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Daily News Summary
27 Jul 2015

image Private schools freeze fees to aid the 'squeezed' middle class
image Old-fashioned scholarship and an eye on the future makes for top marks
image Ancient tongue that forged the modern mind
image The parent trap
image Answer the question: State schools can do much more to drill pupils for Oxbridge
image Morgan: Ban emails after 5pm to help teachers cope with workload
image Glass floor' protecting middle classes from social slide - report
image More than 300 different languages spoken in British schools, report says
image Sports science to radically transform PE into hi-tech GCSE option
image Give teenagers control of household budget in summer holidays, says headteacher

Private schools freeze fees to aid the 'squeezed' middle class

 

Independent schools are slashing or freezing fees from next term as middle-class parents struggle to pay for their children’s education. Quotes Natasha Dangerfield, headteacher at Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire; Simon Larter, headteacher at St John’s International School, Devon; Andrew Halls, headmaster at King’s College School, London. Mentions Wrekin College in Shropshire, West Buckland School in Devon and Moyles Court School in the New Forest. References previous comments made by Robin Fletcher, the head of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) and Tony Little, the outgoing head of Eton College. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Old-fashioned scholarship and an eye on the future makes for top marks

 

In part three of our Parent Power guide we travel to East Anglia and the southeast. Quotes Tricia Kelleher, principal at the Stephen Perse Foundation; Ed Elliott, headmaster at the Perse School, Cambridge and Fiona Boulton, headmistress at Guildford High School, Surrey. Mentions Eton College. By Julie Henry, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Ancient tongue that forged the modern mind

 

The last state school to teach classical Greek at A-level has announced it will no longer do so. That’s not just a shame, argues Harry Mount – it’s a mistake. Mentions Westminster School and North Bridge House in north London. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

The parent trap

 

Mums and dads can’t win: one minute they’re branded feckless; the next they’re called pushy. They deserve better. Quotes Bernard Trafford, headmaster at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne. Reference recent comments made by Sir Anthony Seldon, outgoing master of Wellington College and Gerard Silverlock, headmaster at King’s College Junior School, London. By Julie Henry, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Answer the question: State schools can do much more to drill pupils for Oxbridge

 

This week’s questions are answered by Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, southwest London. The Sunday Times.

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Morgan: Ban emails after 5pm to help teachers cope with workload

 

The Education Secretary said a school in her constituency is "getting the balance right" by banning emails after working hours and at the weekend as the country faces one of the worst recruitment crisis in recent history. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Glass floor' protecting middle classes from social slide - report

 

Middle-class children benefit from a "glass floor" protecting them from slipping down the social scale in Britain, a report has said. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said better-off families managed to provide educational and social advantages to stop their slide. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News education reporter. Also reported by The Sunday Telegraph, The Times and The Scotsman.

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Scotsman

More than 300 different languages spoken in British schools, report says

 

More than 300 different languages are now spoken in British schools with English-speaking pupils becoming a minority in hundreds of classrooms. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Sports science to radically transform PE into hi-tech GCSE option

 

They may often conjure up images of greying sports kits and fraying plimsolls, but PE lessons are to get a radical hi-tech makeover as part of a drive to get sports science on to the curriculum. By Sarah Cassidy, The Independent.

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Independent

Give teenagers control of household budget in summer holidays, says headteacher

 

A leading headteacher has said that teenagers should take responsibility for the household budget and chores during the summer holidays. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Sunday Telegraph. The Times and The Guardian also include features on homework in the holidays.

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Guardian

 

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