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Daily News Summary
26 Aug 2015

image 'Obsession with league tables breeding double standards,' says new headmaster at Wellington College
image Schools of thought on mobile use and fines
image Scrum descends on Rugby before cup kicks off
image Ten of the best value private schools in the UK
image Headteachers oppose making EBac GCSEs compulsory, new poll finds
image The curious case of the French boy who failed AS-Level French
image The benefits of a liberal education do not go out of date
image Pilot schemes to give all children automatic library membership
image More Welsh students winning place at university than ever before, latest figures show
image Students ditch the dirt for luxury apartments

'Obsession with league tables breeding double standards,' says new headmaster at Wellington College

 

An “obsession” with league tables is breeding double standards among schools, who argue against rankings but at the same time fiercely compete to come on top, Julian Thomas has said. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

There is also an interview with Julian Thomas in The TES, where he discusses school fees.

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Telegraph
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TES

Schools of thought on mobile use and fines

 

Should heads crack down on the use of smartphones in class, and is fining schools for poor GCSE results in key subjects a good idea? Letters to the editor of The Times by: Dr Milan Sachania, Headmaster of Streatham & Clapham High School; Kathy Crewe-Read, Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School and Caroline Jordan, Headmistress of Headington School, Oxford and president-elect of the Girls’ Schools Association.

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Times

Scrum descends on Rugby before cup kicks off

 

Thousands of rugby fans are getting ready to besiege Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield for the World Cup. Yet even before the tournament starts next month, devotees and camera crews from six continents are jostling to pay homage at the birthplace of the game, Rugby School in Warwickshire. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Quotes Peter Green, the headmaster.

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Times

Ten of the best value private schools in the UK

 

The term 'private education' tends to conjure up images of £30,000 a year institutions, only accessible to the financial elite. However, there are plenty of schools across the UK that offer top class education for a significantly more manageable price. By unnamed reporter, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Headteachers oppose making EBac GCSEs compulsory, new poll finds

 

The vast majority of headteachers are against a government decision to make it compulsory for pupils to take the academic GCSEs needed to fulfil the English Baccalaureate (EBac) performance measure, a new poll suggests. By TES reporter. Also reported by Schools Week.

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TES
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Schools Week

The curious case of the French boy who failed AS-Level French

 

It's hard to think of a better example of how our examination system is going wrong. Opinion by Allison Pearson, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

The benefits of a liberal education do not go out of date

 

The belief that study should be focused more on job-specific knowledge is misconceived. By John Kay, The Financial Times.

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Financial Times

Pilot schemes to give all children automatic library membership

 

All Scottish children could automatically become library members in a bid to promote literacy. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

More Welsh students winning place at university than ever before, latest figures show

 

Ucas figures show university acceptances rising to record levels. By Gareth Evans, Wales Online.

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Wales Online

Students ditch the dirt for luxury apartments

 

Generations of students have happily lived in well-worn accommodation with sticky carpets, flimsy walls and food-encrusted communal ovens. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

 

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