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Daily News Summary
6 Oct 2015

image Blog of the week: The Trouble with STEM in schools
image 'Cottage industry' exam marking not fit for purpose, says leading headmaster
image Stop 'indulging in toffism', says private school head
image Teacher shortage and pupil surge creating 'perfect storm' in UK schools
image Parents who dodge truancy fines will lose child benefit
image Head welcomes challenge on summer babies
image Cyber security lessons for Scottish pupils

Blog of the week: The Trouble with STEM in schools

 

Charlotte Avery, Head at St Mary’s School in Cambridge, discusses the trouble with STEM and how it’s not only girls who need encouraging…

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'Cottage industry' exam marking not fit for purpose, says leading headmaster

 

Chris King, chairman of HMC, will label the appeals system "Byzantine", saying that exam marking "needs to reinvent itself for the 21st century". By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times, BBC News online and The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

Stop 'indulging in toffism', says private school head

 

Critics of private schools should stop “indulging in toffism” and accept the “positive contribution” the independent sector can make to education, a leading head will say today. Quotes Chris King, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and head of Leicester Grammar. By Irena Barker, The TES. Also reported by The Guardian.

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Guardian

Teacher shortage and pupil surge creating 'perfect storm' in UK schools

 

Schools face a “perfect storm” in the next five years, with a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and a surge in pupil numbers threatening to undermine children’s education, head teachers have warned. By Sally Weale, The Guardian. The Guardian reports further on this story in an article by Fiona Millar. Also reported by The TES.

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TES

Parents who dodge truancy fines will lose child benefit

 

Parents who refuse to pay truancy penalties when their children skip school will have their child benefit docked, David Cameron will announce today. By Lucy Fisher, The Times. Also reported by BBC News online.

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BBC

Head welcomes challenge on summer babies

 

The Headmaster of Trent College and The Elms in Long Eaton has described as "refreshing" comments from Education Minster, Nick Gibbs MP, branding the current admissions policy around summer born babies as "flawed". By Karenza Morton in The Derby Telegraph.

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Regional Media

Cyber security lessons for Scottish pupils

 

Scotland has become the first country in Europe to offer qualifications in cyber security as part of the school curriculum. By Andrew Denholm, The Herald.

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Herald

 

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