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ISC Daily News Summary 7 December 2016

PISA coverage

International Education

Continued coverage following the publication of yesterday's PISA 2015 results. Reports in Times and TES both include videos about the results; Guardian gives an editorial comment and TES includes comment from Leora Cruddas, director of policy at ASCL; Times reports on the poor results in Scotland; TES states that nearly half of heads are worried about teacher shortages and, finally, the Independent includes a quiz testing whether you 'are smarter than the average 15 year old'.

Minister to ‘accelerate’ proposals for changes to sex education

Education Policy

Ministers have suggested that sex and relationships education could be made statutory in schools through upcoming legislation due early next year. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

'The British values I'm happy to promote in schools are increasingly at odds with the world I see around me'

General Education

I cannot perpetuate what have seemingly become the prevailing 'values' of our society in 2016, writes the former Department for Education mental health tsar. By Natasha Devon, TES.

The forgotten people in the grammar school debate? Disabled children

Grammar Schools

I’ve seen first-hand how much progress has been made in including disabled children in mainstream education. Expanding grammars would be a regressive move. By Mike Lambert, Guardian.

SEND Focus: 'Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for children with autism'


The headteacher of a school for girls with autism shares her advice for making the Christmas period as stress-free as possible for students. By Sarah Wild, TES.

Physically active boys ‘do better at reading and maths’

General Education

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer academic performance in boys, according to research published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Spectator.

Gurgles of delight at Mozart concert for babies

And finally

Orchestral musicians on a good day might hope to move their audience to tears, but few inspire such excitement that concertgoers rush the stage. Times also includes a leading article on this subject, titled 'Bach in the Day'.

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