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Daily News Summary
17 Sep 2015

image National Community Action Conference For Pupils and Teachers: Uniting Communities
image Jeremy Corbyn under pressure from within Labour to spell out grammar school plan
image Struggle to hire senior Ofsted staff is a blip, chief inspector tells MPs
image Wilshaw: "Bright-eyed and bushy tailed" teachers put off the profession by unruly pupils
image Universities ordered to fight extremism
image To break class barriers, students must end up in unexpected places
image State school students 'get better degrees' than private school pupils with same A-levels
image Is letter writing dead among youngsters?
image SNP 'power grab' risking £900 million of university cash

National Community Action Conference For Pupils and Teachers: Uniting Communities

 

The annual conference will take place at King Edward’s School, Birmingham on Saturday November 7. Speakers include John Bird of the Big Issue, Tom Harrison of the Jubilee Centre and other national and international figures. There will also be opportunities for students to lead the Student meet session.

A link to the booking form can be found here.

Jeremy Corbyn under pressure from within Labour to spell out grammar school plan

 

Jeremy Corbyn and his new shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell are coming under pressure from within the Labour party to spell out plans to scrap the 11-plus and end grammar school status for the country’s 164 remaining state selective schools. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

Struggle to hire senior Ofsted staff is a blip, chief inspector tells MPs

 

The chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has admitted Ofsted has struggled to recruit senior staff in the wake of child protection scandals in local authorities such as Rotherham, but dismissed the issue as “a blip”. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Wilshaw: "Bright-eyed and bushy tailed" teachers put off the profession by unruly pupils

 

The chief inspector of schools says “hugely enthusiastic” teachers don’t receive the support they need. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent.

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Independent

Universities ordered to fight extremism

 

Universities will be legally required to draw up plans to combat campus radicalisation, David Cameron will announce today as part of his battle against Islamist extremism. By Laura Pitel and Sam Coates, The Times. Also reported by The Independent, The Financial Times and The Telegraph.

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Independent
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Financial Times
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Telegraph

To break class barriers, students must end up in unexpected places

 

Universities pay lip service to equality, yet the system functions as a huge social filter. Real fairness will take a radical rethink. By Tim Blackman, Vice-chancellor of Middlesex University. The Guardian.

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Guardian

State school students 'get better degrees' than private school pupils with same A-levels

 

Students who attended state schools are more likely to get top degree passes than former independent school pupils with the same A-level grades, new research shows. By Richard Garner, The Independent. Also reported by BBC News online and The Daily Mail.

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Independent
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BBC
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Daily Mail

Is letter writing dead among youngsters?

 

Writing letters among youngsters has become a truly lost art as just one in six teenagers write them outside class, new research has shown. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

SNP 'power grab' risking £900 million of university cash

 

Scotland's universities say they have legal advice warning legislation giving ministers unprecedented control over their governance could have a severe impact on their finances. By Simon Johnson, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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