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Daily News Summary
15 Sep 2015

image Blog of the week: Should we abolish GCSEs?
image Ministry of Defence spends £84m on private school fees for children of service personnel
image Lessons in human rights launched for UK schools
image Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD
image ‘There are just not enough teachers’: sciences struggle to recruit
image ‘Labour must regain the plot on education – and here’s how’
image Britain home to ten of top 50 universities
image Less than a quarter of teenagers read regularly, survey finds
image Fifth of secondary school pupils 'wake almost every night to use social media'
image Internet addicts 'lonelier at school': Teenagers who spend more than six hours online on a school day also 'more likely to skip lessons'

Blog of the week: Should we abolish GCSEs?

 

Andrew Matthews, Deputy Head Academic at Latymer Upper School, argues against the national exams at age 16…

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Ministry of Defence spends £84m on private school fees for children of service personnel

 

Taxpayers are spending £84m a year to send the children of service personnel to Eton, Wellington, Gordonstoun and other private boarding schools, new figures show. By Jonathan Owen, The Independent. References Queen Ethelburga’s College, York. Also reported by The TES.

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TES

Lessons in human rights launched for UK schools

 

Kerry Kennedy the US human rights activist and daughter of Robert Kennedy has launched a curriculum including lessons on religious freedom and slavery By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent and BBC News online.

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Independent
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BBC

Computers 'do not improve' pupil results, says OECD

 

Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils' performance, says a global study from the OECD. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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BBC

‘There are just not enough teachers’: sciences struggle to recruit

 

The government says sciences are a high priority in schools. But the lack of applicants for teaching jobs in these subjects is alarming headteachers. By Anna Bawden, The Guardian.

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Guardian

‘Labour must regain the plot on education – and here’s how’

 

John Bangs, a consultant to Education International and former NUT senior official, looks at how the new opposition line-up could take the battle to the Conservatives over schools. The TES.

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Britain home to ten of top 50 universities

 

Ten of the world’s top 50 universities are in Britain, a new ranking shows. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported in The Independent. The Guardian comment on the same subject but take the opposing view.

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Independent
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Guardian

Less than a quarter of teenagers read regularly, survey finds

 

Less than a quarter of teenagers regularly read for pleasure, according to a major new survey. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Fifth of secondary school pupils 'wake almost every night to use social media'

 

Welsh study warns that disruption caused by using social media may have more of an impact on fatigue than how long children actually spend in bed. By Sally Weale. The Guardian. Also reported by The TES and BBC News online.

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BBC

Internet addicts 'lonelier at school': Teenagers who spend more than six hours online on a school day also 'more likely to skip lessons'

 

Teenagers who spend more than six hours online on school days are more likely to be lonely and skip lessons, according to a major international study. By Sarah Harris, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

 

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