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Daily News Summary
20 Jan 2016

image DfE PERFORMANCE LEAGUE TABLES
image Blog of the week: Gender divide, ethnicity, family wealth and age - The trends of the university admissions process
image Disadvantaged applicants more likely to be given interviews
image Our education system has become 'demotivating and counterproductive' for boys
image Gaps in sex education leave pupils at risk, campaigners warn
image The rich fear schools will teach their kids to care
image Academy scrutiny confused, say MPs
image Brighton College scraps century-old uniform to accommodate transgender pupils
image Teach about sex abuse from start of primary school, says shadow minister
image Teacher recruitment ‘a mess’ as every school slugs it out for itself
image Reports on the banning of full-face veil in schools
image Half of girls avoid secondary school sports due to concerns about their breasts, research finds
image ‘Take this absurdly difficult English test – and see why this generation of students will be alienated by education’

DfE PERFORMANCE LEAGUE TABLES

 

Tomorrow sees the release of the DfE performance league tables. If you have a particular view on the relevance, usefulness or worth of these tables and would like to write for a special ISC blog tomorrow, to go out with our Daily News Service, please contact georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

Blog of the week: Gender divide, ethnicity, family wealth and age - The trends of the university admissions process

 

Barnaby Lenon, Chair of the Independent Schools Council, offers his view on the university admissions process…

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ISC

Disadvantaged applicants more likely to be given interviews

 

Oxford Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach claims applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be interviewed. By Guy Bennett-Jones, Cherwell. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

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Regional Media

Our education system has become 'demotivating and counterproductive' for boys

 

Last week it was reported that union bosses are warning that the ever-spiralling issue of increasing class sizes in UK schools is putting unbearable amounts of strain on British teachers. By Natasha Devon, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Gaps in sex education leave pupils at risk, campaigners warn

 

More than half of young people have not been taught at school how to recognise when someone is being groomed for sexual exploitation, a survey has found. By Eleanor Busby, The TES.

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TES

The rich fear schools will teach their kids to care

 

Fretting about poorer pupils studying social care while rich ones do sciences misses the point: shouldn’t vocational subjects be studied by all? By Laura McInerney, a teacher through Teach First. The Guardian.

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Guardian

Academy scrutiny confused, say MPs

 

Scrutiny of academy schools is "confused, fragmented and lacking in transparency", say MPs in a report. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Brighton College scraps century-old uniform to accommodate transgender pupils

 

Uniform codes going back 170 years will be replaced by a “trouser uniform” and a “skirt uniform” for all pupils up to the age of 16. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College.

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Telegraph

Teach about sex abuse from start of primary school, says shadow minister

 

Sarah Champion says teaching children how to protect themselves from predators is the best way of preventing abuse. By Rowena Mason, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Teacher recruitment ‘a mess’ as every school slugs it out for itself

 

Abandoning government control of teacher supply has caused shortages in some regions and subjects and a surplus in others – just as pupil numbers soar. By Fiona Millar, The Guardian. The Independent also reports on the issue of teacher recruitment.

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Guardian
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Independent

Reports on the banning of full-face veil in schools

 

A number of reports based on the Education Secretary’s statement that schools should be allowed to ban veils if they want to. Reported in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Mirror.

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Telegraph
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Guardian
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Huffington Post
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Daily Mirror

Half of girls avoid secondary school sports due to concerns about their breasts, research finds

 

Study calls for better advice on which bras to wear as girls report school sport causing them embarrassment and pain. By Rachel Pells, The Independent.

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Independent

‘Take this absurdly difficult English test – and see why this generation of students will be alienated by education’

 

Only a tiny minority of the current cohort of students will learn to love learning under the current regime, argues the general secretary of a major teaching union. By Mary Bousted, The TES.

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TES

 

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