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Daily News Summary
4 Apr 2016

image Going private for A-levels is a waste of money, families told
image The specialist schools giving talented pupils a chance to shine
image Pupils with English as second language 'outperform' white British at GCSE
image Want the best senior school for your child? Plan well ahead
image 'Useless' bureaucracy hitting teacher morale - union
image Number of pupils with special needs resulting from mental health issues doubles in four years
image In the summertime...

Going private for A-levels is a waste of money, families told

 

Teenagers gain only a slight advantage in exams by attending an independent school sixth form, analysis suggests. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. This story originally appeared in the print version of TES. Barnaby Lenon, Chair of ISC, is quoted. ISC have issued a response to this story, as well as tweeting some infographic figures which appeared in Friday's TES.

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The specialist schools giving talented pupils a chance to shine

 

"I can’t see any disadvantage to balancing a strong academic education with specialist training – if it’s delivered in the right way," says Elizabeth Cairncross, head of Wells Cathedral School, which has made a name for itself as a place that fosters musical talent. By Jessica Moore, The Telegraph. References a number of ISC specialist schools.

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Telegraph

Pupils with English as second language 'outperform' white British at GCSE

 

Pupils who speak English as a second language are outperforming native speakers in core GCSE subjects as white British students fall behind 10 other ethnic groups, new research showed. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Mail and TES.

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Want the best senior school for your child? Plan well ahead

 

Observing varying degrees of joy and despair following the all-important offer day for senior school places ought to have sounded a klaxon for parents of the 2017 Year 7 cohort. By the end of October they will need to have fully committed to which school they want their child to attend for Key Stage 3. By Rachel Halliwell, The Telegraph. Quotes Shaun Fenton, headmaster at Reigate Grammar School.

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Telegraph

'Useless' bureaucracy hitting teacher morale - union

 

Too much of teachers' time is taken up by "mind-numbingly useless" bureaucracy which saps staff morale and fuels the staffing crisis, says a union leader. By Judith Burns, BBC News online. The Guardian also reports on this story, focussing on pupils' views on whether schools’ marking policies are bureaucratic nonsense or vital academic exercises.

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Number of pupils with special needs resulting from mental health issues doubles in four years

 

The proportion of Scottish school pupils needing additional support for learning because of a mental health problem has rocketed, shocking new statistics reveal. By Henry Hepburn, TES.

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In the summertime...

 

Summer's arrival brings new beginnings on sports fields across the country, writes Simon Fry. IE Today. References Oundle School; Plymouth College; Llandovery College ; Heathfield School; Cheltenham College and Ellesemere College.

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IE Today

 

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