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Daily News Summary
4 Dec 2015

image Hundreds of schools benefit from £3m mental health investment
image Why GCSE results could be static for the rest of the decade
image Majority of school leaders 'feel pressure' over conversion to academy status
image Exclusive: State school debt on course to double
image Toxic PFI legacy is pushing schools towards financial ruin
image Poor children 'systematically' failed from nursery to secondary school, social mobility tsar warns
image Children 'physically weaker than previous generation', a leading teacher has said
image Practice makes perfect: why mock exams are great for students’ brains
image Wider range of students taking degrees, suggests study
image Do you know the answer? Impossible exam question stumps the internet

Hundreds of schools benefit from £3m mental health investment

 

Education Secretary announces 22 pilot areas across the country to improve mental health services for children in 255 schools. The DfE.

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DfE

Why GCSE results could be static for the rest of the decade

 

Results from a new test designed to indicate whether GCSE grades should be allowed to rise are unlikely to be used until 2019, the exams watchdog Ofqual has said. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Majority of school leaders 'feel pressure' over conversion to academy status

 

More than 80 per cent of school leaders say that they have felt pressure about converting to academy status, according to a study. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

Exclusive: State school debt on course to double

 

State school debt is on course to more than double in just two years, exclusive new research suggests. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Toxic PFI legacy is pushing schools towards financial ruin

 

Cash-strapped schools are being pushed into financial ruin by soaring debts owed to the private firms that funded their buildings, Schools Week can exclusively reveal. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Poor children 'systematically' failed from nursery to secondary school, social mobility tsar warns

 

It is a “moral outrage” that the education system “systematically fails" the poorest children in the country at every level from early years onwards, the country’s social mobility tsar has said. By Irene Barker, The TES.

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TES

Children 'physically weaker than previous generation', a leading teacher has said

 

Bob Drew blamed the use of mobile phones and tablet computers for their inability to hold a pencil properly. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Daily Mail

Practice makes perfect: why mock exams are great for students’ brains

 

Many students see sitting mocks in December as nothing more than a cruel trick. But these tests have more value than you might imagine – here’s why. By Bradley Busch, a registered psychologist and director at InnerDrive. The Guardian.

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Guardian

Wider range of students taking degrees, suggests study

 

Universities have broadened access to higher education to include more students from disadvantaged areas, a new Universities UK report shows. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Do you know the answer? Impossible exam question stumps the internet

 

Are you team false or team true? An infuriating brainteaser about a microphone has divided opinion on the internet - but is there a right answer? By Mark Molloy, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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