Education & schools work update
Headlines from the world of education and schools work:
- David Cameron warns of 'coasting' comprehensive schools: Prime minister says many schools in affluent areas are complacent and fail to push middle-class pupils to full potential.
- MP warns against giving anonymity to accused teachers: Coalition plans to grant anonymity to teachers accused of abusing schoolchildren risk placing a strain on freedom of speech, according to a senior Conservative MP.
- Free school pupils less likely to need free meals: The proportion of children who attend free schools and are eligible for free meals is half the national average.
- Pupils prefer sex education given by young people: School pupils dread learning about sex in school not because of an aversion to the birds or the bees â€“ but to senior, often awkward, teachers wielding cucumbers and condoms.
- School summer holidays may be cut: Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have become the latest authorities to consider radical plans to reduce the long summer school holiday.
- Ethnic minority pupils 'soar by half in a decade': The number of pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds in English secondary schools has soared by more than half in a decade, according to research.
- Deprived pupils 'to be given boarding school places': At least 1,000 children from the most troubled backgrounds could be given free places at top boarding schools under new plans.
- School uses obscene 'Sachsgate' tapes in mock GCSE exam: Pupils at a prestigious London school studied the "Sachsgate" phone calls made by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand as part of their mock GCSE English exam, it has emerged.
- Faith school's admissions policy 'discriminates against single mothers': The Catholic Church was embroiled in a fresh row with a top school after intervening to stop middle-class parents dominating places.
- Children 'dropping English literature in schools': Children risk growing up with a poor understanding of literature and history as rising numbers of pupils ditch traditional academic disciplines at secondary school
- London 2012 will fail to deliver lasting legacy for young, says Lord Moynihan: British Olympic Association chair and UK team manager condemns missed opportunities to inspire schoolchildrenÂ because of six years of failed government policy and "missed opportunity".
- Universities to cut 5,000 courses: Universities have slashed more than 5,000 degree courses because of government cuts and the hike in tuition fees, it has been claimed. A study by Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA), a service for admissions tutors, claims there will be a 12 per cent drop in the number of courses provided next year compared with 2011.
- Parents 'struggling to understand right from wrong': Parents are dressing up their children in provocative clothes and allowing them to wear make-up and high heels because they lack traditional values, according to a leading headmistress.
- Schools must engage pupils better, warns Michael Gove's behaviour tsar: Outstanding-rated schools could be downgraded as inspections will focus more on children 'switching off' in class. Â Schools must do more to engage children who are passively "opting out" of lessons, the government's adviser on behaviour has warned.
- Schoolboy's skirt protest up for human rights award: A boy who wore a skirt to school in protest at a ban on boys wearing shorts during the summer months has been nominated for a human rights award.
- Nearly a third of schools 'not good enough': Almost a third of schools are failing to provide children with a good standard of education, Ofsted warns. Â Ofsted voices concerns over teaching standards: Serious concerns were raised today that teaching in two fifths of schools is not good enough, with pupils subjected to unproductive and dull lessons.