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Daily News Summary
4 Feb 2016

image 'Do we need to map out our unborn son's education?'
image Ministerial meddling with national curriculum is 'serious problem'
image David Cameron's Oxford college admits fewest state school applicants
image Oxbridge college admissions 'complex and intimidating'
image Young men miss out as university gender gap remains at record levels
image A culture of ignorance
image Teachers 'over-predict' students' results in race for university places
image National testing in Scottish primaries gets the go-ahead as schools bill is passed
image Does counselling for pupils work? New research project seeks schools to help find the answer
image Are you smart enough to get into Cambridge? Take the quiz

'Do we need to map out our unborn son's education?'

 

Ask the experts: A common concern for soon-to-be parents is securing a good primary school place, but how far should you plan in advance? By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Quotes Stuart Dorrian, principal of Latymer Prep School and Vivienne Durham, former head at Francis Holland School.

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Telegraph

Ministerial meddling with national curriculum is 'serious problem'

 

Discussions within the cabinet that are oddly specific and made public are causing chaos, says shadow education secretary. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by BBC News online.

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Guardian
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BBC

David Cameron's Oxford college admits fewest state school applicants

 

Brasenose finishes bottom in Sutton Trust report, with only 11% of state school pupils who apply there winning a place. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Oxbridge college admissions 'complex and intimidating'

 

The way students are admitted to Oxford and Cambridge universities is complex and intimidating, says a charity that champions social mobility in education. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online. Also reported by The Telegraph and Schools Week. Cambridge University’s return to entrance exams is also reported in The Times.

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BBC
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Telegraph
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Schools Week
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Times

Young men miss out as university gender gap remains at record levels

 

Female school leavers still 36% more likely to study for a degree in England and gap is growing even wider in Scotland and Wales. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The Times.

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Guardian
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Times

A culture of ignorance

 

Letter to The Telegraph from Dr Millan Sachania, Headmaster at Streatham & Clapham High School.

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Telegraph

Teachers 'over-predict' students' results in race for university places

 

Last year more than half of students accepted on to degree courses had missed their results by two or more grades, the head of Ucas has said. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Daily Mail

National testing in Scottish primaries gets the go-ahead as schools bill is passed

 

Flagship legislation that could usher in an era of high-stakes testing in Scotland has been passed by the country’s Parliament. By Emma Seith, The TES.

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TES

Does counselling for pupils work? New research project seeks schools to help find the answer

 

Researchers are looking for secondary schools to volunteer to take part in a major new study into whether professional counselling helps young people to cope with anxieties. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Are you smart enough to get into Cambridge? Take the quiz

 

The announcement that prospective Cambridge University students will be asked to sit a written test in their subject area from this autumn has caused a considerable stir. By Roisin O'Connor, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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