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Daily News Summary
25 Jan 2016

image Are state schools actually providing a better education than private schools?
image Answer the question: Forget gaming the system — just pursue a subject you love
image Scottish school exam appeals "favour private pupils"
image Many History Teachers 'Need Holocaust Lessons'
image If you’re white and wealthy, your dreaming spire awaits
image State schools must drop 'outdated snobbery' against apprenticeships, says Nicky Morgan
image Nicky Morgan to protect faith schools from secular campaigns
image Teachers must tell girls they 'belong' in science, says NASA's chief scientist
image Welsh pupils ‘risk being left behind’
image Home schooling needs real scrutiny to ensure it delivers effective education
image D'oh levels! Schools use The Simpsons in model lesson plans to dumb down GCSEs

Are state schools actually providing a better education than private schools?

 

With a quarter of a million children still in failing state schools, there's a long way to go before all Tatler readers will think it's chic to go state. By Glenda Cooper, The Telegraph. References Eton College.

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Telegraph

Answer the question: Forget gaming the system — just pursue a subject you love

 

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

Scottish school exam appeals "favour private pupils"

 

PUPILS from private schools are three times more likely than those in the state sector to appeal exam results prompting accusations of unfairness. By Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland. Quotes John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS).

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Herald

Many History Teachers 'Need Holocaust Lessons'

 

Some educators are depending on unreliable sources to teach about the genocide and could benefit from training, a report suggests. By Charlotte Lomas-Farley, Sky News. Quotes Andy Lawrence, a history teacher at Hampton School in Middlesex. Also reported by BBC News online.

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Sky
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BBC

If you’re white and wealthy, your dreaming spire awaits

 

The Oxbridge admissions process is arcane, exclusionary and in need of a radical overhaul, argues Andrew Halls. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

State schools must drop 'outdated snobbery' against apprenticeships, says Nicky Morgan

 

New legislation will ensure technical colleges and companies providing apprenticeships give careers advice in schools. By Tom McTague, The Independent.

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Independent

Nicky Morgan to protect faith schools from secular campaigns

 

Ministers warn that secularist groups are targeting Church schools with complaints in a campaign against the selection of children on the basis of religious beliefs. By Tim Ross, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Teachers must tell girls they 'belong' in science, says NASA's chief scientist

 

Teachers must make girls feel that they “belong” in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, to avoid their having to “fake it” in later life, NASA’s chief scientist said. By Richard Vaughan, The TES.

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TES

Welsh pupils ‘risk being left behind’

 

PUPILS in Wales are at risk of being left behind in the global competition for jobs and university places, the chief inspector of schools for England has warned. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Home schooling needs real scrutiny to ensure it delivers effective education

 

This is not about the nanny state snooping on home educators, but parents’ duty to honour their children’s rights. By Jane Merrick, The Independent.

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Independent

D'oh levels! Schools use The Simpsons in model lesson plans to dumb down GCSEs

 

It sounded like a welcome return to the classics – teachers turning to Homer to add substance to lessons. But to the dismay of critics, far from introducing pupils to the rigours of the Ancient Greek poet behind The Odyssey, they are instead illustrating weighty GCSE topics with the help of a far less intellectual figure – Homer Simpson. By Jonathan Petre, The Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

 

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