Use tax data to find subjects' `worth', Morgan says
Qualifications could be linked with tax data to highlight the "true worth" of studying different subjects, as part of government efforts to track students after they leave school, education secretary Nicky Morgan said this week. Speaking at the Bett educational technology show, Ms Morgan said that technology could transform accountability and assessment at schools. "Already we have begun to produce destination data on school-leavers to identify where they end up," she said. "In future we could try to link qualifications to tax data too, in order to demonstrate the true worth of certain subjects." Ms Morgan also announced a pound;3.6 million drive to improve the training of computing teachers in primary schools, with "masterclasses" taught by experts from technology companies such as Google and O2.
Teachers warn of decline in reading for pleasure
Children are increasingly less likely to read for pleasure, teachers have warned in a survey. More than half (57 per cent) of respondents believe their pupils read for pleasure less often than they themselves did when they were children. Two-fifths predict that children will read even less in 10 years' time than they do today. The survey, commissioned by the Booktrust charity and education firm Pearson, questioned more than 500 teachers and librarians about pupils' reading habits. The poll was commissioned to mark the launch of the Read For My School competition, which challenges seven- to 13-year-olds to read as many books as they can in two months.
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