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Daily News Summary
15 Dec 2015

image ISC Blog of the week: Teaching students to make a stand, to campaign, to inspire change
image 'Taking education back to the 1950s – a classic mistake'
image 'Time to deal with the growing gap between what employers want and schools offer'
image School Direct providers forced to fast-track candidates in teacher training 'free-for-all'
image Blame state schools, not Oxbridge, for discriminating against pupils
image Thousands sign petition against abolition of GCSE and A-level ICT
image Excluded pupils should be met at school gates, campaigners say
image Catholic Church joins unions to block plans to turn schools into academies
image Music is a lifesaver. Every child should have a chance to play
image London needs more of whatever is making its schools so good
image Suddenly I’m teaching my child A-levels in the kitchen

ISC Blog of the week: Teaching students to make a stand, to campaign, to inspire change

 

In response to the recent proposal for feminism to be dropped from the A Level Politics syllabus, Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary's School in Cambridge, outlines the importance of educating young people on how to spot inequality in all guises.

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ISC

'Taking education back to the 1950s – a classic mistake'

 

The problem with the knowledge-based curriculum is that many with a stake in its success want something different, says headmaster Keith Budge, Headmaster at Bedales Schools. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

'Time to deal with the growing gap between what employers want and schools offer'

 

As roles rapidly change in the workplace, how much career advice is already redundant at the point of delivery, asks former head Peter Tait. Peter Tait is a former headmaster at Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

School Direct providers forced to fast-track candidates in teacher training 'free-for-all'

 

School-based teacher training providers are being forced to fast-track applications, because changes to the way places are filled have led to a race to recruit, a leading figure has said. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Blame state schools, not Oxbridge, for discriminating against pupils

 

Oxbridge colleges are an easy target, but going after them overlooks the real problem: the poor education state pupils get. By Julia Hartley-Brewer, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Thousands sign petition against abolition of GCSE and A-level ICT

 

Nearly 9,500 people have signed a petition to stop the GCSE and A-level ICT qualifications from being scrapped. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Excluded pupils should be met at school gates, campaigners say

 

Government asked to consider imposing higher duty of care on headteachers amid concern about current guidelines on vulnerable pupils. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Catholic Church joins unions to block plans to turn schools into academies

 

The Catholic Church has joined forces with education unions to try to amend key legislation, in a bid to ensure local communities are consulted if schools are turned into academies. By Richard Vaughan, The TES. The Guardian also reports on the issue of struggling schools becoming academies.

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Guardian

Music is a lifesaver. Every child should have a chance to play

 

The US is making music a core subject in schools, while in Britain the system is in tatters. Instead of a divisive, stultifying curriculum, our government should encourage collaboration, creativity and responsibility with orchestras. By Michele Hanson, The Guardian.

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Guardian

London needs more of whatever is making its schools so good

 

Maintaining the success of London schools means recognising the true reasons for their improvement and meeting the need for more teachers and pupil places. By Dave Hill, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Suddenly I’m teaching my child A-levels in the kitchen

 

With delays in the new EHCP system for pupils with special needs, the mother of a deaf child tells of having to be her tutor. By Barabara Metcalfe and Thea Trollope. The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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