Headlines from the world of education and schools work:

Sir James Dyson funds £1.4m professorship at Cambridge University: Sir James Dyson has called for a march of the scientists and engineers through British boardrooms as he launched a £1.4m professorship at Cambridge University with a warning that the academic status of inventors is not reflected in the executive world.

Focus on ‘soft subjects’ harming teenagers’ job prospects: Thousands of teenagers are being consigned to the dole queue after leaving school with a poor grasp of the three-Rs, according to a report.

Number of young people classed as ‘neets’ hits record 1.16m: Call to tackle youth joblessness as numbers not in employment, education or training rise 137,000 in the last quarter.  Almost one in five 16- to 24-year-olds in England were “Neet” between July and September this year, according to statistics published by the Department for Education. The figure has risen by 137,000 compared with the same period last year.

Musical instrument lessons for all children: All children will be given the chance to learn a musical instrument under Coalition plans to broaden cultural education.

15,000 pupils pass the 11-plus but fail to get a grammar school place: Nearly half of children who pass grammar school entrance exams are turned away because there are not enough places.

British pupils’ social mobility divide is among world’s worst: The chances of British children doing well are more closely linked to their parents’ education than in almost any other developed country, according to a study of social mobility published today.

‘Scam’ milks £10m from taxpayers: Ministers are to order a review of the nursery school free milk scheme, claiming abuse of the system means the Government is being billed up to £1 a pint.

Children to be taught to create software: Schoolchildren will be taught how to create software code as part of plans to strengthen Britain’s technology and engineering sectors, the Government has signalled.

University applications from UK-born students fall 15%: Drop in the number applying follows sharp increase in applications last year in attempt to beat 2012 rise in fees.

Warning over ‘excessively strict’ discipline in UK madrassas: Children attending some UK Islamic schools are being subjected to physical beatings as teachers use loopholes to get around a ban on corporal punishment, according to new research.

Students ‘to sit three A-levels in a day’ under exam reforms: Sixth-formers could be forced to sit three A-levels in one day under plans to radically overhaul university admissions, a senior examiner has warned.

Boys’ GCSE grades dented by football tournaments: Calls for earlier exams as study shows boys score own goal by watching World Cup and Euro finals games instead of revising

Universities to cut fees – by £39 a year: One in five universities have been given the green light to reduce their fees next October. However, the impact of the reduction will be to reduce fee levels across the country on average by just £39.

Labour backs calls for children to be taught about gambling: Gambling addiction support group, Gamecare, says schoolchildren should learn about fruit machines and how to calculate odds.  Labour has backed calls for children as young as 12 to learn about gambling in school.

Morrisons forced to retrain school-leavers: The standard of school-leavers is so poor that one supermarket has sent back three-quarters of its recruits for “remedial pre-job training” before they start work.

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