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Daily News Summary
1 Feb 2016

image Wellington College is pulling out of league tables, says head
image Head teacher runs Britain's top school for A-levels after starting tuition from her home 10 years ago
image Middle-class being priced out of boarding schools by rich Chinese
image Boys boost girls’ A-level results
image Answer the question: Hands up if you can give a free school a head start
image Prime Minister Considers Private School For Son
image Return to grammar school selection would be disaster, says Ofsted chief
image Tory MPs call for U-turn on education as school places squeeze looms
image ‘A young black man is more likely to be in prison than at a top university’
image School postcode lottery: how to improve the odds for poorer children
image Oxford and Cambridge universities 'out of reach of most locals'
image Eat, wash and sleep: 13 tips for getting through the most miserable time of the teaching year

Wellington College is pulling out of league tables, says head

 

Leading private schools are abandoning ‘irrelevant’ school league tables that fail to recognise the tougher qualifications they use and the wider education they offer. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. References Julian Thomas, headmaster at Wellington College; Peter Green, headmaster at Rugby school; Eton College; St Paul’s and Winchester College. The Shropshire Star also reports on the issue of league tables as “misleading” in reference to comments by Dr Hadyn Griffiths, headmaster at Wrekin College.

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Telegraph
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Regional Media

Head teacher runs Britain's top school for A-levels after starting tuition from her home 10 years ago

 

Yasmin Sarwar started teaching pupils from her Cardiff home and now runs a private sixth-form school which has the best A-level results in the country. References Cardiff Sixth Form College. By Agency Staff, Wales Online.

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Wales Online

Middle-class being priced out of boarding schools by rich Chinese

 

Boarding schools are risking their future by relying too much on Chinese pupils whose wealthy parents are prepared to pay huge fees, a leading headmaster has warned. By Greg Hurst, The Times. References Patrick Derham, headmaster of Westminster School and 'The Attain Guide to Choosing an Independent School for Your Child'.

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Times

Boys boost girls’ A-level results

 

GIRLS at leading mixed schools achieve better A-level results than those in single-sex ones, according to an analysis of last summer’s exam grades. By Sian Griffiths and Alastair McCall, The Sunday Times. References Richard Cairns, headmaster Brighton College; Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul’s Girls' School and King’s College School, Wimbledon.

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Sunday Times

Answer the question: Hands up if you can give a free school a head start

 

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, replies to readers’ queries in The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Prime Minister Considers Private School For Son

 

Reports on David Cameron’s discussion with his wife to send their son to private school. Reported by Sky News, The Independent, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

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Sky
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Independent
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Guardian
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Daily Mail

Return to grammar school selection would be disaster, says Ofsted chief

 

A return to grammar school selection in England would be an economic disaster, leaving young people without the skills the country needs, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, has said. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Tory MPs call for U-turn on education as school places squeeze looms

 

Leading Tories are demanding change to government education policy and an easing of cuts, amid predictions that councils in Conservative-run heartlands will soon be unable to provide school places for all the children in their areas. By Toby Helm, The Guardian.

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Guardian

‘A young black man is more likely to be in prison than at a top university’

 

PM lashes education, business, armed forces and police for failing minorities. By Tim Shipman and Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. Also reported by BBC News online and The Independent.

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Sunday Times
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BBC
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Independent

School postcode lottery: how to improve the odds for poorer children

 

For many children born in Britain today, the postcode they grow up in will influence the kind of life they can look forward to. The former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has condemned this “postcode inequality” and launched a commission led by the Social Market Foundation to tackle it. By Simon Burgess, The Conversation.

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The Conversation

Oxford and Cambridge universities 'out of reach of most locals'

 

Children from poor families in Oxford and Cambridge have less chance of good exam grades than those in London's most deprived areas, says a report. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Eat, wash and sleep: 13 tips for getting through the most miserable time of the teaching year

 

TS Eliot was wrong. It is February, not April, that is the cruellest month. Christmas is a long time past, Easter is a long time away, and winter shows no sign of coming to an end. To make matters even worse, February is also the point in the school year when summer holidays – past and future – are furthest away. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

 

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