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Daily News Summary
15 Jan 2016

image Message from ISC Association: The Boarding Business. Develop your brand and drive strategies for growth
image Voluntary partnerships or enforced liaisons
image ‘Forget league tables, targets and tests – teachers and schools know that our real accountability is to our pupils and communities’
image Majority of teachers in survey know pupils who arrive at school hungry
image More than 500,000 primary school pupils taught in 'super-size' classes
image Fragmented school places system 'harms education'
image Morgan defends primary places record as catchment areas shrink
image Abolish academy funding agreements, thinktank says
image Changing exams to accommodate for Ramadan 'sets wrong precedent', says Ofsted
image Nicky Morgan: Children misled by 'instant success' of X Factor
image London schoolgirls score higher IQ than Einstein and Hawking

Message from ISC Association: The Boarding Business. Develop your brand and drive strategies for growth

 

The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) are hosting a conference on 10 March 2016 about developing a school’s brand. For more details please click here.

Voluntary partnerships or enforced liaisons

 

The Labour party’s idea of forcing independent schools to share their facilities and expertise with the state sector has been kicked into the long grass - for the time being at least. By Independent Schools Magazine. Features a comment by Julie Robinson, General Secretary of ISC. All independent school staff can now receive Independent Schools Magazine for free.

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Independent Schools Magazine

‘Forget league tables, targets and tests – teachers and schools know that our real accountability is to our pupils and communities’

 

Those who hold the levers of power have lost sight of what really matters in education, writes a leading headteacher. By Bernard Trafford, headteacher of the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne and a former chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The TES.

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TES

Majority of teachers in survey know pupils who arrive at school hungry

 

Survey of teachers in England and Wales finds pupils who haven’t had breakfast are likely to be lethargic or disruptive in class. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The Independent.

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Guardian
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Independent

More than 500,000 primary school pupils taught in 'super-size' classes

 

New analysis shows schools being forced to exceed statutory limit of 30 to meet demand, with Labour blaming situation on Tory ‘fixation’ with free schools. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Fragmented school places system 'harms education'

 

The system for creating new school places in England is fragmented and confusing, risking harm to children's education, head teachers have warned. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Morgan defends primary places record as catchment areas shrink

 

Nicky Morgan has defended her record on increasing school places as it emerged that 90 English primaries have been forced to reduce their catchment areas to just 300 metres from their gates. By TES Reporter, The TES.

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TES

Abolish academy funding agreements, thinktank says

 

Academies’ funding agreements are inconsistent and bureaucratic, and risk tying individual schools to poorly performing chains, according to a leading thinktank. By Adi Bloom And Eleanor Busby, The TES. The Tes also reports on parents' views on academies.

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TES
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TES

Changing exams to accommodate for Ramadan 'sets wrong precedent', says Ofsted

 

Sir Michael Wilshaw argues reorganising exams to fit in religious festivals will only make “things very difficult” for school leaders. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Nicky Morgan: Children misled by 'instant success' of X Factor

 

Children must be taught that there are no shortcuts to success and that "instant fame and money" do not happen overnight, the Education Secretary has said. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

London schoolgirls score higher IQ than Einstein and Hawking

 

Two 11-year-old girls have achieved the maximum IQ test results possible, 162 out of 162. By Matt Payton, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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