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Daily News Summary
29 Sep 2015

image ISA House Grand Opening Ceremony
image Blog of the week: What is development?
image The smartphone has killed the 'traditional' boarding schools' experience, says expert
image Miles ahead: school that fired starting gun on running
image The teaching glass ceiling: women fight to be heard in a sector that’s 62% female
image Jeremy Corbyn backtracks on abolishing free schools
image Exclusive: half of heads uneasy over Sats marking
image Jeremy Corbyn and education: readers' dream policies
image Degrees suffer as language courses surge
image Prime Minister says he's 'very proud' of free school meals scheme

ISA House Grand Opening Ceremony

 

The Independent Schools Association (ISA), of which Lord Lexden (former General Secretary of the ISC) is President, has for the first time in its history established a headquarters office adequate to its needs after many years in confined premises in Saffron Walden, Essex. ISA House, a spacious and splendidly equipped (and decorated) building with three floors, is in Great Chesterford on the Essex/ Cambridge border, readily accessible from all parts of the country. It has facilities for large meetings, training courses and professional development sessions.

Lord Lexden formally opened ISA House on September 26 when a champagne reception was held for members of the Association and guests. He congratulated the Association on this major milestone in its 137-year history, made possible by the enthusiastic support given to the project in its early days by Angela Culley, who chaired the Association in 2012-13, and continued by her successors, Richard Walden, Andrew Hampton and Dr Sarah Welch, the current occupant. The Association’s Executive Committee gave vigorous support throughout. Neil Roskilly oversaw the immense amount of work needed to bring the project to a successful conclusion.

Blog of the week: What is development?

 

Professional Development Officer, Susan Schofield, writes about schools development and the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE), at the start of the new academic year.

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The smartphone has killed the 'traditional' boarding schools' experience, says expert

 

Say goodbye to the traditional boarding school experience where pupils live in total isolation from parents and feel homesick. Quotes Hilary Moriarty, former national director of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA). By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Miles ahead: school that fired starting gun on running

 

The ‘daily mile’ completed by primary pupils in Stirling is said to aid concentration as well as fitness. Other schools across the UK are taking notice. By Nicola Slawson, The Guardian. Also reported by The Times and The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

The teaching glass ceiling: women fight to be heard in a sector that’s 62% female

 

Campaigners call on Nicky Morgan – the equalities minister – to take action against male dominance in senior school roles. By Louise Tickle, The Guardian. Also reported by The TES.

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TES

Jeremy Corbyn backtracks on abolishing free schools

 

Lucy Powell, shadow education secretary, says Labour would allow local authorities to 'intervene' in free schools but there would not be a full takeover. By Michael Wilkinson, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Exclusive: half of heads uneasy over Sats marking

 

Almost half of primary headteachers are worried about the marking of this summer’s key stage 2 national tests, research shared exclusively with TES reveals. By unnamed reporter, The TES.

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TES

Jeremy Corbyn and education: readers' dream policies

 

From children’s centres to student grants: teachers, parents and educationists reveal what they want the new Labour party leader to do. By Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Degrees suffer as language courses surge

 

Spoken language courses offered by universities to all undergraduates are in such demand that they have overtaken formal language degrees in popularity. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

Prime Minister says he's 'very proud' of free school meals scheme

 

His remarks follow weeks of speculation that the programme might be scrapped amid a looming spending review. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. The issue regarding free school meals is also reported by BBC News online, Schools Week and The Daily Mail.

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Schools Week
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Daily Mail

 

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