Swordplay with lines and squares
Today you’re going to get the chance to prove a theorem no one has ever proved before.Continue reading...
Funding cuts risk undermining the performing arts, but they deserve our support
The UK has long enjoyed a global reputation as a centre for excellence in the performing arts, both as an exporter of talent and a destination of choice for lovers of culture. We gain a lot emotionally from the industry, which boosts our mental and physical health. But performing arts are also part of the fastest-growing sector of the economy, the creative arts, which contributed more than £100bn in 2017. Despite all this, the performing arts in the UK are facing an existential threat.
The decline of formal performing arts education in schools and the impact of the Ebacc have been well documented. In 2017, the number of entries for GCSE drama declined by 8.5%, while A-level entries for dance fell by 42%, drama by 33% and music by 38% between 2010 and 2018. A BBC survey in January 2018 showed nine out of 10 secondary schools had cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. Meanwhile, cuts to local authorities have further decimated opportunities for young people to participate in the performing arts.Continue reading...
Mehr Chancengerechtigkeit, da sind sich viele Pädagogen einig, geht nur mit echten Ganztagsschulen. Warum gibt es dann so wenige? Über Eltern, Lehrer und die Tücken der Statistik.
With young players joining grassroots clubs and England’s Lionesses preparing for their World Cup run, the sport is finally getting the recognition it deserves
‘Izzy, to me, to me,” the cry comes from many voices. Izzy, two brown pigtails flying out behind her, passes the ball to her friend, who turns with it, neatly avoiding the opposition player on her heels. She passes to Holly in the blue boots. But then, as Holly turns and passes, the ball is lost in a tangle of players.
Suddenly the red team have it. It’s down the other end of the pitch in two passes. The midfielder crosses to a player in bright white socks and pink boots who, finding herself with space all around her, turns, aims and effortlessly shoots the ball into the back of the net over the outstretched hand of the keeper. “Yeees!” comes the cry from her teammates, who jog back to the centre of the pitch, pride evident in their faces.Continue reading...
Children whose families receive positive news about their school perform significantly worse in exams, according to study
Health warning: positive Ofsted ratings may damage GCSE results.
This is the shock finding of a study conducted by four universities and two thinktanks which found that parents with children in schools that have received a better-than-expected Ofsted report are much more likely to reduce how much they help their children with their homework. This, in turn, could have a damaging impact on their children’s GCSE results.Continue reading...
Undergraduates help secondary schools to reverse the decline in exam entries
It is a question arguably more fiendish than mastering the French subjunctive or the thousands of characters in Mandarin. How can schools halt – and even reverse – the swift decline of languages at GCSE and beyond?
Now a pilot project may have found the answer. A report published today finds that numbers of pupils choosing to take a foreign language can be dramatically increased by mentoring from undergraduates who have chosen to specialise in the subject at university.Continue reading...
Ecole à 3 ans, signes religieux... L’examen de la loi « pour une école de la confiance » s’achève au Sénat
Sollen Kopftücher für Grundschülerinnen verboten werden? Die CDU-Chefin findet es sinnvoll, darüber zu sprechen. Der Islamrat bezeichnet die Debatte als diskriminierend.