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Daily News Summary
21 Sep 2015

image Barnaby Lenon: progress is uneven but good academies are superior
image Exam reform: Focusing on facts ‘won’t equip pupils for modern life’, says leading independent school head
image Ten of the best value boarding schools in the UK
image Good news Friday: food for thought
image Parents rebel over pointless school trips that cost £20,000
image Leaders’ board
image ‘Steer girls away from psychology’
image University lectures are too boring, say school heads
image Cambridge University may bring back entry exam as too many acing A-levels
image Answer the question: Flaws that show coursework moderation is no class act
image Multiple exam boards 'watering down' school standards
image School where the sport was born sets up first girls’ team
image Rugby rules may be rewritten to make tackling less dangerous

Barnaby Lenon: progress is uneven but good academies are superior

 

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and a governor of two state schools, writes for The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Exam reform: Focusing on facts ‘won’t equip pupils for modern life’, says leading independent school head

 

A leading independent school headmaster has warned that the greater focus on facts and knowledge in reformed GCSEs and A-levels may fail to equip pupils for the modern world. Chris King, the new chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) representing top private schools, raised the concerns in an interview with TES. Tricia Kelleher, principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation and Julie Lodrick, principal of The Mount School in York, are also quoted. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Ten of the best value boarding schools in the UK

 

The world's most exclusive boarding schools have always had equally impressive admission fees; take Le Rosey in Switzerland, where fees reach £80,000 a year. However, not all boarding options are as expensive. Features Bishop's Stortford College, Hertfordshire; Dollar Academy, Scotland; Bootham School, York; Campbell College, Belfast NI; Christ College, Brecon, Wales; Culford School, Bury St Edmunds; Wellington School, Somerset; Mount Kelly, Tavistock; St Mary's School, Shaftesbury and Ashville College, Harrogate. By unnamed reporter, The Telegraph

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Telegraph

Good news Friday: food for thought

 

Schoolchildren head to Europe to teach MEPs coding, while Queen Margaret’s is awarded the UK’s best school food. Read our weekly good news round-up. Mentions Brighton College and Bolton School. Quotes Jessica Miles, head teacher at Queen Margaret’s, York and Chris Alcock, headmaster at Queen’s College, Taunton. By Joe Storey, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Parents rebel over pointless school trips that cost £20,000

 

Head teachers of leading independent schools have criticised lavish overseas trips that cost more than £2,000 a head and have limited educational value. Quotes Jane Grubb, headmistress of Bedales preparatory school, Dunhurst and Ben Evans, headmaster of Edge Grove School in Hertfordshire. By Mark Bridges, The Times. Also the subject of a leader item in The Times and reported by The Daily Mail.

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Times
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Times
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Daily Mail

Leaders’ board

 

Andrew Hunter, headmaster at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, has a letter published in The Sunday Times in response to a recent article on ‘laddish culture.’

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Sunday Times

‘Steer girls away from psychology’

 

We need them in ‘hard’ sciences argues former Harrow head. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC. Link not available online. Article from 18 September. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

University lectures are too boring, say school heads

 

Many lecturers at top universities have failed to adapt their teaching methods to the digital age, a leading headmaster says. In an interview with The Times, Chris King, incoming chairman of HMC, said that universities must rethink teaching, especially to first-year students. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

Cambridge University may bring back entry exam as too many acing A-levels

 

Cambridge University is considering reintroducing an entrance exam because too many applicants get top marks in their A-levels, in a move that has raised concerns that state school pupils would be put at a disadvantage. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of ISC. By Ian Johnston, The Independent on Sunday. Also reported by The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

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Independent
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Telegraph
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Sunday Times

Answer the question: Flaws that show coursework moderation is no class act

 

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

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Sunday Times

Multiple exam boards 'watering down' school standards

 

Exam boards should be banned from competing for business from schools because of the "real danger" of standards being watered down, the chief inspector of schools has warned. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

School where the sport was born sets up first girls’ team

 

As the rugby World Cup gets under way, the private school where the game started nearly 200 years ago is to mark the event by establishing its first girls’ rugby team. Rugby School — where in 1823 a schoolboy, William Webb Ellis, made sporting history when he picked up a ball and ran with it — has started coaching girls with the aim of entering a team into a national league. Quotes Peter Green, headmaster at Rugby School. By Sian Griffiths, Education Editor, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Rugby rules may be rewritten to make tackling less dangerous

 

The laws of rugby could be changed in an effort to reduce cases of concussion, the sport’s chief medical officer has revealed. Quotes Chris King, the new chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)’ Mr King, the headmaster of Leicester Grammar School; John Mallett, the former Bath and England player who is director of rugby at Millfield School; Gregg Davies, the headmaster of Shiplake College and Andrew Fleck, the headmaster of Sedbergh School. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

 

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