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Daily News Summary
11 Apr 2016

image ‘Failure’ Fogle urges schools to teach confidence
image ISC Blog: Do I miss inset day? Not likely!
image Pay poor teens for grades that’ll get them into top universities
image Schools under scrutiny in crackdown on league table 'gaming'
image Can solving real-life money problems help to boost GCSE maths results, asks major study
image Theatre trips will no longer be a mandatory part of drama GCSE, teachers are told
image Thousands of students affected as 17 Edinburgh schools to close amid safety fears
image School Choir of the Year 2016: BBC Songs of Praise

‘Failure’ Fogle urges schools to teach confidence

 

The adventurer Ben Fogle has called on state schools to nurture pupils' confidence. During the interview, the adventurer praised 'the open-minded approach to education' from independent schools. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. References Bryanston School in Dorset and the Boarding Schools' Association. Also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Sunday Times
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Daily Mail

ISC Blog: Do I miss inset day? Not likely!

 

As schools begin to return for the summer term, former head of Sherborne Prep, Peter Tait, looks at staff inset days and says they need to return to being an "excellent opportunity for teachers to examine and improve their craft".

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ISC

Pay poor teens for grades that’ll get them into top universities

 

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, replies to readers’ queries in The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Schools under scrutiny in crackdown on league table 'gaming'

 

Schools that push pupils into taking “GCSEs in karaoke” and courses in word processing in an attempt to boost their league table positions are to face renewed scrutiny from the Department for Education and Ofsted inspectors. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by TES.

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Guardian
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TES

Can solving real-life money problems help to boost GCSE maths results, asks major study

 

A new trial will look at whether challenging students to sort out money problems can help them achieve better maths grades. By Helen Ward, TES. Also reported by Schools Week.

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TES
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Schools Week

Theatre trips will no longer be a mandatory part of drama GCSE, teachers are told

 

Changes to the drama GCSE syllabus mean that teachers can show pupils recordings of theatre performances, rather than taking them to the theatre. By Adi Bloom, TES.

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TES

Thousands of students affected as 17 Edinburgh schools to close amid safety fears

 

Thousands of students face an uncertain future as 17 schools in Edinburgh are set to close because of fears over their structural safety. By Peter Yeung, The Independent. Also reported by The Scotsman, Guardian and BBC News online.

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Independent
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Scotsman
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Guardian
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BBC

School Choir of the Year 2016: BBC Songs of Praise

 

Oakham School, St George's Weybridge, Tring Park School and Truro School all featured in the semi-final of 'Songs of Praise: School Choir of the Year' competition. Broadcast on Sunday 10 April at 4.15pm, BBC One. Congratulations to Oakham School, St George's Weybridge and Tring Park School who all got through to the final!

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BBC

 

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