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Daily News Summary
5 Feb 2016

image State school turnaround will shrink private education, says Good Schools Guide owner
image Teachers partly to blame for decline in Stem subjects, research claims
image 'Fame and fortune should not be our children's only ambitions in life'
image Half of Oxford students come from state schools
image Heads hit out over English Bacc 'league tables'
image Academy chains forced to cut teachers and the curriculum
image I'm not LMAO at ridiculous emails from my students
image Could you complete this tough maths challenge for schoolchildren?

State school turnaround will shrink private education, says Good Schools Guide owner

 

Schools in the state sector have improved beyond recognition in the past 30 years, since the guide was launched, says Ralph Lucas. By Irena Barker, TES. The short online article appears before the paywall with a longer version behind the paywall and in the print edition. The longer version quotes Lord Lucas as calling independent schools "conformist" and "fragmented". A quote in response from ISC General Secretary, Julie Robinson, says independent schools benefit from their freedoms and that "much-treasured independence should not be confused with fragmentation." Also quotes Chris King, Chairman of HMC.

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TES

Teachers partly to blame for decline in Stem subjects, research claims

 

School staff have encouraged only 'ultra-bright' students to take science, technology, engineering and maths at A-level, say reseachers [sic]. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

'Fame and fortune should not be our children's only ambitions in life'

 

The growing focus of our young children on being rich and famous should concern us all - they should be taught values, writes Peter Tait, former head of Sherborne Prep.

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Telegraph

Half of Oxford students come from state schools

 

Those attending Oxbridge are now made up of roughly half state and half privately educated students compared to more modern universities where nearly all graduates are state educated. By Javier Espinoza, Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Heads hit out over English Bacc 'league tables'

 

Ministers have been accused of shelving a new measure of school accountability in England before it is introduced. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News.

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BBC

Academy chains forced to cut teachers and the curriculum

 

Scores of academy chains are being forced to take drastic measures to save money as budgets are squeezed. By Richard Vaughan, TES.

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TES

I'm not LMAO at ridiculous emails from my students

 

Convoluted excuses and drunken declarations of love can be amusing, but I’m genuinely concerned about young people’s communication skills. By 'Anonymous Academic', Guardian.

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Guardian

Could you complete this tough maths challenge for schoolchildren?

 

As 200,000 pupils aged 14 to 16 took on the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge today, we take a look at some past questions. Could you pass? By Josie Gurney-Read, Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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