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Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:00

Is uni the only route to a career?

The release of this year’s A level results has again given rise to the debate over the emphasis placed on university as the main route to a fulfilling career. Businessman John Caudwell, who sold his mobile phone business in 2006 for £1.5 billion says that strong A level results and a university place are not the be-all and end-all. Caudwell built his empire, growing it to more than 10,000 employees and £2.25 billion turnover but did not take A levels or go to university. "Clearly, for certain people, further education is absolutely the way forward, certainly if you're going into…
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 19:39

Cripes! LOL - Words we lose and gain

A string of traditionally British words such as ‘cripes’ and ‘balderdash’ are dying out amid the popularity of shortened text-style terms, it has emerged. Experts found a significant decrease in the use of words which our parents and grandparents would have uttered on an almost daily basis. Other words which have fallen by the wayside amid the LOL generation are ‘rambunctious’, ‘verily’, ‘salutations’ and ‘betwixt’. "As languages mutate just as words and idioms die out new ones emerge. The folly is to try and stem the tide of the new whether they emerge from rap, technology, teenspeak, or the multitude…
With the autumn term now well under way thousands of pupils are settling down to a new experience of learning – in Free Schools. With greater freedom than their local authority counterparts they can determine choice over a range of areas such as the length of the school day, the curriculum and how they spend their money. As the first 24 opened their doors the government was still defending the initiative, insisting that the schools are central to the drive to raise school standards across the country. Raising educational standards Michael Gove says that international evidence shows that giving teachers…
   Employers are struggling to find sufficient numbers of graduates with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, reveals a new CBI/EDI report.Nearly half (45%) of the 694 employers who took part in Ready to grow: business priorities for education and skills, predict demand for high level skills to grow as businesses move deeper into recovery and growth following the recession. Meanwhile 30 per cent expect low level skill roles will decline in the next three years and 32 per cent expect to struggle to fill intermediate level jobs requiring skills equivalent to A level.Desired skills in science, maths, technology…
With a little help from business commentator Paul Bridle we ask: What do self-employed educators need from Government and how likely are we to get it from the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition that makes up the next Parliament? 1. Less burdensome taxationWe need a taxation system that recognises the unique challenges that beset entrepreneurs and SMEs trying to grow or invest in business, so the Conservative’s plan to cut corporation tax for small companies from 22p to 20p is a good start. But will they keep Labour’s Time to Pay scheme, which allows deferment of tax payments. It is claimed to have…
 
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