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Daily News Summary
10 Nov 2015

image ISC Blog of the week: The possible horrors of 11+
image UK boarding schools feel the pinch of sterling’s global strength
image First Person: 'Toffism and independent school sector'
image David Laws: Former School Minister warns George Osborne's cuts will stall improvements to education and increase poverty
image England needs more grammar schools, says top industrialist
image Cameron: apprenticeships or universities for 'almost everybody'
image Parents mount High Court challenge to RS GCSE
image 'World's best teacher' warns on too much testing
image 'Fat letters' from teachers to parents should be scrapped or reformed, experts say
image Forcing teenagers to get up early 'may cause mental and public health issues'

ISC Blog of the week: The possible horrors of 11+

 

The debate raging about grammar schools and annexes of grammar schools in Kent once more brings into the spotlight the anxieties of parents in finding the right school for their child, writes Jane Lunnon: Head of Wimbledon High School GDST.

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ISC

UK boarding schools feel the pinch of sterling’s global strength

 

Despite the strong performance of British boarding schools historically, providers are concerned about the affordability of boarding schools due to the strength of the pound in key markets. By Natalie Marsh, The Pie News. Quotes Aaron Lennon, headmaster at Beechwood Sacred Heart School in Kent. Also references the Independent Schools Council.

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Pie News

First Person: 'Toffism and independent school sector'

 

My recent coining of the word Toffism has seemed to cause a bit if a stir, which is interesting in itself. By Chris King, headmaster of Leicester Grammar School. Leicester Mercury.

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Regional Media

David Laws: Former School Minister warns George Osborne's cuts will stall improvements to education and increase poverty

 

Recent improvements to education will stall and poverty will increase as a result of George Osborne’s spending cuts, David Laws, the former School Minister, has warned. By Andrew Grice, The Independent. Also reported by Richard Garner, The Independent. BBC News online also reports on this story.

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Independent
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Independent
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BBC

England needs more grammar schools, says top industrialist

 

The chief executive of Siemens UK has told the CBI conference that schools had 'to give people the hope and aspiration that they can be absolutely brilliant in society'. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Cameron: apprenticeships or universities for 'almost everybody'

 

The government wants to see “almost everybody” embark on either an apprenticeship or a university degree, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. By TES reporter, The TES.

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TES

Parents mount High Court challenge to RS GCSE

 

Three families are due in court on Tuesday to challenge the decision to exclude non-religious beliefs from the new religious studies GCSE syllabus. By Judith Burns, BBC News online. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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BBC
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Telegraph

'World's best teacher' warns on too much testing

 

The "world's best teacher" says that a culture of excessive testing can damage standards and "decimate morale" among teachers. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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BBC

'Fat letters' from teachers to parents should be scrapped or reformed, experts say

 

Public health experts are calling for "fat letters" – in which teachers write home to parents to tell them their child is overweight – to be scrapped or reformed. By TES reporter, The TES. Also reported by BBC News online.

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TES
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BBC

Forcing teenagers to get up early 'may cause mental and public health issues'

 

The headmaster of the first British school to delay lessons until the afternoon has said forcing teenagers to wake up early could cause mental and public health issues. By Press Association, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

 

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