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ISC Daily News Summary

Thursday 28 May 2015

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Mindfulness in Schools Conference – 5 June

Mindfulness training has been shown to contribute directly to the development of cognitive and performance skills in young people and help to address some of the problems they can face growing up: reducing anxiety levels, improving sleep and self-esteem, and bringing about greater calmness and self-awareness. Hampton was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce mindfulness into the curriculum over seven years ago and now has six fully trained mindfulness teachers. To date over 800 Hampton pupils and over 70 members of staff have been taught mindfulness practices. Headmaster, Kevin Knibbs, will tell the conference that he believes mindfulness can play a pivotal role in promoting and sustaining pupils’ happiness and wellbeing:

For further information: www.hamptonschool.or.uk/mindfulnessconference

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Blog of the week

King’s Ely sixth former Yuki Kimura is poised to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Oxford – dubbed the surest ticket to the top for a life in the corridors of power. Yuki reveals her motivation for applying for the degree that she hopes might change the world…

ISC Blogs - initiatives, issues and ideas from your schools. If you would like to join the conversation, contact tracy.cook@isc.co.uk

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Teaching and learning

'UK behind Poland in key education indicators,' report says

Poland is outstripping the UK on education indicators, says a new report. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also a comment piece by Richard Garner in The Independent.

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Higher education

Number of UK university students travelling abroad as part of study soars by 50 per cent

28,640 UK students went abroad last year either to study or take up an internship as part of their course - up from 18,105 on the previous year. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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General education

Muslim children 'profiled' with 'counter extremism' questionnaire

Local council accused of racism after quizzing young children on race and religion with survey critics claim is clearly aimed at Muslims. By Victoria Ward, The Telegraph.

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General education

Six safeguarding changes you may have missed

At the end of March, the Department for Education (DfE) published revised versions of two pieces of statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (Working Together), along with the amended departmental advice, What to Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused 2015. Here, Yvonne Spencer, a partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, reveals what teachers need to know. The TES.

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Education policy

'Give councils more power to challenge failing schools'

We need radical reform in school accountability so that swift action can be taken when there are signs of failure, says councillor David Simmonds, The Telegraph.

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Primary education and early years

Elite nurseries: why the waiting lists?

Parents are putting children on nursery waiting lists before they are born. What is all the fuss about? By Olivia Rudgard, The Telegraph.

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And finally...

Facebook, email and TV are dying out as words used by youngsters, research shows

Facebook, email and TV are dying out as #hashtag becomes children’s word of the year, Oxford University Press (OUP) research finds. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by BBC News online.

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

All article headlines and first-line summaries are by the named journalists or news outlets unless otherwise stated. Wording of ‘private’ or ‘public’ schools may have been changed to ‘independent’ schools for consistency.You should read and comply with the terms and conditions of the websites to which we link in this news summary.

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Omissions

ISC monitors daily the national press in order to keep independent schools up to date with current events in education by highlighting the significant media commentary on these events.

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.

If you are aware of national media coverage which you would like to see featured in the DNS please do not hesitate to contact the ISC who will be happy to include in the day’s summary.

If you believe a significant article has been omitted, or if you notice any factual errors in the DNS, please let us know so that we may make the correction on the following day. Many thanks.

ISC Press Office: Tracy.Cook@isc.co.uk

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