South Korean officials are launching an anti-smoking effort that targets pupils as young as 7. Teachers and school counsellors will work with pupils to help them stop smoking or urge them to never start.
More than one-fifth of primary-school pupils in England move on to secondary school without a good understanding of maths, according to a report that shows that girls fare the worst. Some say government officials should study what is preventing maths achievement among girls and also investigate best practices for teaching maths by asking the students themselves.
Students in secondary school are most likely to benefit from homework, as long as it is not busywork, according to a report by the Canadian Council on Learning. The report said homework has little benefit for students in primary school.
Teachers at a Toronto high school are learning about technology through an "adopt-a-teacher" programme that pairs knowledgeable students with teachers. Teachers, who hope to improve their lessons by using more technology, say the students are a great source of technological know-how.
Teachers in England would assess their students' science skills under a proposal to replace formal Sats testing of primary-school pupils. Officials also are considering changes to maths and English testing.