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Daily News Summary
23 Nov 2015

image Eyes on the sky, feet on the ground
image Free school sets gold standard
image Parents driven 'bonkers' over tutoring, warn head teachers
image Mum is not a girl’s best friend
image Lighting a fire within
image Skirts at top private girls' schools become longer as teachers try to combat bullying
image Kevin Fear: Is there fair access to universities?
image Why I answer to a student council
image Good news Friday: diving in at the deep end
image Answer the question: Teacher’s dire use of commas gives pause for concern
image Raisin aspirations
image Spending Review: Schools to get 'fair funding' formula
image A comprehensive leap of faith
image Children starting school 'struggling to speak properly'
image Headmistress under attack for ditching historic, male house names at girls' school

Eyes on the sky, feet on the ground

 

When more than 95% of a school’s A-level entries are graded A-B, both pupils and teachers are to be congratulated. Still more so when 78% achieve A/A. The results take St Albans High School for Girls into the top 20 in our independent schools table for the first time and make it this year’s Sunday Times Independent School of the Year. Jenny Brown, head teacher at St Albans High School for Girls, is quoted. Top of the Sunday Times’ table of the top 424 independent secondary schools is St Paul’s Girls’ School. By Judith O’Reilly, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times
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Sunday Times

Free school sets gold standard

 

London 2012 inspired a nation as Team GB battled for gold in the Olympic Park, Stratford. In the same way, London Academy of Excellence (LAE), minutes away from the park, is about changing lives across the borough of Newham and for years to come. The LAE is The Sunday Times Sixth-form College of the Year — the first free school to win one of our awards and top one of our performance tables. Mentions Richard Cairns, headmaster of independent Brighton College. By Judith O’Reilly, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Parents driven 'bonkers' over tutoring, warn head teachers

 

Children are given excessive tutoring as parents seek to push them to the top of their class, says heads of Westminster and Highgate schools. Adam Pettitt, head of Highgate School and Patrick Derham, head of Westminster school are quoted. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Mum is not a girl’s best friend

 

Affluent mothers are damaging their daughters by insisting on being their “best friend for ever” — BFF — instead of an authoritative parent who can say no, according to the headmistress of one of the country’s top private schools. Quotes Jenny Brown, the head teacher of St Albans High School for Girls. By Sian Griffiths and Alastair McCall, The Sunday Times. Also reported by The Mail on Sunday.

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Sunday Times
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Daily Mail

Lighting a fire within

 

The best schools help to build young people who stand out from the crowd with independence and flair, not just a good CV, says Helen Fraser, chief executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST). The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Skirts at top private girls' schools become longer as teachers try to combat bullying

 

President of Girls' Schools Association says having uniform is crucial 'leveller' as some schools move towards mid-calf-length skirts. Quotes Alun Jones, president of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA), speaking ahead of the GSA's conference in South Wales. Mr Jones is also principal of St Gabriels, Newbury. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Kevin Fear: Is there fair access to universities?

 

Kevin Fear, headmaster at Nottingham High School, asks whether all pupils are equal when it comes to getting into university. Nottingham Post.

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Regional Media

Why I answer to a student council

 

Giving pupils a voice doesn't just teach them about responsibility - it's good for the people in charge, too. By Richard Palmer, headteacher at St Christopher School, Hertfordshire. This article is not available online, please refer to The TES, 20 November p.40.

Good news Friday: diving in at the deep end

 

Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster give pupils a Victorian-style swimming lesson, while Bond cars visit Warwick. Read The Telegraph’s weekly good news round-up. Caty Oates, head of careers at Warwick School; Mike Piercy, headmaster of The New Beacon School in Sevenoaks and John Attwater, headmaster at King Edward’s Witley, Surrey are quoted. Also mentions Monmouth School. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Answer the question: Teacher’s dire use of commas gives pause for concern

 

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, replies to readers’ queries. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Raisin aspirations

 

A letter published in The Telegraph from Leo Winkley, headmaster at St Peter’s School, York.

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Telegraph

Spending Review: Schools to get 'fair funding' formula

 

Plans to redress differences in school funding across England are expected to be outlined in the Autumn Statement. Change will begin in 2017-18 after consultation on the details, which could happen in early 2016, George Osborne is likely to say on Wednesday. By Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News Online. Also reported by The Sunday Telegraph.

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BBC
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Sunday Telegraph

A comprehensive leap of faith

 

Jewish schools prove that partnership between teachers, pupils and parents can get top results from children of all abilities, writes Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Children starting school 'struggling to speak properly'

 

A new survey of teachers has revealed that three quarters see children arriving in Reception struggling to speak in full sentences. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Headmistress under attack for ditching historic, male house names at girls' school

 

The headmistress at a leading girls' school has ignited a feminism row after changing century-old male house names because they are "not appropriate nor relevant for our girls". Rose Hardy, headmistress at St Margaret's School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, is quoted. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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