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Daily News Summary
21 Oct 2015

image ISC blog of the week: A Collaboration between Computing and Industry
image Schools should be able to approve family holidays in term-time, says LGA
image Top-rated schools 'failing to teach children basic skills', says charity
image Absence among pupils rises, government figures show
image New Women's Equality party calls for female role models in schools
image Taxpayer funds ‘alternative provision’ free schools at up to £430,000 a pupil
image When even Hawaii has teacher shortages, what can Blackpool do?
image Outdated exams are holding children back – not computers in the classroom
image Read a book? Teenagers prefer YouTube, survey finds

ISC blog of the week: A Collaboration between Computing and Industry

 

Mrs Sarah Paddock, Head of ICT & Assessment at Prior Park Preparatory School, discusses computing lessons and how teaching in an innovative way can really motivate and strengthen pupils’ learning...

The ISC are always keen to feature new blogs on our website. If you have an idea for a blog please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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Schools should be able to approve family holidays in term-time, says LGA

 

Local Government Association’s call to end controversial policy comes after a surge in fines and prosecutions of parents. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The Times, The Telegraph and The TES.

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Guardian
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Times
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Telegraph
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TES

Top-rated schools 'failing to teach children basic skills', says charity

 

More than a third of primary schools rated as “good” or “outstanding” by the education watchdog, Ofsted, are failing to teach pupils basic skills, according to a new damning report. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Absence among pupils rises, government figures show

 

School pupils missed more lessons last year, official figures show. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

New Women's Equality party calls for female role models in schools

 

Every school should carry out a gender audit of its curriculum to ensure female role models such as scientist Marie Curie are being promoted, Britain’s newest political party said today. By Pippa Crerar, The Evening Standard.

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Evening Standard

Taxpayer funds ‘alternative provision’ free schools at up to £430,000 a pupil

 

Some free schools catering for children with behavioural difficulties have received hundreds of thousands of pounds per pupil from the taxpayer, government data has revealed. By Warwick Mansell, The Guardian.

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Guardian

When even Hawaii has teacher shortages, what can Blackpool do?

 

Hawaii has a problem recruiting teachers – even though it’s 85 degrees there every day, the state boasts 120 miles of golden shoreline and it’s regularly rated one of the happiest places in the US. So if Hawaii is struggling, imagine the problem in Blackpool. By Laura McInerney, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Outdated exams are holding children back – not computers in the classroom

 

A recent report has confirmed that simply increasing the number and use of computers in a school is unlikely to result in significant improvement in “educational outcomes”, including in results for reading, mathematics and science. By James Stanfield and Angelika Strohmayer, The Conversation

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The Conversation

Read a book? Teenagers prefer YouTube, survey finds

 

Children who enjoy reading when they are younger often have very little interest in books by the later years of secondary school, a new survey reveals. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

 

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