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ISC Daily News Summary

Friday 31 October 2014

Independent sector

Brit education goes around the world and back again

Many of the UK’s elite private schools have chosen to build outposts in warmer climes, exporting the British independent-sector brand to wealthy people abroad. But one leading school in the United Arab Emirates is seeking to go against the grain – by exporting its own style of British education back to the UK. By Irena Barker, The TES. References Sherborne, Brighton College, Repton and quotes Colin Bell, chief executive of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

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Independent sector

A black hole of funding for state school science

Experiments are often regarded as the lifeblood of the sciences, igniting students’ curiosity with the much-needed “wow” factor. But a new report from the Campaign for Science and Engineering (Case) raises concerns over the widening gap between the state and independent sectors when it comes to practicals. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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Independent sector

Schools should take note of Jeremy Hunt's NHS strategy

A letter to the editor of The Telegraph ‘Schools need to do more to encourage physical and mental health’ by Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College.

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General education

Ability groups and too much praise can harm pupils

Teaching children in ability sets can be harmful to their education, experts warn in a report today. They also claim that excessively praising pupils can do more harm than good. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Also reported by The Guardian, The Independent and The TES.

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General education

Ofsted struggling for credibility and must be overhauled, say councils

Schools watchdog accused of erratic judgment, media obsession and failing to focus on young people’s experiences. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The Independent and The TES.

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Higher education

British men earn 20 per cent more if a parent went to university

The children of graduates earn far more than those whose parents had a high-school education even when they achieve the same qualifications, a study has found. By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Teaching and learning

Damaging maths mindset holding pupils back

With an international study placing the UK 26th out of 65 countries for maths, one factor holding many back is "the cultural acceptability of saying 'I can’t do maths'". By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Teaching and learning

'Teaching can't merely be learnt on-the-job'

To ensure our children receive high quality education, we must have teachers in our schools who have been properly trained, argues Prof David Green, vice-chancellor, University of Worcester, The Telegraph.

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Higher education

Students turning to Ritalin and other ‘smart drugs’ before exams

One in ten university students is using so-called smart drugs such as Ritalin to boost their concentration, a study found. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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And finally...

Finding out how the nation really feels about physical education

A nation-wide survey will use our memories of PE at school to identify how our experiences of sports days, shared showers and plimsolls have influenced our relationship with physical activity as adults. By Luke Harrison, Medical Xpress.

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