News / UK by Press Association 08/11/2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The public under-estimates the weekly number of hours teachers work by almost a full school day, research suggests. Education charity the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Status Index 2018 indicates that British teachers are working the fourth highest number of hours per week (50.9) out of the 35 countries polled, behind New Zealand, Singapore and Chile. However, when members of the public were questioned about the hours primary and secondary school teachers work, they estimated they worked 45.9 hours a week. The respondents also said they thought the average starting salary for a secondary school teacher was around £29,000, instead of £24,000. On average, the public thought a fair wage would be almost £31,500, while the teachers polled said it would be close to £33,000. According to the index, overall … [Read more...] about ‘Teachers work almost a full day more in hours per week than public estimates’
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Science & Environment 6 November 2017 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41861232 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel More than half of people in the UK can't name a famous woman in science, a survey suggests. This week, BBC 100 … [Read more...] about Seven trailblazing women in science
Want to read more?We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser – subscribe today for as little as 56 pence per week. Subscribe Now[Usual Science Matters logo] Better the Devil You Know The battle for survival between native red and invasive grey squirrels has been ongoing in the UK ever since our ancestors introduced the grey species from North America in 1870s. With the species competing for resources and the greys carrying squirrel-pox virus, which is harmless to them but lethal to reds, the contest seemed to be tipped in the greys’ favour.But in nature such rivalry is likely to be influenced by more complex interactive networks than just two species. Now scientists from the University of Aberdeen have added a third species to the mix – the European pine marten. These native squirrel predators are recolonising Britain after years of … [Read more...] about Science Matters – week 24
There's no debating it: Puppies are adorable. But is there an age when they reach "peak" cuteness? A new study may have an answer. The study, which aimed to determine the "optimal age" of puppy cuteness, found that puppies are most appealing to humans at around 6 to 8 weeks of age. That's around the time when puppies are weaned from their mothers, leading the researchers to hypothesize that puppies reach peak cuteness right when they need human care the most. "Just as their mother is getting sick of them and is going to kick them out of the den and they're going to have to make their own way in life, at that age, that is exactly when they are most attractive to human beings," lead study author Clive Wynne, a professor of psychology and director of Arizona State University's Canine Science Collaboratory, said in a statement. The new findings may help scientists better understand how dogs evolved to rely on human care, the researchers said. "This attraction of humans to … [Read more...] about Peak puppy cuteness achieved at 8 weeks, scientists say
By Dr Naomi LavelleAt this time of year we can see lots of birds returning to our shores for the summer months. The swallows and house martins are back and have started building their nests and the distinctive sound of the cuckoo fills the air during many country walks. These birds mark the arrival of the seasons and the passing of time in cycles. Of course, not all birds migrate, but for those that do, come autumn we will watch them flock together before taking off on another epic journey back to warmer climates for the winter months. But how do they do it? How do birds know when to go and how to get there?ENVIRONMENTAL CUESThe migration of certain birds is probably triggered by a number of environmental cues such as changes in food supply, daylight hours and temperature. These parts are easier to understand; but the idea that they can all suddenly take to the skies and fly thousands of kilometres over many weeks is a little more baffling.HOW DO THEY … [Read more...] about Appliance of Science: How do birds know where to go when they migrate?