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    The 2015 CBI Education and Skills Survey

    What messages stand out from this survey? With economic growth becoming more securely based and employment on a rising trend, the UK must strengthen its education and skills systems to meet future demand and avoid being outpaced by international competitors. A number of clear themes continue to shine through:

    • Young people need to build their workplace skills on solid educational foundations, but many are still leaving school with poor literacy and numeracy skills: in 2014, 38.3% did not achieve a grade C or better in GCSE English and 37.6% did not reach this standard in maths
    • Careers guidance and support must be improved to aid young people in their transitions from school into work and to minimise the risk of their falling into unemployment: more than 940,000 of those aged 16-24 are currently not in education, employment or training
    • Most jobs created in the decade to 2022 will be high skilled ones – filling these and improving the UK’s productivity track record will mean many people already at work will need to add to their skills
    • The government’s plans to move towards a demand-led skills system are key, but big challenges lie ahead in ensuring that the reforms, including funding reform, are delivered in a way which ensures employers remain firmly in the driving seat.

    To download a copy of the full report, click here.

    New DVDs show Teenagers the Inspirational side of Maths.

    Best-selling maths author Rob Eastaway and Stand-up Mathematician and broadcaster Matt Parker have teamed up to produce a series of maths DVDs that are set to change the way that teenagers think about maths.

    The Maths Inspiration DVDs, which feature six different maths shows filmed live at Greenwich Theatre in front of teenage audiences, are not only entertaining but also reveal the beauty and relevance of maths, in everything from designing rollercoasters to creating new tunes. The DVDs feature several top communicators from the world of maths and engineering, include Sky at Night presenter Lucie Green, Channel 4 documentary presenter Hugh Hunt and BBC Science expert Steve Mould.

    With titles such as "Are You Feeling Lucky?" "What's the Trick?" and "From Juggling to Jazz" the DVDs are designed to appeal to 13-16 year olds, and will be a valuable resource that teachers can use to bring topics such as algebra, trigonometry and mechanics to life.

    There are six DVDs, each featuring a show that lasts between 70 and 90 minutes, with two speakers and Matt Parker as the host. DVDs cost from £10. For more information, click here.

    Cancer Research UK - School Resources

    Cancer Research UK have re-launched their schools resources – they were developed with teachers and are available to download for free from their website cruk.org/lessons.

    There are two lesson plans available:

    What is cancer?

    - is aimed at GCSE science students and explains how the cell cycle goes wrong in cancer and things we can do to reduce the risk of cancer. This interactive lesson includes a short animation – How cancer starts.

    Making your mind up – HPV vaccination

    - is aimed at Year 8 PSHE/citizenship classes (all girls or a mix of boys and girls) and introduces students to making informed choices about their own healthcare, using HPV vaccination as an example. This is a discussion based lesson which arms your students with decision-making skills for their future.

    Future Morph

    Future Morph has been created to show that studying science, technology, engineering or maths beyond the age of 16 isn’t just a one track road to becoming a scientist or engineer – the skills and knowledge you gain are valuable in almost any career and will make you very employable.

    The website, launched by the Science Council, contains a wealth of information including teaching resources, careers information for teachers, parents and young people, case studies and much, much more...

    For further information, please click here.

    More Maths Grads

    More Maths Grads is an ambitious and wide ranging project. The primary aims are:

    Improving the perception of maths by school pupils:

    • changing the ways schools and universities interact in the mathematical sciences
    • helping students who want to study maths at university find out about available options
    • raising awareness of the applications of maths and the importance of mathematics in careers

    For further information, please click here.

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