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Daily News Summary
22 Feb 2016

image Message from ISC Associations: Social Media Safety & Positive Mental Health
image Highly-academic schools 'may hinder chances of getting into Oxbridge'
image Coverage following the 'bonkers' tactics used in the admissions race
image Neutral parenting would encourage more girls to be scientists and engineers - top private school headteacher
image Comprehensive schools catch up with private in CEO count
image Answer the question: ‘No one thinks university is value for money now, Dad’
image Welcome to the East End Eton
image Surge in graduates who want to teach religious education
image BBC One Countryfile

Message from ISC Associations: Social Media Safety & Positive Mental Health

 

Being a Head of Year has its own very specific challenges. If you’re a Head of Year who wants to keep on top of your responsibilities for safeguarding & social media safety you will want to attend this one-day conference taking place at St Albans High School on Monday 29 February 2016. For further information and to register your attendance visit the GSA website here.

Highly-academic schools 'may hinder chances of getting into Oxbridge'

 

A highly-selective school might also hinder a bright pupil's chances of entering an elite university because they will be competing against equally smart classmates, the advice has said. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chair of ISC; Clarissa Farr, high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School and Alice Phillips, Headmistress of St Catherine’s in Bramley.
If you have a particular view on this and would like to write a special ISC blog on the topic, please contact georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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Telegraph

Coverage following the 'bonkers' tactics used in the admissions race

 

The Telegraph, Times and Daily Mail report on the tactics being used by parents to get their child into London's independent schools. The ISC has also commissioned a special blog on this subject by Kevin Doble, Headmaster at Shrewsbury House School.

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Telegraph
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Times
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Daily Mail
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ISC

Neutral parenting would encourage more girls to be scientists and engineers - top private school headteacher

 

If little girl wants to spend time in a fireman's outfit, 'that is to be encouraged', says mother of three girls. By Lucy Clarke-Billings, The Telegraph. Quotes Jo Heywood, headteacher at Heathfield School in Ascot. Also reported by The Sunday Times.

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Telegraph
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Sunday Times

Comprehensive schools catch up with private in CEO count

 

The number of FTSE 100 chief executives educated at non-selective state schools has for the first time equalled those who went to fee-paying private schools, according to a survey of social mobility to be published next week. By Gonzalo Viña, Financial Times.

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Financial Times

Answer the question: ‘No one thinks university is value for money now, Dad’

 

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

Welcome to the East End Eton

 

A quarter of students gets free school meals and many don’t speak English as a first language, but this inner-city sixth form has better results than some private schools. How do they do it? By Janice Turner, The Times Magazine. References London Academy of Excellence, a selective free school sixth form college founded in 2012 by Brighton College, Eton College, Caterham School, Highgate School, City of London Boys School and Forest School Snaresbrook. Article references Simon Smith, a retired second master at Brighton College and an LAE founder; headmaster at LAE, John Weeks; Brighton College head, Richard Cairns and former Eton head, Tony Little.

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Times

Surge in graduates who want to teach religious education

 

A campaign to persuade more people to teach religious education has been a success, with new figures showing a rise in applicants, The Times has learnt. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Quotes Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, Chief Executive of the Religious Education Council and former Head of Research at ISC.

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Times

BBC One Countryfile

 

Abbotsholme School featured in last night’s Countryfile, where farming and agriculture has been at the heart of their curriculum for more than 100 years. Watch on BBC iPlayer from -2:20.

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BBC iPlayer

 

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