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Daily News Summary
28 Aug 2015

image Thousands of children to start secondary school without basic skills
image Calculator ban 'has improved children's numeracy skills', ministers claim
image Free school advocate given peerage by David Cameron
image Shortening the school week to 4 days has a 'significantly positive impact on student academic performance', say US researchers
image Teachers report surge in parental aggression
image More graduates in work, suggests survey
image Oxbridge, privilege and the perpetuation of unhelpful stereotypes
image Secondary school absences in Wales at record low

Thousands of children to start secondary school without basic skills

 

More than 100,000 children will start secondary school next month without reaching the required level in reading, writing and maths combined, government figures show today. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

Calculator ban 'has improved children's numeracy skills', ministers claim

 

New government figures suggest a record number of children are passing maths tests thanks to classroom calculator ban. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Free school advocate given peerage by David Cameron

 

A leading free school advocate has been appointed a peer by Prime Minister David Cameron. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Shortening the school week to 4 days has a 'significantly positive impact on student academic performance', say US researchers

 

Dean at Georgia State University says the move would also cut costs, absenteeism, and increase teacher performance. By Aftab Ali, The Independent.

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Independent

Teachers report surge in parental aggression

 

Three-quarters of teachers believe parents’ behaviour towards them has grown worse over the last five years, according to an exclusive poll for TES. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

More graduates in work, suggests survey

 

More UK graduates are in work than at any time since the recession, new figures suggest. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Oxbridge, privilege and the perpetuation of unhelpful stereotypes

 

Letters to the editor of The Guardian. References independent education.

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Guardian

Secondary school absences in Wales at record low

 

The number of pupils missing secondary school is at the lowest level ever recorded, but the figures remain highest in deprived areas. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

 

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