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Daily News Summary
28 Sep 2015

image Anxious parents 'breed generation of clueless children', says schools leader
image Private schools ‘should be covered by FOI laws’
image Writers and heads argue on 100 great novels for schools
image Together, alone: what's happened to classroom teaching?
image Independent schools do change lives
image Answer the question: Exam appeals: make a strong case, and be quick about it
image Tests at age 7 on fractions and verbs
image Teach children about the evils of the British Empire and the 'incredible socialist tradition' of unions, says Corbyn
image Body image lessons in primary schools
image Teachers should watch out for sleep-deprived students as a 'red flag' for mental-health problems, study finds
image Stop school dinners? They’re out to lunch

Anxious parents 'breed generation of clueless children', says schools leader

 

Anxious parents are breeding a generation of “clueless” children who never experience any physical risks, a schools leader has warned. In an effort to protect them from physical and mental harms, parents are leaving children unable to cross the road or walk to school on their own when they reach senior school, according to David Hanson, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). By Javier Espinoza, The Sunday Telegraph.

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Sunday Telegraph

Private schools ‘should be covered by FOI laws’

 

Scotland’s information commissioner has said there is a case for extending disclosure laws to cover private schools. Rosemary Agnew told The Scotsman that parts of the private schools sector should be considered as part of a government plan to extend freedom of information (FoI) legislation to other bodies delivering public services. A spokesman from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) is quoted. By Andrew Whitaker, The Scotsman.

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Scotsman

Writers and heads argue on 100 great novels for schools

 

It’s a simple idea: get classic texts from among the greats of English literature into as many schools as possible and as cheaply as is feasible. Who could disagree? What could possibly go wrong? Tim Hands, headmaster of Magdalen College School in Oxford, is quoted. By Greg Hurst and Jack Malvern, The Times. Also reported by BBC News online.

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Times
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BBC

Together, alone: what's happened to classroom teaching?

 

By narrowing our focus on each individual child, we have taken our eye off the value of community, says former head Peter Tait. References Peter Tait, former headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Independent schools do change lives

 

The abolition of the assisted places scheme and grammar system has contributed to a decline in social mobility. Comment by Gwen Byrom, Headmistress at Loughborough High School. Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Answer the question: Exam appeals: make a strong case, and be quick about it

 

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

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Sunday Times

Tests at age 7 on fractions and verbs

 

Seven-year-olds will have to read at 90 words a minute, subtract two-digit numbers in their heads and spell “rainbow” to pass tough new tests, official guidance has revealed. By Sian Griffiths and Julie Henry, The Sunday Times. Also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Sunday Times
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Daily Mail

Teach children about the evils of the British Empire and the 'incredible socialist tradition' of unions, says Corbyn

 

The school curriculum should be re-written so children are taught about the history of trade unions and how people around the world suffered because of the spread of the British Empire, Jeremy Corbyn said last night. By John Stevens, The Daily Mail. The Telegraph also reports on this. Link not available online.

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Daily Mail

Body image lessons in primary schools

 

Children should have to attend compulsory “body image” and confidence classes from as young as seven to try to stem a rising tide of eating disorders, MPs say. Caroline Nokes, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on body image, said pressing the government to bring in the lessons would be the group’s priority this year. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Teachers should watch out for sleep-deprived students as a 'red flag' for mental-health problems, study finds

 

Children who sleep badly have an increased chance of developing mental-health problems, such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders, new research has found. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

Stop school dinners? They’re out to lunch

 

As experts condemn plans to axe free school meals, one head teacher explains how the ‘visionary’ scheme serves up more than just food, writes Sian Griffiths. The Sunday Times. The issue of removing free school meals is also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Sunday Times
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Daily Mail

 

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