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Daily News Summary
13 Jan 2016

image ISC Census Questionnaire
image Curiosity, Autonomy and a Teacher's Faith Restored
image Brighton College headteacher calls on schools to fight homophobia
image ‘Ministers call it cracking down on poor performance. I call it persecution of a once noble and now beleaguered profession’
image 'The explosion in anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders among under-21s means every school should have a teacher trained in Mental Health First Aid'
image Pay teachers working in underperforming areas more, says Nick Clegg
image Inequality is a problem schools alone can’t fix
image Call for more females in the curriculum
image Autonomous teachers are happier teachers, research finds
image Great expectations – and headteachers’ bleak task of managing them
image Rules to fight extremism ‘creating fear among teachers and pupils’
image Scottish curriculum narrows and attainment drops under new regime

ISC Census Questionnaire

 

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Curiosity, Autonomy and a Teacher's Faith Restored

 

I began as a boy from a home broken by divorce and raised within the deprivation of one of the UKs poorest areas, where half the adult population has a primary school level of numeracy. Now I have a PhD from a Russell Group university and teach chemistry in a top independent school. By Scott Charlesworth, Doctor of Chemistry and teacher at Bedales Schools. References Bedales School and Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the ISC. The Huffington Post.

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Huffington Post

Brighton College headteacher calls on schools to fight homophobia

 

The headteacher of Brighton College has called on fellow school leaders around the country to work harder to tackle homophobia in the classroom. By Daniel Megarry, Gay Times. References Richard Cairns' blog post on the Independent Schools Council's website.

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Gay Times

‘Ministers call it cracking down on poor performance. I call it persecution of a once noble and now beleaguered profession’

 

A leading head hopes that in 2016 we’ll work together to expose the lunacies and viciousness of bullying and over-regulation of schools and teachers. By Bernard Trafford, headteacher of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. The TES.

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TES

'The explosion in anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders among under-21s means every school should have a teacher trained in Mental Health First Aid'

 

When I am Queen of Everything, training will be mandatory for all humans, writes the mental health champion for schools. By Natasha Devon, the Department for Education’s mental health champion. The TES.

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TES

Pay teachers working in underperforming areas more, says Nick Clegg

 

Paying teachers more to work in poorly-performing areas of the country could help end regional inequality in education, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has suggested. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

Inequality is a problem schools alone can’t fix

 

In the Tories’ austerity era a new approach is needed to ensure disadvantaged pupils are not left behind. By Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and a former shadow education secretary. The Guardian.

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Guardian

Call for more females in the curriculum

 

Women should be more visible across the curriculum, say campaigners who successfully fought plans to leave feminism out of A-level politics. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Autonomous teachers are happier teachers, research finds

 

Teachers who feel in control of their working lives are significantly happier than those whose headteachers allow them little autonomy, research shows. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

Great expectations – and headteachers’ bleak task of managing them

 

Parents have got used to the good days: better teaching, rich resources and armfuls of GCSEs with A-C grades rolling in. Now we could go backwards. By Fiona Millar, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Rules to fight extremism ‘creating fear among teachers and pupils’

 

Headteachers and experts warn that pressure on schools to ‘spy’ on students will fail to stop radicalisation – but risks alienating young Muslims. By Angela Neustatter, The Guardian. The TES also reports about a college's school play teaching students about Prevent.

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Guardian
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TES

Scottish curriculum narrows and attainment drops under new regime

 

The number of qualifications being pursued by Scottish pupils – particularly those of lower ability – has dropped sharply since the new curriculum and qualifications were introduced, as has attainment, new research shows. By Emma Seith, The TES.

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TES

 

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