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Daily News Summary
16 Oct 2015

image Chinese investors poised to buy British private schools
image Why do players from independent schools increasingly dominate rugby in England?
image 'Floodgates open' for new wave of grammar schools across England
image School uniform prices raised by supplier contracts, says CMA
image The future of education: fewer exams and more ‘assassins’
image Maths exam ‘not fit for purpose’ over crocodile question
image Education Minister 'calls time' on teacher training provision in Wales after critical report

Chinese investors poised to buy British private schools

 

Significant numbers of UK independent schools could end up in the hands of investors from China and other Asian countries, TES has learned. By Irene Barker, The TES. Quotes Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), Tong Zhou, a director of Chase Grammar and Jackie Medhurst, principal at Chase Grammar.

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TES

Why do players from independent schools increasingly dominate rugby in England?

 

National sports teams are drawing from a narrower pool. By Tim Wigmore, New Statesman. References Millfield School and Magdalen College School.

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New Statesman

'Floodgates open' for new wave of grammar schools across England

 

At least eight more regions of the UK prepare for applications for extensions from schools, after Government gives green light to first new selective school in half a century. By Javier Espinoza, Lexi Finnigan and Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times, The Guardian and BBC News online.

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Telegraph
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Times
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Guardian
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BBC

School uniform prices raised by supplier contracts, says CMA

 

The cost of school uniforms has risen by up to £10 an item owing to the use of exclusive suppliers, according to the UK's competition authority. By Kevin Peachy, BBC News online.

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BBC

The future of education: fewer exams and more ‘assassins’

 

Are today’s students over-schooled and under-educated? Former Eton Head Master Tony Little discusses the crisis in Britain’s education system, his stance on GCSEs and his love of career changers. By Helena Pozniak, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Maths exam ‘not fit for purpose’ over crocodile question

 

This year’s Higher maths exam was “unfit for purpose”, according a former principal assessor - thanks to a question about a crocodile. By Tristan Stewart-Robertson, The Scotsman.

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Scotsman

Education Minister 'calls time' on teacher training provision in Wales after critical report

 

Education Minister Huw Lewis has announced plans to overhaul teacher training in Wales after a critical report into one of the nation’s leading providers. By Gareth Evans, Wales Online.

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Wales Online

 

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