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Daily News Summary
7 Aug 2015

image 'Grade obsession is damaging pupil self-esteem'
image Be imperfect
image Scholarships are an out-of-date nuisance, says top headmaster
image Stuart Broad talks about his best teachers
image Don't fear the data: four ways to make metrics work for you
image Exams: new OCR research finds that half of teachers' grade predictions are wrong
image Report calls for ‘special educational needs’ term to be scrapped
image Bilingual children 'lag behind in English', research shows
image 'We need to teach life skills to truly prepare students for adulthood'
image University of Law says it will refund students half of their tuition fees if they don't find employment within 9 months of graduating
image When is A-level results day 2015 and what can I expect?

'Grade obsession is damaging pupil self-esteem'

 

We must rethink the university admissions process to prevent young people from feeling like failures for dropping a grade, says Hilary French, headmistress of Newcastle High School for Girls GDST, and former GSA president. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Be imperfect

 

A letter to the editor of The Telegraph from Dr Millan Sachania, Headmaster of Streatham & Clapham High School. Dr Millan Sachania also has a letter published in today’s TES on exam marking (not available online).

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Telegraph

Scholarships are an out-of-date nuisance, says top headmaster

 

Scholarships are unhelpful baubles that heap pressure on those who win them, a headmaster has suggested. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

Quotes Tim Hands, master of Magdalen College School, writing for Attain magazine, from the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). Also references Millfield School, Repton School, Clifton College, Eton College, Merchiston Castle School and Christ College, Brecon.

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Times

Stuart Broad talks about his best teachers

 

Frank Hayes and David Steele taught the all-rounder about the theatre and majesty of cricket. By unnamed reporter, The TES. References Oakham School.

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TES

Don't fear the data: four ways to make metrics work for you

 

Don't dismiss talk of data points and key performance indicators as jargon: according to Kris Spencer, assistant headteacher at Latymer Upper School and a governor and director of Notting Hill Prep School in West London, these corporate concepts can be vital in measuring progress. The TES.

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TES

Exams: new OCR research finds that half of teachers' grade predictions are wrong

 

More than half of teachers’ forecasts for their pupils’ GCSE and A-level grades are wrong, and staff have a tendency to be too optimistic about results, exam board research indicates. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

References the independent sector, saying: ‘Independent schools are the best at predicting their students’ A-level grades, the OCR research shows. In 2014 they produced correct forecasts for 50 per cent of their pupils.’

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TES

Report calls for ‘special educational needs’ term to be scrapped

 

The government has today been urged to scrap the term ‘special educational needs’ in a new report which calls for a review into recent reforms. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Bilingual children 'lag behind in English', research shows

 

Bilingual children in their early years lag behind in English, a new study has found as it shows their vocabulary is stunted. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

'We need to teach life skills to truly prepare students for adulthood'

 

A comment piece by Megan Ravenhall, student at St Andrews University. The TES.

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TES

University of Law says it will refund students half of their tuition fees if they don't find employment within 9 months of graduating

 

Institution says its move looks-set to 'shake-up' the legal training sector following a 97% graduate employment rate. By Aftab Ali, The Independent.

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Independent

When is A-level results day 2015 and what can I expect?

 

Dates and times for A-level results day 2015. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

 

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