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Daily News Summary
31 Aug 2016

image Private schools uneasy over A-level languages grades, despite rise in top performers
image Why grammar schools are not the answer to our economic and social ills
image Education turns full circle
image Children as young as three 'worry about being fat or ugly'
image Top adviser calls for rethink over 'really demanding' grammar test for 11-year-olds
image How to prepare your child for school in a few easy steps
image Leaked report reveals small schools needed extra cash for free meals – yet government still ended it
image SEND Focus: Transition can be hard, so teachers need to be ready to help

Private schools uneasy over A-level languages grades, despite rise in top performers

 

Some schools say they are still struggling to make sense of their pupils’ grades in this year’s modern foreign languages A levels, despite reforms designed to improve the accuracy of grading, leading independent schools have warned. By Kaye Wiggins, TES. Quotes Dr William Richardson, general secretary of HMC and Nick Mair, director of languages at Dulwich College and former chair of the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association.

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TES

Why grammar schools are not the answer to our economic and social ills

 

Grammar schools were great news for the mainly middle-class children lucky enough to be selected, but extraordinarily divisive for the roughly 75pc of the population who were not. By Jeremy Warner, who also references direct grant schools. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Education turns full circle

 

Letter to The Times in response to, Brighton College Head, Richard Cairns' letter arguing the case for a common school certificate for students aged 14. By Graham Davies, former chief examiner for GCSE Spanish for the Northern Examining Association and Northern Examinations and Assessment Board. The Times. (Letter just over half-way down page).

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Times

Children as young as three 'worry about being fat or ugly'

 

A survey of childcare professionals found 71 per cent believed children are becoming more anxious about their bodies at a younger age than before. By Rachael Pells, The Independent. BBC News online and TES report on a separate study which suggests girls in the UK are becoming more unhappy, according to the Children's Society's annual report.

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Independent
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BBC
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TES

Top adviser calls for rethink over 'really demanding' grammar test for 11-year-olds

 

One of the main architects of England’s national curriculum has urged ministers to rethink “really demanding” grammar content after problems with this year’s Sats for 11-year-olds. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

How to prepare your child for school in a few easy steps

 

Parents with a child starting school in September will doubtless be feeling a sense of excitement coupled with a tinge of nerves and even sadness at the end of an era – an era when the parent was the absolute centre of their child’s world. The first day of school is undoubtedly a key rite of passage. By Anita Griggs, headmistress of Falkner House, a preparatory school in London. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Leaked report reveals small schools needed extra cash for free meals – yet government still ended it

 

Thousands of small schools are struggling to meet the cost of providing free school meals, according to a leaked government report previously kept hidden by the Department for Education. By Billy Camden, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

SEND Focus: Transition can be hard, so teachers need to be ready to help

 

As the new school year starts, teachers must be flexible and collaborate with parents to support children with SEND, says a member of the Educational Rights Alliance. By Debbie Sayers, co-founder and executive committee member of the Educational Rights Alliance. TES.

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TES

 

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