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Daily News Summary
14 Dec 2015

image Top private school gets first female head in five centuries
image Chris King: Tracking down the teachers
image Answer the question: Ban phones on school trips and cut off a host of problems
image Oxford and Cambridge condemned over failure to improve state school access
image Ofsted targets ‘growing threat’ of unregistered schools
image Co-headships could attract more women into school leadership roles, campaigners say
image Lords in revolt over Tory plan to turn all failing schools into academies
image Labour: Bill for supply teachers rocketing to £1.3bn due to recruitment crisis
image Ofsted warns against 'extremely disruptive' tablets in school
image Preschools turn children on to learning, says study
image Schools to be inspected every seven years under new plans
image EXCLUSIVE: NUT general secretary Christine Blower to step down in May
image Schools invited to link up with astronaut Tim Peake as he orbits Earth
image 23 ways primary teachers know that Christmas is coming...

Top private school gets first female head in five centuries

 

Helen Pike has become the first female teacher of one of Britain's leading independent schools in its 535-year history. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Helen Pike, who will be leaving as Head of South Hampstead High School to work at Magdalen College School next year, and Tim Edwards who is chairman of Magdalen College School. Also references City of London School for Boys; the Royal Grammar School in Guildford and Winchester College. This story is also reported by BBC News online.

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Chris King: Tracking down the teachers

 

“Where have all the teachers gone?” is the latest plaintive cry arising from those who work in, and care about, our schools. And it’s a very good question indeed. The shortage in supply of good qualified teachers – in fact, any teachers – is one of the most important questions facing education today. By Chris King, Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and Headmaster of Leicester Grammar School, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Answer the question: Ban phones on school trips and cut off a host of problems

 

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London, replies to readers’ queries in The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Oxford and Cambridge condemned over failure to improve state school access

 

Hard-hitting report by Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission takes elite colleges to task. By Daniel Boffey, The Guardian. The Times' leading article also addresses this subject.

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Guardian
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Times

Ofsted targets ‘growing threat’ of unregistered schools

 

Team of inspectors to launch crackdown after watchdog finds hundreds of pupils in unofficial schools, some faith-based. By Peter Walker, The Guardian. Also reported by BBC News online and The Telegraph.

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Guardian
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BBC
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Telegraph

Co-headships could attract more women into school leadership roles, campaigners say

 

Co-headships could hold the key to getting more women into school leadership, according to campaigners. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Lords in revolt over Tory plan to turn all failing schools into academies

 

Peers’ refusal to back a Bill will herald another stand-off between upper and lower houses. By Tom McTague, The Independent.

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Independent

Labour: Bill for supply teachers rocketing to £1.3bn due to recruitment crisis

 

The overall cost to the schools sector of employing supply teachers has jumped £300 million in two years to 1.3 billion, according to an analysis published today by the Labour Party. By Ed Dorrell, The TES.

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TES

Ofsted warns against 'extremely disruptive' tablets in school

 

Ofsted has warned that bringing tablet computers into school can be “extremely disruptive”, just as the watchdog’s own figures reveal that nearly one in three secondaries now allow pupils to use their devices on campus. By Richard Vaughan, The TES. Also reported by The Times.

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TES
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Times

Preschools turn children on to learning, says study

 

Preschools help boost the academic careers of children who have fewer educational experiences at home, a study suggests. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

Schools to be inspected every seven years under new plans

 

Unions have welcomed plans to extend Wales’ school inspection cycle from six to seven years. By Gareth Evans, Wales Online.

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Wales Online

EXCLUSIVE: NUT general secretary Christine Blower to step down in May

 

Christine Blower will step down as general secretary of the NUT teaching union in May next year, TES can reveal. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Schools invited to link up with astronaut Tim Peake as he orbits Earth

 

Schools are being invited to sign up to take part in a live link-up with British astronaut Tim Peake as he orbits Earth in the International Space Station next year. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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23 ways primary teachers know that Christmas is coming...

 

The children are threatening to burst with excitement and you're struggling to find 27 costumes for a nativity play. It can only be the 'most wonderful time of the year'. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

 

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