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Daily News Summary
7 Apr 2016

image ISC Blog: Future proofing our girls
image 'My daughter is a talented musician, could she get a scholarship to an independent school?'
image We Could All Benefit From Wimbledon High School's Toxic Friendship Lessons
image A private school background is no longer a golden ticket to a law career
image ATL Conference 2016:
image Teachers call for greater focus on tidying up poor handwriting
image Too many school libraries 'face cuts or closure'
image The death of rural schools as they are turned into second homes
image Gardening on the curriculum a great way to combat obesity, say teachers

ISC Blog: Future proofing our girls

 

Recent debate surrounding the UK ‘skills gap’ mean that is now more critical than ever for businesses and schools to work together before the gulf becomes too wide to bridge… Writes Hilary French, Headmistress at Newcastle High School for Girls GDST.

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ISC

'My daughter is a talented musician, could she get a scholarship to an independent school?'

 

Independent education in the UK is world-renowned, both for its academic offering and the often extensive extra-curricular activities on offer. However, with this renown can come a hefty price tag beyond the reach of a lot of parents. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. References a number of ISC schools and quotes Paul Smith, headmaster, Hereford Cathedral School and Vivienne Durham, former head at Francis Holland School.

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Telegraph

We Could All Benefit From Wimbledon High School's Toxic Friendship Lessons

 

With the recent news that Wimbledon High School is giving teenage girls extra support to cope with toxic friendships, via an education consultant, some might say the world has gone mad. By Polly Allen, Huffington Post.

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Huffington Post

A private school background is no longer a golden ticket to a law career

 

Law firms and chambers have woken up to the need for a diverse workforce and are taking concrete steps to encourage students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply. By Catherine Baksi, The Guardian.

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Guardian

ATL Conference 2016

 

Further reporting from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference. Stories cover teachers' call for better focus on handwriting skills, school libraries facing closure, rural schools closing due to the Government's forced academy programme and gardening as a combat to obesity.

Teachers call for greater focus on tidying up poor handwriting

 

Handwriting is increasingly being seen an "outdated skill", the ATL teaching union has said. By TES and The Express.

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TES
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Daily Express

Too many school libraries 'face cuts or closure'

 

Too many school libraries in England face cuts or closure with schools increasingly viewing books as obsolete, a teachers' union has heard. By Judith Burns, BBC News online. Also reported by The Guardian, Daily Mail and Schools Week.

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Guardian
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Daily Mail
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Schools Week

The death of rural schools as they are turned into second homes

 

Small schools in rural areas risk shutting down and being turned into second homes due to the Government’s forced academies programme, teacher leaders have warned. By The Telegraph, TES, Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Daily Mail

Gardening on the curriculum a great way to combat obesity, say teachers

 

Children as young as four should be taught gardening skills as part of a bid to combat obesity, teachers have declared. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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