Posted on October 26, 2008 by Amy Tolmie
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s, SEN,

Your weekly round up of news from the world of education. Here are some of the headlines from the last week that caught my eye...

A pick from the news last week:

Christmas...Santa's birthday?: A poll out this week reported 11% of children aged 8-15 believed Christmas was a celebration of father christmas' birthday. Other results include nearly half of those surveyed not having a clue Christ died on Good Friday. See more

Primary school absentees on the rise: The number of persistent absentees among primary school children has risen by around ten per cent, according to government figures. See more

Where do baby rabbits come from? Sex education to begin at five in all schools: No opt-out for faith schools, says minister. The decision was welcomed by sexual health campaigners. See more

Read more about sex education reforms on Teacher's TV news with a short interview with Jim Knight (schools minister) here

Girls start school with two-month lead over boys: Study finds that on average the verbal skills and learning ability of boys, by their first day of school, is inferior to girls. See more

More parents use lawyers to secure school places: Families seek advice on competitive application process, from filling in forms to official appeals. See more

Also in the news:

Last Sunday was the National Teaching Awards 2008. Inspirational teaching was praised and celebrated. Here's one story of an English teacher from Glasgow.