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Daily News Summary
8 Sep 2015

image Blog of the week: Is the drop in pupils taking languages affecting independent schools yet?
image Boarding school offers refugees places
image 'My tummy is bigger than yours': how private schools are battling body issues
image Parents 'buying assessments to show children have learning deficiencies', teacher says
image Why should I be embarrassed about sending my son to private school?
image Free childcare pledge may lead to fewer nursery places, says union
image UK education secretary appeals to businesses to set up more academies
image Fears over unfair university admissions as AS-levels disappear
image Cracking the code: why girls turn away from computing
image How to make a girl master of her universe
image Grammar school plan makes Kent a national battleground
image 'Exciting' new Wales-only GCSEs are launched
image Hands-up just part of ways to get children to engage, teachers say

Blog of the week: Is the drop in pupils taking languages affecting independent schools yet?

 

Most people will have recently read in the press that fewer young people in this country are learning languages. Sara Davidson, Head of Modern Languages at Oundle School, discusses the benefit of language learning...

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Boarding school offers refugees places

 

St Felix School head offering two free places to orphaned Syrian refugees is urging others to do the same. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online. References Fran D’Alcorn, head of St Felix School, Suffolk and quotes Robin Fletcher, national director of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA).

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'My tummy is bigger than yours': how private schools are battling body issues

 

Journalist Matthew Jenkin explores how independent schools support students who suffer from a pressure to be perfect. The Guardian. Quotes Claire Boyd, junior head at Sydenham high school. References Oldham Hulme grammar school.

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Parents 'buying assessments to show children have learning deficiencies', teacher says

 

A growing number of parents are under pressure for their child to perform well above the average to increase their chances of securing a place at a top school. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Philippa Lang-Daly, assistant headteacher at St Aubyn’s School, a prep school in Essex. References Attain, the magazine of the Independent Association of Prep Schools.

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Why should I be embarrassed about sending my son to private school?

 

As a mother to a privately educated 12-year-old boy, I have been asked outright by colleagues if I think my child deserves ‘better’ than theirs, writes Kelly Rose Bradford. The Telegraph.

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Free childcare pledge may lead to fewer nursery places, says union

 

National Association of Head Teachers says state primaries could cut size of nursery classes by half to cope with underfunded pledge of longer hours.By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The TES, The Telegraph and BBC News online.

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UK education secretary appeals to businesses to set up more academies

 

Nicky Morgan urges business leaders to ‘join the schools revolution’ amid fears over shortage of sponsors to take over struggling schools. By Sally Weale, The Guardian

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Fears over unfair university admissions as AS-levels disappear

 

Universities are trying to decide how to assess candidates after changes to sixth-form exams. Will they be forced to rely more on GCSE results and teacher predictions? By Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian.

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Cracking the code: why girls turn away from computing

 

It is the “must-have” subject for today’s students – one that’s backed by the biggest tech companies in the world, from Google to Microsoft. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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How to make a girl master of her universe

 

Give her building blocks and she will become a creator and destroyer of worlds. By Anjana Ahuja, The Financial Times.

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Grammar school plan makes Kent a national battleground

 

The education secretary’s ruling on a new ‘satellite’ school now seems to be as much about politics as what’s best for all children. Opinion by Melissa Benn, The Guardian.

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Guardian

'Exciting' new Wales-only GCSEs are launched

 

Pupils will start learning a second GCSE in maths focussing on numeracy from Monday as part of an overhaul of qualifications in Wales. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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Hands-up just part of ways to get children to engage, teachers say

 

Teachers say picking children at random to answer questions is a more representative sample, following suggestions that hands-up should return to UK classrooms. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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