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Daily News Summary
3 Aug 2015

image A world of difference
image 'Schools need to learn to manage email'
image School skirts – the long and short of it
image Answer the question: Private schools are pricier, but offer more bang for those bucks
image Secret Teacher: private school students are great – it's their parents I worry about
image Let anorexic children eat lunch alone, says private schools chief
image A-level results: exam boards 'guesstimating’ students' grades
image School hires proofreaders to correct staff’s poor spelling
image You’re in the army now: children given marching orders
image Toughest fight for top degree places
image What you can do to keep your kids reading

A world of difference

 

In the final part of our Parent Power guide, Alastair McCall discovers how diversity has helped make one Midlands school a global player. Quotes John Claughton, chief master at King Edward’s School, Birmingham. Mentions Andrew Halls, headmaster at King’s College School, Wimbledon. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

'Schools need to learn to manage email'

 

Rather than a cut off time to answer emails, schools need to improve their understanding of tech to keep pace in the modern world, writes Peter Tait, former headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School. The Sunday Telegraph.

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Sunday Telegraph

School skirts – the long and short of it

 

Are trousers the answer in the great hemline debate? Head teachers aren’t convinced, says Peter Stanford. Quotes Helen Fraser, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Answer the question: Private schools are pricier, but offer more bang for those bucks

 

This week’s questions are answered by Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London.

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School's website

Secret Teacher: private school students are great – it's their parents I worry about

 

Demands for times table tests on the first day of school, Yale applications for six-year-olds – pushy parents are making my students’ lives a misery. The Secret Teacher, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Let anorexic children eat lunch alone, says private schools chief

 

Pupils with eating disorders should be allowed to eat their lunch away from the rest of the school, according to a leading headmistress. Quotes Dr Sarah Welch, head teacher at Gosfield School in Essex and incoming chairman of the Independent Schools Association (ISA). By Nicola Woolcock, Education Correspondent, The Times.

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Times

A-level results: exam boards 'guesstimating’ students' grades

 

Independent schools increasingly alarmed as A-level results day expected to lead to another sharp increase in appeals against grades. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Peter Hamilton, of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

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Telegraph

School hires proofreaders to correct staff’s poor spelling

 

Teachers used to taking a red pen to children’s books are having their own work corrected by proofreaders to avoid embarrassing errors. West London Free School has hired the readers to comb through reports written for each child at the end of the academic year. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

You’re in the army now: children given marching orders

 

Being bellowed at by ex-army instructors is not many people’s idea of fun, but bringing soldiers into schools has shown impressive benefits, particularly on academic standards. By unnamed reporter, The Times.

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Times

Toughest fight for top degree places

 

High-flying students seeking to land a place at a top university are facing one of the toughest summers in recent years, according to vice-chancellors. Includes a previous quote from a pupil at King’s College School in south London. By Sian Griffiths and Alex Sims, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

What you can do to keep your kids reading

 

Many parents have fond memories of their children hanging on to every word of a bedtime story. They also remember the time when their youngsters began to read independently and devour fairytales or adventure stories. By Barbara McMahon, The Times. The Times also includes an article on must-read books for teenagers and the BBC website has an item on the benefits of reading for pleasure (summary by ISC).

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BBC

 

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