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Daily News Summary
18 Feb 2016

image Private school inspections: there isn't the fear you feel with Ofsted
image Early language skills 'key to later success'
image Troops to Teachers
image How shift to computer-based tests could shake up PISA education rankings
image 'I'm moving house – will my daughter miss out on a primary school place?'
image Unseen JRR Tolkien poems found in school magazine

Private school inspections: there isn't the fear you feel with Ofsted

 

Experienced teachers lead the work and their feedback is helpful – our blogger compares the Independent Schools Inspectorate with its state counterpart. By Janet Floyd, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Early language skills 'key to later success'

 

Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests. By Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News online.

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BBC

Troops to Teachers

 

Reports on the scheme to bring ex-servicemen and women into teaching has seen only 28 veterans qualify. Reported by BBC News online, The Times, The Independent and Schools Week.

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BBC
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Times
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Independent
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Schools Week

How shift to computer-based tests could shake up PISA education rankings

 

The world’s most important examination is moving online. Since the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development launched the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2000, it has provided an influential and timely update every three years of how 15-year-old school children’s mathematics, science and reading skills compare across the globe. By John Jerrim, The Conversation.

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The Conversation

'I'm moving house – will my daughter miss out on a primary school place?'

 

Ask the experts: Applying to primary schools can be stressful, but where should parents apply if they plan to move just before the start of term? By Josie Gurney- Read, The Telegraph. Quotes Vivienne Durham, schools advisory director at Enjoy Education and former head at Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park.

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Telegraph

Unseen JRR Tolkien poems found in school magazine

 

Two works by the Lord of the Rings author discovered in the 1936 annual of Our Lady’s School in Oxfordshire. By Alison Flood, The Guardian. References Principal of Our Lady's Abingdon School, Stephen Oliver. Also reported by The Express.

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Guardian
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Daily Express

 

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