Since the Second World War, the pragmatic, empirical disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM), as well as business, have risen to prominence. However, it is becoming more and more clear that soft skills are essential skills as well. These skills enable us to adapt and thrive in our rapidly changing world and bring the technical skills to life. Furthermore, research shows that exposure to the humanities is linked to high empathy and emotional intelligence .The Royal Bank of Canada researched the Canadian job market and offered some interesting views. There is an increasing demand for foundational skills such as critical thinking, coordination, social perceptiveness, active listening and complex problem-solving.
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According to BBC news, dozens of school are providing lessons in mindfulness to improve the students’ behaviour and health. Academics say that the new curriculum in personal, social and health education could have a positive impact on the students. The UK government is being urged to incorporate life skills into the curriculum of English Secondary schools, after a pilot study found it substantially improved teenagers’ mental health and physical health.
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Italy introduces new final examination for students of upper secondary schools. Starting from 2019, students that are attending the least year of upper secondary schools will experience a new knd of final examination. Two written tests, instead of the previous three and one interview. The first test will evaluate the students level of the Italian language and the second test will cover one or more subjects specific to each study branch. The Italian Ministry published the reference frameworks for each written test.
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The Welsh government has the power to set the pay of teachers and conditions of service in Wales, as of the 30th of September 2018. The Wales Act is an amendment of the Government of Wales Act 2006 and devolves the power to wales, including control of the teachers’ pay and conditions. The government of Wales plans to implement new arrangements from September 2019. The review report, Teaching: A valued profession, recommends that a School Teachers’ Review Body for Wales (WSTRB) is established and a new coherent ‘Career, Conditions and Pay Framework for Teachers in Wales’ document is written.
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A career as a teacher is becoming more attractive, as a lot is changing in the field of education, but there is still room for improvement. Michiel Heijnen, of Utrecht University of Applied Sciences considers the latest development in an article published by School Education Gateway. The world is changing, writes Heijnen, globalisation and socio-cultural and economic developments create new opportunities, but also impose new demands on people and societies. Therefore, education in the 21st century no longer prepares learners for the old paradigm. Next to that, lifelong learning has become more important and more normal.
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In the early 2000s the European Commission realised that employees need more diversion in their tasks and support in professional development, according to Lissi Rossi, head of Career Guidance Services at the European Commission. The employees of the Commission have the chance to receive career-related advice and support from trained career counsellors. One of the challenges faced was that people had been working in the same positions for too long, it was important to develop employee counselling and training in order to make work rotation successful. Many employees who had worked for the Commission for several years needed to improve their job-seeking skills and required coaching on the topics of writing a CV and a letter of application as well as participating in a job interview, among other things.
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Nominations for the 2019 Festival of Learning are now open, so if you know a tutor, learner, employer or project that deserves to be recognised click on the link below this article. The Festival of Learning 2019 awards nominations will be accepted until noon on the 12th of February. The Festival, organised by Learning and Work Institute, celebrates the outstanding achievements of adults who have used lifelong learning to transform their lives and the lives of others.
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On December 11th, School Education Gateway is organising a webinar on inspiring inclusive practices in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). What does research tell us about how teachers and staff can create inclusive pedagogical practices in early childhood settings and classrooms? What happens when children and families with diverse backgrounds join everyday life in ECEC settings, and how can European, national and local policies and collaboration support the development of good practices? The webinar will discuss issues like that and inspires to find good practices and policies within this area of education.
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Prepared by Dimyana Salib