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ISC Daily News Summary

Friday 29 August 2014

Independent sector

Students ‘penalised for good answers’ in language exams

The highest-achieving girls at a top independent school were marked down in this summer’s language GCSEs, it was claimed yesterday. The inaccurate marking could herald problems for new GCSEs being introduced by the government next year. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Quotes Fiona Boulton, headmistress of Guildford High School for Girls.

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Independent sector

Get together and reap the rewards

Collaborations between differing schools offer enriching and exciting experiences for all. By Alun Jones, principal of St Gabriel’s School in Berkshire and president-elect of the Girls’ Schools Association.

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Primary education and early years

Primary pupils score record marks in 3Rs

Standards of reading, writing and maths in primary schools have risen to an all-time high in a boost to the government’s education reforms. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

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General education

Schools not ready for new national curriculum

Most schools are not ready for the new national curriculum, a union survey suggests. By William Stewart, The TES.

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Higher education

QAA to investigate Saudi students’ exam resits

University of Bedfordshire accused of giving those sponsored by Saudi Arabian government preferential treatment. By David Matthews, Times Higher Education.

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Higher education

Brian Cox: universities need to play a bigger role in society

Professor Brian Cox says that universities need to work alongside schools to raise aspirations, help close the skills gap, and make pupils aware of STEM opportunities. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Higher education

Labour warns UK will lose global science lead without more investment

Shadow universities minister says Britain’s science base at risk if government does not increase research spending. By Claire Shaw, The Guardian.

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Child welfare and parenting

Cost of kitting out kids for school hits £240 per child – totalling £2.5bn

Then £50 per week on everyday costs such as packed lunches, bus fares, school trips and after-school activities, research finds. By Rebecca Smithers, The Guardian.

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