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Daily News Summary
18 Aug 2015

image Blog of the week: A-level results: 'We need a national campaign to reverse the decline of languages'
image Kill GCSEs before they kill our children
image State schools or private schools? The great debate on which is better
image 'Surely anti-public school prejudice is shocking too?'
image Private schools and academies: can the independent sector pass on its ‘DNA’?
image Morgan reveals details of mass migration probe – days after officials refused to release information
image GCSEs 'a waste of time', says former schools chief inspector
image Lessons under threat as small schools struggle to pay for free lunches
image Graduates regret following careers advice, survey reveals
image Scotland's classroom testing system to be re-examined, says Sturgeon
image New adventure for teachers who school their family on the road

Blog of the week: A-level results: 'We need a national campaign to reverse the decline of languages'

 

The number of students getting into university this year may have reached a record high with the lifting of the cap on numbers, but the A-level results paint a picture of stability. By Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of ISC.

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ISC

Kill GCSEs before they kill our children

 

15-year-olds need three choices, not a defunct, one-size-fits-all exam that does nothing for anyone. By Martin Stephen, former High Master of St Paul’s School, London. There is also an opinion piece on GCSEs by Tim Oates in The TES.

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Telegraph
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TES

State schools or private schools? The great debate on which is better

 

Jo Ward, head of state-run Bemrose school in Derby debates with Mark Mortimer, head of £27k-a-year Warminster school in Wilts. The Mirror. The heads will swap schools for an ITV documentary ‘School Swap – The Class Divide’, aired on Tuesday.

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The Mirror

'Surely anti-public school prejudice is shocking too?'

 

'Positive discrimination' in favour of poorer pupils may be well-intentioned – but that doesn’t stop it being discriminatory, argues Boarding School beak. The Telegraph. References Jo Heywood, head of Heathfield School, Ascot.

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Telegraph

Private schools and academies: can the independent sector pass on its ‘DNA’?

 

Wellington College is not the only elite fee-paying school to find that academy sponsorship is no walk in the park. By Warwick Mansell, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Morgan reveals details of mass migration probe – days after officials refused to release information

 

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced she is planning to widen the scope of her investigation into the impact of mass migration on schools – just days after her department refused to say what the review will actually cover. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

GCSEs 'a waste of time', says former schools chief inspector

 

Sir Mike Tomlinson has argued that all GCSEs apart from four core subjects should be scrapped to save school time and money. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Lessons under threat as small schools struggle to pay for free lunches

 

Hundreds of small primaries may have to cut lessons in order to provide lunches for infants, as they struggle to meet the government’s free school meals pledge, TES has learned. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

Graduates regret following careers advice, survey reveals

 

One in 10 adults regret basing study choices on poor career advice while at school, according to a new YouGov poll. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Scotland's classroom testing system to be re-examined, says Sturgeon

 

The system Scotland uses for the testing of pupils in the classroom will be re-examined, the country's first minister has pledged. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

New adventure for teachers who school their family on the road

 

Spending a week together in a caravan can be challenging enough but one family of four has done it for a year — and is about to repeat the experience. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

 

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