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Daily News Summary
16 Nov 2015

image Attack on mandatory leadership qualification for Scottish headteachers
image Teachers can tell 'in a nanosecond' if a child has potential
image Children 'destined to lose out to robots' due to outdated exams system, says head
image Appy pupils flourish at Guildford Junior High
image Bernard Trafford: Avoiding the parental guilt trap
image ‘Asking exam boards what they think of exams is like asking Bernard Matthews about the ideal Christmas dinner’
image Britain's Brighton opens its doors to Bangkok's best and brightest
image Wealthy ‘using scholarships to fund ski trips’
image Gordsonstoun's headmaster: 'Colditz in kilts?' Not any more'
image One in six teachers in England 'qualified abroad'
image Fewer school bullies but cyberbullying is on the increase
image IB vs A-levels: how my family put both to the test

Attack on mandatory leadership qualification for Scottish headteachers

 

A compulsory leadership qualification for Scottish headteachers announced by the First Minister is an expensive "hurdle" which could put off potential applicants, experts have said. Reference is made to the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (Scis). By Andrew Denholm, The Herald.

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Herald

Teachers can tell 'in a nanosecond' if a child has potential

 

A leading head has said children are so honest during entrance interviews that he can "unpick the coaching and tutoring". Patrick Derham, headmaster of Westminster school, is quoted. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Children 'destined to lose out to robots' due to outdated exams system, says head

 

Julian Thomas, headmaster at Wellington College, said the current British education system “designed for a different era” where students lacked the necessary “soft skills” that are relevant to employers today. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Appy pupils flourish at Guildford Junior High

 

Guildford High School Junior School – this year’s Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year – has a track record in being ahead of the crowd. In 1893, five years after it was founded, the high school moved to new premises less than 25 yards from the town’s newly opened London Road railway station because its then head teacher thought the location might prove handy. Fiona Boulton, the school’s headmistress, is quoted. By Zoe Thomas, The Sunday Times. Further coverage of the Parent Power rankings also refers to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Preparatory School, Hertfordshire and Heatherton House School, Buckinghamshire.

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Sunday Times
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Sunday Times

Bernard Trafford: Avoiding the parental guilt trap

 

Many teens dabble in drugs. For most, it’s a passing phase. The best thing parents can do is talk, listen and love, says Bernard Trafford, head of the independent Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and a former chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

‘Asking exam boards what they think of exams is like asking Bernard Matthews about the ideal Christmas dinner’

 

Schools should welcome news that employers might be preparing to break with the national consensus over testing, writes a leading educationalist. By Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust. The TES.

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TES

Britain's Brighton opens its doors to Bangkok's best and brightest

 

Brighton College International School Bangkok has been officially launched, the first step for this top international school brand from the United Kingdom expanding into the Asia Pacific region. It will start teaching in September 2016. Quotes Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College. By Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation.

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The Nation

Wealthy ‘using scholarships to fund ski trips’

 

Private schools should scrap merit-based financial scholarships and switch to providing means-tested bursaries, the admissions tutor of a leading independent school has said. Niall Hamilton, of Marlborough College, said that private schools faced “disaster” if they allowed themselves to become “bastions of privilege” thanks to ever-rising fees. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

Gordsonstoun's headmaster: 'Colditz in kilts?' Not any more'

 

Perched on a cliff's edge in Scotland, the alma mater of Prince Charles offers a bracing education to those who can stomach its active lifestyle. Quotes Simon Reid, headmaster at Gordonstoun. By Eleanor Doughty, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

One in six teachers in England 'qualified abroad'

 

Almost one in six who took up posts for the first time in England last year qualified abroad, official figures show. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Fewer school bullies but cyberbullying is on the increase

 

Fewer children face being targeted in the playground, but girls are more at risk of aggressive behaviour via social media. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

IB vs A-levels: how my family put both to the test

 

The International Baccalaureate is great for all-rounders, but A-levels have the practical edge, says Sarah Turney. Mentions Fettes College. The Sunday Telegraph.

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Sunday Telegraph

 

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