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ISC Daily News Summary

Thursday 24 July 2014

Independent sector

Goldsmiths College is applauded for greater transparency over vice-chancellor's pay

The south London university has become the first in the country to permit a student representative to sit in on the body that determines the university vice-chancellor's pay. By Richard Garner, The Independent. Mentions John Claughton, head of King Edward’s boys’ school in Birmingham.

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Academies and free schools

Academy chains outperform state schools

Pupils in schools run by the best academy chains do significantly better than children at other state schools, research has shown. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by The Independent.

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Education policy

NUT celebrates Gove's exit, but are more strikes on the way?

Last week, thousands of striking NUT members took to the streets brandishing “Gove out!” placards. Just five days later, Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffle meant they got their wish sooner than they might have expected. By Stephen Exley, The TES.

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Teaching and learning

Primary school children could have to do two hours of sport a week if Labour wins election

Labour will introduce two more hours of compulsory sport for school pupils if they win the next election. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph.

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Teaching and learning

Britain faces 'growing shortage' of digital skills

An independent task force has called on the Government to invest £20 million to help embed the new computing curriculum in schools, warning that the UK could struggle to fill digital roles in the future. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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General education

Funding boost for music education in England

Music education for children in England is to receive an £18m boost in funding, the Department for Education says. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online.

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Higher education

More universities to charge maximum tuition fees of £9,000

The average cost of a three-year course will rise to more than £26,000, with three-quarters of colleges charging the highest possible fee. By Tom Brooks-Pollock, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent.

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Teaching and learning

Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality

Some remain sceptical about the use of data and technology in the classroom, says Charlie Harrington, but there are many benefits to its application. By Charlie Harrington, director of business development at education technology company, Knewton, The Telegraph.

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Teaching and learning

Early reading boosts health and intelligence later on

Getting better at reading could make children more intelligent in later life, psychologists have claimed. By Oliver Moody, The Times.

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Higher education

Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning. By Tim Walker, The Independent.

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And finally...

Wallace and Gromit creators join forces with RAC to teach children about road safety

The RAC has teamed up with THINK! and Aardman Animations in a campaign that challenges school children to create short animations about road safety.Lynette Bryant, a teacher at Windwhistle Primary School, talks about the importance of road safety education and explains how taking part in the RAC challenge has raised awareness at her school.

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