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Daily News Summary
17 Dec 2015

image A quarter of pupils taking A-level languages are privately educated, ISC figures show
image A-level music to include female composers after student's campaign
image 'PSHE is a catalyst to young people understanding that their mental and physical health is as important as their grades'
image Women take record number of university places
image Immigrant children 'feel more at home at school in UK than other students'
image How ‘talk not tap’ rule at table could save children from smartphone addiction
image Academy plans survive Lords challenge
image Diverting more learners into FE will reduce youth unemployment, report claims
image Pupils to speak to Tim Peake in video-link to space
image 'TWO sympathetic inspectors'... One celebrated head imagines his perfect 12 days of Christmas

A quarter of pupils taking A-level languages are privately educated, ISC figures show

 

Independent school pupils make up a quarter of all entries for A-levels in French, German and Spanish, new figures show. References the Independent Schools Council and quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the ISC. By Irene Barker, The TES.

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A-level music to include female composers after student's campaign

 

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has changed its A-level music syllabus to include female composers after a student launched an online campaign calling for better female representation on the course. By Nadia Khomami, The Guardian.

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Guardian

'PSHE is a catalyst to young people understanding that their mental and physical health is as important as their grades'

 

PSHE should be awarded the space within the curriculum as well as the budget it deserves, argues the DfE’s mental health champion. By Natasha Devon. The TES.

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Women take record number of university places

 

Women are dominating University places with the widest gap reported so far, according to annual entry figures. This is an ISC summary. Reported by BBC News online, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and The TES.

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Immigrant children 'feel more at home at school in UK than other students'

 

OECD report shows 82% of immigrant children feel sense of belonging at school compared with 80% born in UK. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

How ‘talk not tap’ rule at table could save children from smartphone addiction

 

Psychiatrist’s call for table manners for internet age and how parents should avoid relying on ‘digital nannies’. By John Bingham, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Academy plans survive Lords challenge

 

The government has survived a challenge in the House of Lords to its plan to fast-track more local authority schools in England to become academies. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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Diverting more learners into FE will reduce youth unemployment, report claims

 

Increasing the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds in vocational education would reduce youth unemployment, according to a new report by City & Guilds. By Will Martin, The TES.

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Pupils to speak to Tim Peake in video-link to space

 

UK pupils are being offered the chance to speak to astronaut Maj Tim Peake by video-link next year, during his six-month mission around the Earth.By Kuba Shand-Baptiste, BBC News online.

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'TWO sympathetic inspectors'... One celebrated head imagines his perfect 12 days of Christmas

 

On the first day of Christmas, my government gave to me... By Colin Harris, The TES.

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