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Daily News Summary
10 Sep 2015

image ISA Proprietors Conference - 15 October 2015
image Private schools promise places for Syrian refugees
image Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager's campaign
image Hospital work experience on sale for £500
image Bright pupils coast along for three years
image Shortage of maths teachers in England, admits education secretary
image Ofqual launches public consultation on 15 GCSE and A level subjects
image Government orders Ucas to reveal data on poorer students in drive to boost social mobility
image Drive for new school sixth forms hits the brakes as ministers perform U-turn
image 'Lamentable teaching' is damaging higher education, minister warns

ISA Proprietors Conference - 15 October 2015

 

This exciting new conference at Woodland Grange, Warwickshire, for Proprietors of Independent Schools will include practical breakout sessions, thought-provoking keynotes and plenty of networking opportunities with schools across the sector.

The conference is open to representatives of proprietary schools, including those in corporate ownership and sole proprietor heads. Each session will be tailored to the needs of proprietary schools. As a charity, ISA will be making places available to non-Members at the same subsidised low cost that Members currently enjoy. Included in the package is a dinner and overnight stay.

The programme is available to view online. For more information and to secure your place, click here.

Private schools promise places for Syrian refugees

 

Several private schools have offered to take Syrian refugee children as boarding pupils and urged other schools to follow suit. By Greg Hurst and Jill Sherman, The Times. Further reporting on this article in today’s press including a quote from Robin Fletcher, director of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), from his letter to David Cameron. Also references Saint Felix School, Boundary Oak, Sherborne School for Girls and Adcote School.

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Times

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager's campaign

 

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course. By Paul Gallagher, The Independent. References The Girls’ Day School Trust.

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Independent

Hospital work experience on sale for £500

 

A careers advice charity has criticised the selling of hospital work experience placements for £500. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

MyBigCareer provide free one-to-one career guidance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds via professionally qualified advisers volunteering from within the independent sector.

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BBC

Bright pupils coast along for three years

 

Thousands of bright children are coasting in the first three years of secondary school because heads focus their time and energy on GCSE pupils, the head of Ofsted said yesterday. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Also reported by The Guardian, The TES and BBC News online.

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Guardian
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TES
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BBC

Shortage of maths teachers in England, admits education secretary

 

Ucas figures show applications for teacher training in England down 9% year-on-year. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Ofqual launches public consultation on 15 GCSE and A level subjects

 

Ofqual has launched a public consultation on the design and assessment of six GCSE and nine A level subjects to be taught from September 2017. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Government orders Ucas to reveal data on poorer students in drive to boost social mobility

 

The Government has ordered the body in charge of university admissions to reveal more of the data it holds on students from poor backgrounds to boost the drive to improve social mobility. By Andrew Grice, The Independent.

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Independent

Drive for new school sixth forms hits the brakes as ministers perform U-turn

 

Ministers are set to perform a major U-turn on their commitment to push schools to open their own sixth forms after a government review into post-16 provision has raised concerns about “oversupply” in local areas. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

'Lamentable teaching' is damaging higher education, minister warns

 

Universities minister Jo Johnson criticises ‘highly variable’ quality of undergraduate teaching and backs simplified research funding. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported in The Times and the BBC News online.

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BBC

 

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