi-tech skills

BBC News – Judith Burns

“Young people will be able to gain a full honours degree while earning a wage and paying no fees, under a scheme backed by government and industry…The new Degree Apprenticeship qualifications will be taught in England from next September, starting in the digital and software field.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

‘Embrace engineering’s creative side’ to fix skills crisis

BBC News – Judith Burns

“Engineers should embrace the arts as being key to creativity and an important component of innovation, crucial to creating new products and boosting future competitiveness, argued Sir John O’Reilly, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.”(more)