BERA in the news

  • Number of children classed as having special needs falling dramatically

    17 September 2015

    The number of children registered as having special educational needs is dropping sharply as schools in England respond to government policy changes and possibly, also, to pressures on their budgets, research will reveal today. Almost two thirds of staff responsible for special needs provision in schools said the number of pupils they categorised as eligible […]

  • Schools’ use of technology linked to lower pupil test scores

    17 September 2015

    Further questions about the impact of technology in the classroom are being raised today, as new research links frequent computer usage to lower test scores. A study being presented to BERA by Dr Tom Macintyre of the University of Edinburgh is the second this week to question whether education technology is being put to the […]

  • Scottish and English teenagers split on whether university should be free

    16 September 2015

    A difference of opinion between English and Scottish young people on how higher education should be funded has been captured in a study being presented to BERA today. Around three quarters of Scottish teenagers interviewed for the research said university education should be funded through general taxation, as it currently is. But in England, where […]

  • High take-up of private tuition by primary school pupils revealed

    16 September 2015

    Nearly half of 11-year-olds among some minority ethnic groups in the UK are receiving private tuition outside of school, research has revealed. Children categorised as from Chinese, black or Indian backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be tutored as their white peers. These three minority ethnic groups also seem to be doing more […]

  • Schools ‘need a moral purpose beyond exam results’

    15 September 2015

    Schools are failing to set out a coherent moral purpose for their pupils beyond the achievement of good grades, research being presented tomorrow (Wednesday) claims. Education institutions should be setting goals for the type of people they want their pupils to become. Virtues such as curiosity, critical thinking and respect for evidence should be the […]

  • Want to get a good night’s sleep, kids? Turn off Facebook and Twitter, say researchers

    15 September 2015

    The impact of social media on young people’s lives has been underlined starkly as a new study reports that more than one in five teenagers say they “almost always” wake up during the night to look at or post messages. And more than a third of 12- to 15-year-olds say they do so at least […]