More headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Pupils humiliating teachers in interviews: Union considers industrial action to stop pupils’ questions that include: ‘if you could be on Britain’s Got Talent, what would your talent be?’
- Headteachers to vote on Sats boycott: Ministers are heading for a collision with headteachers over a threatened boycott of national tests for 10- and 11-year-olds.
- MPs warn over ‘shocking decline’ of school trips: Traditional school trips are in “shocking” decline because of fears over health and safety, lack of funding and bureaucratic rules tying teachers to the classroom, according to MPs.
- Schools should open at weekends, say Tories: Schools should operate 10-hour days and open at weekends to give children extra tuition in the three-Rs, music and sport, according to the Conservatives.
- Working class boys let down by ‘lack of male role models’: Traditional working class values are being eroded as children increasingly look up to highly-paid footballers, pop stars and celebrities, according to teachers.
- Smacking to be outlawed in all schools: The government promises to close a legal loophole that means it is still legal for private tutors and teachers in Sunday schools and madrasas to smack pupils [I still can’t believe this loophole hadn’t been closed down years ago – I know we’d never allow that to happen in our Sunday school]
- Primary teachers ‘most at risk of assault’: Primary school teachers are more than twice as likely to be assaulted by pupils than their colleagues in secondary schools.
- Hundreds of heads and church leaders oppose sex lessons for seven-year-olds: Compulsory sex education in primary schools will erode moral standards and encourage sexual experimentation, a group of hundreds of head teachers, school governors and faith leaders say.
- Parents struggle to help with homework: Five out of six parents find helping with homework too difficult.