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ISC Daily News Summary

Thursday 17 April 2014

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Easter DNS dates

Please note there will be no DNS over the Bank Holiday, on Friday 18 and Monday 21 April. Education news will be monitored over the Easter break and will be included in a round-up DNS on Tuesday 22 April.

Happy Easter from all at ISC.

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Independent sector

Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at the heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner, The Independent. Quotes the school’s headmaster Dr John Newton.

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Independent sector

'Gove's battle with the Blob clouds real issues'

Michael Gove's attacks on "the Blob" are fuelling a phoney war on education while distracting from the major issues, argues Headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School Peter Tait. The Telegraph.

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Primary education and early years

'Crisis' warning as up to four in 10 refused first choice primary school

Nearly 40 per cent of children rejected from first choice primary school in parts of England as experts warn that record numbers of parents are preparing to appeal. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times, The Guardian and BBC News online.

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Examinations

GCSEs and A-levels 'scheduled to take account of Ramadan'

The umbrella body for exam boards confirms it is considering scheduling next year's exams to take account of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, with tests taking place in the morning to benefit fasting pupils. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent, The Guardian and BBC News online.

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Education policy

Michael Gove advertises for new Ofsted chief

Although Michael Gove is advertising for a new Ofsted chief, Theodore Agnew, the private equity boss, is already regarded as a 'shoo-in'. By Tim Walker, The Telegraph.

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General education

Teachers asked to 'inspect' Ofsted

Teachers are being given the opportunity to “inspect” their own Ofsted inspectors through an internet site being launched today by a teaching union. By William Stewart, The TES.

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Teaching and learning

Chess 'should be compulsory in primary schools'

The former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for chess to be introduced in all state primary schools to boost children’s concentration levels. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Teaching and learning

Teachers ‘do the most overtime’

Teachers work more overtime than any other profession, a union leader said yesterday. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Child welfare and parenting

Teachers on lookout for clues to female mutilation ‘holidays’

Teachers have been urged to question the holiday plans of girls from African and Middle Eastern families to try to identify those at risk of female genital mutilation. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by BBC News online.

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Higher education

Parents expect a university degree to increase their children's income

Survey shows parents have high expectations of the power of a degree, but experts warn graduate pay has fallen. By Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian.

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And finally...

Bolton council votes for schools to fly union flag and sing national anthem

Tory councillor Mudasir Dean, whose grandfather came to Bolton in the 1920s from India, proposed motion to encourage patriotism in the young. By Helen Pidd, The Guardian.

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ISC Daily News Summary: Keeping you up to date with current events in education

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Omissions

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We endeavour to include all relevant news items and comment pieces and, wherever possible, notable public letters. However, due to the scope of education coverage – both in print and online – unfortunately, we do miss items from time to time.

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