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Daily News Summary
7 Sep 2015

image Making the grade: Private schools get best ever exam results
image Starting university? Top head teachers offer their advice
image Inside the state school offering a £30,000-a-year standard of education
image Dragons’ Den
image Awarding of top degrees soars by up to 83%
image Heads on the move: the new academic year has triggered a headmasters' domino effect
image Classes start later to match body clocks
image Rugby World Cup: William Webb Ellis is 'King Arthur' figure whose reputation as game's inventor may be a myth
image Parents embarrassed by children's private education, chief executive says
image Parents: new teachers are nervous too
image Judy Murray: Separate shower cubicles in schools would encourage girls to do sport

Making the grade: Private schools get best ever exam results

 

Scottish private schools have recorded their best ever results at Higher, new figures show. Pupils from the independent sector recorded an overall pass rate of 93.5 per cent in their Higher exams in 2015 with 57 per cent of pupils securing A's.

Quotes Dr Kenneth Taylor, headteacher of St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh; Dorothy MacGinty, headmistress at Kilgraston, Perthshire; David Girdwood, rector at St Columba's School, Inverclyde and John Edward, director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools. By Andrew Denholm, The Herald Scotland.

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Herald

Starting university? Top head teachers offer their advice

 

"Own your successes and hold on to your ambition. Above all, never be afraid to ask for help". Top heads give their advice for Freshers Week. By Samuel Lovett, The Telegraph.

Quotes: Richard Palmer, Head at St Christopher School, Letchworth Garden City; Jennifer Smith, Head at Brighton and Hove high School, GDST; Alun Jones, Head at St Gabriel’s School and GSA president; Katharine Crouch, Head at Sutton High School; Dr Sarah Welch, Head at Gosfield School, Essex; Kieran McLaughlin, Headmaster of Durham School; Charlotte Avery, Head at St Mary’s School, Cambridge; Dr John Hind, Head of Dame Allan's Schools and Philip Britton, Head of Bolton School.

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Telegraph

Inside the state school offering a £30,000-a-year standard of education

 

A partnership between Westminster School and its new, state-funded neighbour is providing students from London's most deprived areas with a world-class start. Mentions partnerships between Winchester and Midhurst Rother College, West Sussex, and Eton with a day and boarding school in Holyport, Berkshire. Quotes Patrick Derham, headmaster at Westminster School. By Ed Cumming, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Dragons’ Den

 

Two sisters from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls in South Wales become youngest ever entrepreneurs to face the dragons. Watch from 32 minutes in on BBC iPlayer.

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BBC

Awarding of top degrees soars by up to 83%

 

The number of students awarded firsts or 2:1s in their degrees has risen by up to 83% since the introduction of tuition fees, prompting allegations of grade inflation. Quotes Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon. By Alastair McCall and Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

This week’s ‘School Report’ blog is written by Andrew Halls and focuses on the issue of grade inflation. Andrew Halls also contributes his regular column ‘Answer the Question’ in The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times
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School's website

Heads on the move: the new academic year has triggered a headmasters' domino effect

 

As Anthony Seldon and Tony Little leave Wellington and Eton, a whole host of other schools have appointed new heads too. Mentions: Simon Henderson, Eton College; Julian Thomas, Wellington College; Ceri Jones, Caterham; Huw Williams, Tonbridge School; Dr Chris Stevens, Bradfield; Bill Nicholas, second Master, Marlborough; Stuart McPherson, Worth School in West Sussex; Mark Steed, JESS, Dubai; Chris Townsend, Felsted School in Essex; Alastair Land, Repton and Sarah Kerr-Dineen Oundle. By Eleanor Doughty, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Classes start later to match body clocks

 

Teenagers will not start classes until 10am at some schools as part of the first large-scale study into adolescents’ biological clocks. Academics at Oxford and Harvard universities say that classes for 18-year-olds should not start before 11am, while 16-year-olds can cope with starting an hour earlier and 10-year-olds perform best from 8.30am onwards. Mentions Hampton Court House school in southwest London. By Nicola Woolcock, Education Correspondent, The Times.

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Times

Rugby World Cup: William Webb Ellis is 'King Arthur' figure whose reputation as game's inventor may be a myth

 

Curator of World Rugby Museum at Twickenham admits evidence of Webb Ellis's alleged status as rugby's inventor is flimsy at best. By Gordon Rayner, The Telegraph. References Rugby School.

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Telegraph

Parents embarrassed by children's private education, chief executive says

 

The Sutton Trust chief executive believes parents are increasingly ashamed to tell friends about their children's private education. From an interview with Attain, the magazine of the Independent Association of Prep Schools. Includes a quote from Vicky Tuck, a former president of the Girls Schools Association. By Javier Espinoza, Education Editor, The Telegraph. Giles Coren also comments in The Times on the issue of school places and the prejudice of sending children to different types of school.

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Telegraph
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Times

Parents: new teachers are nervous too

 

Don’t be alarmed if the staffroom is full of fresh faces. They have been well briefed, says Boarding School Beak. The author teaches English at a top independent boarding school. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Judy Murray: Separate shower cubicles in schools would encourage girls to do sport

 

Scotland’s best-known tennis coach – and Andy Murray’s mother – wants to see a radical revision of sports education in schools. By Ian Burrell, The Independent. Also an article in The Sunday Times on comments by the government’s new mental health tsar on the importance of doing 30 minutes of exercise, such as yoga or Zumba classes, a day.

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Sunday Times

 

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