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Daily News Summary
5 Aug 2015

image The World Tonight
image A-levels and GCSEs: Traditional exam subjects making comeback
image Do not try to copy China’s tough classrooms, warns professor
image Liz Kendall: 'Instead of obsessing over structures, let’s focus on helping teachers be the best they can be'
image Smartphones are hurting our children - but the real culprit is bad parenting
image Ucas refusing to release data it holds on students from poor backgrounds – while making £12m a year selling applicants' details
image University offers money back guarantee to unemployed graduates
image Scots professionals priced out of private schools

The World Tonight

 

Jonathan Forster, Head of Moreton Hall school, discussed the importance of exam results on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight on Monday. Listen from 29 minutes in.

Jonathan was also interviewed on the subject on LBC radio (not available online).

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BBC

A-levels and GCSEs: Traditional exam subjects making comeback

 

There was a rise this summer in the number of students in England taking traditional GCSEs and A-levels, the exams regulator, Ofqual, says. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online.

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BBC

Do not try to copy China’s tough classrooms, warns professor

 

The “miseries” of authoritarian education in China have been mistaken for success and western cultures should avoid emulating them at all costs, a Chinese academic has warned. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

Liz Kendall: 'Instead of obsessing over structures, let’s focus on helping teachers be the best they can be'

 

There is nothing more important for a child’s education than the quality of their teachers, writes one Labour leadership contender. By Liz Kendall, The TES.

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TES

Smartphones are hurting our children - but the real culprit is bad parenting

 

Unless we get control of the screens which now absorb so much of our kids' time, their health and their schooling will suffer. By Tristram Hunt, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Ucas refusing to release data it holds on students from poor backgrounds – while making £12m a year selling applicants' details

 

Exclusive: There are suspicions that higher education institutions would rather the data be kept secret as it would expose their record on fair access. By Andrew Grice, The Independent.

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Independent

University offers money back guarantee to unemployed graduates

 

The University of Law has promised graduates of its legal practice course 50 per cent back on their tuition fees if they fail to get a position after graduating. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Scots professionals priced out of private schools

 

Scottish professionals risk being priced out of private schools despite Scotland having the lowest fees in the UK, latest research shows. By Shan Ross, The Scotsman. Quotes John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS).

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Scotsman

 

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