Some more headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- School cuts lunch hour and replaces playtime: An infant school has been accused of working children too hard after teachers replaced playtime with “brain breaks” and cut lunch hour in half.
- Pressing snooze on the school day: Why force teenagers to get out of bed early? Hugh Christie Technology College (where I visit as a chaplain) has changed its hours to accomodate their need to lie-in.
- Manners ‘matter more than grades’: Good discipline in schools, regular communication with parents and a well-stocked library are more important than academic standards, according to a survey of parents’ views of what makes an ideal education.
- Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primaries shake-up: Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war under proposals to overhaul the primary school curriculum
- Teachers call for a day off for admin: Teachers are demanding one day a week outside the classroom mark work and prepare lessons.
- Reading ‘can help reduce stress’: Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds according to new research.
- Little Britain ‘makes pupils behave badly’: Television executives are to be urged by schoolteachers to tone down the language and behaviour shown in programmes because pupils are copying what they see and hear in the classroom.
- Students campaign against Twitter and Facebook on campus: Students are campaigning against the use of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook on university computers because they cannot get their work done.