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Daily News Summary
21 Dec 2015

image British values could land international school heads in prison, government warned
image Ofqual considers GCSE and A-level overhaul that could ration top grades for bright pupils
image Child mental health
image Nicky Morgan orders review on home schooling amid fears children having minds 'poisoned' by radicalised parents
image The lessons Scotland can learn from migrants "thirst for education"
image English pupils to fall further behind Far East
image UK among world's worst for 'teaching to the test', research finds
image Anxiety is on the rise
image Sir Anthony Seldon: Historian says test obsession wrecks education
image Bring Mein Kampf into schools to tackle extremism, say German teachers
image Are Ofsted’s school inspections leaving parents at the periphery?
image 10 ways to boost the number of maths and physics teachers
image Sexism is endemic in schools, says leader of Women's Equality Party
image Secret Teacher: there's no place for luxury on my Christmas list – all I need is pens and wine

British values could land international school heads in prison, government warned

 

Headteachers in British international schools overseas have warned that they could face imprisonment if they are forced to promote British values, including gay rights, as part of their lessons. By Richard Vaughan, The TES. Quotes Steffen Sommer, principal of Doha College in Qatar, which is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

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TES

Ofqual considers GCSE and A-level overhaul that could ration top grades for bright pupils

 

England’s exams regulator is considering rationing A and A* grades in the GCSE and A-level subjects that attract the brightest pupils, it has been announced today. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES. Quotes William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

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TES

Child mental health

 

Adam Pettit, headmaster of Highgate School, and Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, write to The Telegraph about Highgate School’s cross-sector peer-to-peer mentoring programme in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation.

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Telegraph

Nicky Morgan orders review on home schooling amid fears children having minds 'poisoned' by radicalised parents

 

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has asked officials to review home schooling amid fears that thousand of children are having their minds “filled with poison” by radicalised parents. By Tom McTague, The Independent. Also reported by The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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Independent
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Guardian
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Telegraph

The lessons Scotland can learn from migrants "thirst for education"

 

WORKING class Scots have lost the hunger for education as a way of transforming their lives, according to a leading official. By Andrew Denholm, The Herald. References St Aloysius school, Glasgow.

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Herald

English pupils to fall further behind Far East

 

TEENAGERS in England are set to fall further behind their counterparts in the Far East when the next set of rankings from worldwide tests is published next year, despite far-reaching school reforms by the Tories. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

UK among world's worst for 'teaching to the test', research finds

 

UK schools are among the worst in the developed world for “teaching to the test”, a new analysis of the effect of income inequality on education suggests. BY Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

Anxiety is on the rise

 

Child and adolescent mental health expert Professor Tanya Byron warned that schools are not being supported in looking after young people with mental health problems. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Sir Anthony Seldon: Historian says test obsession wrecks education

 

Vice-chancellor wants an end to a Victorian fixation with grading. Thomas Gradgrind, the notorious school-board superintendent in Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times, is alive and well and running education systems around the world, it has been claimed. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

Bring Mein Kampf into schools to tackle extremism, say German teachers

 

Germany’s association of teachers has said an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf should be taught in senior high school to help “inoculate” teenagers against political extremism. The Nazi leader’s antisemitic diatribe has not been printed in Germany since the end of the second world war, but an annotated and critical edition is due to be published next year. By Agence France-Presse, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Are Ofsted’s school inspections leaving parents at the periphery?

 

Guidelines for Ofsted inspectors brought in this September mean that school inspectors are no longer judging schools and school leaders on how their engagement with parents impacts on the achievements of older children. By Janet Goodall, The Conversation.

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The Conversation

10 ways to boost the number of maths and physics teachers

 

Paying off student loans and higher pay are two of the ideas to boost the numbers of maths and physics teachers suggested by headteachers today. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Sexism is endemic in schools, says leader of Women's Equality Party

 

Sexism is still endemic in schools, according to the leader of the new Women’s Equality Party. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

Secret Teacher: there's no place for luxury on my Christmas list – all I need is pens and wine

 

Who am I kidding asking for designer handbags and Tiffany rings? 52 pens and a barrel of wine is more realistic. By The Secret Teacher, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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