“Money” to be taught in schools – with a lesson on state spending

Financial education has been confirmed as an official part of the English national curriculum, including lessons on the public finances.

Children will be taught how to manage their money in schools for the first time in England, after financial education was included in the final version of the national curriculum.

The detail was published last night by the Department for Education and includes financial education in mathematics and citizenship education for secondary school pupils.

There have been further elements added since a draft curriculum earlier in the year opened to consultation, including lessons in how public money is raised and spent.

Personal finance is already taught in schools in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In Mathematics, “financial mathematics” is emphasised for the first time. Pupils will be asked to solve problems involving percentage change and simple interest, for example.

Pupils will learn to manage their money and plan for future financial decisions in citizenship classes, which will also include lessons in financial products and how public money is raised through measures like income tax, according to the published curriculum.

The curriculum will be rolled out across all government-funded, or maintained, schools, from September 2014.

Tracey Bleakley, pfeg chief executive, said: “It is especially welcome to see the link between personal finance and public finances restored to the final programmes of study for Citizenship education.

Maths lessons ‘failing to prepare pupils for world of work’

All pupils should be required to study maths up to the age of 18 amid fears GCSEs in the subject are failing to prepare children for the workplace, according to a major report.

Schools and colleges should provide an extra two years worth of teaching because too many teenagers struggle to use mental arithmetic, reasoning, spreadsheets and graphs in their everyday life, it was claimed.

The report – published by the Sutton Trust charity – said that a basic grounding in maths was a prerequisite for most careers, particularly finance, nursing, engineering, construction, transportation and retail.

But it warned that the modern application of the subject in the workplace was “not generally reflected in school mathematics”.

The study, which was carried out by academics from King’s College London, also revealed that children in England were significantly less likely to study maths up to the age of 18 than in many other countries.

Two in three pupils fear university costs: They worry about living expenses and not being able to earn while studying

Pupils are worried about living expenses and not being able to earn while studyinggroup of adults maths

Two-thirds of children are worried about the cost of going to university even though they think it will help them ‘get on in life’, a new survey has revealed.

They are concerned about living expenses and not being able to earn while they study while those from middle-class backgrounds are most troubled by £9,000-a-year tuition fees.

The Ipsos MORI poll for the Sutton Trust surveyed 2,595 11 to 16-year-olds.

It classified them as being in families of high, medium or low affluence based on questions about their households.

It found that students from the least affluent families (23 per cent) were more likely to cite cost as the biggest consideration when deciding whether to go onto higher education than their richer counterparts (14 per cent).

However, middle-class youngsters – who miss out on means tested maintenance grants – are most affected by tuition fees (30 per cent) when worrying about all the costs.

This compared to 28 per cent of rich students and 26 per cent of poorer ones who agreed that fees were the ‘biggest concern’.

Overall, 65 per cent of students surveyed were worried about university finances – 28 per cent cited tuition fees; 19 per cent, the cost of living and 18 per cent, not earning while studying.

Only seven per cent said they were not troubled by the cost of going to university.

Poor sex education leaves pupils vulnerable – Ofsted

More than a third of schools in England are failing to provide pupils with age-appropriate sex-and-relationships education, the schools watchdog says.

Ofsted inspectors warn this could leave them vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

Too few teachers have the expertise to discuss delicate issues such as sexuality and domestic violence, they say.

The warning comes after teaching unions raised concerns about the effects of a sexualised culture on pupils.

At unions’ conferences over the Easter holidays, teachers shared their concerns about the negative impact pornography and pressure to have “the perfect body” was having on their pupils and called for better training to help teachers to deal with such issues.

Too few qualified teachers mean one in 10 primary schools likely to miss language targets

A shortage of qualified teachers means that one in 10 primary schools believe they are unlikely to be able to deliver on the Government’s pledge to make learning a language compulsory for all seven-year-olds from next year. classroom setting

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) say they currently have no-one on their staff with language qualifications beyond GCSE, although some of these think they will nevertheless be able to deliver the required level of teaching.

“Schools have least confidence in their ability to deliver the more technical and rigorous aspects of language teaching – including reading, writing and grammatical understanding,” says a report published yesterday [Wed].

The findings emerge in the annual survey of language provision in schools published by the CfBT Education Trust which says that, while foreign language teaching is now a reality in most primary schools – there is a lack of consistency in both approach and outcomes, making it difficult for secondary schools to build on pupils’ learning.

Figures show a slight improvement in the proportion of pupils taking up languages at GCSE (41 per cent of pupils, up 1 per cent on the previous year) although because of a fall in student numbers, this is actually fewer pupils than before.

The report also finds that that opinion amongst teachers is divided as to whether the subject should again become compulsory for 14 to 16-year-olds. Compulsory lessons for this age group were scrapped by Labour nearly a decade ago.

dbda encourages parents to keep their children safe during the summer holidays

With the summer holidays upon us, dbda is encouraging parents to remind their children about the dangers on the road and in the home.

According to a June 2010 survey on behalf of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, while almost three-quarters of parents worry about their child having a bad accident nearly half believe there is nothing they can do to stop accidents from happening.

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