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Daily News Summary
22 Apr 2016

image 'In Britain, independent schools are caricatured as incubators for Tory politicians. In the US, people respect the work they do'
image 'Don't trust IGCSE English grades', private school heads tell admissions officials
image DfE withdraws spelling test after it accidentally appeared online
image The game changer: Schools Week’s year-long investigation into qualification switching and PiXL
image Parents accuse teachers of 'brainwashing their children when teaching about homosexuality'
image The secret recipe for high-performing schools? Heads who listen to teachers
image Mockery: the best way to open up the arts

'In Britain, independent schools are caricatured as incubators for Tory politicians. In the US, people respect the work they do'

 

Conversations about private education tend to be shot through with prejudice and snobbery – we need to learn from America and look at what independent schools do well, this deputy head says. By Dr David James, deputy headteacher (academic) at Bryanston School in Dorset. TES.

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TES

'Don't trust IGCSE English grades', private school heads tell admissions officials

 

Top independent school bodies warn Ucas and the Medical Schools Council that applicants may have 'false' results. By Kaye Wiggins, TES. References the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA). Quotes Caroline Jordan, president of the GSA and headteacher of Headington School and James Wilding, Headmaster at Claires Court.

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TES

DfE withdraws spelling test after it accidentally appeared online

 

The government has withdrawn a controversial test due to be sat by 500,000 children next month after it was accidentally published online. By Chris Johnston, The Guardian. Also reported by The Telegraph, BBC News online, Schools Week and TES.

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Telegraph
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BBC
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Schools Week
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TES

The game changer: Schools Week’s year-long investigation into qualification switching and PiXL

 

Schools shifting youngsters to alternative qualifications to boost league table scores are taking a gamble with their whole school results, suggests new evidence seen exclusively by Schools Week. John Dickens.

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Schools Week

Parents accuse teachers of 'brainwashing their children when teaching about homosexuality'

 

Parents are emailing teachers at all hours accusing them of “brainwashing” their children when they teach about homosexuality as headteachers denounce "unacceptable emails and posts on social media". The Telegraph. Also reported by The Guardian.

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Guardian

The secret recipe for high-performing schools? Heads who listen to teachers

 

Proactive headteachers with strong inter-personal skills are the key to delivering results at a time of upheaval – and it starts with looking after staff wellbeing. By Sir Cary Cooper, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Mockery: the best way to open up the arts

 

Creativity is being strangled in our schools, but subversive memes are inspiring young people as never before. By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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