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Daily News Summary
7 Dec 2015

image Philip Britton: It’s time to cure Prevent
image Private heads urged to offer vocational courses
image The time for action on mental health is now
image Mindfulness isn't preparing children for the real world, headmaster warns
image St Albans rated best independent school in the UK
image Answer the question: For boarding pains to ease it takes a term — and a talent
image Teacher recruitment ‘crisis’ would be deepened by 1% rise, heads warn as DfE sets out case for pay restraint
image Shrinking distances for school admissions
image Primary school pupils to be taught about 'world of work' under new initiative
image Mandatory Christian prayers in schools 'should be axed'
image Fast-track transgender teachers for a £30,000 grant, school heads told
image Schools put on extremist watch amid fears of Syria backlash
image Genesis of a new way of thinking
image Inspirational Matilda is an award winner

Philip Britton: It’s time to cure Prevent

 

As headmaster of a boys’ school in one of Britain’s most multicultural cities, radicalisation is definitely on my radar and I recognise the crucial role of schools in teaching tolerance and mutual respect. But sadly, the government’s new Prevent strategy seems to be stifling the very things that will help prevent terrorism: positive challenge and healthy discussion. By Philip Britton, headmaster of Bolton School Boys’ Division and vice president of the Institute of Physics. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Private heads urged to offer vocational courses

 

Top private schools need to stop focusing on academic subjects that prepare pupils for “comfortable middle class professions” and instead offer vocational courses, a leading head has said. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Anthony Fleck, headmaster at Sedbergh School in Cumbria, in the latest edition of Insight, the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) magazine. Also references Shiplake College, Oxfordshire; Clayesmore School, Dorset and Bede’s Senior School, in East Sussex.

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Telegraph

The time for action on mental health is now

 

The evolution of pastoral care over the past two decades means the concerns of teachers and school leaders are no longer confined to performance and behaviour in the classroom. We engage at least as much with the emotional welfare of our charges as we do with the educational outcomes they achieve, and rightly so. By Sue Freestone, Principal of King's Ely, The TES. Link not available online. Please see The TES 27 November, page 17.

Mindfulness isn't preparing children for the real world, headmaster warns

 

Private schools have rushed to embrace the meditation technique, but David Lambon of Ampleforth College says it isn't the right answer to help children cope with the challenges of life. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

St Albans rated best independent school in the UK

 

St Albans High School for Girls was awarded The Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year 2015-16, beating dozens of other schools to the prestigious accolade. Quotes Jenny Brown, Head at St Albans. By Hayley Zimak, Education Executive.

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Ed Exec

Answer the question: For boarding pains to ease it takes a term — and a talent

 

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

Teacher recruitment ‘crisis’ would be deepened by 1% rise, heads warn as DfE sets out case for pay restraint

 

The teacher recruitment “crisis” will be exacerbated by a government proposal to limit teachers’ pay rises to 1 per cent, heads warned today. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Shrinking distances for school admissions

 

Families have to live within 300m of a school to get a place in almost a hundred schools, according to an analysis of school admissions. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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BBC

Primary school pupils to be taught about 'world of work' under new initiative

 

Ministers believe the new scheme will be particularly relevant in communities with high adult unemployment. By Oliver Wright, The Independent.

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Independent

Mandatory Christian prayers in schools 'should be axed'

 

An influential commission recommends radical teaching reforms to adapt to increasing diverse and secular UK schools. By Chole Farand, The Independent. Also reported by The Guardian.

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Independent
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Guardian

Fast-track transgender teachers for a £30,000 grant, school heads told

 

Schools offered extra funding to hire and promote gay and transgender teachers as critics describe it as "profoundly misguided". By Kate McCann, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Telegraph
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Times

Schools put on extremist watch amid fears of Syria backlash

 

NICKY MORGAN has ordered a crackdown on social media in schools amid fears that Britain’s airstrikes against Isis in Syria are likely to provoke more students into becoming jihadists. By Richard Kerbaj, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Genesis of a new way of thinking

 

Pioneering musician Peter Gabriel has created a series of films to teach pupils at his son’s school the importance of flexible, creative thought, says Sian Griffiths. The Sunday Times. References David Goodhew, headteacher of Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith.

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Sunday Times

Inspirational Matilda is an award winner

 

Over 50 per cent of workers behind space flight at NASA are said to be dyslexic. That is one of the inspirational messages given by 10-year-old Matilda McEwan in a video on dyslexia which has now been viewed over 11,000 times. By unnamed reporter, Peterborough Today. References Michael Taylor, headmaster of Fairley House School.

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