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Daily News Summary
5 Nov 2015

image New research claims state school pupils are likely to do better at university than privately educated pupils who start with similar grades
image HMC, CEER and GSA response to degree outcomes study
image 'Blunder over private and state school degree results reveals prejudice'
image Independent schools struggle with recruitment too – and other lessons from the Future of the Independent School Sector conference
image 'Exciting plans' for the Telegraph Festival of Education
image 'The IB diploma is not a fad, it is demanding'
image £10m literacy boost for thousands of pupils in the North
image Let's make apprenticeships a 'real alternative' to university, says new government adviser
image Michelle Obama: Attitudes to girls in education have to be challenged

New research claims state school pupils are likely to do better at university than privately educated pupils who start with similar grades

 

Research released by Cambridge Assessment has claimed more state schools pupils attending a Russell Group University with an A* at A level are more likely to get first class degree than private school pupils. Quotes Chris Ramsey, HMC/GSA Universities spokesperson and Headmaster of King’s School Chester. This is an ISC summary. Reported in The Telegraph, TES, The Guardian, The Times and Times Higher Education.

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Telegraph
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TES
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Guardian
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Times
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Times Higher Education

HMC, GSA and CEER response to degree outcomes study

 

Both HMC and GSA have released a statement in response to the Cambridge Assessment degree outcomes study covered in today's news.

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HMC
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GSA

'Blunder over private and state school degree results reveals prejudice'

 

Following HEFCE’s admission of making an error in its research this week, Chris Ramsey, headmaster of The King’s School, Chester, and joint Chair of the GSA/HMC Universities Committee, argues their analysis of degree performance by school type is intellectually lazy and presumes too much about pupil background. This is an ISC summary. Reported by The Telegraph and IE Today.

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Telegraph
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IE Today

Independent schools struggle with recruitment too – and other lessons from the Future of the Independent School Sector conference

 

This morning more than 100 people from independent, and state, schools gathered to discuss the future of the independent school sector. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of Independent Schools Council; Ian Yorston, a physics teacher at Radley College and Andrew Pearson of Colfe’s School. Also references the HMC Teacher Training scheme. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

'Exciting plans' for the Telegraph Festival of Education

 

Following the announcement of the new media partnership, Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington, said "exciting" plans were afoot for the event. Quotes Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

'The IB diploma is not a fad, it is demanding'

 

Schools that teach the IB Diploma in the UK and around the world don’t do it because it’s a fad, says John Claughton. By John Claughton, headmaster of King Edward's School in Birmingham.

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Telegraph

£10m literacy boost for thousands of pupils in the North

 

A £10 million scheme to boost literacy for 10,000 pupils in primary schools across the North East is being launched today. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Let's make apprenticeships a 'real alternative' to university, says new government adviser

 

Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed as prime minister David Cameron’s adviser on apprentices, replacing Richard Harrington, the government has confirmed. By Will Martin, The TES.

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TES

Michelle Obama: Attitudes to girls in education have to be challenged

 

Cultural norms will have to be challenged if education for girls is to be improved around the world, the first lady of the US Michelle Obama has said. By Julia Belgutay, The TES.

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TES

 

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