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ISC Daily News Summary

Thursday 18 December 2014

Independent sector

Private schools already work with state schools – people just don’t know about it

It’s easy to find examples of how independent schools are working extensively with nearby state schools and academies. Hannah Webster explores the benefits of these partnerships. The Telegraph.

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Independent sector

A winter’s tale: don't overlook the value of drama in school

As head of drama Phil King prepares for his school’s annual Christmas show, he explains why theatre is unique in they way it prepares students for further study and work. Phil King is head of drama at Bedales School. The Guardian.

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Higher education

Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university

Results of two-year-long assessment of universities’ research output will determine division of funding. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The Telegraph, The Times and BBC News online.

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Higher education

Oxbridge degrees add £7,600 to graduate starting salaries

A study by the Sutton Trust says that "not all degrees are created equal" as figures show Oxbridge graduates with economics qualifications are Britain's highest earners. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times, The Independent and The TES.

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Teaching and learning

Boys resorting to mobile phone 'txt speak' in schools

The National Literacy Trust finds that boys are much more likely than girls to use mobile phone text message abbreviations such as "lol” and “gr8” in the classroom. By Graeme Paton, The Telegraph.

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Teaching and learning

Workload action plan to be published in just six weeks

Nicky Morgan has committed to publishing an "action plan" in January to detail how the government intends to lighten teachers' workloads, despite having more than 40,000 submissions to wade through. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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General education

Ofsted urged to stop inspections in the week before Christmas

A campaign has been launched calling for Ofsted to cancel inspections in the week before Christmas. By Stephen Exley, The TES.

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General education

Free school meals 'for 85% infants', says Clegg

An extra 1.3 million pupils in England, 85% of infant children, are eating a free school lunch, the government says. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online.

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And finally...

'Education opportunities should exist whatever your age'

Access to adult education is limited in this country; people need to shout about the opportunities it can bring to mature learners, says Amy King. The Telegraph.

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