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Daily News Summary
19 Oct 2015

image Can't afford private school fees? You may not have to pay
image Far Eastern investors buy British boarding schools
image Should seven-year-olds be sent to boarding school? The case for and against
image 'We need to make more of our children multilingual'
image Answer the question: Army proved a tonic for my son — now he wants to be a doctor
image 'The beginning of inflation-proof excellence in schools'
image Bring back detention as punishment for pupils, says Government's behavioural tsar
image General studies fails to make the grade in A-level overhaul
image Apprenticeships expansion 'devaluing brand'
image No more sissies in the playground

Can't afford private school fees? You may not have to pay

 

More than 140,000 pupils at private schools don’t pay all – or any – of their fees. James Connington explores the bursary route. Reference is made to figures from the Independent Schools Council 2015 Census. Mentions Latymer Upper School and City of London School for Boys. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Far Eastern investors buy British boarding schools

 

Chinese investors are poised to acquire a number of independent schools to serve a Far East passion for a British education. Chase Grammar, a boarding and day school in Cannock, Staffordshire, was bought last year by Achieve Education, a Chinese-owned company. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, former head of Harrow School and chairman of the Independent Schools Council; Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association and Tong Zhou, a director of Chase Grammar. By Nicola Woolcock and Sean O’Neill, The Times.

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Times

Should seven-year-olds be sent to boarding school? The case for and against

 

In this week’s TES, journalist Adi Bloom spent the first day and night of term at Cheltenham College Preparatory boarding school, observing how children as young as 7 adjusted to life away from home. Two boarding-school experts now offer their cases for and against sending children away to school at an early age. One of the two contributors is Robin Fletcher, national director of the Boarding Schools’ Association. Reference is made to figures from the Independent Schools Council 2015 Census.

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TES

'We need to make more of our children multilingual'

 

Only by teaching languages from an early age are we going to shake off the tag of being Europe’s laziest linguists, writes Peter Tait, former headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Answer the question: Army proved a tonic for my son — now he wants to be a doctor

 

This week’s questions are answered by Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

'The beginning of inflation-proof excellence in schools'

 

We have put an end to the illusion of improving results through grade inflation; now we must wait for reforms to come to fruition, writes Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Bring back detention as punishment for pupils, says Government's behavioural tsar

 

Detentions used to be handed out willingly by teachers to naughty children for talking in class or chewing gum but school leaders these days have been accused of being too lenient. Instead, argues the Government’s behavioural tsar, "well-intentioned" teachers should bring back this form of punishment for the betterment of a child's education. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

General studies fails to make the grade in A-level overhaul

 

General studies has been quietly consigned to the scrap heap and will be dropped as an A-level subject in two years’ time. Once the most commonly taken A-level, the subject has become one of the highest profile casualties of the government’s exam reforms. By Greg Hurst, Education Editor, The Times. Also reported by The TES.

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Times
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TES

Apprenticeships expansion 'devaluing brand'

 

The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on apprenticeship schemes. By unnamed reporter, BBC News Online. Also reported by The Sunday Telegraph.

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BBC
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Sunday Telegraph

No more sissies in the playground

 

It’s been banned in the workplace, in universities and from the airwaves. Now children as young as five will be told to cut out sexist language. The days of boys and girls cheerfully baiting each other in the playground with terms such as “sissy” and “cupcake” or issuing orders to “man up” or “go make me a sandwich” may be brought to an end. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

 

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