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Declining British Educational Standards! (so tell us something new)

Who famously said Education, education, education?

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Pisa tests: UK stagnates as Shanghai tops league table

Maths scores

The UK is falling behind global rivals in international tests taken by 15-year-olds, failing to make the top 20 in maths, reading and science.

England’s Education Secretary Michael Gove said since the 1990s, test performances had been “at best stagnant, at worst declining”.

Shanghai in China is the top education system in the OECD’s Pisa tests.

Within the UK, Scotland outperformed England at maths and reading, but Wales is below average in all subjects.

Mr Gove told MPs that his reforms, such as changing the curriculum, school autonomy and directing financial support towards poorer pupils, were designed to prevent schools in England from “falling further behind”.

He highlighted the rapid improvements that had been made in countries such as Poland, Germany and Vietnam.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt called on Mr Gove to take some responsibility for the lack of progress…

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Heavy metal degree is a ‘waste of time’ claim campaigners

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Students playing in a heavy metal band.

During their second year on the course, the students would tour the UK

A two-year degree in heavy metal music has been branded an “easy option” by education campaigners.

The foundation degree – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – is being offered by New College Nottingham (NCN).

The college said the degree is rigorous and is being offered in response to student demand.

However, the Campaign for Real Education said it was a waste of time and would “lack weight” with employers.

Liam Maloy, a lecturer in music performance at NCN, spent seven months developing the course.

Students will learn how to compose and perform heavy metal songs.

The course, which is due to start in September, will also include modules on the music business, the history of heavy metal and its role in films and video games.

In the students’ second year, they…

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Tracy Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson has criticised the language skills of British schoolchildren

A recurring theme in UK sadly

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Tracy Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson has criticised the language skills of British schoolchildren – revealing that her young overseas fans write more eloquent English than UK kids.

The best-selling author, who receives hundreds of fan letters each week, told The Independent that children from Eastern Europe, Spain and Portugal all had better spelling and grammar than British children.

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“They’re writing in English, and apologising for their English, yet these letters will be more grammatical and spelt more properly than [those from] our own children. It’s quite extraordinary.” Around 90 per cent of children who write to her cannot even spell Jacqueline correctly, she said, adding that standards had slipped in the two decades that children had regularly written to her.

“Spelling doesn’t seem to be something that happens [at school]. I don’t think it is being taught.” Many children didn’t even bother to try to write properly, resorting to “text…

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Young people want everything but can’t be bothered to earn it

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Young people want everything but can’t be bothered to earn it as ‘fantasy gap’ between actual earnings and expectations widens among graduates

  • Research into the life goals of three generations of students shows teenagers are more driven by materialism than ever
  • Numbers don’t add up as 62 per cent want to have money but 39 per cent don’t want to work for it
  • Life goals of 355,000 students surveyed in U.S show a shift in priorities

They want all the cash and the flashy lifestyles, but young people just aren’t prepared to work hard to achieve it.

Today’s teenagers have a greater sense of entitlement than previous generations, according to new research.

Studies show that teenagers are more materialistic than ever, while the desire to work hard is at an all-time low.

A survey into the life goals of three generations of students revealed a ‘fantasy gap’ between the desire…

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Sir David Bell and “Employability” Part 2

Sometimes you wonder about our education system and the people who lead it

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I wrote a little while ago about Sir David Bells commentsabout the need to not get drawnPoratrait of Sir David Bell new Vice Chancellor to Thne Universi into focusing on “employability” issues and expressed my dismay at such comments. I understand there has been a bit of a backlash from Careers Advisers and Academic Staff in the HE sector to his remarks.

Out of curiosity I went and had a look at the University of Reading website and came across a strategy consultation document issued by the said Sir David Bell and I have published an extract below.

Now I don’t know whether it is me, but I am damned if I can find any reference to “employability strategy” “preparation and equipping of student for the transition to work” or “developing appropriate work related skills” although there is a very bland “one liner referring to “improving employment prospects of students”.

The focus of the document seems to be more…

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