A Lost Generation of Scientists? UK schools urged to do more to turn kids on to science
FE News | 5th September 2018
Science, technology and engineering are critical to the future of Britain and the wider world. However, as the new school year starts, Britain’s parents feel the next generation of scientists could be at risk if schools don’t keep up with technological and scientific advances, new research has found. The research quizzed parents of about current science lessons and their own memories of science at school. An overwhelming 87% said they felt children would be far more engaged in science lessons if they incorporated the most advanced technology as learning tools. However, almost seven in ten (68%) believed schools aren’t keeping up with the latest available technical innovations. While science subjects are becoming more popular at ‘A’ and GCSE levels – more than half a million pupils took GCSE science in one form or another this year – the government itself admits that only a handful of schools and colleges are taking steps to put technology at the heart of the classroom.
Call for all university staff to get suicide prevention training
The Guardian | 5th September 2018
All university staff who deal with students should receive training in suicide intervention and prevention, according to new guidelines. But the guidance – published by the Universities UK (UUK) group and the youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus – makes only brief references to data protection issues that could block universities from contacting the families of vulnerable students. The guidance comes amid growing concern about how universities deal with mental health problems. This summer the higher education minister Sam Gyimah warned that institutions risked “failing an entire generation of students”.
Fresh digital thinking on apprenticeships
FE News | 4th September 2018
Growing numbers of apprenticeship providers are embracing digital technologies to help them reshape their offer following last year’s radical shake-up of vocational training. It saw the introduction of a new standards-based approach and a new funding model for apprenticeships and brought fresh challenges for a sector that already has a lot on its plate. Many apprenticeship providers are exploring blended learning approaches to enhance and personalise learning. We take a look at how some of our members are using digital technology to create apprenticeships that enhance learning and improve employability.