How We Write Off A Third Of Kids As Failures

Wendy Jones | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Wendy Jones

Here's a question for anyone in the education business. (It's also one for politicians, employers and parents - in fact just about anyone with the fai...

Tackle 'Maths-Phobia' and Improve the Nation's Health and Wealth

Edwina Dunn | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Edwina Dunn

Shockingly three quarters of adults admitted they cannot work out how much sugar they should be eating from reading packets because their maths skills are too poor. A report from Unicef last week gave further credence to this, finding Britain 25th out of 37 wealthy nations for its equality levels in children's maths and science skills, as well as reading.

Radio Maths is Fun!

Wendy Jones | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Wendy Jones

We already knew that poor numeracy was more widespread than poor literacy and that around half the population of working age had only primary school-level maths skills (too many power naps at secondary school?). We also knew that poor maths was linked to lower earnings (even more so than poor literacy is) and possibly to wider wellbeing. But now the new economic research put a figure to the estimated overall cost.

Teaching to the Test, or Teaching for Success?

Chris Jones | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

At face value, the results of the OECD's PISA survey out this week are concerning. Overall the UK ranked 26th out of 65 countries. We were 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. The results have led to political bickering between the Coalition and Labour, each blaming the other for the UK's results.

John Armitt - Remaking Education To Make Young People Work-Ready

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

The economy has changed beyond all description in recent years. Unfortunately schools and the university curricula haven't. This has caused massive pr...

'Shocking' Report Shows Young People's Skills Lowest In Developed World

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Significant action" needs to be taken as the UK's young people are falling behind the rest of the world in basic literacy and numeracy skills, it has...

No maths in business?

Wendy Jones | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Wendy Jones

I half-watched The Apprentice last night while going through the email backlog - both experiences made slightly more bearable by the other. But my attention was suddenly caught by a Maths Problem.

Should Teens Be Made To Study Maths Until They're 18?

PA | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teenagers should be made to study maths up to the age of 18 to improve the nation's skills in the subject, an MP said on Thursday. Elizabeth Truss ...

Back-To-Basics Lessons Branded As 'Boring'

PA | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Ministers have unveiled proposals for a back-to-basics curriculum focusing on times-tables, spelling, reading and arithmetic but a union leader warned...

Employers Forced To Educate 'Inadequate' School Leavers

PA | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Many UK employers are still being forced to lay on remedial lessons for school leavers in reading, writing and maths, according to new research. An...

Too Many Children Leave School Without Maths Skills for Life

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

Too much teaching is seen as getting students through tests rather than giving them a real understanding of what maths is about and so preparing them for the next stage of education, work and life. Teachers have become more aware of the need to improve students' problem-solving and investigative skills, but rarely integrate that into the way children learn.

Pre-School Carers 'Lack Basic Numeracy Or Literacy Skills'

PA | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nursery staff and childminders are allowed to work at pre-school groups without displaying basic literacy or numeracy skills, according to a Governmen...

Doing the Sums With Britain and Numeracy

Wendy Jones | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

Nearly 17 million people in England - almost half the working-age population - have the numeracy skills expected of children at primary school. That means they may not be able to check pay and deductions on a wage slip, understand bus timetables or pay household bills.

Homework 'To Blame For Family Arguments'

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Homework causes arguments in a third of families, parents have admitted, with some confessing to avoiding helping their children altogether. A shoc...