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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

Diabetes.co.uk – 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)

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)