Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- British Crime Survey finds one in five children frightened by bullies: Nine out of 10 report bullying taking place at school in the past year, with boys aged 10 to 12 the most likely victims.
- Education spending in UK reaches £87bn: Public spending on education and training has more than doubled in the last 20 years, according to the latest Social Trends study, published by the Office for National Statistics.
- Help with homework part of the curriculum: Parents will be expected to spend more time helping their children with schoolwork under plans to extend the reach of the national curriculum beyond the classroom and into the home.
- Creationism ‘banned from free schools’: Creationism, intelligent design and other theories that contradict evolution are to be banned from being taught as science in free schools.
- Children growing weaker as computers replace outdoor activity: Modern life is ‘producing a generation of weaklings’, claims research as physical strength declines in 10-year-olds. Children are becoming weaker, less muscular and unable to do physical tasks that previous generations found simple, research has revealed.
- Labour ‘failure’ blamed as truancy rate hits record high: More than 64,000 pupils skipped school every day last year as truancy rates hit a record high.
- Warning over drop in GCSE and A-level entries: GCSEs and A-levels are in decline as more teenagers turn to practical courses in subjects such as food safety, sports coaching and health, official figures show.
- Give children feedback to improve standards in school, says new guide: Forget school uniforms and streaming by ability: schools will raise standards if they focus on giving children effective feedback. New guidance developed by academics at Durham University shows what works and what doesn’t to improve exam performance. Reducing class sizes and setting homework for primary school children are among the least effective ways to raise standards, the research finds.