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Daily News Summary
24 Jul 2015

image Top 10 'Good News Fridays' from schools
image Three out of four academy chains have schools that are 'coasting', says new research
image Genes influence academic ability across all subjects, latest study shows
image Children at risk as nurseries face funding squeeze, report says
image Schools struggling to recruit headteachers and staff: exclusive TES survey
image Female graduates find more jobs, while men win higher pay
image Opinion: 'Blanket criticism of "mocksteds" ignores the benefits of external evaluation'
image Smoking, drinking and drug-taking among pupils at record low
image Roger Federer travels to Malawi to see progress of the preschool built through his charity foundation

Top 10 'Good News Fridays' from schools

 

As term comes to an end, for our final #GoodNewsFriday we have rounded up our top stories we have published so far. From car and boat racing, to inspiring charity efforts, take a look at what schools have been doing across the country this year. See you all in September folks. By The Telegraph.

Features: Bedales; The Purcell School; Grange Monmouth Preparatory School; Wycliffe Preparatory School; Ipswich High School for Girls and Bolton School.

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Telegraph

Three out of four academy chains have schools that are 'coasting', says new research

 

‘Coasting' schools are defined as those that consistently fail to ensure 60 per cent of pupils achieve five good GCSEs. By Sarah Cassidy, The Independent. Also reported by The Independent, The Telegraph and BBC News online.

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Independent
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Telegraph
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BBC

Genes influence academic ability across all subjects, latest study shows

 

Around 60% of differences in GCSE results can be explained by genetic factors, with the same genes responsible for maths, science and the humanities. By Hannah Devlin, The Guardian. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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Guardian
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Telegraph

Children at risk as nurseries face funding squeeze, report says

 

Children are at risk of not being properly looked after as nurseries face squeeze in funding. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Schools struggling to recruit headteachers and staff: exclusive TES survey

 

More than a third of governors say their school is finding it difficult to attract good candidates for senior staff posts, an exclusive poll reveals today. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Female graduates find more jobs, while men win higher pay

 

Nearly 75% of women are in work after university, compared with 71% of males, but four times as many men earn more than £40,000, says survey. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Opinion: 'Blanket criticism of "mocksteds" ignores the benefits of external evaluation'

 

As Ofsted announces a crackdown on its inspectors taking part in mock school visits, Frank Norris asks when valid external evaluation turns into a 'mocksted'. Opinion by Frank Norris, director of the Co-operative Academies Trust, The TES.

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TES

Smoking, drinking and drug-taking among pupils at record low

 

The proportion of pupils experimenting with smoking has dropped to the lowest level on record – with more children having tried e-cigarettes than conventional tobacco, a major new study finds. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

Roger Federer travels to Malawi to see progress of the preschool built through his charity foundation

 

Tennis star has helped build 50 preschools so far and hopes to reach one million children. By Aftab Ali, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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