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Daily News Summary
20 Nov 2015

image Arts 'squeezed out of state schools' says private school head
image The myth of a British ruling elite of Classicists
image More than half of schools are planning to axe staff, research shows... and further cuts are on the way
image Missed targets 'signal teacher recruitment crisis'
image Feminism to be dropped from A-level politics syllabus under Department for Education plans
image Teaching profession fails to reflect multi-cultural student population
image Teach children about Humanism – but not as a key part of religious studies GCSE
image Let colleges become academies, says influential Tory MP
image 'Raisin test' could help to identify children at risk of underachievement
image Can you answers these GCSE questions correctly?

Arts 'squeezed out of state schools' says private school head

 

A leading independent school headteacher is set to criticise provision of the arts in state schools, claiming they have been “all but squeezed out” of the school day. By Irene Barker, The TES. Quotes Alun Jones, president of the Girls’ Schools Association and headteacher of St Gabriel’s School in Newbury.

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TES

The myth of a British ruling elite of Classicists

 

Letter to The Telegraph from Dr Millan Sachania, Headmaster at Streatham and Clapham High School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

More than half of schools are planning to axe staff, research shows... and further cuts are on the way

 

More than half of school leaders say they will be looking to cut staffing costs in the next year, according to a survey published today. By Richard Vaughan, The TES. Also reported by BBC News online.

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TES
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BBC

Missed targets 'signal teacher recruitment crisis'

 

Targets for the number of new trainee teachers in England have been missed for the third year running, prompting concerns of an intensified recruitment crisis in schools. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online.

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BBC

Feminism to be dropped from A-level politics syllabus under Department for Education plans

 

Feminism is to be dropped from the A-level politics syllabus under Department for Education plans, angering sexual equality campaigners. By Sarah Cassidy, The Independent.

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Independent

Teaching profession fails to reflect multi-cultural student population

 

There is a severe shortage of ethnic minority professionals at every level of education, charity finds. By Kate Hodge and Sarah Marsh, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Teach children about Humanism – but not as a key part of religious studies GCSE

 

Three parents are suing the government for failing in its “duty of neutrality and impartiality” in relation to religions and beliefs. The case, heard by the High Court on November 10, cites the European Convention on Human Rights, and the judgement is expected in the next few weeks. By Julia Ipgrave, The Conversation.

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The Conversation

Let colleges become academies, says influential Tory MP

 

Sixth-form colleges should be free to convert to academy status to allow them to force closer links with the schools sector, according to the chair of an influential parliamentary committee. By Stephen Exley, The TES.

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TES

'Raisin test' could help to identify children at risk of underachievement

 

A simple "raisin test" given to toddlers may help to identify children who are at risk of falling behind in school at the age of eight, scientists have said. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Can you answers these GCSE questions correctly?

 

In schools across the country 13 and 14-year-olds are deciding on which GCSEs to take in their final years at school. By Kashmira Gander, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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