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Daily News Summary
26 Jan 2016

image ISC blog of the week: "The problem with languages is that they take years to master and perfect; you can’t, as my students would say, ‘blag French.’ "
image 'The cult of the league table and schools that score zero'
image Majority of UK’s most influential had independent school education – survey
image Care home fees to exceed Eton’s
image English schools struggling to recruit headteachers, research finds
image Faith school complaints ban is 'affront to democracy', campaigners say
image Schools must take on apprentices, say ministers
image Locality, locality, locality – that’s where good schools are best
image Scottish schools to benefit from £230m building boost
image Time spent online 'overtakes TV' among youngsters

ISC blog of the week: "The problem with languages is that they take years to master and perfect; you can’t, as my students would say, ‘blag French.’ "

 

Lucy Ransley, Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Christ's Hospital School, comments about the perception of languages and how much the new LARC has already inspired her students...

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ISC

'The cult of the league table and schools that score zero'

 

In recent league tables, Rugby School scored 0 per cent for GCSEs. So did Eton College. What does that say, asks Rugby School head Peter Green. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Majority of UK’s most influential had independent school education – survey

 

Debrett’s 500 list reveals more than 40% went to fee-paying schools, confirming lack of diversity and showing trend of Britain becoming ‘less meritocratic’. By Haroon Siddique, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Care home fees to exceed Eton’s

 

PAYING an elderly relative’s care home fees this year could cost more than sending a child to Eton College. By Ruth Emery and Becky Barrow, The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

English schools struggling to recruit headteachers, research finds

 

Leadership jobs in challenging schools in remote and deprived areas serving disadvantaged pupils are most difficult to fill, report says. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Faith school complaints ban is 'affront to democracy', campaigners say

 

Secular groups claim new policy would allow religiously-selective schools to unfairly discriminate against children. By Chris Green, The Independent. Also reported by The Guardian.

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Independent
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Guardian

Schools must take on apprentices, say ministers

 

Schools will be expected to take on apprentices in a bid to help the government to hit its target of 3 million such roles by 2020. By TES Reporter, The TES.

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TES

Locality, locality, locality – that’s where good schools are best

 

Government vandals have fragmented the local education system – but schools themselves are putting it together again. By Estelle Morris, former education secretary and now a life peer. The Guardian.

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Guardian

Scottish schools to benefit from £230m building boost

 

The Scottish government has confirmed that £230m will be used to build or refurbish 19 schools. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

Time spent online 'overtakes TV' among youngsters

 

Young people are spending more time playing and socialising online than watching television programmes, according to an annual survey tracking children's media behaviour in the UK. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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BBC

 

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