Official figures say one in 25 children in year 6 are in highest category of being overweight
A record number of 10 and 11-year-olds in England are classed as “severely obese”, official figures show.
One in 25 (4.2%) children in year 6 of primary school are now so dangerously overweight that they are in that category, according to the latest annual findings of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).Continue reading...
Watchdog chief announces major shift, suggesting schools are too focused on test scores
School inspectors are to ditch using exam results as a criteria for success because of Ofsted’s concern that the current focus on test scores has reduced teachers to the status of “data managers”.
In a round of broadcast interviews Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman, repeated that the current “focus on data is coming at the expense of what is taught in schools”.Continue reading...
Diese Prognose legt die Kultusministerkonferenz bei ihrer Tagung vor. Große Unterschiede gibt es zwischen Ost und West.
Education Policy Institute says UTCs – part of free schools changes – are ineffective
University technical colleges – part of the free schools changes pushed through by Michael Gove – have been described as ineffective and unpopular by a report that found more than half their students dropped out.
Of those who remained at UTCs, many made poor progress, with even previously high-achieving students performing less well in their exams, according to the Education Policy Institute.Continue reading...
Für die meisten Klausuren lernen Studierenden eine Menge auswendig, nur um danach alles zügig wieder zu vergessen. Dabei gäbe es sinnvollere Prüfungsformen.
Labour calls for government to commit to funding extra costs in upcoming spending review
Schools in England face further strains on their budgets unless the government acts to fill a £1.7bn pension black hole, according to parliamentary research.
The figures, compiled by the House of Commons library and released by Labour, suggest that increased pension contributions for state sector staff could run to £4bn for the government as a whole, of which schools would face having to pay up to nearly £1.7bn by the end of the current parliament.Continue reading...
Harry Potter, Bond and Bridget Jones producers co-found sixth form academy aimed at making industry more diverse and accessible
Applications have opened today for a new sixth-form academy for 16- to 19-year-olds that has been founded by some of the British film industry’s most successful figures, including the producers of the Bond and Harry Potter films.
The London Screen Academy (LSA), a free school based in the London borough of Islington but open to applicants from across the English capital, will open in September 2019 and envisage providing a two-year course preparing students for a career in the film and TV industry. Its principal designate Nick Watkiss stressed, at the LSA’s prospective launch at the Everyman Screen on the Green on Wednesday, that it is not a school for the performing arts (such as the Brit school, in Croydon) but rather will concentrate on teaching all the behind-the-camera roles, ranging from costume design and production management to distribution and marketing.Continue reading...
Why does the government promise of ‘parity of esteem’ for mental illness remain so illusive? It isn’t just about money
Readers of a certain age may remember standing in line for the nit nurse, one of those classic rituals of British schooling with the risk of humiliation at its core, like the picking of teams in PE. Except that rather than being the sap neither captain wanted on his or her team, you’d be exposed as a harbourer of head lice, an altogether worse mark of shame.
Medical interventions for children are no longer quite so mortifying, but they are still part of the fabric of school life. From learning about dental hygiene to being vaccinated, the need to support children’s physical health is a given. But what about their psychological wellbeing?Continue reading...