Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Strictly Come Dancing comes … to school: Ballroom dancing is set to become the latest craze in classrooms across Britain, as part of an effort to harness the success of the television show Strictly Come Dancing to combat childhood obesity.
- Fear over number of pupils dropping out: Tens of thousands of teenagers are leaving school before starting to study for GCSEs, a Government adviser said yesterday.
- Web sensation Gail Trimble drives team to University Challenge title: ‘Greatest contestant ever’ helps Corpus Christi college beat Manchester University 275-190. She has been dubbed the greatest University Challenge contestant ever, scoring more points than her three-team mates combined and appearing so untroubled by the questions on the veteran BBC2 quiz that host Jeremy Paxman was prompted to exclaim: “My God, you’re laughing because they are so easy!”
- 233,000 miss a day of school a week: Unauthorised absence rates up to highest level on record
- Brain training? Think again, says study: People who spend money on “brain trainers” to keep their minds agile may get the same results by simply doing a crossword or surfing the internet, according to research published today.No excuse to buy a Nintendo DS now.