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Daily News Summary
14 Jan 2016

image 'Lies, damn lies and private schools: myth and reality'
image They learn when they lose
image Number of GCSE awards drops 17 per cent
image Parents scramble for places at most popular free schools
image Lack of school guidance failing transgender pupils
image Spotting mental health issues in schools is a matter for teachers, MPs told
image Extrovert personality traits could boost poor pupils' career prospects
image Thousands of children at risk of 'being beaten and prevented from learning English in illegal faith schools'
image Schools found to be rejecting pupils who live just 100 yards away
image Parents CAN take their children on holiday in term time with a headteacher's permission, education minister Huw Lewis says
image Jobcentres in schools to target pupils as young as 12: Staff to enter classrooms to give advice on apprenticeships and help children gain work experience
image Students come up with three ideas for inventions every day, research suggests

'Lies, damn lies and private schools: myth and reality'

 

Why do independent schools feel forced to answer the same old questions and ill informed preconceptions, asks Barnaby Lenon; it's time to tackle the myths. By Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council and the former headmaster of Harrow. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

They learn when they lose

 

Sport is not just about fitness, but about the valuable lessons we learn when the odds are against us, says Dr Bernard Trafford, headteacher of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. Sec Ed.

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Sec Ed

Number of GCSE awards drops 17 per cent

 

The number of GCSEs awarded in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has fallen by almost a fifth, figures from the exams watchdog Ofqual show. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Parents scramble for places at most popular free schools

 

Two former private schools that became free schools because of falling pupil numbers are the most oversubscribed in the country, figures suggest. Families who would previously have had to pay thousands of pounds a year for places have besieged them with applications now that they no longer charge. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

Lack of school guidance failing transgender pupils

 

A major new report has called for gender issues to be included in PSHE curriculum as too many schools are "falling short" in support for trans pupils. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Spotting mental health issues in schools is a matter for teachers, MPs told

 

Schools do not necessarily need specialist staff to help with the early identification of mental health issues, MPs heard today. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Extrovert personality traits could boost poor pupils' career prospects

 

Extrovert adults who are assertive, talkative and enthusiastic are 25 per cent more likely to earn more than £40,000 a year, but less likely to come from poor backgrounds, says a new report. By Helen Ward, The TES. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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TES
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Telegraph

Thousands of children at risk of 'being beaten and prevented from learning English in illegal faith schools'

 

Exclusive: The claims have been made in evidence submitted to a government inquiry on radicalisation in faith schools. By Siobhan Fenton, The Independent.

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Independent

Schools found to be rejecting pupils who live just 100 yards away

 

New data has revealed that the nation's smallest catchment area is just 101 yards and some ninety primary schools will only accept students who live 330 yards or less from the school gates. The Telegraph. Also reported by The Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Daily Mail

Parents CAN take their children on holiday in term time with a headteacher's permission, education minister Huw Lewis says

 

Wales' Education Minister has clarified the rules around term-time holidays and says holidays of up to 10 days are allowed. By David Deans, Wales Online. Also reported by BBC News online.

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Wales Online
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BBC

Jobcentres in schools to target pupils as young as 12: Staff to enter classrooms to give advice on apprenticeships and help children gain work experience

 

Jobcentre staff are to set up shop in schools to target children as young as 12 to prevent them slipping into a life on the dole. By James Slack, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

Students come up with three ideas for inventions every day, research suggests

 

Teenagers come up with three ideas for new inventions every day, on average, but many feel unsupported in making them become a reality, a report finds. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

 

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