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Daily News Summary
22 Aug 2016

image Top grade is not vital for job or university, GCSE pupils told
image Joy or heartbreak at A-level, it’s time for the next Olympian-sized step
image ISC Blog: "Independent schools believe sport and exercise are a fundamental part of a British education"
image Less silver spoons, more silver (and gold) medals: Team GB represents the best of Britain
image A levels are high stakes, not fit for purpose and cast a very long shadow over education
image Poor children lag behind in middle class schools, report finds
image Key to Cambridge exam lies in finding the bright answer
image Exams deregulation good news for SEND pupils
image Teenagers struck by depression 'epidemic’
image Importance of studying a modern language

Top grade is not vital for job or university, GCSE pupils told

 

Teenagers should not put themselves under undue pressure to achieve top grades in the new GCSEs, the leader of Britain’s private schools has said. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council.

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Times

Joy or heartbreak at A-level, it’s time for the next Olympian-sized step

 

For Team GB athletes and their families, the past 14 days finally revealed whether or not all those long, painful hours of relentless hard work had paid off. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Quotes Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council and Shaun Fenton, head of Reigate Grammar School.

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Telegraph

ISC Blog: "Independent schools believe sport and exercise are a fundamental part of a British education"

 

Mark S Steed, Director of JESS, Dubai, looks at independent schools' contribution to Team GB's Olympic medal haul, and says there is a different picture to this success than what is often presented.

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ISC

Less silver spoons, more silver (and gold) medals: Team GB represents the best of Britain

 

After Team GB’s exceptionally successful Olympic Games in London 2012, a report was published stating that over a third of its medal winners were privately educated. By Julian Harris, City A.M.

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City AM

A levels are high stakes, not fit for purpose and cast a very long shadow over education

 

One leading educationist struggles, and fails, to find a justification for the power that A levels continue to hold over the school system. By Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust. TES.

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TES

Poor children lag behind in middle class schools, report finds

 

Poor pupils who are in the ‘extreme minority’ in middle-class schools are lagging behind their peers because teachers focus on the most able, a think tank has warned. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Key to Cambridge exam lies in finding the bright answer

 

Sixth formers celebrating top grades in their AS-level results last week might ordinarily sigh with relief at the thought of no more exams until next summer, when they take their A levels. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by Telegraph and Daily Mail.

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Times
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Telegraph
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Daily Mail

Exams deregulation good news for SEND pupils

 

Proposals by Ofqual to deregulate entry-level qualifications have been welcomed as an opportunity for exam boards to be “innovative” with their offer to pupils with special education needs – meaning their schools can provide a more “personalised curriculum”. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Teenagers struck by depression 'epidemic’

 

The number of middle-class teenage girls suffering from anxiety or depression has surged in the past decade with more than a third now experiencing symptoms of “psychological distress”. By Oliver Wright, The Times.

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Times

Importance of studying a modern language

 

Letters to the Times regarding the decline in languages in schools.

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Times

 

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