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Secondary pupil numbers continue to rise

Secondary pupil numbers continue to rise

(Posted on 14/07/17)

The number of pupils in England's secondary schools is set to rise by almost a fifth within the next decade.Government figures show there are expected to be around half a million more secondary age children by 2026.The increase is being fuelled by the baby boom of the early 2000s, which means growing numbers of pupils moving through the school systemOverall pupil numbers are expected to increase by...

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GCSE pass levels causing confusion over university entry

GCSE pass levels causing confusion over university entry

(Posted on 28/06/17)

There are warnings of confusion over university admissions from changes to GCSE exams in England which will create two different pass grades.A number of universities have minimum entry grades at GCSE level - such as a C grade pass at maths and English.But GCSEs are switching to numerical grades, from 9 to 1, and there is uncertainty because both 4 and 5 are officially classed as pass grades.Universities...

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Apple's Italian job for finding top talent

Apple's Italian job for finding top talent

(Posted on 23/05/17)

Computer giant Apple is expanding its supply line of talented young people with digital skills, by doubling the intake of its European academy.Last year, the technology company opened an academy in Naples, in Italy, where students spend a year training to be developers, coders, app creators and start-up entrepreneurs.Places are awarded through open competition - with tests being held next month...

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Parents make a big difference just by talking

Parents make a big difference just by talking

(Posted on 19/04/17)

The OECD has produced an international study of well-being and how young people feel about their lives.The think tank's education director Andreas Schleicher explains how much positive impact can come from simple changes such as parents taking time to talk to their children and eating a meal together.Perhaps the most distressing threat to student well-being is bullying, and it can have serious...

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Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged

Teach 'problem solving' to produce engineers, schools urged

(Posted on 31/03/17)

Schools should focus less on "subjects" and more on teaching problem solving skills, say engineers in a report.A focus on "playful experimentation" could boost learning throughout UK schools, says the Royal Academy of Engineering. It could also instil a passion for engineering and help "overcome our current lack of engineers", it adds. Ministers say they want the UK to be world beating for...

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Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords

Pupils need internet lessons to thrive online, say Lords

(Posted on 21/03/17)

Learning to survive in a world dominated by the internet should be as important for children as reading and writing, says a House of Lords report. Lessons about online responsibilities, risks and acceptable behaviour should be mandatory in all UK schools, the Lords Communications Committee argues. The internet is "hugely beneficial" but children need awareness of its hazards, said committee...

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