Some headlines from around the world:
- Snow forces countrywide school closures: Thousands of children across Britain were given the day off yesterday as schools were closed due to the snow.
- Half of Britons do not believe in evolution, Darwin anniversary survey finds: Half of British adults do not believe in evolution, with at least 22% preferring the theories of creationism or intelligent design to explain how the world came about, according to a survey.
- Carol + David = new Tory strategy to make maths fun: Carol Vorderman is to head a “maths taskforce” set up by the Conservatives to try to make maths more cheerful and populist on the Countdown model, in the face of struggling standards in Britain’s schools.
- Schools urged to teach good parenting skills: All children should be taught good parenting in school, the Church of England’s Children’s Society said in the most far-reaching inquiry into childhood in the UK.
- British degrees are out of date, vice-chancellors admit: The British degree classification system is out of date, vice-chancellors admitted, calling for more complete records of students’ skills and achievements.
- Official: children must not drink a drop: All children should be guaranteed an alcohol-free childhood, parents will be told by the Government
- Put your thinking hat on: How Edward de Bono’s ideas are transforming schools: Rapt in thought, the four-year-old is taking part in a discussion about improving playtime. With a scowl of concentration, he clutches on to Patsy, the black-hatted teddy, and says: “A football hit me in the face once.”
- Officials should have Googled Sats test row firm, MPs told: Officials who awarded the £156m contract to handle last summer’s shambolic Sats tests should have just Googled the company at the centre of the row beforehand, MPs heard.
- ContactPoint, controversial children’s database launched to help those at risk: The £224m directory, called ContactPoint, holds the name, address, date of birth, GP and school of all under-18s, and is aimed at helping professionals reach children they suspect are at risk. It was set up in response to an inquiry into the murder of Victoria Climbié in 2000.