Market Research RSS Feeds Research RSS FeedsSat, 16 Oct 2021 06:16:10 BST New Study Suggests Behaviour of UK Schoolgirls Has Worsened A survey of teachers, heads and other school staff in the UK suggests that girls' behaviour in the classroom has deteriorated in the last two years. Survey Suggests Autopilot Action Can Be Used to Protect Children A survey carried out by the Child Accident Prevention Trust on more than 5,000 adults has discovered that most people spend a great deal of their lives on 'autopilot' - eight out of 10 admitted to carrying out many tasks without any conscious thought. Research Suggests Britons Opposed To Raising Tuition Fees A survey of 2767 adults, carried out by YouGov, has shown that around half (46%) of British people believe that the proportion of young people who go on to university from further education is too high. A quarter (23%) feel the number going to university is correct, while just 13% feel too few are attending. National Literacy Study Finds UK Children Not Reading Enough Books A survey by The National Literacy Trust on has found that children much prefer reading emails and text messages to books. Poll Finds Majority of Britons Blame Poor Parenting and Lack of Discipline for Riots A poll on behalf of the Metro newspaper has revealed that the British public blames poor parenting and lack of discipline at school for the recent riots that shook the UK, rather than police harassment or poverty gaps. Poll Discovers UK Kids Have Good Tech Skills but Alarming Gaps in Mundane Tasks A survey by Kelkoo, which posed a wide range of questions to 1,057 parents to learn about the daily activities and capabilities of children, has revealed some curious anomalies. Survey Reveals the Books Britons Love Most A poll of more than 6,000 Britons for World Book Night has uncovered the nation's best-loved books, with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird topping the list. Majority of Parents and Children Want Tougher Discipline in UK Schools A survey by The Times Educational Supplement has revealed that both parents and schoolchildren have voted for teachers to take tougher measures when it comes to classroom discipline Survey Discovers Major Loss of English Words in Favour of Text Speak To mark the launch of a book which tells the story of language called Planet Word, researchers surveyed 2,000 adults on their use of words. Sainsburys Survey Shows Many Britons Waste Food In an effort to help reduce the amount of food waste created in the UK, grocery retailer Sainsbury's has completed a survey of 2,000 Britons to better understand consumer shopping and food binning habits. Survey Uncovers Massive Gap in Childrens Christmas Knowledge According to a recent survey of 1,000 British kids between the ages of five and seven by, Christmas is largely meaningless to the new generation. Survey Finds UK Parents Not Implementing Online Safeguards for Their Kids A Virgin Media survey has revealed that more than one-third of the British parents who are planning to buy their children a computer this Christmas have not given any thought to parental control software for online protection. Survey Discovers Kids Turn to Search Engines Instead of Parents A survey by Birmingham Science City has shown that UK kids prefer using online search engines when they have a question instead of asking their parents or teachers. Market Research Finds Young Children Increasingly Using Gadgets A survey of 2,000 parents commissioned by Leapfrog has uncovered the technology usage of British children aged ten and under. Shocking Poll Discovers Many Britons Clueless About World Geography A survey of 1,318 UK adults by online travel agent has discovered an alarming ignorance amongst Britons when it comes to capital cities around the world. Survey finds Dundee University provides best student experience A recent survey has found that students at the University of Dundee enjoy the best quality of university life within the UK. The Times Higher Education magazine's annual poll was based on the opinions of over 14,000 UK undergraduates. Students were asked to score their experience of university life across 21 categories, including the quality of lectures, social life and accommodation. Survey Gives Insight into Education Gaps of Spell-Check Generation A survey of 2,000 UK adults commissioned by learning disability charity Mencap has shown that the frequent use of computer spell checks and auto-correct functions while writing emails and documents is giving rise to a significant portion of Britons who are unable to manually spell common words. Market Research Finds Alarming Gaps in School Leaver Skills A survey of 542 companies by the CBI employers' group and Pearson UK has found little improvement in the basic skills of school leavers over the past decade and a major lack in their education abilities. Market Research Finds UK Teachers Worried about Childrens Lack of Reading Market research carried out for publishing company Pearson, which questioned 410 secondary school English teachers in the UK, has found concern over how little pupils spend reading outside the classroom. Poll of UK Teachers Finds Improvement in Pupil Behaviour According to a new government study which surveyed 1,600 teachers in the UK, pupil behaviour has improved compared to four years ago. Research Finds Disturbing Lack of Secondary School Resources For Visually Impaired Children Research commissioned by the Royal National Institute of the Blind and carried out by LISU has shown a huge lack of resources for visually impaired children in secondary schools. There are 20,000 children in the UK aged 5-16 who suffer from some form of visual impairment. Survey Finds Scottish Teachers One of Hardest Workers in the World A global survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which measured how hard education professionals work, has found that Scottish teachers have one of the heaviest workloads in the world. Market Research Finds IT Investment Boost in UK Schools A survey by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has now seen an increase in IT spending by UK schools for the first time since 2009. Survey Finds Pupil Premium is 'Failing to Raise Standards' in Schools A survey of 262 schools carried out by Ofsted, the official body for inspecting schools, has revealed that just one-in-ten schools questioned felt that the cash ' worth £1.25 billion nationally ' was having a 'significant' effect on the quality of education. Market Research Finds 11-Plus Failure Influenced Uptake of Education In Later Life New research by Love to Learn, a website offering online courses for adults aged 50-plus, has shown that the legacy of grammar school entrance exams continued to have a powerful impact on people 40 years on. The research was carried out with more than 1000 people aged over 50. Poll Discovers UK Student Satisfaction The National Student Survey, commissioned annually by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), has discovered that 85% of UK students are content with their university courses. Survey Finds Many Britons Clueless about Shakespeare Market research has shown that many Britons, especially younger children, are lacking in knowledge about a personas important to English culture as Shakespeare. Euro Survey Finds British Academics Have Highest Dissatisfaction Levels Poll Shows Britons Want Improved Manners amongst Kids Poll Reveals Money Worries Means One in Three Students Can Not Sleep A recent study conducted by the student discount website has found that nearly a third (32%) of students suffer from sleep deprivation as a result of financial worries. Poll Reveals Children Read Fewer Bedtime Stories Research carried out by YouGov for education publishers Pearson has revealed that nearly a third of parents read a bedtime story to their child once a week or less. Research Discovers Children Want to Know More About Nature A poll of 1,000 children aged between 7 and 14, carried out by The Co-operative, revealed that 75% of the nation's children want to be educated more about wildlife and nature. Global Poll Sees UK Voted Safest Place to Study Market Research Shows Teenage Britons Want Improved IT Education Jamie Oliver Urges Action On New School Dinner Survey Results A poll recently conducted by the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA), and the online dinner money company ParentPay, has shown that parents want school dinners across all the UK's schools to adhere to the same standards. Children Hiding Talents At School To Avoid Bullies An online survey has revealed that nearly half of UK children have hidden, or attempted to hide, their talent in the classroom for fear of being bullied. International Survey Measures Key Levels of Performance in UK Schools Survey Finds Drop in Book Reading Amongst Britons Education Sector Market Research Shows Private Tuition Booming in UK A survey by EdPLace, a provider of subscription based education resources for parents, suggests that UK parents now spend £6 billion per year on private tuition for their children. The results also showed that more than a quarter of famillies now use private tutors in some way in order to give their children additional support. The average cost per hour is around £22, meaning that the average annual spend is £2,758 per child. Market Research Shows Employers Calling For Graduates With Work Experience An education survey of 18,000 university leavers undertaken by The High Fliers has discovered that university graduates who have had internships are three times as likely to land jobs. Findings show that over one third of job applicants who have done an internship or other vacation work with a graduate employer had at least one job offer by March 2013 as opposed to just 11% of applicants with no career-related work experience. Market Research Finds University Offers Ignore Social Background Market research findings suggest that many UK universities do not consider candidates' backgrounds when offering places; it is the government who wants universities to broaden access into higher education which it is felt should include poorer students. Market Research Study Reveals Child Confusion Over Food The study, which questioned 27,500 pupils, undertaken by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) discovered that almost a third of UK primary pupils believe cheese is made from plants whilst a quarter think fish fingers come from chicken or pigs. The study continues with more astonishing figures, including the finding that nearly one in ten secondary pupils think that tomatoes grow underground and a third of five to eight year olds thinking that pasta and bread is made from meat. Survey Finds Graduate Hiring at Highest Level Since 2008 The survey, conducted by High Fliers Research, looked at the 100 largest organisations recruiting graduates ' including Apple, Oxfam, Marks and Spence and MI5 ' has found a 4.6% increase in hiring, raising graduate recruitment levels to their highest since 2008. However, whilst there are more jobs for graduates the median starting salary at the UK's leading graduate employers in 2013 remains unchanged at £29,000, the same as it was between 2010 and 2011. Market Research Reveals Oxbridge Universities Outperformed in Terms of Graduate Employment A Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) survey reveals that Oxford and Cambridge were out performed when it came to securing jobs or places on postgrad courses last year by students from Robert Gordon, Glasgow Caledonian and Derby Universities. UNESCO Study Shows Affects of Global Conflict on Education A study launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's (UNESCO) shows that globally the number of children out of school has fallen from 60 million in 2008 to 57 million in 2011. However, the study does shows that children who live in conflict affected countries now make up half (50%) of children who are denied an education, up from around two fifths (42%) in 2008. US Market Research Survey Shows Increase in Students Using Digital Devices CourseSmart, a leading Educational Services Platform, has recently released the latest version of the Education and Technology survey. The survey, which was fielded by Wakefield Research, an independent research consultancy, surveyed more than 500 currently enrolled US college students. Market Research: Seven Tenths of People Helping Pay for US College Worried about Financial Burden GfK North America recently conducted a US nationwide survey for MainStreet, a leading digital financial media company. Research findings show that one in three adults is currently helping or planning to help pay for a child's higher education, and that seven tenths (71%) are worried about how they will cover the costs. Market Research Survey of Primary School Parents Shows A Quarter Pay For Holiday Tutoring More pupils taking GCSEs earlier, says Market Research For Education Regulator Ofqual Recent figures released by BBC Watchdog reveal that there were more pupils taking GCSE's earlier than the usual 16-year-old age group. In GCSE maths, the number of younger students rose five percentage points last year to just over a fifth (23%), whilst GCSE English saw an increase of three percentage points to a tenth (11%). New Education Sector Market Research Suggests Students Wary of Costs of Postgraduate Study A survey of more than 1,100 UK students has found that two thirds do not believe that continuing with further study is worth the cost. Only a little over a third (35%) of respondents in their second or third years at university, said that they agreed that getting a postgraduate degree would give them good value for money. One respondent described studying at postgraduate level as an 'unaffordable luxury'. A-Level Results Show Fall In Top Grades For Second Consecutive Year After years of annual increases, the proportion of students achieving the top A-Level grades has fallen for a second consecutive year. In 2013, a little over a quarter (26.3%) of exam entries were awarded A or A* grades. In 2012 the figure was 26.6%, whilst in 2011 the figure was 27%. Despite the fall in top-end achievement, the overall pass rate has risen once again, as it has done for the past three decades. The overall pass rate now stands at 98.1% of entries. Prior to 1982, the pass rate was set at 70% of all those taking the exam. Market Research Poll Shows High Number of Students Find Clearing Stressful The latest market research poll published by Which? consumer group, found that almost half (48%) of students find the clearing process stressful. Of students, one in six (15%) who find a place via clearing are likely to regret their choice of course, as opposed to less than a tenth (9%) of other students. Higher Education Statistics Authority Figures Show Rise in Postgraduate Students Taking Foreign Courses Figures from research provided by the Higher Education Statistics Authority suggest that British students are increasingly engaging in a different form of 'gap year' following the end of their time at university. Following their undergraduate studies, many UK students are looking to continue their studies - but are looking to do so at foreign universities, often in the European Union or the European Free Trade Area where education for EU nationals is heavily subsidised. Survey Reveals GCSE Students Want Good Salary Over Career Helping Others A survey of almost 300 GCSE students, by KPMG, a professional services firm ' revealed that two thirds (66%) put earning a good salary as their top post-school priority, while just over three tenths (35%) said they wanted to go into a career helping others. Market Research Finds Stressed Students Perform Less Well in GCSEs Research in to GCSE attainment has found that students who are concerned about their attainment to the degree that it causes them stress are seemingly more likely to perform worse than those who display fewer signs of stress. In fact, the findings suggest that grades may slip by as much as a grade and a half ' i.e. from an A* to a B.. The research, completed with 325 pupils in North-West England, focussed on teens in the three to four months before taking their GCSE exams and asked them to give their level of agreement with 44 statements which looked at three distinct areas of the run up to GCSE exams ' worries about the exams themselves, confidence in their ability to deal with their concerns and any strategies they used to aid themselves in dealing with these concerns. Survey Reveals Nine in Ten Graduates Found Work Amid Recession A survey of 60,000 graduates, undertaken by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, recently found that more than four fifths (83%) were satisfied with their career, and two-thirds (66%) thought their course had given value for money. Education Survey Shows School Pupils Denied Breakfast A recent study commissioned by Kellogg's, entitled Lost Education, shows a quarter (26%) of state school teachers in England and Wales have seen an increase in the last twelve months of children turning up in class hungry having had no breakfast. Stay At Home Parenting Loses Appeal Among Highly Educated According to a 2,022 person survey, carried out by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC), three quarters (76%) of Canadians believe stay at home parenting is best for children under six. Survey Points To Students Lacking A Sense Of Community - Swapping Partying For Studying In a new study carried out by the National Student Housing Survey it has been suggested that the stereotypical party-loving student culture could be dead. The survey, which polled more than 20,000 students in the spring of this year, has found that students are now working harder than they ever have before to try and get the most out of the university experience which can now cost up to £9,000 a year for tuition fees alone. Bullying Is Parents Main Fear For Their Kids Research commissioned by the charity Drinkaware has revealed that bullying is parents' biggest fear when their children start secondary school with bullying being a greater concern that alcohol. But their children's' main concern is making the right sort of friends as they make the transition to secondary school. Survey Suggests Scottish Children Are Not That Savvy About Sex Education New research carried out by Ipsos Mori Young People Omnibus Survey has revealed that worryingly twenty seven per cent of pupils believe that when a girl refuses consent to sex she does not always mean it. The poll of over 1,000 pupils in Scotland also found that a third of teenagers don't know the dangers associated with sharing needles. Furthermore almost 20% don't realise that they can avoid contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by using a condom. Although four fifths (80%) of children remembered being taught about the dangers of illegal drugs, avoiding STIs and safe sex, only two-thirds said they were taught about how to say no to sex and how to avoid catching HIV. Students recalled being taught about Hepatitis C, with 40% saying they remembered this. When students were presented with a statement 'when a girl says no to sex, she always means no", 73% of pupils said it was definitely or probably true. The survey went on to find that 89% agreed that a person could change their mind about having sex at any time, even if they had previously consented to it. Survey Reveals Only One in Ten Teachers Would Vote Conservative According to a recent YouGov survey of more than 800 teachers ' commissioned by the National Union of Teachers ' four out of five (79%) believe that the Coalition government has had a negative impact on the country's education system, while barely one-in-ten (12%) say that they would vote Conservative in a general election. Furthermore, three quarters (74%) of teachers are saying that their morale has been damaged since the last election in 2010. Study Suggests American Teachers Avoid Social Media Use For Classroom Learning According to a survey released by the University of Phoenix, many teachers are using social networking in their personal lives to connect and communicate with friends and colleagues, but have not incorporated this technology into their interactions with students and parents due to concerns about negative repercussions. Market Research Predicts more than 10% Growth in Graduate Jobs A survey of employers, published this week, from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) predicts that the number of graduate vacancies they offer in this recruitment round will increase by a tenth (10.3%) compared to last year 'sectors including IT and telecoms, energy and banking and financial services are expected to see double digit growth. Study Finds One in Five Teachers Abused Online by Parents and Pupils According to a recent survey by the NASUWT union (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers), one in five (21%) teachers said that negative comments had been posted about them on social media sites and online forums. Survey Finds Parents Being Asked to Make Contributions towards Textbooks The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) survey of 500 staff members in English, Welsh and Northern Irish schools has discovered that a quarter (26%) said parents were asked for voluntary contributions towards text or revision books. Survey Discovers That Children ‘Not Bothered’ About Winning in School Sports A recent survey commissioned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Chance to Shine cricket charity, which raised concerns that children are not bothered about competition in sport, found that almost two thirds (64%) of eight to sixteen year olds would not be bothered, would be happier, or would be less anxious if the competitive element was removed from school sport. Market Research Finds More UK Students Considering Studying Abroad According to research by the British Council, which polled 2,630 students in the UK, two fifths (37%) would take up a degree overseas, compared with a fifth (20%) in a similar poll last year. Survey Shows Younger Generations Place More Importance On Career A survey conducted for the University of Southampton shows 16-24 year olds are considerably more career orientated than older generations. Poor White Children Are Consistently The Lowest Performing Group In England A report - Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children ' studied by the Education Select Committee (ESC), has shown that poor white children are consistently the lowest performing group in England. 41% of UK Firms Say Having Foreign Speaking Employees is Beneficial According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK education system is not producing enough people with the foreign language skills that businesses seek. Global Education Study Shows Teachers Feel Undervalued A large scale study, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has shown that over two thirds (69%) of teachers feel their profession is undervalued. Survey Finds US Voters Willing To Pay More For Faster School Broadband Eighty-three percent of U.S. voters would support efforts to bring higher-speed broadband to schools, while seven-in-ten (69%) would still support it if it meant a US$4-a-year fee on mobile service, according to the study, released by the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission, a technology-in-education advocacy group. Study Shows Students Have Unrealistic Job Expectations Findings from the Student Employability Index have suggested that post-graduate students have unrealistic expectations when it comes to job prospects. Study Shows Overall University Satisfaction Has Increased Overall university satisfaction levels increased in 2013, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England's National Student Survey. UK Graduate Vacancies Expected to Increase, Survey Shows Graduate vacancies in the UK are forecast to increase by an average of 17% this year, with banking or financial services and transport or logistics companies anticipating the steepest growth. Practical Skills Favoured Over Academic Qualifications, Study Shows According to a recent study, three quarters (75%) of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) rank degrees less highly than they did 10 years ago. Study Shows Gender Imbalance for Post-Graduate Salaries There is still a gender imbalance when it comes to post-graduate salaries, according to data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Survey Finds One in Three Victims of Child Abuse is Male New research findings released by the Barnardo's charity has found that one in three victims of child sexual exploitation is a boy, suggesting the problem is deeper than has previously been thought. The findings, taken from analysis of more than 9,000 records of child exploitation, led Barnardo's to state that schools need to educate male children on the dangers of grooming and exploitation. Market Research Shows English Children Less Happy Than Those In Developing Countries A brand new report, released by The Children's Society, demonstrates that children in England are less happy and satisfied than those living in a number of developing countries ' which include Romania, Brazil and South Africa. In fact, data from the eleven countries polled places English children ninth in terms of wellbeing and happiness ' only better than South Korea and Uganda. The Good Childhood Report considered the particular views of 16, 000 individual children from within a total of eleven countries, and warned that low levels of happiness and wellbeing can impair health, education and family life. Additional data from the survey suggested that across the United Kingdom almost 500,000 youngsters have low levels of wellbeing ' i.e. low levels of happiness and satisfaction. According to these particular figures, one in eight UK children were unhappy using their appearance ' only teenagers living in South Korea were more unhappy when it came this element of their lives. English children were more prone to be positive about their life regarding money and possessions, friendship and home. They ranked sixth out of the 11 countries in these areas. The report found a link between a child's higher level of wellbeing and their circumstances financially, with those suffering the effects of the recession more prone to have a lower level of wellbeing according to the findings. Around a third of the respondents stated that their family has been affected either a 'fair amount' or a 'great deal' from the economic downturn. The report found that teenagers who considered themselves to be poorer were two times as likely to say they were miserable, and nearly three times more prone to say their satisfaction with life was low. Majority of Parents Anxious About Children Starting Primary School, Study Shows More than seven in 10 (71%) parents admitted they are anxious about their child's first day at primary school, with more than one fifth (22%) of this figure 'very anxious' and just less than half (49%) 'a little anxious.' At the other end of the spectrum, one quarter (25%) said they were not anxious - one in 10 (10%) were 'not anxious at all' and around one sixth (15%) were 'not very anxious.' The remaining 4% said they did not know. In addition, nearly half (48%) of the study's participants thought they felt more anxious than their child about starting school - 16% said 'much more anxious' and one third (32%) said 'a little more anxious.' In contrast, around two fifths (42%) believed they were less anxious than their child about starting primary school - three in 10 (29%) said 'about as anxious as my child' and 13% said 'less anxious.' The remaining 10% were unsure. Whether or not their child would make friends (36%) was voted the most concerning factor causing anxiousness. Younger parents (18-24 years old) were noticeably less concerned about their children forging new friendships (10%). Getting settled and into a routine (23%), bullying (19%), that they will grow up too soon (7%), that they will miss them too much (6%), increased academic pressures (4%), the school run (3%) and whether or not their child will eat a proper lunch (1%) also featured as factors warranting anxious feelings. While three quarters (74%) of the survey's respondents said their school or local council provided them with about the right amount of information to help prepare for starting school for the first time, almost one quarter (23%) felt they were not given enough information - this figure was notably higher for participants residing in Scotland (41%) and lower in South West England (8%). Furthermore, more than half (54%) said they would like more support to help themselves and their children start school - two fifths (41%) said 'a little more support' and 13% said 'a lot more support.' Just less than half (46%) said they did not require any more support. Unwanted Sexual Advances Common in Universities, Market Research Finds One in four university students have experienced unwelcome sexual advances - defined as inappropriate touching and groping - according to the National Student Union's (NUS) survey. For women alone, however, this figure rose to almost two fifths (37%). The study, which was conducted with 2,000 male and female university students, also revealed that around one third of its participants said they had received unwanted sexual comments about their body - this was notably higher for women (37%) than men (12%). Just under one third of the survey's respondents stated they had witnessed a student being harassed based on their gender, with two thirds admitting they had been a bystander to unwanted sexual comments. Three quarters (75%) of the students questioned said they had heard of online communities such as 'Unilad' and 'Lad Bible', with more than six in 10 (63%) of the survey's female respondents putting the misrepresentation of women down to such sites. More than half of the study's participants believed women students were more vulnerable than men. And, finally, six in 10 (60%) students said they did not know of any codes of conduct held by the university they attend which forbid or deter sexual conversations, sexual comments, unwelcome sexual advances, group intimidation and verbal harassment. Toni Pearce, NUS President, said: 'These stats show that harassment is rife on campus, but we still keep hearing from universities that there is no fear, no intimidation, no problem - well this new research says otherwise. 'Our Lad Culture National Strategy Team that includes students, students unions, and a range of external stakeholders, is launching a pilot scheme for five to 10 UK unions that will assess what lad culture looks like on their campus, and what is currently in place to tackle lad culture.' To fund their studies, 61% of students are working during term time A proportion of students are earning £30,000 a year, as around two thirds of students are working to fund their studies. This figure is above average for salaries in the UK. Survey reveals parents’ opinions on vocational qualifications Researchrecently published by The Edge Foundation and City & Guilds, has uncoveredhow parents are making the link between high-quality vocational training andemployability. Research shows that over 30 per cent of children feel at risk when they’re at school Findings froma recent BullyingUK survey has shown that bullying is still a problem forchildren, as 30% of those polled claim that they do not feel safe whilsttheyÂ’re at school. More than 1 in 6 boys use text message language at school, research finds A recent study of 30,000 children, who were between 8 and 16 and attending school, has shown that more than 1 in 6 primary school boysare using text message abbreviations in the classroom. Some of the most common slang used in primary schools are: 'lol', 'l8r', 'b4' and 'gr8'. One in three undergraduate females experienced sexual assault at university A new study has found that a third of female undergraduates in the UK have experienced some form of unwanted sexual advances, while studying towards an undergraduate degree at university. Teachers worry their pupils know more about computing than they do A recent poll, commissioned by Microsoft and subject association, Computing at School, has discovered that two in three teachers are concerned that their pupils are more knowledgeable about computing than they are. A quarter of teachers refused a salary increase, market research discovers A recent survey of 5,000 teachers, by the NUT teaching union, has revealed that as a result of a new and controversial pay-by-performance scheme, over 25% of teachers are being denied a pay rise. 10 per cent of children are obese by the time they start primary education, figures show Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre have shown that 10 per cent of children are obese by the time they start primary school, and 20 per cent are obese by the time they leave primary education five years later. Teaching named top career choice for teenagers, survey finds A new study by the Edge Foundation has found that 12 per cent of teenagers in the United Kingdom, aged 14 to 18, identify teaching as their ideal future career path. University IT departments are behind the times, survey finds A recent survey has found that IT departments within UK universities are not keeping up with the latest developments in technology. Financial issues at home impact children’s education, survey finds A recent survey, conducted by the NASUWT teaching union, has found that teachers are noticing children coming into school ill, as their parents cannot take time off work to care for them, due to financial pressures. Most recognised voluntary qualification is the DofE, survey finds A CIPD survey of HR professionals in the UK has found that the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the most recognised qualification, which highlights an individual's voluntary experience ' especially when going through the recruitment process. Apprentices more loyal than other recruits, survey finds A survey, of 555 apprenticeship employers, has revealed that 56 per cent believed that apprentices stay with a business longer than other members of staff, making them more loyal employees. Most popular party amongst youths is Labour, survey discovers A recent survey, of over 2,300 secondary school pupils aged between 15 and 18, has found that almost 25 per cent would vote for Labour if they were old enough to vote in yesterday's general election. Teachers work 11 hours over time per week, survey finds A recent survey by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has discovered that teachers work an average of 11 hours more than their 35 hour per week contract. Following the Conservative's general election victory, 43 per cent of teachers are less likely to stay in education A recent study conducted by DJS Research's education arm, VoicED, has discovered that two fifths (43.1 per cent) of teachers are less likely to stay in their current role in education, as a result of the Conservative party's General Election win in May. Rising number of children reading for fun, National Literacy Trust survey finds An annual survey, commissioned by The National Literacy Trust, has revealed that a rising number of children are reading for fun, with a notable increase in the number of children reading daily. Experience working or studying abroad most common business leader characteristic A recent study by the British Council ' which surveyed 1,709 professional leaders from 30 different countries - has discovered that a degree in social science and experience of studying or working abroad are the two most common characteristics of business leaders, worldwide. Over 50 per cent of students agree university is worth the cost, survey finds A recent survey by BBC Radio 5 Live has indicated that more than 50 per cent of students believe that their university course was a good value for money. On the other hand approximately 40 per cent disagreed. Research reveals the annual cost of sending a child through private education A recent study has revealed that it costs approximately £286,000 to put a child through private education for the full 14 years. A quarter of teens don’t know what to do after compulsory education, survey finds A recent survey, carried out by, has revealed that more than 80,000 young people, aged between 15 and 18, do not know what they want to do after they leave compulsory education. More students than ever working to fund university, survey finds According to findings of a recent study by Endsleigh, the insurance firm, more students than ever before are having to work to fund their university course and approximately 50 per cent dip into their overdraft to cover the costs. Teachers too optimistic when predicting grades, survey suggests Analysis of exam board data has revealed that teachers are often too optimistic when setting predicted grades for pupils. DJS Research explores why teachers switch exam boards Recent market research findings from DJS Research's education market research arm, VoicED, have revealed what makes teachers switch exam boards, and what they're looking for once they have made the change. The research aimed to discover new business development opportunities, market understanding, customer satisfaction and customer expectations. Survey finds many parents offer teens incentives for good A-level grades According to the findings of a survey by Leeds Beckett University ' published on 12th August 2015 - many parents are bribing their children with money, holidays, cars and laptops, to incentivise them to strive for high A-level grades. Few young people write letters, survey reveals A recent survey commissioned by the National Literacy Trust has revealed that writing letters is dying out amongst young people, with just one in six teenagers admitting to writing letters outside of the classroom. 25 per cent of parents relocate to send children to their choice school According to a recent survey by Santander, 25 per cent of parents in the United Kingdom have previously relocated to secure a place at a good school for their children, with 1 in 6 of the parents saying that they deliberately purchased or rented a property in the catchment area of a choice school. Survey finds 50 per cent of teachers are considering quitting A recent survey by the National Union of Teachers has revealed that more than half (or 53 per cent) of teachers are considering quitting the profession within the next two years. North South divide impacts poorest students, research finds A recent report from The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) - a centre-left think tank, to be launched in Sheffield - details a number of tests of the Government's proposed Northern Powerhouse scheme. Smaller percentage of families offered a place at their first choice secondary school A recent education survey has revealed that one in seven families (approximately 76,000) did not secure a place at their first choice of secondary school last year and a further 25 per cent (19,000) did not get into any of their chosen schools. Research from the New Schools Network revealed that getting a place at a first choice school has decreased every year for three years. With these findings in mind, it is unlikely that this trend will change in the next few weeks, when the results of 2015's school allocation is published. The researchers also discovered that families living in cities and urban areas are less likely to get a place at their first choice secondary school, with 25 per cent of those living in Birmingham and London missing out on a place at their top pick. In comparison, in the North East and South West of England, fewer than 10 per cent are not offered a place at their first choice school. The research revealed that the most places within schools are being created in institutions which are achieving worsening GCSE results. Since 2011, more than 50 per cent (42,000) of the 79,000 places created were within institutions with worsening GCSE grades. Approximately 14,000 of school places were created within institutions rated as 'failing' by Ofsted. The results of the findings have come shortly after the news that at least 17 local councils are considering creating 'Super Schools'. These schools will have between 12 and 16 classes per year group and will have between 2,000 and 4,000 pupils attending them. The councils hope that the implementation of 'Super Schools' will serve the 80,000 secondary school places which are forecasted to be needed before 2019. Sexting on the rise in St Helens' schools, survey finds According to a survey by St Helens Council, there has been a notable increase in bullying, self-harming and sexting in schools in the town, with 10 per cent of year ten pupils being asked to publish indecent images of themselves online. Budget cuts in English schools resulting in redundancy, survey finds A recent survey, which was published by the Association of School and College Leaders and law firm Browne Jacobson, has discovered that more than a 50 per cent of schools are willing to make cuts in the number of staff within their institution, as a way to decrease the mounting pressures brought on by budget decisions. During higher education white students develop fewer skills than BME students According to the UK Engagement Survey, white higher education students gain a lower level of skill developments than students from an ethnic background. Some students willing to pay £23k tuition fees, survey finds A recent survey of English students, conducted by the Society for Research into Higher Education has revealed that they would be willing to pay around £23,000 per year in tuition fees. Survey reveals the 2016 parenting trends A recent report by parenting site, Channel Mum ' entitled the Channel Mum New Parenting Trends report- has revealed that new technology now enables expectant parents to make a model of their unborn baby, using an ultra-sound scan and a 3D printer. Most teachers know pupils who come to school without having breakfast A recent survey of teachers in England and Wales has revealed that approximately 4 in 5 teachers encounter hungry children, who have not been given breakfast, arriving at school every week. As well as this, around two in three teachers said that they knew of children who routinely ate nothing until lunchtime. Survey finds inadequate sex education is failing school children A recent survey into sex education in schools has revealed that pupils in the United Kingdom are being put at risk by inconsistent sex and relationship education. Education survey reveals a crisis within secondary education During a time when many teachers are reporting increasing workloads, a recent education survey of approximately 9,000 secondary and primary school staff in England, has revealed that there is widespread fear about class sizes and little resources available to assist teaching. Survey finds exam stresses push primary school pupils to suicide Recent education market research findings have revealed that suicidal thoughts in primary schools are skyrocketing, with some pupils suffering with exam stress, cyber bullying and too much homework. Our research finds majority of students want universities to review their digital strategies During March and April 2016, we conducted some education market research on behalf of Unit4 to measure students' perceptions of their universities' current digital offer for administration. One of the key findings we drew from the research was that 70 per cent of students across nine global markets would urge their university to change and review its digital strategy for student administration. Four Fifths of Teachers Want to Remain in the European Union New research conducted by education market research specialists VoicED (part of DJS Research Ltd) has discovered that four fifths (82%) of primary and secondary school teachers say they are going to vote, or had voted, for Britain to remain in the European Union in today's referendum. New survey reveals that education may be widening the gender gap Despite numerous industries noting a marked improvement in female attendance, according to engineering professionals, the engineering industry is only noticing an ever widening gender gap. Research reveals sex education inadequate for smartphone generation Research reveals sex education inadequate for smartphone generation: According to a research report by the HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, 75 per cent of young people are not educated about sexual consent at school, and a further one in seven said that they received no sex and relationship education at all. A further 95 per cent of the respondents said that they were not taught about LGBT relationships. Report encourages female students to go for top graduate schemes Report encourages female students to go for top graduate schemes: The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has recently released an education report, showing female students more likely to get top graduate schemes if they apply, but less likely to apply to the graduate schemes in the first instance. British parents among least likely to save for their children’s tuition British parents among least likely to save for their children's tuition: According to a worldwide survey commissioned by HSBC, British parents are among the least likely to save money to help fund their child's education. Government’s sex and relationships material is not being taught in Scottish classrooms Government's sex and relationships material is not being taught in Scottish classrooms: According to the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, in a survey of approximately 500 teachers in Scotland, the vast majority admitted to not being aware of, or not using the latest Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RHSP) guidance issued by the Scottish Government. Survey finds some students consider illicit means of funding university life Survey finds some students consider illicit means of funding university life: According to a recent survey conducted by Debut, a careers application for graduates, a significant number of university students have considered illegitimate means of funding their studies. Glaring differences in education and working progress between ethnic groups New research carried out by the Social Mobility Commission suggests that there are 'stark differences' in progress between ethnic groups in terms of their route through education and in to work. Survey reveals many teachers would feel more secure wearing a bodycam Survey reveals many teachers would feel more secure wearing a bodycam: A recent survey of the education sector has revealed that two thirds of staff within schools would feel safer if they were to wear a bodycam at all times, to monitor and provide evidence of pupils' behaviour. A further one third said that they would be willing to wear a bodycam in school. Parents stressed by childrens’ exams, survey finds Parents stressed by childrens' exams, survey finds: A recent survey has revealed that children are not the only ones who feel stressed around exam season, with parents admitting that they too feel the strain of their child's revision schedule and exams. Top UK universities fail to reach TEF targets Top UK universities fail to reach TEF targets: Recent TEF report has revealed that consistently top-rated universities have failed to reach their targets, despite their previous success. Survey finds universities’ ‘value for money’ is falling according to students Survey finds universities' 'value for money' is falling according to students:The Student Academic Experience Survey collects responses from 14,000 students across the UK and has revealed that the 'value for money' of universities in England, has dropped to an all-time low of 35%. Teachers face one percent pay cap for the seventh year running Teachers face one percent pay cap for the seventh year running: In the midst of this recruitment crisis, teachers are the target of austerity measures, as their pay rise has been capped. A level results reveal that students continue to achieve top grades, despite changes to exam papers A level results reveal that students continue to achieve top grades, despite changes to exam papers: Yesterday, A-level results from England, Wales and Northern Ireland revealed that over one quarter of students in the UK were awarded top grades. Students prove GCSE predictions wrong, despite a fall in the number of top grades Students prove GCSE predictions wrong, despite a fall in the number of top grades: Though there has been a decline in the number of students achieving A*-C grades, roughly 51,000 grade 9s were awarded across three core subjects. Survey finds that due to a shortage of school funding, 61 per cent of teachers paid for classroom resources McGraw-Hill Education survey shows that digital learning technologies are helping students perform better UK crack down on extra time in exams, according to Ofqual Children from developing countries are more likely to aspire to have STEM careers Millennials staying in the same sector due to fears of starting a new career, survey suggests Millennials staying in the same sector due to fears of starting a new career, survey suggests: While millennials may have a reputation for being more mobile than previous generations in the workplace, a new survey suggests otherwise. The survey of 1,000 people dubbed 'the millennial generation' (born between 1980 ' 1999) reveals over half (53%) have stayed in the same career rather than start again in a new sector. The research conducted by education charity, Teach First, revealed the reasons for almost three in ten workers staying in the same job is the fear of having to start again at entry level, or that the change would not work out for them. This is despite 32% admitting they are not happy in their current role. The findings of the study also suggest that it is not the reduction in salary that is stopping millennials making the career leap, with only a fifth (19%) putting a high income as more important than personal fulfilment when looking for new job opportunities. The research also found that making a difference to the lives of other people was important to respondents with just under a third (29%) saying they would find their current role more rewarding if it met that objective. CEO of Teach First, Russell Hobby told The Independent: 'People talk a lot about millennials moving from one career to the next, constantly looking for more progress and greater responsibilities. I think this research shows that some of that is unfair actually. 'Although they are a bit more mobile than previous generations, what they are really searching for is greater meaning in their work ' and a role that will bring them the satisfaction and the social impact that they are looking for.' Four-fifths of teachers have thought about leaving the profession, reveals poll Four-fifths of teachers have thought about leaving the profession, reveals poll: A survey conducted by the National Education Union (NEU) revealed that 81% of teachers who took part have considered alternative careers over the last twelve months due to heavy workloads. Forty per cent of respondents revealed that in order to keep on top of their workload, they regularly undertake work at home, totalling more than 21 hours a week. Some teachers also said and that in some cases the workload was having a dramatic impact on their personal and family lives. One teacher said she was 'exhausted' and that 'great teachers are being driven out of the profession because they are burned out.' Respondents noted that over the past 12 months their workload had never felt manageable. Just 15 per cent said that for all or most of the time they were happy with their work-life balance. The survey, which polled 8,173 teachers, also found that 80 per cent clock up more teaching hours than the average number in 2016. Similarities with NASUWT findings The results of the survey are in line with similar research carried out by another teaching union, NASUWT, which found 65 per cent of teachers polled had given serious consideration to leaving the teaching profession over the past year. The survey findings come as figures show teacher training course applications for September are 20 per cent lower than at this point in 2017. Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU said: 'If the government does not act decisively and soon, the recruitment and retention crisis will seriously damage our children and young people's education.' Education secretary, Damian Hinds has pledged to put teacher workload as a top priority since his appointment in January. A Department for Education spokesperson said: 'Earlier this month the education secretary made clear that his priority was to work with the profession and ensure that remains the case by getting back to the heart of successful teaching, stripping away the workload that doesn't add value to education and looking at other ways to help recruit and retain the brightest and best.' DJS Research Ltd have completed research looking in further detail at the recruitment and retention crisis in schools on behalf of the National Audit Office. The report is available to view in our library of published research. Many school children taught in overcrowded and inadequate buildings, survey of teachers reveals Many school children taught in overcrowded and inadequate buildings, survey of teachers reveals: Teachers who took part in a NASUWT survey have revealed insight into the condition of the nation's schools. Findings suggest that an increase in pupils on the roll has resulted in more temporary classrooms, overcrowding and inadequate maintenance of school buildings. Almost half of those polled (48%) said the number of children on the roll had grown significantly in the past five years, with 72 per cent saying this had resulted in larger class sizes at their schools. The study of 1,250 teachers also revealed that in a bid to cope with the growing number of pupils, 21 per cent have had to utilise other areas of the school for teaching or use Portacabins for classrooms. Impact on learning Over half (55%) said that the cramped conditions had an impact on effective learning and it was difficult for teachers and students to safely move around their classrooms. The research also revealed the state of school buildings - noting corridors that could not accommodate two-way traffic as well as mould, damp and leaks. Of all teachers polled by the NASUWT teachers' union, only nine per cent felt the quality of their school building was 'very good' with 17 per cent rating it as 'good'. In contrast, 37 per cent admitted conditions were 'poor' and 36 per cent, 'adequate'. 'We have two old mobile classrooms. The heating often does not work and children sit in coats to learn. There are frequent problems with the toilets and drains. Numbers on roll are increasing and we cannot accommodate them,' revealed one of the teachers polled. Response to survey In response to the survey, General Secretary to the NASUWT union, Chris Keates said: 'The impact of the government's failure to plan adequately for the predicted increase in the number of school places is clear for all to see.' The Department for Education said in a statement that the government was committed to investing in the maintenance and improvement, and in some cases rebuilding of schools, with £10bn pledged between 2016 and 2021. The statement also said: 'We have also created 825,000 places since 2010 and despite rising pupil numbers, the average class size has seen little change. In fact, the average primary class size is 27.' Sexual health survey finds pupils in Scotland want more information in schools Sexual health survey finds pupils in Scotland want more sex-ed in schools: A survey asking Scottish students about the experiences of their sexual health education in school has revealed more education would be beneficial in some areas. The survey, carried out by HIV Scotland polled 2,906 students and was, according to Nathan Sparling (head of policy and campaigning), 'the largest of its kind'. The survey sought to gauge the opinions of school children on the sexual health education they have received at school, and found that more than half had not even taken part in sexual health lessons ' despite the majority of Scottish schools providing them. It also found 16 percent of students had sexual health education less than a few times in an academic year. When it came to where they can go for sexual health advice and services, 41 percent said they did not know where to go. The survey also revealed confusion about HIV and incorrect information about how it can be transmitted, with half the students questioned saying they would like more information. Just under a third (35 percent) did not know how they could minimise the risk of contracting HIV, with 45 percent incorrectly believing it can be transmitted through spitting, through contact with toilet seats (34 percent), and kissing (26 percent). Sparling said of the survey: ' It shows that students in Scotland need and want better sexual health education, that informs them about the modern-day realities of HIV and how to prevent it.' Children prefer being in banded classes rather than mixed, according to survey Children prefer being in banded classes according to survey: Research by YouGov has found that children prefer being taught in classes with children of a similar ability, rather than mixed-ability lessons. When asked about how they preferred to be taught, The poll of 586 UK school children aged between six and 15 revealed 39 % liked 'being in a class where 'everyone is about as good as me' while 30% said they liked having a 'mix of how good everyone is' at a subject. Twenty-two per cent did not have a preference, while 10% answered 'don't know'. When it comes to preferring mixed ability classes to 'sets', almost a third of girls polled (34%) said they preferred this way of teaching, compared to a quarter of boys (25%). However, the same amount (girls and boys) said they preferred banded lessons (39%). A higher proportion of boys said they 'do not have a preference' (26% compared to just 18% of girls). What makes a good teacher? The survey also revealed what children thought made a 'good teacher' with 27% saying 'kindness' was the top attribute, followed by 'listening' (15%) and 'fun' (13%). Three percent answered 'doesn't shout' while for 4 percent, being strict was the mark of a good teacher. Homework over the summer? When it came to homework over the summer, 29 percent had been given tasks to complete at home, while over two thirds (69%) hadn't had any set over the six-week break. See the full breakdown: Survey of support staff reveals the effect of cutbacks in UK schools Survey of support staff reveals the effect of cutbacks in UK schools: A survey of school support staff has revealed the effects of cuts, stress and restructuring in UK schools. According to the latest research by public service union, UNISON, cuts to funding are having 'a devastating effect' on workloads and morale. The survey, which informed the union's Lessons in Austerity report, polled 12,120 support staff including teaching assistants, office personnel, technicians and caterers and found almost nine in ten said they could see the effects that cuts were having in their schools. Looking back over the past five years, over four out of five of those polled (83 percent) said they had experienced stress or felt overwhelmed by increased workloads. For one in five (20 percent), this has resulted in them having to take time off from work as a result. When it came to demands being made of them and workloads, more than 70 percent revealed they were undertaking tasks that should be carried out by a more senior staff member, and just over a third (35 percent) said they had received no additional training to perform certain additional duties. Restructuring and the effects of it were also highlighted by the survey with 76 percent saying their school had been through the process, or that it was in the pipeline. For 38 percent of respondents, there had been more than one restructure in the last five years. Jon Richards, the head of education for UNISON said: 'School support staff who haven't already lost their jobs are buckling under intolerable workloads and mounting stress levels. 'They play a vital role in keeping children safe and schools running smoothly, they shouldn't be seen as surplus to requirements when money is tight.' You can download the UNISON Lessons in Austerity report here 72% of teachers know colleague who has quit over pupil bad behaviour, survey reveals 72% of teachers know colleague who has quit over pupil bad behaviour: A survey for think tank, Policy Exchange has found more than seven out of ten teachers polled know a work colleague who has left the profession because of poor student behaviour in schools. The report called 'It just Grinds You Down' is one of the most extensive to be conducted looking at persistent disruptive behaviour in schools and what can be done about it. The poll found three-quarters (75%) of teachers feel low-level disruption in their classrooms is a 'frequent' or 'very frequent occurrence'. It also found that 54% of teachers feel that disruptive students are affecting the quality of education they are able to offer to other students. Deterring potential teachers According to seven out of ten respondents (71%) disruptive pupils are a key reason why many potential teachers are being put off joining the profession, while teacher retention is also an issue with almost two-thirds (62%) admitting they are currently, or have previously considered leaving as a direct result of student bad behaviour. Serious bad behaviour witnessed by teachers While 75% of teachers experience daily low-level disruption (talking when a teacher is talking, using a mobile phone and arriving late for lessons) there are also more worrying behaviours some teachers have to deal with. Of the more 'serious' bad behaviours, 21% said they had seen a pupil physically attack a teacher once in the last year, while 19% had witnessed a student taking drugs or drinking alcohol (15%) in the past year. Teacher training When asked how well their teacher training had prepared them for their experiences in the classroom and for managing poor pupil behaviour, 44% answered 'not very well' or 'not well at all'. Another question revealed that over half of those polled (59%) were either 'very reluctant' or 'quite reluctant' to talk about their behaviour management difficulties worrying that this may mean other staff take a poor view of their teaching abilities. 70% of medical students go without basic essentials, reveals survey 70% of medical students go without basic essentials: A survey of medical students for the British Medical Association (BMA) has found seven out of ten students are unable to afford basic everyday necessities. Term-time holidays for primary pupils backed by two in five, reveals survey Term-time holidays for primary pupils backed by two in five: It's a hotly debated topic amongst parents and educators but for two in five people polled, a holiday during school time is acceptable for a primary school child. 9 out of 10 school workers say poverty is affecting children's learning, according to NEU poll 9 out of 10 school workers say poverty is affecting children's learning: Research by the National Education Union (NEU) has revealed a picture of worsening child poverty within schools, ahead of its annual conference in Liverpool. Nearly half of teachers in role for under 10 years plan to leave profession Nearly half of teachers in role for under 10 years plan to leave profession: A survey of teachers has found reports of impossible workloads, poor work-life balance and weak management is threatening the position of some UK teachers. Pupil poverty on rise at secondary schools across England and Wales, according to poll of headteachers Rise in pupil poverty at secondary schools across England and Wales: According to a poll of headteachers in England and Wales for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), pupil poverty is on the rise with 96% saying they had seen an increase over the past few years. Two thirds of parents believe exam stress affects children’s mental health, reveals poll Two thirds of parents believe exam stress affects children's mental health: A poll asking parents about the impact exams have on children has found two-thirds (65%) with kids over the age of 13 believe exam stress affects mental health. Two thirds of students support universities sharing mental health crisis concerns with parents, according to university poll Two thirds of students support universities sharing mental health crisis concerns with parents: A poll of 14,000 students has found two thirds (66%) were in support of universities sharing their concerns with parents should they learn that a student is facing mental health crisis. 31% supply teachers cite workload in permanent posts as top reason for switch, according to poll 31% supply teachers cite workload in permanent posts as top reason for switch: A survey has found that the main reason why teachers left permanent posts in favour of supply teaching was because of workloads. 43% of primary schools ‘unconfident’ in their approach to online safety, according to poll 43% of primary schools 'unconfident' in their approach to online safety: A poll of 1,158 primary and secondary school staff undertaken by RM Education - in association with the NSPCC - found that when it comes to online safety, 43% of respondents at primary schools and 32% of those at secondary schools, were not confident in their school's approach. A quarter of UK students find money management at university stressful, according to poll A quarter of UK students find money management at university stressful: The results from the latest NatWest Student Living Index have been published, revealing insight into how much students are spending on essentials such as food and rent as well as the most and least affordable cities to study in the UK. Number of young people who think going to university is 'important' falls, according to poll Number of young people who think going to university is 'important' falls: A recent survey asking young people about their attitudes towards higher education has found that two-thirds (65%) believe that going to university is important - a fall of ten percentage points since last year. It also marks a drop from 86% in 2013. Survey of school governors and trustees reveals funding is top issue Survey of school governors and trustees reveals funding is top issue: A survey looking at the views and experiences of school governors and trustees has revealed insight into the top issues facing schools in England, with 'balancing the budget' the primary concern. Eight out of ten university students worry about making ends meet financially, reveals poll Eight out of ten university students worry about making ends meet financially: A poll of university students has found that 79% worry about their finances and whether they can make ends meet during their time in higher education. The number of American people earning a master's degree has doubled in the last 20 years, reveals survey The number of American people earning a master's degree has doubled in 20 years: A recent US survey has revealed an increase in the number of American adults (over the age of 25) earning master's, professional and doctoral degrees. 89% NEU members polled say school funding levels are a barrier to SEND pupil support 89% NEU members polled say school funding levels are a barrier to SEND pupil support: A survey of National Education Union members has revealed discontent when it comes to the support of SEND pupils, with two thirds rating government support as 'poor'. University ranking top reason why international students choose to study in the UK, reveals poll University ranking top reason why international students choose to study in the UK: Research has found that the top reason why international students choose to study in the UK is because of their institution's university ranking. Affordability still the number one issue facing students seeking rented accommodation, reveals annual poll Affordability still the number one issue facing students seeking rented accommodation: Students searching for a place to live whilst at university are influenced the most by affordability, according to a recent poll. Almost half 8-17 year-olds feel it's important to 'fit in' online, reveals poll Almost half 8-17 year-olds polled feel it's important to 'fit in' online: A survey by the UK Safer Internet Centre to coincide with Safer Internet Day has found that 47% of the children and young people polled believe that it is important to 'fit in' when they are online. More than six in 10 (61%) also said that they feel the online world puts pressure on people to come across as 'perfect'. Three-quarters of parents feel the coronavirus outbreak will affect their child's education, reveals poll Three-quarters of parents feel the coronavirus outbreak will affect their child's education: With schools across the nation closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents have been thrown into a world of 'homeschooling' and uncertainty, with many having to do so at the same time as working from home. COVID-19: 98% of teachers asked to attend school during Easter holidays, according to poll 98% of teachers asked to attend school during Easter holidays, reveals poll: A poll by NASUWT, the union representing teachers across the UK, has revealed that almost all the teachers questioned were asked to go into school over the Easter break. Survey reveals most parents do not want kids to go back to school immediately after lockdown measures lift Survey reveals most parents do not want kids to go back to school immediately after lockdown measures lift: A survey by Parentkind has found that the majority of parents polled do not want their children to return to school immediately after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are relaxed. IFS survey reveals insight into home learning and how children are spending their time in lockdown IFS survey reveals insight into how children are spending their time in lockdown: Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed initial evidence about the experiences of children in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. 18% of parents support children continuing school work throughout the summer holidays, reveals survey 18% of parents support children continuing school work throughout the summer holidays: A survey of more than 7,500 parents of school aged children has found that a sixth (18%) feel that their child would benefit from continuing to work throughout the six-week summer holiday. Three-quarters of these parents said they felt their child has spent enough time away from the classroom and the holiday time would offer them an opportunity to catch up. 44% university students 'satisfied' with delivery of support services throughout COVID-19 lockdown, reveals survey 44% university students 'satisfied' with delivery of support services throughout COVID-19 lockdown: A survey of students has found that fewer than half are satisfied with the delivery of support services such as mental health support and careers support during national lockdown due to COVID-19. Survey reveals huge rise in the number of parents home educating their children Survey reveals huge rise in the number of parents home educating their children: A survey of 151 local councils has found that the number of children who have been taken out of school to be home educated has risen by 38%. 29% of students feel supported by their university during COVID-19 29% of students feel supported by their university during COVID-19: A survey of university students living in the UK has found that less than a third (29%) have felt supported by their institution during the coronavirus pandemic. One in six parents have 'seriously' considered not sending their child back to school due to Covid-19 fears, reveals survey One in six parents 'seriously' considered not sending their child back to school due to Covid-19 fears: As children across England and Wales returned to school following closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey of parents with school-aged children found that one in six (17%) seriously considered not sending them back because of Covid-19 concerns. Of these, 6% 'very seriously' considered it as an option. 82% of teachers feel they are not getting enough support during the Covid-19 pandemic to do their job effectively, according to survey 82% of teachers feel they are not getting enough support during the Covid-19 pandemic to do their job effectively: A survey of teachers has revealed that 82% feel that they are not getting enough support during the ongoing pandemic to enable them to do their job effectively. A third of secondary school pupils polled in survey say they have been bullied during the Covid-19 pandemic A third of secondary school pupils say they have been bullied during the Covid-19 pandemic: A survey of high school students in England has found that one in three say they have experienced bullying during the Covid-19 pandemic, with increasing numbers of incidents being reported online. One in five less advantaged families say lack of food at home makes home learning harder, according to survey One in five less advantaged families say lack of food at home makes home learning harder: A survey of parents has given insight into the challenges faced by many families in the UK when it comes to home learning, and the even greater impact it has on children from families with lower incomes. 73% of students are concerned about how they will manage financially as the country goes into lockdown again, reveals poll 73% of students are concerned about how they will manage financially as the country goes into lockdown again: A survey has found that as the UK goes back into lockdown, students are concerned about their financial stability as the coronavirus has impacted their income. A quarter of young people believe that the coronavirus pandemic has 'destroyed' their career hopes, according to survey A quarter of young people believe that the coronavirus pandemic has 'destroyed' their career hopes: A new piece of research by the Prince's Trust has revealed the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the effect it has had on young people and their mental health. Over half Brits polled think teachers deciding pupil grades in 2021 due to Covid-19 is 'fair' Over half Brits polled think teachers deciding pupil grades due to Covid-19 is fair: A survey of people in the UK has found that more than half feel that teachers deciding the grades of their GCSE and A Level pupils where examinations cannot be sat due to the coronavirus pandemic, is 'fair'. Two-thirds of students would prefer all lessons to be in classrooms rather than online post pandemic, reveals survey Two-thirds of students would prefer all lessons to be in classrooms rather than online post pandemic: A survey by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has revealed that 66% of students would prefer to go back to learning more conventionally in classrooms, rather than online. Nine out of 10 parents surveyed by Ofsted believe their child's school handled Covid pandemic, 'well'. Nine out of 10 parents surveyed by Ofsted believe their child's school handled Covid pandemic, 'well': Following a year of disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey has found that nine out of 10 parents believe their child's school handled the crisis 'well'. Nearly a third of teachers felt 'undue pressure' when issuing exam grades last year, finds poll Nearly a third of teachers felt 'undue pressure' when issuing exam grades last year, finds poll: A survey of school staff who were responsible for grading students last year following the cancellation of exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, found that 31% felt 'undue pressure' on their judgement, when issuing final marks to students. Just 15% of children and young people say they write in their free time, finds survey Just 15% of children and young people say they write in their free time: A survey by the National Literacy Trust has revealed only one in seven children and young people write every day in their spare time. This is down from 22% when the same poll was conducted in 2020 and is the lowest result since the survey started in 2010. One in four teachers grading exams report feeling pressured by parents to change GCSE/A-level results, reveals survey One in four teachers grading exams report feeling pressured by parents to change GCSE/A-level Results: A survey of teachers has found that a quarter have felt under pressure to alter GCSE or A-level grades due to parents. 54% of parents give children their first mobile phone whilst they’re still at primary school, reveals survey 54% of parents give children their first mobile phone whilst still at primary school: A recent survey by Tesco Mobile has revealed that over half of parents will give their children their first phone before they start high school. Furthermore, six in 10 adults are of the opinion that a mobile phone is an essential item for school, both to aid learning and for the child's safety. More than a third of parents polled (37%) stated that owning a mobile phone is a good exercise of responsibility for their child, as it gives them more choice and something to look after. Another reason that is given as a positive for kids having phones in school, is they can help promote a healthy social life as they interact with their friends when they're not with them. When asked about why they felt it was important to give their child a mobile phone before the age of 11, 69% said they felt their child was safer when they had a phone on them. In addition, a further 47% stated the child's ability to keep in touch with friends and family as a major point in having a phone in primary school. The most important feature of a mobile phone for kids, according to half of parents, is the minutes and texts; meaning 37% decided on affordable plans for their children. However, 34% of participants stated they had opted for mobile data on their kids' contract. The study also aimed to uncover the biggest challenges that parents face when the new school term starts, with over half (53%) of parents stating the cost of school clothes and equipment the most stressful. Furthermore, 47% of parents admit to struggling to remember all the items they have to buy for the new school term, with a further 28% saying they struggle to make enough time to get organised. Eight in 10 students want in-person higher education when they study abroad, finds global survey Eight in 10 students want in-person higher education when they study abroad, finds global survey: A survey of students from 55 countries has found that students are still keen to travel abroad to study 'on-campus' despite a huge expansion of online opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic.