Articles from Oxford Open Learning Trust

Exam Culture Is Impacting Mental Health Even At Primary School

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years.

UK Schools Dominated By Male Headteachers #BalanceforBetter

Only 38% of headteachers at state secondary schools in England are women, despite the majority of teachers at those schools being female.

Working hours and salary the main career considerations #NCW

National Careers Week aims to encourage companies to think about their employees' wellbeing and happiness and new research has asked British workers about the things they most want from their work.

Only a third of parents feel confident helping their children with homework

Only a third (33%) of parents feel confident helping their child with homework, according to new research1 by Oxford Home Schooling.

Educational days out for the family this half term

This half term, it’s important for families to make the most of their time together with fun days out and experiences, developing new skills and knowledge outside of the school environment. 

51% of Brits think American spellings are harmful to the British language

Brits get knickers in a twist over Americanisms: Over half find them frustrating   Over half (54%) of Brits find American spellings frustrating and think they are harmful for the British language (51%), according to new research from Oxford Home Schooling.   The research  carried out by the online home education provider, looked into the importance people place on British spellings and attitudes towards Americanisms being used in everyday life.    Brits are passionate that our own standards are taught from an early age with over eight in ten (85%) stating it’s important for children to learn the importance of British spellings and over two thirds (67%) believing it’s unacceptable to use American spellings at school.   Other instances it is considered unacceptable to use Americanisms are on CVs (71%), in newspapers (55%), at work (52%) and even on greetings cards (43%).    The home education provider asked people which spellings they tend to make mistakes on, to create a list of the most difficult American spellings to identify. The top ten most unrecognisable are:

Secondary state schools ‘excessively dominated by male headteachers’

Only 38% of headteachers at state secondary schools in England are women, despite the majority of teachers at those schools being female.

Do children get too much homework?

More than one in ten primary school children are spending over five hours on homework each week, according to a study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years.

Nine out of ten Brits feel having a good memory is important for their jobs

A new tool by Oxford Open Learning Trust challenges UK adults to test how good their memory is after recent research reveals nine out of ten Brits feel having a good memory is important for their jobs.

Family Learning Festival: Adults' Perceived Barriers to Learning

Family Learning Festival: Over a third of adults say they’re unable to afford adult education

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