Lates news from the world of education and schools work:
- School holidays ‘cut commute time’: Car commuters will get to work 12 minutes quicker on average when they do not have to compete with the school run.
- Nice girls more likely to get good grades at school: Girls outperform boys at school because they are nicer according to research.
- Get tough on home tuition to weed out abuse, says review: The government will be advised to crack down on home education to ensure it is not being used as a cover for child abuse or for parents to avoid educating their children at all, in an independent review that has angered families that home-school their children.
- Arnie terminates textbooks: Governor of California seeks to cut budget deficit by replacing ‘outdated’ textbooks with electronic reading devices.
- Would a graduate tax would be fairer than fees?: Further signs that the National Union of Students has become pragmatic and responsible are contained in a report published yesterday in which it calls for a graduate tax that is related to earnings and the number of credits studied to replace the current £3,225 top-up fee.
- Children educated at home more at risk of abuse: Children educated at home are twice as likely to be on social services registers for being at risk of abuse as the rest of the population.
- Tories to scrap primary school SATS: The Conservatives are to propose scrapping all primary school Sats tests for 11-year-olds in England.