23 Aug '13

News Teachers feel ignored, bullying impacts adult health and record clearing figures

This week's research round up includes: concern at headteachers setting term timings and lasting impact of bullying

Teachers least likely to say their opinions count

American teachers become less engaged in the job as they become more experienced, according to a survey.

Research organisation Gallup found that 35% of people in their first year of teaching were deeply involved in their work, enthusiastic and actively contributed to their school. This dropped to 27% for educators with five to 10 years experience and then rose slightly to 31% for those with more than a decade of experience. More than 7,000 teachers were polled by research organisation Gallup.

University of Kansas professor Shane Lopez, who analysed the results, said teachers had higher engagement than the national average, but were least likely of all professionals to say "at work my opinions seem to count." He believes this could help explain the large decline in engagement over time.

Read more about the research on the Gallup website.

University places filled at record pace

Twice the number of students got into university through clearing compared to last year, figures reveal.

Ucas supplied data showing more than 5,500 applicants had found a place through clearing on the day following the release of A-level results – double the number at the same point in 2012 and 2011.

Overall, 401,000 students had been accepted by colleges and universities, the highest number on record. The previous highest total at this stage was 397,000 in 2011.

Read more on the clearing figures on the Guardian.

Childcare chaos feared if schools set holidays

More than seven in 10 parents are worried about government plans to let headteachers decide term dates, according to a poll.

Many of the 1,190 people questioned by parenting website Netmums said the move would cause problems if their children were at different schools with varying dates.

The government wants to allow all state schools in England to decide term timings from September 2015.

When asked what they would like to see happen if term dates did change, 33% of parents said they wanted holidays spread more evenly throughout the year.
Read more on why parents are concerned on the BBC.

Childhood bullying casts shadow on adult life

A study that tracked more than 1,4000 people aged between nine and 26 suggests bullying has a long-term negative impact on health, job prospects and relationships.

People who had been both a victim and perpetrator of bullying were six times more likely to have a serious illness, smoke regularly and develop a psychiatric disorder in adulthood.

Research by Warwick University and Duke University found that those who had been victims, but not perpetrators, had an increased chance of mental health problems, a serious illness and living in poverty. Perpetrators were more likely to have been sacked from jobs, be in a violent relationship and to be involved in illegal behaviour.

All of those who had been involved in bullying had outcomes that were generally worse than the average for those who had been free of bullying.

Read more about the findings on the impact of bullying on the BBC.

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