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Daily News Summary
30 Aug 2016

image Heads attack rise in student fees
image 'It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, quality preschool education is critical'
image Prevent Strategy
image 'The meritocratic ethos associated with grammar schools in the 1960s is today subverted by the hard cash of tutoring'
image Oxbridge applicants try to 'out-Left' each other
image Who goes there? Campaigners fight to keep military away from UK schools
image Faith schools are beacons of intellectual rigour
image The painful cost of a free education

Heads attack rise in student fees

 

A group of independent school head teachers accuse universities of “money-grabbing” by raising fees without first improving the quality of their teaching. The Sunday Times. Letter is half way down the page and signed by Chris Ramsey, headmaster of the King’s School, Chester and university spokesman for the HMC; Chris King, Leicester Grammar; Hilary French, Newcastle High School for Girls; Jane Lunnon, Wimbledon High School; Dr John Halliday, High School of Dundee; Stephen Jones, St Edward’s, Oxford; Nick Weaver, Ipswich School; Rod MacKinnon, Bristol Grammar School; Jeremy Walker, King’s Rochester. Chris Ramsey also writes for TES on this story.

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Sunday Times
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Sunday Times
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TES

'It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, quality preschool education is critical'

 

Fred van Leeuwen, general secretary of Education International, writes that every country needs to invest in pre-school education. TES includes a separate piece, by philosopher Joe Tyler, arguing that it is misguided to encourage kids to think about university even before they’ve got to secondary school.

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TES
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TES

Prevent Strategy

 

Neil Roskilly, Chief executive officer of the Independent Schools Association, writes a letter to the Times discussing the government’s Prevent counter-extremism strategy. (A quarter of the way down the page).

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Times

'The meritocratic ethos associated with grammar schools in the 1960s is today subverted by the hard cash of tutoring'

 

In the current climate the promotion of selective education will have none of the benefits that were associated with the 11-plus system of the 1960s, writes one leading sociologist. By Frank , TES. By Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent.

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TES

Oxbridge applicants try to 'out-Left' each other

 

Sixth formers applying to university may be limiting their chances by vying to show off radical credentials, in a move described by admissions tutors as "out-Lefting" each other. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Who goes there? Campaigners fight to keep military away from UK schools

 

Britain is the only EU country to enlist under-16s into the armed services and, say objectors, it starts with access to the classroom. By Louise Tickle, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Faith schools are beacons of intellectual rigour

 

Another year’s GCSE and A-level results, another bumper crop for… grammars? academies? Yes, absolutely. But there’s a third group of state schools that outperform the average that gets far less positive attention: the nation’s faith schools. By Mark Sidwell. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

The painful cost of a free education

 

Failure to acknowledge the true cost of education heaps pressure on parents already feeling the strain. But some are now taking matters into their own hands. By Felicity Hannah, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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