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Daily News Summary
3 Feb 2016

image Cambridge applicants to face new test
image Ignorant and proud
image Top universities not to blame for lack of diversity, say state headteachers
image We may hire more graduates now, but not for much longer
image Children seeking asylum in UK denied access to education
image Dear Nicky Morgan: It’s too easy to say grammar schools were good
image One in three pupils believe it’s not safe to be openly gay, lesbian or bisexual in school
image Encouraging university alternative is to be hailed
image Scottish testing fears after schools bill passed

Cambridge applicants to face new test

 

Would-be students at Cambridge University will have to sit written tests as part of the application process, the university's admissions director has announced. By BBC News. Also reported in Telegraph, Times, TES.

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BBC
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Telegraph
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Times
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TES

Ignorant and proud

 

"Sir, The low attainment of our youngsters in numeracy may well reflect the approach that the educational establishment has taken to the teaching of mathematics in recent decades." Letter to the Editor of the Times by Dr Millan Sachania, Head master of Streatham & Clapham High School.

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Times

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 various reporters, Guardian. Mentions Eton and Brighton College in partnership with London Academy of Excellence.

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Guardian

We may hire more graduates now, but not for much longer

 

Big employers will soon hire more apprentices than graduates as they are forced to shift their training priorities, a leading businesswoman has predicted. By Greg Hurst, Times.

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Times

Children seeking asylum in UK denied access to education

 

Children who are placed in temporary accommodation or arrive without families are missing out on a school place, refugee organisations say. By Diane Taylor, 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? Letter/comment by Michael Rosen.

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Guardian

One in three pupils believe it’s not safe to be openly gay, lesbian or bisexual in school

 

Almost a third of pupils believe it’s not safe to be openly gay, lesbian or bisexual at their school while almost two thirds are aware of homophobic bullying. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Encouraging university alternative is to be hailed

 

When one of the country’s biggest publishing companies announced last month that it was dropping the requirement for job applicants to have degrees, it won praise for a move which is both bold and eminently sensible. By Chris Marshall, Scotsman.

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Scotsman

Scottish testing fears after schools bill passed

 

Flagship legislation requiring the Scottish Government and councils to tackle the attainment gap has been passed by Holyrood, despite concerns about the return of national testing for primary school pupils. Scotsman.

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Scotsman

 

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