News roundup; and more on Children in Need
News roundup and more on Children in Need.
In the news this week, our deficit of Maths teachers, the World’s Best Teacher shares classroom tips, Heads call 999 for emergency help with children who suffer from mental health problems; and fundraising tips from Children in Need.
Deficit of maths teachers; someone’s done the maths
A report from the Advisory Council on Mathematics Education (ACME) ranks UK children at 20th in the world as regards maths and science ability, putting the UK below some developing countries.
The Advisory Council on Mathematics Education estimate that it will take 10 years for the UK to improve maths and science teaching in schools. Currently trainee primary school teachers must have attained at least a grade C in GCSE maths; which means that their maths education will have finished when they were 16 years’ old. The ACME report authors want the length of maths education extended to the age of 18; they point to the success of the governments ‘New Core Maths Qualification’ in teaching teenagers to apply maths in real life situations.
A Department for Education (DfE) spokesperson said that “Maths bursaries had been increased to £25,000 for graduates with a 2:2 maths degree or better, [and that up to] up to £67m [had been pledged] to improve the skills of 15,000 existing non-specialist teachers and to recruit an additional 2,500 specialist maths and physics teachers over this parliament.”
The World’s Best Teacher shares classroom and teaching tips
Global winner of ‘The World’s Best Teacher Prize’ Nancie Atwell took an English class in a Northwest London school in Willesden, pointing to quiet speaking and class room control as the key to her success. Ms Atwell a US teacher in Maine warned that too much testing in schools detracted from classroom control and good education. She donated her million-dollar prize to her school and said that she always dealt directly with the behavioural problems that children had asking them: “What’s the problem? You need to engage with this stop talking.” Ms Atwell confirmed that she was strict which meant that she was respected by her pupils.
Heads call 999 for help with children suffering from mental health problems
In a worrying report from the BBC earlier on in the week; where evidence was given to the Education Select Committee, head teachers are calling 999 so that pupils with mental health problems can be taken to A&E. A gap in service provision is pointed to by many leader practitioners as being the main factor behind the reactive urgent need of emergency services. The committee were told: “It often takes a considerable amount of time to arrange meetings and access support, and in some instances, it may be difficult to secure support.” The delays are affecting not just children in care who tended to face more mental health issues, but also children and young people that are not in care, and the number of incidents is rising. The government is investing £1.4b in young people’s mental health care over the next five years and £1.5m to a single-point-of-contact scheme with NHS England to provide young people with better quality joined-up support.
Children in Need; fundraising packs and ideas
Children in Need is enjoying its eighty-eighth year this year, the first appeal being broadcast over the radio on Christmas Day 1927. The first televised appeal was in 1955, over that time the BBC’s Children in Need has raised billions for children in need here in the UK and abroad. A huge part of the fundraising efforts for Children in Need is of course supported by schools, children, teachers, parents and carers. We’re sure you covered off ideas, campaign packs and newsletters about this special day and weekend a while ago. But for those of you that may be stuck, or want to do a little extra here are some Children in Need fundraising packs that you may wish to download.
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