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'Experiencing competition is important' to 84% of kids

The overwhelming majority of young children feel experiencing winning and losing in sport is important, a survey has revealed.

According to the 1,000 children and 1,000 parents quizzed by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Chance to Shine cricket charity:

  • Some 39% feel their mothers and fathers would be less interested if there were no winners and losers and the end of the match.
  • Just under one in four (22%) of the parents admitted they would be less interested in their son or daughter's school sports if there was no competition involved.
  • However, pushy parents are still a feature on the sidelines of school sports, the quiz showed - 86% of youngsters and 97% of their parents said there are some mothers and fathers more concerned about winning than the children themselves.


'Two-thirds of youngsters' do not care about winning

The overwhelming majority of children do not care about winning at school sports and said they would enjoy them more if the competitive element was removed altogether, a study found.

Children would get more enjoyment out of sport if there were not a competitive element, the survey showed. Credit: PA

Data collected by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Chance to Shine cricket charity, found 64% of youngsters did not care who won the sport they were playing.

In fact, the survey suggests it is mothers and fathers who put more store by who wins and who loses, with some admitting that they would be less interested in watching their child play sport if there was no final result.

"It is worrying to see that so many children would be relieved to see competition removed from sport," Wasim Khan, chief executive of Chance to Shine, said.

"We want to teach children the importance of playing sport competitively and fairly, and for them to see the benefits that it can bring to their lives."

Your views: 'No sympathy' for teacher strikes

As teachers announce plans that could result in strike action there seems to be little support for any walk outs with parents reacting angrily to the plans.

  • Helen Nellie Chadwick: Surprise surprise think parents should unite as one to stop the fines for taking kids out as its prejudice as it doesn't apply to the disruption that strikes cause let alone the poor pupils about to do their exams.
  • Gypsy Bluebell: Outrageous. Parents can't take children out of school because of disruption to the rest of the class... I have no sympathy with them, whatsoever.

Read more: DfE: Strike action 'will damage teachers' reputation'

  • Ron Lock: Why don't they have their strikes in August, as a nurse I am getting fed up with this... Maybe we should refuse to treat teachers when they go on strike!
  • Tracy Trotter: Find a different way than walking out. It not only hurts the gov it hurts every parent and costs [them] to find childcare.

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DfE: Strike action 'will damage teachers' reputation'

The Department for Education has hit out at the National Union of Teachers over proposed strike action in June, saying it will "damage the reputation of the profession".

A spokesperson added that it was up to headteachers to ensure their staff have manageable workloads.

Ministers have met frequently with the NUT and other unions and will continue to do so. Further strike action will only disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.

It is important that teachers work closely with school leaders to ensure that their workload is manageable. We trust the professionalism of our headteachers to monitor their staff's workload and address any issues.

Read: Teachers announce plans for further strikes

Teachers share support for summer strike action

Teachers have taken to Twitter in support of the news that summer strike action has been approved by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).


#Solidarity to our #NUT friends & colleagues who once again are standing up for education and teachers. #standup4edu #NUT2014 #GoveMustGo


#NUT2014 so pleased that we have passed the stand up for education motion. Loved the fact that everyone stood up and clapped at the end!


#NUT2014 Strike action isn't certain, it is an OPTION, to be taken if the Govt won't negotiate. The Govt can prevent it, if they want to.

Read more: Teachers announce plans for further strikes


NUT votes for fresh teacher strikes

The National Union of Teachers has voted for a series of fresh strikes, starting with a national walkout in June.

Teachers taking part in industrial action in March of this year Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The action relates to a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Read more: Teachers announce plans for further strikes

Teachers abused online 'feel very personally hurt'

Teachers who are abused online by their own pupils "feel very personally hurt" by the vitriol directed at them on the internet, a headmaster of an east London school told Daybreak.

Ges Smith, the headmaster of a school in Walthamstow, said there were "two elements" to the effects of online abuse.

"One, it can be professionally and credibly damaging. And two, I have seen people who have been abused by young people online and they actually feel very personally hurt by it."

'Over a quarter' of online abuse posted by parents

Over one quarter of the abuse posted online to teachers was from the parents of pupils they looked after, a survey has found.

A survey from the NASUWT teaching union found 27% of teachers who had been victims of online abuse had received nasty comments from parents.

The poll also found:

  • Almost two thirds (64%) said the comments had been made by pupils.
  • Just over three in five (61%) said that the pupils posting the comments had been aged between 14 and 16.
  • Another third (35%) were from youngsters were between 11 and 14.
  • Around a fifth (21%) said that the youngsters responsible were 16 to 19.
  • Some 3% were from pupils aged between seven and 11.

Teachers subjected to 'vile' online abuse by pupils

Children as young as seven are posting abusive comments and making threats against teachers on social media websites, a survey has shown.

Read: Schools 'using unqualified staff to teach students'

Teachers said they received vitriolic comments posted online by pupils as young as seven. Credit: PA

Data collected by the NASUWT teaching union found teachers had been racially abused, while others had lewd comments made about their sexuality.

Just over a fifth (21%) of the 7,500 teachers they quizzed had negative comments about them posted on a social media site.

The union's general secretary, Chris Keates, said more needed to be done to protect education staff from "the vile nature of the abuse they are suffering."

She added: "Schools should also be supporting staff in securing the removal of the offensive material from social media sites and encouraging the staff concerned to go to the police."

Read: Two fifths of teachers say CCTV 'used to judge staff'

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