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Daily News Summary
18 Apr 2016

image Are independent schools really 'struggling'?
image Top schools teach fretful parents in bid to ease pressure on pupils
image Parents should ignore school league tables as they only give them 'bragging rights'
image Harsh marks 'put pupils off languages'
image Poor 'lose out in scramble for primary school places'
image Primary schools stop pupils reading above their level
image National funding formula warning from school leaders
image Will new university admissions procedures boost social mobility?

Are independent schools really 'struggling'?

 

The Times Magazine reported, this weekend, that independent schools are 'struggling to survive' as a result of increased fees, wages and the improvement of the state sector. ISC has issued a response to this report and John Claughton, Chief Master of KES Birmingham, has also responded in an ISC blog.

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Times
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Top schools teach fretful parents in bid to ease pressure on pupils

 

Britain’s top private schools have warned that they have seen an alarming rise in exam stress among high-flying pupils over the past five years — much of it caused by pressure from anxious parents. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. Quotes Chris King, headmaster of Leicester Grammar School Trust and chairman of HMC; Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne and Julia Harrington, headmistress of Queen Anne’s in Reading. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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Sunday Times
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Telegraph

Parents should ignore school league tables as they only give them 'bragging rights'

 

Parents should ignore useless league tables that give them "bragging rights" and visit schools instead, a leading headmaster has suggested. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Mike Buchanan, chairman-elect of HMC and headmaster of Ashford School. References Wellington College and Attain, the magazine of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, where Matthew Smith, Attain's editor, is also quoted.

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Telegraph

Harsh marks 'put pupils off languages'

 

Harsh and inconsistent marking is putting pupils in England off studying languages beyond age 14, a report says. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News. Also reported by TES, Schools Week and The Daily Mail.

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BBC
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TES
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Schools Week
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Daily Mail

Poor 'lose out in scramble for primary school places'

 

The poorest people are losing out on places at the best primary schools in England, research suggests on the day parents receive news of allocations. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News. Also reported by The Guardian, Independent, TES and Daily Mail.

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BBC
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Guardian
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Independent
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TES
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Daily Mail

Primary schools stop pupils reading above their level

 

Primary teachers and parents say that schools are insisting pupils not be taught material above their expected level. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

National funding formula warning from school leaders

 

School headteachers and business managers have joined forces to express their fears and aspirations about plans for a new national funding formula. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Will new university admissions procedures boost social mobility?

 

From Ofsted reports to tests, universities are seeking fairer ways to select students, but there are fears some may backfire. By Harriet Swain, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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