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Daily News Summary
12 Feb 2016

image Rugby scrums down with school over weight banding
image ‘This idea that the state and independent sectors are in a death match does no one any favours’
image 'Too often, schools are told how to improve by people with no experience of what teachers really do'
image Tests for four-year-olds 'unreliable and disruptive'
image Ofqual considers grading shake-up that could cause English GCSE results to plummet
image Return of free milk in schools to be 'considered' by government
image How can we get more men to become teachers?
image Why teaching pupils grit and determination is a waste of time: Ability to persevere accounts for less than 1% of exam success
image Nicola Sturgeon announces £23m to help disadvantaged students enter medicine in Scotland
image How to teach ... Valentine’s Day

Rugby scrums down with school over weight banding

 

School rugby teams should still be selected according to age, the English Rugby Football Union said on Thursday, after a school in Somerset became the first to switch to teams based on weight and height in a bid to reduce injuries from collisions. By John Murray Brown, The Financial Times. Quotes Steffan Jones, director of sport at Wellington School. Also references Dulwich College. Also reported by The Times.

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Financial Times
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Times

‘This idea that the state and independent sectors are in a death match does no one any favours’

 

Final comments in the week long discussions about state sector improvements. An open letter by Bernard Trafford to the publisher of the Good Schools Guide. The TES. Bernard Trafford is headteacher of Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and a former chairman of the HMC.

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TES

'Too often, schools are told how to improve by people with no experience of what teachers really do'

 

A listening mindset is not something I’ve encountered often among those most keen on school reform, writes one educational consultant. Quite the opposite. By Joe Nutt, an educational consultant and author, The TES.

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TES

Tests for four-year-olds 'unreliable and disruptive'

 

Official assessments of four-year-olds in England are unreliable and disrupt the early days of school when children should be settling in, a report says. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online. Also reported by The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.

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BBC
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Telegraph
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Daily Mail

Ofqual considers grading shake-up that could cause English GCSE results to plummet

 

The exams regulator is looking at how to improve the comparability of grades across GCSE and A-level subjects. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Return of free milk in schools to be 'considered' by government

 

Proposal would improve children's health and help hard-pressed milk producers, say peers. By TES reporter, The TES. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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TES
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Telegraph

How can we get more men to become teachers?

 

When the Department for Education released the school workforce statistics last year, it was revealed that the number of male teachers working in Britain had fallen for the fifth time in as many years. Compared to 2010, when a little over 1 in 4 teachers were men, last year the ratio had dropped to just 1 in 5. By Jonathan Wells, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Why teaching pupils grit and determination is a waste of time: Ability to persevere accounts for less than 1% of exam success

 

Pupils are often told the importance of never giving up and battling against obstacles. But new research finds that having ‘grit’ – the ability to persevere - only contributes to 0.5 per cent of academic achievement in their exams. By Colin Fernandez, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

Nicola Sturgeon announces £23m to help disadvantaged students enter medicine in Scotland

 

50 more places at medical schools for those from deprived areas and ‘entry level’ programmes among measures planned over five years by first minister. By Severin Carrell, The Guardian.

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Guardian

How to teach ... Valentine’s Day

 

From exploring the medieval roots of the celebration to love-laced language exercises – our lesson resources will help teachers turn Cupid into a learning opportunity. By Zofia Niemtus, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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