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ISC Daily News Summary

Thursday 5 April 2012

Independent sector

Half of LAs are on board with boarding scheme

The new “Assisted Boarding Network” could mean 1,000 children at risk of going into care could be placed into boarding schools by 2018, according to The Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF). The organisation has said it will develop research into assisted boarding and provide expertise on best practice as well as seeking increased bursaries at boarding schools. William Richardson, General Secretary of HMC, John Attwater, Headmaster of King Edwards’s School in Witley, and Nick Seward, Headmaster of Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, are all quoted.

  • The TES - page 18 (Online link not yet available)
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General education

UK schools 'segregated by class'

Dr Mary Bousted, head of ATL, has claimed that the education system is “stratified on class lines” and warns that an unbalanced school intake can be very damaging to the most disadvantaged pupils. She also accused ministers of washing their hands of the causes of educational failure by unfairly putting the full responsibility on schools.

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Teaching methods

Children no longer need facts because they can look them up on smartphone, claim teachers

The Telegraph reports that ATL is warning that a revision of the national curriculum to emphasise the acquisition of core knowledge would be a step backwards. Teachers are calling for a stronger emphasis on critical thinking, interpreting data, and interpersonal skills.

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GCSEs

The ‘good school’ myth

Cover story in this week’s TES which looks into the effect of social background on children’s educational achievement. According to statistics, this is a more significant factor on determining GCSE grades than how ‘good’ a school they go to.

  • The TES - page 23 (Online link not yet available)
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General education

Christine Blower: 'Teachers feel they deserve better'

Leader of the National Union of Teachers, Christine Blower, is interviewed ahead of the union’s annual conference this weekend.

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Letters

If you want proper A-levels, ask school teachers as well as universities

More letters are printed in today’s papers in response to the government’s plans to give elite universities powers to set A-levels. Kenneth Durham, Headmaster at University College School, and Dr John Newton, Headmaster at Taunton School, are among the contributors to The Telegraph. Neil MacIntoch, Chief Executive of the CfBT Education Trust, writes to The Independent.

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STEM subjects

‘Macho’ image of science deters women

Professor Yellowlees, first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has warned that a “macho” culture in science is putting women off jobs in the industry. She has contributed to a report, ‘Tapping All Our Talents’, published by the Royal Society of Edinburgh which presents targets including flexible working, addressing the number of women leaving the sector, and reducing the gender pay gap.

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Teaching methods

Chalk Talk: The national curriculum that schools won't be able to resist

In his weekly column, Richard Garner discusses Tim Oates’ review of the national curriculum.

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And finally...

10 best children’s apps for Easter

Shane Richmond, The Telegraph’s head of technology (editorial), reviews ten iPad, iPhone and Android apps to keep children entertained – and educated - over the Easter holidays.

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