Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- Councils merge education departments: Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham councils’ attempt to slash budgets by pooling resources is first such move in UK
- Street talk is ‘breeding illiteracy’: Teachers failing to correct pupils due to misplaced fear of interfering with self-expression, says a pamphlet backed by the London mayor, Boris Johnson.
- Clearing 2010: the end?: This year, instead of giving out last-minute university places, staff are preparing to cope with distraught teenagers … and parents
- Councils focus too much on ‘at-risk’ teens: Councils are focusing too much on providing support for “at risk” children and neglecting the needs of the majority of young people, a government watchdog said.
- Minister urges unsuccessful university applicants to reapply: David Willetts says disappointed teenagers should do work experience or an apprenticeship and apply to university at a later stage
- World Cup effect prompts primary school to ban playground football: Football has been halted in a primary school playground amid concerns that children could be copying the poor behaviour of professional players that they witnessed during the World Cup.
- Ministers launch investigation into special needs: Ministers have launched a formal inquiry into children with special needs amid concerns that the numbers being diagnosed have shot up in recent years.
- One in five girls pregnant by age of 18, government study finds: Overall figure at lowest for 20 years, but almost one in five girls who are sexually active at the age of 18 say they have been pregnant at least once, according to a major government study published today.