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Daily News Summary
8 Feb 2016

image Reports on state school improvement
image Hold the front page! Tory peer offers ‘ringing endorsement’ of Tory policies.
image Education triumph
image 'Independent schools must give BTECs equal prominence to A-levels '
image Private school head pledges not to speak with media on results day
image Answer the question: The bacc-ward step dragging down Welsh schools
image Nick Gibb: Teach children important facts not ‘joyless’ processes, minister urges
image Heads warn over pupils' untreated mental health issues
image DfE admits its GCSE and A-level reforms could disadvantage SEND pupils
image Exclusive: Pay gap between teachers and other graduates widens
image New literacy projects given funding to expand

Reports on state school improvement

 

Coverage following this weekend’s news on the improvement of state schools which, it is asserted, could ‘shrink’ private education. A quote in response from ISC General Secretary, Julie Robinson, says the independent sector has remained “very resilient over the years” and the number of pupils is on the rise. Articles also include quotes from Barnaby Lenon, Chair of ISC; Chris King, Chair of HMC; William Richardson, General Secretary of HMC and Helen Fraser, chief executive of the GDST. Reported in The Telegraph, BBC News online, The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, Education Executive, The Guardian.

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Telegraph
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BBC
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Sun
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Times
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Sunday Times
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Daily Mail
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Ed Exec
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Guardian

Hold the front page! Tory peer offers ‘ringing endorsement’ of Tory policies.

 

LSN readers may have been a little puzzled by headlines yesterday, including in the Guardian, proclaiming ‘Soaring state schools threaten private sector.’ By Melissa Benn, Local Schools Network. Quotes William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and references the Independent Schools Council.

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Local Schools Network

Education triumph

 

Letter to The Times regarding the recent news coverage on state school improvement. By Dr Martin Stephen, Former High Master, St Paul’s School in London.

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Times

'Independent schools must give BTECs equal prominence to A-levels '

 

Independent schools say they offer more choice, but when it comes to vocational options most of them are a dead end. By Magnus Bashaarat, Headmaster at Milton Abbey School in Dorset. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Private school head pledges not to speak with media on results day

 

The head of Wellington College has said he will not speak to the press on GCSE results day, claiming newspapers do not give context to results. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week. Quotes Julian Thomas, master of Wellington College.

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Schools Week

Answer the question: The bacc-ward step dragging down Welsh schools

 

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

Nick Gibb: Teach children important facts not ‘joyless’ processes, minister urges

 

As schools minister I watched thousands of classes, and have seen countless examples of this philosophy in action. By Oliver Wright, The Independent.

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Independent

Heads warn over pupils' untreated mental health issues

 

Children's untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online.

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BBC

DfE admits its GCSE and A-level reforms could disadvantage SEND pupils

 

The Department for Education has said that its GCSE and A-level reforms could disadvantage pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Exclusive: Pay gap between teachers and other graduates widens

 

Young people will choose other professions in 'buoyant' job market, unions warn. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

New literacy projects given funding to expand

 

Almost £4 million will be shared among six educational projects, focused on a variety of topics. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

 

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