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Daily News Summary
25 Sep 2015

image Funding for Independent Schools
image Visionary thinking: Barnaby Lenon on the big challenges facing the education sector
image Exclusive: GCSE papers could be marked overseas in bid to tackle examiner shortage
image Wilshaw set to clash with government over EBac
image Schools offered £1,900 for bringing ex-teachers back into the job
image Schools converting to academies cost councils £30m, BBC reveals
image Schools minister: Focus on phonics is working
image Girls 'lack the confidence for Oxbridge': Analysis finds male students are twice as likely to be accepted on some courses
image Court overturns ban on student loans for resident migrants
image School holidays map shows difference in dates and duration around Europe

Funding for Independent Schools

 

The TES has published its latest edition of Funding for Independent Schools, providing business intelligence to bursars and headteachers at independent schools in the UK. References numerous ISC schools, heads and associations. This supplement is not available online. The TES.

Visionary thinking: Barnaby Lenon on the big challenges facing the education sector

 

Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council, is fiercely protective of the oft-under fire private school sector – and equally proud of the many schools that make it so internationally admired. Jess Pike catches up with him to find out about his views on the state of the sector and his hopes for the wider education system over the next five years. By Jess Pike, Independent Leader.

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Independent Leader

Exclusive: GCSE papers could be marked overseas in bid to tackle examiner shortage

 

British pupils could have their GCSE papers marked in countries including Spain and South Africa by overseas teachers who may not have previous experience of the syllabus. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

Wilshaw set to clash with government over EBac

 

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has challenged a key government policy that will force all secondary students to sit GCSEs in the core academic subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

Schools offered £1,900 for bringing ex-teachers back into the job

 

A government drive to recruit “returner teachers” solely to English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects will give schools up to £1,900 for each person it supports into employment. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Schools converting to academies cost councils £30m, BBC reveals

 

Millions of pounds of debt has been inherited by councils across England as schools convert to academies, a BBC investigation has revealed. By Claire Jones, BBC News online.

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BBC

Schools minister: Focus on phonics is working

 

Thousands of children are now on track to become excellent readers as a result of the Government’s focus on phonics, vindicating reforms to transform the way young people learn to read. By Nick Gibb, Schools minister. The Telegraph. Also reported by The TES and Schools Week.

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Telegraph
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TES
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Schools Week

Girls 'lack the confidence for Oxbridge': Analysis finds male students are twice as likely to be accepted on some courses

 

Too many girls are damaging their chances of getting into Oxbridge as they lack confidence amid evidence of a ‘worrying gender gap’. By Sarah Harris, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

Court overturns ban on student loans for resident migrants

 

A lifeline has been offered to migrants who have been living legally in the UK for years but refused permission for a student loan to take up a university place. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

School holidays map shows difference in dates and duration around Europe

 

A mathematician has created a map in an attempt to show the disparity in the length of school holidays around Europe. By Rosin O’Connor, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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