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Daily News Summary
5 Oct 2015

image Mental health in schools
image Pay exam markers better to improve standards, says independent schools' chief
image 'Clever girls clam-up in mixed schools,' says leading head
image 'A lot of people told me when I had my son I wouldn't be able to get into leadership. Now I'm a head'
image Are private tutors for children just the latest educational ‘arms race’?
image Independent sector letters
image Answer the question: Grammar schools polarised because there were too few, not too many
image Half of teachers could leave the profession in two years
image How smartphones can turn kids into smartypants
image Premier League to expand primary school sport scheme

Mental health in schools

 

The Sunday Times reported about mental health, following figures given by The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), from a survey of 65 of its schools. Links to the main coverage of this story are reported below.

Quotes Chris Jeffery, head of The Grange School in Cheshire and chairman of the HMC’s wellbeing committee; Andrew Halls, head at King’s College School, Wimbledon and Bernard Trafford, headmaster at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle. An HMC spokesman is also quoted. Benenden; Harrow; South Hampstead High School for girls; Monkton Combe School, Bath and Wellington College are also mentioned. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. Also reported by The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Chris Jeffery has an article on the issue, ‘Lifeline wanted for young as their sea of troubles rages’ published in The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times
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Guardian
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Telegraph
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Sunday Times

Pay exam markers better to improve standards, says independent schools' chief

 

Concern about the marking standards of GCSE and A-level papers will be voiced by leaders of Britain’s top independent schools this week. Christopher King, the chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and headteacher of Leicester Grammar School, will argue that markers should be paid more so that exam boards can demand a higher standard from them. His argument is that higher pay will attract more markers of a higher quality. By Richard Garner, The Independent on Sunday.

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Independent

'Clever girls clam-up in mixed schools,' says leading head

 

Girls are held back in co-ed schools, while single sex education lessens the pressure of an increasingly "sexualised society", leading heads have said. Quotes, Vivienne Durham, head at Francis Holland School. Andrew Halls, head teacher at King’s College School, Wimbledon and Richard Cairns, head of Brighton College are also quoted.

Reference is made to recent comments made by Rhiannon Wilkinson, head of Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire and Tony Little, former headmaster of Eton. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

'A lot of people told me when I had my son I wouldn't be able to get into leadership. Now I'm a head'

 

TES reporter Helen Ward reports from the first WomenEd conference in London. Jill Berry, education consultant and former president of the Girls School Association (GSA), is quoted. The TES.

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TES

Are private tutors for children just the latest educational ‘arms race’?

 

Millions of UK pupils have help with their tuition. Does this boost children otherwise overlooked at school, or just exploit their anxious parents? Tracy McVeigh talks to a student, a tutor and a headteacher. Quotes David Hanson, head of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). The Guardian.

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Guardian

Independent sector letters

 

Letters from the following independent sector representatives and staff were published in the press this weekend:

  • Leo Winkley, Vice chairman of the Boarding Schools Association and head master of St Peter’s School, York (‘Boarding schools and mental health’ - The Guardian)
  • Kieran McLaughlin, headmaster at Durham School (‘We’re not all Eton’ - The Telegraph)
  • Jacqui Durcan, librarian at Durham High School for Girls (‘Classic argument’ - The Times).
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Guardian
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Telegraph
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Times

Answer the question: Grammar schools polarised because there were too few, not too many

 

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

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Sunday Times

Half of teachers could leave the profession in two years

 

A new survey has revealed that over half of teachers are considering leaving the profession within two years due to workload and low morale. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Sunday Telegraph. Also reported by The Guardian, BBC News Online and The TES.

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Sunday Telegraph
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TES

How smartphones can turn kids into smartypants

 

As scepticism grows over the use of technology in class, one academic claims a ‘Luddite’ approach will only harm pupils, write Sian Griffiths and James Gillespie, The Sunday Times. Mentions a forthcoming conference at the King Alfred School in northwest London.

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Sunday Times

Premier League to expand primary school sport scheme

 

David Cameron says league will roll out scheme to every primary school in England and Wales and reveals plan for joint grassroots sport initiative. By Patrick Wintour, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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