Ensuring all pupils reach basic levels of achievement ‘could boost economy’ (Guardian)
An article in the Guardian reveals that the UK economy could grow by billions of pounds a year if underachieving youngsters all obtained basic skills at school, and if boys and girls achieved similar levels of education attainment. The figures come from a new report by the OECD (Organisation of Economic Coordination and Development).
Asia tops biggest global school rankings (BBC)
The biggest ever global school ranking have been published, with Asian countries in the top five places and African countries at the bottom. Singapore heads the table, followed by Hong Kong, with the UK among the higher achieving European countries in 20th place. The full results can be seen in an article in the BBC.
UK ‘biggest online university course’ (BBC)
A UK online university service is claiming to have a course with a record number of students. FutureLearn says it has 370,000 students enrolled on its course which is aimed at students preparing for the English language proficiency test IELTS. The so-called MOOC (“massive open online course”) has its biggest audience in the Middle East. This BBC article gives more details.
IT skills gap holding back British business (HR Magazine)
Almost half of UK businesses are experiencing a shortage of IT skills which is hampering productivity, according to research by IT training body CompTIA. Their survey of more than 1,500 IT executives found that 44% of them worry that staff productivity is being negatively affected by the digital skills gap. HR Magazine takes up the full story.