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Daily News Summary
20 Apr 2016

image After-school clubs 'boost poorer pupils' results'
image Teachers 'should tell pupils to stop fasting during Ramadan'
image Doubling of free childcare 'could force nurseries to close'
image 'Important issues' raised over academies, says Nicky Morgan
image Scrapping Scottish school exams could improve education
image Forget my son - I'm the one in exam stress hell

After-school clubs 'boost poorer pupils' results'

 

After-school clubs and sports can improve the academic performance and social skills of disadvantaged primary school pupils, research finds. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online. Also reported by The Guardian, Telegraph and TES.

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BBC
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Guardian
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Telegraph
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TES

Teachers 'should tell pupils to stop fasting during Ramadan'

 

Teachers should tell Muslim schoolchildren to break Ramadan fast if they fear health issues will hurt exam results, new guidance has suggested. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent and TES.

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Telegraph
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Independent
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TES

Doubling of free childcare 'could force nurseries to close'

 

Nearly 750 childcare providers say they fear being put out of business by government plans to double free hours, says the Pre-school Learning Alliance. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

'Important issues' raised over academies, says Nicky Morgan

 

Critics have raised "important issues" over government plans to make every school in England become an academy, the Education Secretary has said. BBC News online.

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BBC

Scrapping Scottish school exams could improve education

 

Scottish schools should reduce the importance of "seriously distorting" exams and consider abandoning Highers in future, an expert has said. By Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland.

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Herald

Forget my son - I'm the one in exam stress hell

 

Please shoot me. It’s Revision Hell at Pearson Towers. Twitching nerves, tantrums, late-night memorising, flash cards, anxious scanning of the GCSE timetable. So that’s the mothers, but what are the kids up to? By Allison Pearson, The Telegraph. References the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

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Telegraph

 

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