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Daily News Summary
2 Oct 2015

image Proactive safeguarding – improving how your school protects students from abuse
image ISC SEN Conference
image 'Thumbs down for hands-up in lessons'
image State schools are using general studies to boost league table rankings
image Big recruiters favour ‘hungry’ school-leavers
image Councils triple number of investigations into fraudulent school applications
image Could Jeremy Corbyn 'do a Nick Clegg' on tuition fees?
image Superhead Dame Alison Peacock snubs baseline tests for four-year-olds
image DfE takes advice on using private cash to fund free-school buildings
image Music education is out of tune with how young people learn
image Depressed children seek help on web

Proactive safeguarding – improving how your school protects students from abuse

 

The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) is hosting a series of discounted regional workshops to review and improve knowledge and practice relating to child abuse, grooming and related behaviours. The workshops are aimed at school senior managers and school governors who are charged with safeguarding and are seeking to improve practice across the school. It is also suitable for those looking to add a new focus to the induction of new staff and to generally raise awareness of the sort of adult behaviours which may place children at risk.

The workshops are available to both BSA members and non-members. More details are available here.

ISC SEN Conference

 

Booking is still open for the prestigious ISC SEN Conference: 12 November, Park Plaza Victoria, London.

Keynote speakers include Fintan O’Regan on successfully managing ADHD, Dr Tilly Mortimore on study skills support and Lindsay Peer on interpreting EP reports.

To book places, please click here.

'Thumbs down for hands-up in lessons'

 

We need strategies for classroom calm, but must remain mindful that the deliberately frenetic and energetic gives what we do its spark. By Phil King, director of drama and dance at Bedales School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

State schools are using general studies to boost league table rankings

 

Pupils at the top 500 state schools account for 90 per cent of A-Level general studies entries but some universities don't accept the subject. By Kate McCann, The Telegraph. Also reported by Schools Week.

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Telegraph
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Schools Week

Big recruiters favour ‘hungry’ school-leavers

 

Big accountancy firms are recruiting hundreds more school-leavers because they consider them “hungrier” than graduates and likely to stay longer. By Greg Hurst, The Times. There is also a letter to the Editor in response to this story, written by Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte.

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Times
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Times

Councils triple number of investigations into fraudulent school applications

 

The number of investigations into suspected school admission frauds has nearly trebled in the past three years with almost 700 offers of places withdrawn after cheating parents were caught out. By John Dickens, Schools Week. Also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Schools Week
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Daily Mail

Could Jeremy Corbyn 'do a Nick Clegg' on tuition fees?

 

Jeremy Corbyn, the labour leader, will consult with his party on his plans to axe tuition fees amid concerns flagship pledge could be watered down. By Steven Swinford, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Telegraph
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Times

Superhead Dame Alison Peacock snubs baseline tests for four-year-olds

 

One of the government’s key advisers on primary education and most feted headteachers, Dame Alison Peacock, has revealed that her school will refuse to carry out the controversial new baseline assessment. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

DfE takes advice on using private cash to fund free-school buildings

 

The government is inviting some of the world’s biggest consultancy firms to advise on how it might secure private sector cash to pay for more free-school buildings. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

Music education is out of tune with how young people learn

 

By focusing on exams, and undervaluing informal approaches to music, we are preventing young people reaching their full musical potential. By Sarah Derbyshire, author of Musical Routes: A Landscape for Music Education. The Guardian.

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Guardian

Depressed children seek help on web

 

Children have lost confidence that their GP or school nurse can help them with depression, self-harm or other mental health problems and are turning to the internet and asking friends for help instead, the children’s commissioner for England has warned. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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Times

 

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