June 15, 2011

MP says state school pupils need more languages, maths and science

June 15, 2011

MP Elizabeth Truss says we need more state school pupils to study science, maths and languages. She says: “As a nation, we can’t carry on relying on the 7% of young people the independent sector educates, to provide such a high proportion of future generations of scientists, engineers, medics or linguists.” Read the full BBC […]

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June 14, 2011

James Dyson Foundation injects passion into D&T teaching

June 14, 2011

A new scheme from the James Dyson Foundation hopes to inject passion into design and technology teaching. Under a new initiative, to be launched in September, the country’s best DT teachers are to be given passports to the frontline of British industry and then encouraged to feed back their experience to other DT teachers at […]

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June 14, 2011

Pupils should study maths to age 18

June 14, 2011

All children should be forced to study mathematics up the age of 18 to prevent the vast majority of pupils leaving school with poor numeracy skills, according to experts. The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) said fewer teenagers in Britain studied the subject to a high level than in other developed nations. Read the […]

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June 13, 2011

New report on leadership of employer engagement

June 13, 2011

This report by the National College shows the findings on effective practice from nine school visits across England based on recommendations from the Education and Employers Taskforce. The visits focused on the leadership of employer engagement, how it was done, the impact on students and how it fitted into the overall careers advice and guidance […]

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June 9, 2011

Mayor’s new literacy and numeracy campaign

June 9, 2011

London mayor Boris Johnson has launched a new literacy and numeracy campaign, which seeks to raise £3m to increase literacy and numeracy rates among the capital’s children under 12. Coming in the wake of the Evening Standard’s recent literacy campaign, Flying Start for London will focus on the city’s seven poorest boroughs. Read the full […]

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June 8, 2011

Ofsted urges review of vocational qualifications

June 8, 2011

A new report highlights the need to review the equivalency of vocational business qualifications that are assessed wholly or mainly by internally set and marked assignments with more traditional GCSEs and A-levels. In this latest study, inspectors analysed standards in economics, business and enterprise subjects over a three-year period. Read the full BBC story.

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June 8, 2011

World Skills 2011 – complimentary tickets available

June 8, 2011

WorldSkills London 2011 is the largest international skills competition in the world and incorporates ‘Have a Go’ bite-size activities, skills showcases, impartial careers advice and an interactive exhibition. It is taking place in the UK for the first time in decades. Further information on WorldSkills London 2011.

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June 7, 2011

Surge in the number of female apprentices

June 7, 2011

With the labour market for the under-24s looking grim students are becoming more entrepreneurial and take up of apprenticeships has increased for both sexes. Colleges are reporting a sudden upsurge in students signing up to learn how to be an electrician, decorator, mechanic or builder, and much of the increase seems to be down to […]

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June 6, 2011

Harvard professor to speak at Taskforce research conference

June 6, 2011

The Taskforce’s 2011 research conference keynote speaker is Professor Robert Schwartz who is Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a lead author of Pathways to Prosperity (2011), an influential US analysis of the roles that employer partnerships with school have to play in easing the […]

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