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Daily News Summary
18 Nov 2015

image Social media is the indelible ink in our ever-growing digital tattoo
image Exam marking blunders hit state pupils harder, says private school head
image Head teachers appeal for funds ahead of Spending Review
image Half of school staff report cuts to teaching posts
image 'Change your approach' to deliver more apprenticeships, Nick Boles tells colleges
image Healthy breakfasts 'help pupils do well'
image How starting school at seven can improve concentration at 11: Holding children back a year is found to reduce inattention by 73%
image London schools' progress 'in danger of coming undone'
image Anti-terror strategy 'needs constant review', MPs hear
image Catholic schools more ethnically diverse than others, figures show
image School tests plan 'causing angst', MSPs told

Social media is the indelible ink in our ever-growing digital tattoo

 

I am as interested and excited as anyone to imagine the future, but as an educator I feel that we ought to bestow some of our received wisdom upon a generation who have been weaned on technology. In fact I would go so far as to say that it is our obligation to inject some healthy cynicism into the mix. By Michael Lambert, headmaster of Dubai College. The National.

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The National

Exam marking blunders hit state pupils harder, says private school head

 

A headmaster has revealed how private schools ‘relentlessly pursue’ exam boards to re-mark GCSE papers that have been given wrong grades. Quotes Richard Russell, head of Colfe’s School. By Mark Blunden, The Evening Standard. This article is not available online. Please refer to The Evening Standard, 12 November 2015, p.18.

Head teachers appeal for funds ahead of Spending Review

 

Head teachers have written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan expressing their concern over future funding for schools in England. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online.

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BBC

Half of school staff report cuts to teaching posts

 

Nearly half of the NUT's school representatives have reported cuts to teaching posts owing to funding pressures, a new survey reveals. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

'Change your approach' to deliver more apprenticeships, Nick Boles tells colleges

 

Colleges “will not be insulated” from funding cuts in the chancellor’s spending review next week, skills minister Nick Boles has said. By Stephen Exley, The TES.

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TES

Healthy breakfasts 'help pupils do well'

 

Children who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to do well in end of primary school assessments than those who do not, a study suggests. By Steffan Messenger, BBC News online.

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BBC

How starting school at seven can improve concentration at 11: Holding children back a year is found to reduce inattention by 73%

 

Many parents say their children are climbing the walls by the time they go to school. By Madlen Davies, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

London schools' progress 'in danger of coming undone'

 

The dramatic progress of the capital’s schools since 2000 is being put at risk by the “waning” of much of the collaboration that came with the London Challenge, experts have warned. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Anti-terror strategy 'needs constant review', MPs hear

 

The government's Prevent anti-terrorism strategy needs constant review, said the head of a school attended by three girls who travelled to Syria. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Catholic schools more ethnically diverse than others, figures show

 

More than one in three pupils attending Catholic schools come from an ethnic-minority background, new figures reveal. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

School tests plan 'causing angst', MSPs told

 

Concerns about how data gathered from new tests in schools will be used is "causing angst" in the teaching profession, MSPs have been told. The Scottish government plans to introduce standardised assessments across Scotland. By James McIvor, BBC News online.

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BBC

 

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