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Daily News Summary
23 Aug 2016

image Third of Britain's Rio medallists went to private schools
image ISC Blog: 'We stand back and allow the decline of music and the arts at our peril'
image Social media and the trouble with teenage girls
image Progress 8 and GCSEs: will the new way to judge schools be fairer?
image Poor handwriting 'may hinder students' chances of exam success'
image GCSE results 2016: All you need to know for the week ahead
image Core maths qualification proves a flop
image Thousands share their experiences of sexual harassment in school after calls for compulsory sex education

Third of Britain's Rio medallists went to private schools

 

Private schools remain over-represented among Team GB Olympic medal winners, with about a third of medallists in Rio educated at fee-paying schools, according to the Sutton Trust. Sutton Trust says the proportion is down on 2012 Olympics, and some from state sector benefited from private school partnerships. By Sally Weale, Guardian. Also reported by The Independent, BBC News online, TES, Times and The Mirror. Articles reference Repton School,Millfield and Eton College.

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Guardian
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Independent
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BBC
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TES
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Times
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Daily Mirror

ISC Blog: 'We stand back and allow the decline of music and the arts at our peril'

 

Alun Jones, incoming head of the world-renowned Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, says we should all fear the continued decline of music in our schools.

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ISC

Social media and the trouble with teenage girls

 

The Times, TES and BBC News online all report that one in three teenage girls suffers from “psychological distress” by the time they start studying for their GCSEs, according to government research. Clarissa Farr, High Mistress at St Paul’s Girls’ School; Chris King, Leicester Grammar School; Chris Jeffery, Bootham School; Dr Bernard Trafford, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle; Dr Chris Stevens, Bradfield College all have letters featured in the Times, regarding the depression 'epidemic' among teenage pupils.

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Times
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TES
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Times

Progress 8 and GCSEs: will the new way to judge schools be fairer?

 

This year’s GCSE results day will be more nerve-jangling than ever for school leaders in England, who have an anxious wait to see how their school and their careers will be judged under the government’s new performance measures. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Poor handwriting 'may hinder students' chances of exam success'

 

Poor handwriting and use of the wrong colour pen may be hampering students’ chances of exam success, according to complaints from examiners marking this year’s papers. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

GCSE results 2016: All you need to know for the week ahead

 

Thousands of teenagers will find out the results of their GCSEs on Thursday, amid a year of changes to the accountability measures. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Core maths qualification proves a flop

 

Only one in seven schools is offering pupils a chance to take a new maths qualification designed to ensure that every teenager continues to study the subject until the age of 18. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

Thousands share their experiences of sexual harassment in school after calls for compulsory sex education

 

Thousands of people have taken to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment in the classroom, following calls from gender equality and anti-violence groups for Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) to be made compulsory in schools. By Rachael Pells, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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