What’s caught my eye in the news this week?

  • The Education and Employers report Drawing the Future has been published and as always makes for interesting reading. Drawing the Future gets children to think about what they want to be when they’re older. 20,000 children aged 7-11 years were asked to draw themselves in their future career and being a You Tube star isn’t uncommon. The report’s main findings include:
  1. The patterns of jobs chosen by seven-year-olds mirror those selected by 17-year olds
  2. Gender stereotyping about jobs is set from a young age
  3. Family, TV, radio and film have the biggest influence on children’s choices

The report also found that children’s career aspirations have little in common with projected workforce needs, which could have serious implications for the UK’s economy and there is a need for greater access to career role models from a young age.

The report found that children in developing countries were far more aspirational in their career ambitions. Boys in the UK aimed to be footballers or YouTube stars but their counterparts in Uganda and Zambia wanted to be doctors or teachers.

See Primary Futures for more details and the BBC video here.

  • Macquarie Dictionary has named the 2017 word of the year as ‘Milkshake Duck’, despite being made up of two words. This unusual term was born in the twittersphere and describes an overnight social media sensation whose viral support rapidly dissolves with closer scrutiny. It is attributed to a viral tweet by Ben Ward, a cartoonist who used Milkshake Duck to describe debates online. He is better known as @pixelatedboat,
  • Can skipping lead to better behaviour in schools? Pete Thompson is a skipping world record holder (110 crossovers in 1 minute) and he has been passing on his skills to children and says that skipping promotes good behaviour and exercise. Take a look at Pete in action:

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said


  • In this digital age, children who can’t question and determine the reliability of the information they find online will be hamstrung – at school, at work and in life. Worryingly, our research shows that this is a reality for far too many children across the UK. Working with the Guardian Foundation, PSHE Association and Google, we will help children develop the critical literacy skills they need to survive and thrive in a digital world.

    Register your interest here.


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