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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)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Children’s mental health is getting worse, says charity

The Yorkshire Post – Staff Writer

“NINE OUT of 10 frontline professionals say children’s mental health has become worse or remained persistently bleak over the past year, a charity claims today…the charity says it is concerned pressures faced by parents, among them job loss and debt, are having a detrimental impact on families…”(more)

Friday, November 14, 2014

School clubs teaching children how to manage their money [Video]

BBC News – Caroline Wyatt

“Children as young as four could have the chance to join savings clubs in an attempt to prevent them getting into debt later in life. The Church of England is proposing a network of clubs, run by credit unions, in primary schools to help raise children’s financial awareness.” (more)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Foreign language class for babies aims to create multilingual tots

North Devon Journal – Joe Bulmer

“A NEW class in North Devon called Babel Babies aims to get babies and toddlers speaking foreign languages before they go to school…By exposing children to different languages early it’s hoped learning languages later in their school life will be easier.” (more)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Do young people care about learning foreign languages?

The Guardian – Holly Young

“Do young people in the UK care about learning languages?…When asked to pick the three main benefits of learning a language interviewees saw a strong economic case. Job prospects at home and broad were both key incentives. It wasn’t all about job opportunities though, learning about another culture and the experience of communicating also scored highly.” (more)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

UK girls’ education campaigner wins global prize

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“The founder of a UK campaign to promote education for girls in Africa has been awarded a major international prize. Ann Cotton, who launched the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), has been named as the WISE Prize laureate at an education summit in Qatar.” (more)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Private school graduates ‘out-earn state counterparts’

BBC News – Katherine Sellgren

“UK graduates who went to private schools earn thousands of pounds more, on average, than their state-educated peers, research finds…It says the privately educated are more likely to attend elite universities and study subjects that lead to higher pay.” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Children ‘prefer to play outdoors than watch TV’

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children would rather be playing outdoors than watching television, but parents’ concerns keep them indoors, a survey suggests…Many parents believed their children did not have the same freedoms as they did as youngsters. They put this down to heavier traffic making playing in the streets more dangerous, as well as a lack of community spirit and fear of strangers.” (more)