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Daily News Summary
27 February 2019

image Drop in the number of pupils studying foreign languages
image ISC Blogs: Girls' involvement in STEM subjects
image Fourth industrial revolution: Arts may be more important than maths, according to PISA boss
image Research reveals parents' views on what makes the most difference in pupil outcomes
image Testing of four and five-year-olds to go ahead
image 'Teach primary aged pupils about computing'
image Head shortens school week to achieve more happiness and productivity

Drop in the number of pupils studying foreign languages

 

Take-up of foreign languages at secondary school is at its lowest level since the millennium, according to BBC analysis. By Branwen Jeffreys.

Does your school take part in a state school partnership, helping to teach languages that are vulnerable in the state sector? If you'd like to write a 400-800 word blog on the subject, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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BBC

ISC Blogs: Girls' involvement in STEM subjects

 

Supporting pupils to bring out their best: Clare Bracken, head of mathematics at Pocklington School, argues that an all-round supportive approach, rather than a STEM-focused push, is what’s needed to bring out the best in students.

Preventing gender stereotypes: Nigel Helliwell, head of St Faith’s School in Cambridge, argues that tackling the issues of gender stereotyping in STEM subjects is vital given its importance in the modern world.

Fourth industrial revolution: Arts may be more important than maths, according to PISA boss

 

The head of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), has said arts may become more important than maths in the fourth industrial revolution. Andreas Schleicher also commented that "UK private schools excel in teaching 21st century skills". By Martin George, Tes.

Tes reports in a separate article that UK pupils are "less well prepared than other nations" for the fourth industrial revolution, according to the PISA boss. By Martin George, Tes.

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Tes

Research reveals parents' views on what makes the most difference in pupil outcomes

 

Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren, lead economist at the Centre for Education Economics, details what parents think the main outcomes are when investing time or money in their child's education. Tes.

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Tes

Testing of four and five-year-olds to go ahead

 

Despite opposition from teaching unions, the Department for Education will test four and five-year-old children in their first weeks of schooling. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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The Guardian

'Teach primary aged pupils about computing'

 

Susan Ward, depute headteacher at Kingsland Primary School in Peebles, argues why primary aged pupils should be taught about computing. Tes.

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Tes

Head shortens school week to achieve more happiness and productivity

 

Forest Gate Community School in east London will shorten its week to four-and-a-half days, in a bid to boost happiness and productivity. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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The Times

 

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