Carol Vorderman, one of Britain’s most popular maths stars and committed educationalists, shares her views with QA Education on the problem of adult maths skills falling short in the workplace and reflects on the importance of engaging children and families with numbers as early as possible…

Maths is the only universal language.

Despite the UK’s evolving employment and commercial landscape, it has become readily apparent that we are now facing a ‘skills deficit’ in the provision of Modern Foreign Languages within schools.

The British Council’s Language Trends Survey 2016/2017 has revealed that since 2012, schools have faced shortfalls in pupils studying a second language, with a 37% reduction at GCSE level.

According to a recent report published by Sir John Holman, president of the Royal Society for Chemistry, high-stake exams are preventing schools from carrying out enough practical science activities. Many have responded by highlighting the importance of practical lessons, however, perhaps we need to take it further. 

New UK Government cyber schools programme ‘Cyber Discovery’ launches to find next generation of cyber security talent.

Young people in years 10-13 invited to test their skills in’ Cyber Discovery’, in a bid to find and train undiscovered cyber security talent

National policy agreement and local business leadership essential - CBI Businesses, the Government and learning providers must take a fresh approach to skills in 2018. 
In a new report, In Perfect Harmony, the UK’s leading business group argues that 28 skills reforms in 30 years have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver on skills needs.

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2017-10-12T01:00:00

Issues around technology procurement, measurement and adoption have prompted industry heavyweights to call on Government to produce a digital strategy for schools.

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2017-07-26T01:00:00

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

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2017-04-06T01:00:00

Today welcomes in the biggest shake-up of skills in a generation as the apprenticeship levy comes into force. 

The levy will require all employers in the UK with an annual wage bill of at least £3 million to pay 0.5% of it to go towards funding apprenticeships. 

This money will be invested to provide quality training opportunities for apprentices and double the annual investment in apprenticeships in England to £2.5bn by 2019 to 2020, compared to investment from 2010 to 2011. 

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2017-03-14T00:00:00

A new study has revealed that one third of school governing bodies are on the look out for expert legal knowledge. 

The survey carried out by SGOSS Governors for Schools, a national charity that links up schools with skilled volunteers from professional sectors, found that one in three schools who register with the body are seeking a governors with legal skills.

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