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ISC Daily News Summary

Friday 24 October 2014

Independent sector

League tables are 'nonsense', say private schools

Independent school leaders have attacked official league tables as “a nonsense” after a rule change sent their GCSE scores plummeting. By William Stewart, The TES. Quotes ISC Chairman Barnaby Lenon and William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC).

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Independent sector

Foreign pupils 'treated like illegal immigrants', boarding schools warn

Tough immigration laws mean foreign children applying to be educated in UK boarding schools are subjected to “demeaning and humiliating” checks that treat them “like illegal immigrants”, boarding school leaders have said. By Irena Barker, The TES. Quotes John Newton, headteacher of Taunton School in Somerset.

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Independent sector

It hurts, but sometimes rote learning is right

Although the best lessons are dynamic and engaging, once in a while you need to ditch the fun factor, writes Jeff Peabody, maths teacher at Millfield School in Somerset. The TES.

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Examinations

GCSE grade drop 'places more schools at risk of closure'

Figures from the Department for Education show a sharp decline in the number of pupils gaining five A* to C grades following an overhaul of school league tables. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times, The Independent and BBC News online.

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General education

Ban on term time holidays should be overturned, say council leaders

Tough rules on taking pupils out of school in term time fail to recognise that family life is not simple – Local Government Association. The Guardian. Also reported by The Independent, The Times and BBC News online.

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Higher education

Student visa rules condemned by employers

A business leader has accused some MPs of "cheap and pathetic gestures" in their approach to student visas. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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Higher education

Education standards 'in decline' at overcrowded universities

Academics claim that universities are compromising standards by admitting too many students and over-marking work to satisfy "money obsessed" managers. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Higher education

Record demand for Oxford places as applications for Cambridge 'drop'

Figures are expected to show a decline in the number of students applying to Cambridge following toughening of entry requirements, even though demand for Oxford is rising. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Scottish education

Fewer Scots apply to study medicine

The number of Scottish students applying to study medicine, dentistry and veterinary science across the UK has fallen by 10 per cent. By Hamish Macdonell, The Times.

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And finally...

Politicians would be stupid to ignore young people, warns president of NUS

Toni Pearce says students have the numerical strength and the political will to unseat unpopular MPs. By Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian.

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