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Daily News Summary
2 Feb 2016

image ISC blog of the week: Making sense of it all
image Independents pull out of 'irrelevant' league tables
image School joins 'clean sport' anti-doping scheme
image Yorkshire state schools urged to set up networks for past pupils
image Music and drama could become ‘preserve of the elite’ if Ebac proposals go ahead, union warns
image More children seek help after sex abuse, says Barnardo's
image Top universities not to blame for lack of diversity, say state headteachers
image Dear Nicky Morgan: It’s too easy to say grammar schools were good
image LGBT pupils more likely to be bullied if they are disabled, study shows
image Long hours, endless admin and angry parents – why schools just can’t get the teachers
image £300 million cut to Scotland's schools after SNP targets councils
image David Cameron complains to press regulator over reports he's sending son to private school

ISC blog of the week: Making sense of it all

 

"It's really hard being a parent. The process of choosing the right independent school is a very difficult process." Matthew Smith, Editor of Attain, gives his advice on choosing an independent school.

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ISC

Independents pull out of 'irrelevant' league tables

 

Wellington College joins schools no longer participating in performance tables that do not take into account wider factors. By Stephanie Broad, IE Today. Quotes Julian Thomas, Headmaster at Wellington and an ISC spokesperson. Also reported by Relocate Global.

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IE Today
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Relocate Global

School joins 'clean sport' anti-doping scheme

 

A school in Somerset has signed up for an anti-sports-doping accreditation scheme, the first time a school in the UK has sought this official "clean sport" status. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online. References Millfield School and quotes David Faulkner, Millfield's director of sport.

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BBC

Yorkshire state schools urged to set up networks for past pupils

 

A FORMER Ofsted chief is urging state schools in Yorkshire to follow the examples of universities and independent schools by setting up networks for former pupils to support them. The Yorkshire Post.

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Regional Media

Music and drama could become ‘preserve of the elite’ if Ebac proposals go ahead, union warns

 

Music and drama could be squeezed out of the timetable if the government’s proposals around the English Baccalaureate (Ebac) go ahead, a headteachers’ union has warned. By Eleanor Busby, The TES. Also reported by Schools Week and The Daily Mail.

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TES
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Schools Week
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Daily Mail

More children seek help after sex abuse, says Barnardo's

 

A surge in children as young as 10 seeking help after sex abuse has seen demand for services more than double in five years, says a leading charity. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

Top universities not to blame for lack of diversity, say state headteachers

 

David Cameron wrong to blame elite universities as problem partly due to state schools being ill-equipped to send pupils to Oxbridge. By Sally Weale, Nadia Khomami and Aisha Gani, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Dear Nicky Morgan: It’s too easy to say grammar schools were good

 

Some schools seem to be sneakily selecting their pupils. We don’t want a return to the era when life patterns for many were laid down at age 10 … do we? By Michael Rosen, writer and broadcaster. The Guardian.

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Guardian

LGBT pupils more likely to be bullied if they are disabled, study shows

 

Pupils who are disabled or have learning difficulties are significantly more likely to experience homophobic bullying than their mainstream classmates, according to a charity which has produced a guide for teachers on tackling the problem. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

Long hours, endless admin and angry parents – why schools just can’t get the teachers

 

British schools are reporting a classroom crisis, with thousands of disaffected teachers leaving the profession, and new graduates discouraged from training because of the daily stress and grind. And with the number of state school pupils set to rise by a million by 2022, the problem is only getting worse. By John Harris, The Guardian.

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Guardian

£300 million cut to Scotland's schools after SNP targets councils

 

A new report finds local authorities have cut school budgets by seven per cent more than inflation over the past five years, in response to reductions in their funding from the Scottish Government. By Simon Johnson, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

David Cameron complains to press regulator over reports he's sending son to private school

 

Downing Street has complained to the press regulator about news articles reporting that David Cameron might send his son to a private school. By Jon Stone, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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