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Primary Education News
News Proud teachers, child poverty and the cost of multiple exam entries
This week's research round up includes: request for work experience and impact of child poverty on health
Extra exam entries cost schools £11m
Double the number of pupils took more than one qualification in GCSE maths last year compared to 2010, according to data from Ofqual.
The exam regulation board said 15% of students entered for GCSE maths sat extra units from another maths qualification or completed a full additional maths GCSE. The students tended to be borderline grade C to D, the board said.
Labour estimated that the extra maths exams cost schools nearly £11 million last year. The opposition said some pupils had been entered seven times for their maths GCSE exam.
Teachers score high on professional pride
Teachers beat the national average when it comes to being happy about what they do, according to research by an education recruitment agency.
Some 61% of teachers told Randstad Education they were proud of their profession, compared to the national average of 58%. Those working in rail, accountancy and nursing had the least satisfaction.
Supply teachers reported particularly high levels of happiness, with 73% being proud of their work.
Read more on the survey's findings on Ranstad Education's website.
Increase in child poverty
Significantly more children grow up in poverty today compared to 50 years ago, research by the National Children's Bureau has found.
Three and a half million children were born into poverty this year, compared to two million in 1973.
The charity found children from a disadvantaged background were far less likely to achieve a good level of development by age four and do well in their GCSEs, compared to pupils from better off environments.
Boys living in deprived areas were three times as likely to be obese as those living in affluent areas and girls were twice as likely.
Read the full report on the National Children's Bureau website.
Students call for compulsory work experience
Nearly nine in 10 young people believe work experience should be mandatory in schools, research has found.
During placements, 63% of young people said they had gained communication skills and 51% reported improved self-confidence.
The 1,898 14 to 25-year-olds surveyed by Watermelon Research for Barclays bank were also asked about their thoughts on career barriers and apprenticeships.
A lack of self-confidence was cited as the biggest barrier to pursuing their chosen career by 45% of people.
More than one in four of the young people questioned viewed apprenticeships as the best way to start a career, although a third saw the scheme as a back up option should they fail to gain a place at a university or college.