Education headlines from The Guardian and The Independent:
- Oli de Botton: In education policy, it’s worth remembering the quality of schools is only as good as the quality of teachers: Oli de Botton: Structure doesn’t matter as much as we think: the quality of our schools is only as good as the quality of our teachers
- All primary school pupils could get free meals in anti-obesity campaign: Every primary school pupil in England could receive free school meals under a scheme set to form a central plank of Labour’s election manifesto.
- On the road to somewhere: Why the school trip is still a vital educational tool: The thought of taking 30-plus children further than the playground can bring most teachers out in hives, mainly because the bureaucracy surroundingexcursions can be so prohibitive that it’s not worth it, or that the media coverage in the event of an accident is too intense.
- Fewer men are training to teach, statistics show: New figures show the gender gap among student teachers is widening
- Catholic school in Manchester blocks HPV vaccine on premises: St Monica’s RC high school, Prestwich, bans its girls from being given the cervical cancer vaccination on its premises
- Education Diary: Are redundant Lehman bankers fit to teach?: Overheard: a disgruntled teacher commenting on the decision of the Training and Development Agency to set up a stall at Canary Wharf to entice redundant Lehman bankers into teaching: “We don’t want these spivs in the classroom or anywhere near our kids. How can they teach our children moral values?”
Postcards from heaven: scientists to study near-death experiences: Scientists from University of Southampton design experiment to investigate out-of-body experiences in heart attack survivors
- Nikita Lalwani: Being labelled as gifted can be too much for a young child: Nikita Lalwani: Being labelled as gifted can be a source of pride, but often just proves a burden for such children
- Education: Sats put primary pupils off science, says study: Children’s interest and understanding are being crushed by compulsory tests, professors argue
- Suspicion of adults ‘denies children role models’Schools and children’s homes becoming uninviting due to our ‘risk-averse’ society, warns prime minister’s volunteering champion
Pupils to get lessons in fighting depression: Thousands will learn the positive thinking techniques used in cognitive behavioural therapy
Children misled by playground myths about sex: Young teens believe you can’t get pregnant standing up and you can reuse a condom if you wash it