At a glance headlines: September 5, 2013


SecEd TV, research into modern foreign languages, an update from UCAS and the name of the country's naughtiest child are among SecEd's at a glance headlines for Thursday, September 5, 2013.

SecEd TV

SecEd has this month launched a new online service for teachers and school leaders – SecEd TV. The free facility acts as a collation service for professional education films and information from across the web. We have pulled together films focusing on CPD, school leadership, education policy and debate, good teaching, lesson ideas and much more. It is designed to save you time when searching for useful content. You can view the films for free online and more will be added during the coming months. Visit:

Language boredom

Pupils can find modern language lessons in early secondary school “boring” because they often have to repeat material they have already learned in previous years. However, the research, by Katherine Richardson of the University of Nottingham and involving 335 year 6 and 7 pupils, found that they do value the studying of languages. It also concludes that transition in languages remains “challenging and problematic”, with not enough liaison between primaries and secondaries. For example, many primary pupils did not know if they could continue with their language in year 7. The paper was presented at the British Educational Research Association this week.

UCAS round-up

As of the end of August, UCAS has placed almost 460,000 students at UK universities – six per cent more than last year. A majority – 369,000 – have been placed at the “firm choice” institution they selected in their UCAS applications earlier this year. More applicants have been placed through the Clearing process than in previous years – a total of 43,400. The final deadline for new applications is September 20 and those who are in the UCAS system by that stage can make Clearing choices up until October 22.

Jack is naughtiest

The naughtiest child in the UK is called Jack, while the best behaved is named Sarah. A survey for the Schoolwear Association asked 1,800 teachers to name their best behaved and worst behaved students. The top five worst behaved were all boys, with Jack being followed by William, James, Josh and Kyle. Meanwhile, the best behaved top five included four girls with Sarah being followed by Lucy, Harry, Hannah and then Jessica. Most common bad behaviours included answering back, refusing to work, bullying and damaging property.

Film education

The programme for the National Youth Film Festival, which takes place across the UK from October 21 to November 8, has been unveiled. The event is free to school groups and offers young people (from five to 19) the chance to enjoy a variety of films, learn about film-making and to meet film industry professionals. Alongside premieres of new films, there is a programme of screenings, Q&As, workshops and events, all with an educational remit. Bookings are open now. Visit:


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