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Daily News Summary
29 Jan 2016

image Message from ISC: Census 2016
image Forcing home-educated children into schools for child protection won’t work – and it’s not the job of teachers anyway
image Veils in the classroom
image New school funding formula 'should give extra cash to primaries'
image Exclusive: Schools in the North East top rankings to challenge claims of a national divide
image Government asks schoolchildren to define their gender - and gives them 24 options to choose from
image Ofsted downgrades one in four 'good' schools under new short inspections
image Creationist views 'risk going unchallenged in schools'
image Four in 10 teachers 'attacked by pupils'
image Call to ban students with poor English and maths from universities
image Heads' leader Brian Lightman steps down
image Garden project helps pupils engage in school
image National Puzzle Day: Can you solve these 10 difficult brainteasers?

Message from ISC: Census 2016

 

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Forcing home-educated children into schools for child protection won’t work – and it’s not the job of teachers anyway

 

Choosing to educate your child at home is a human right, writes one leading headteacher, and attempting to do away with home schooling would benefit no one. By Bernard Trafford, head of Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and a former chairman of HMC. The TES.

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TES

Veils in the classroom

 

Letter in The Telegraph from David Kidd, a former headteacher and independent schools inspector.

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Telegraph

New school funding formula 'should give extra cash to primaries'

 

Ministers are being urged to give primary schools more money, as part of a new school funding system due to be introduced next year. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Exclusive: Schools in the North East top rankings to challenge claims of a national divide

 

Official claims of a North-South divide in England's school standards are debunked by a new analysis for TES which shows that schools in the North East outperform all other regions on GCSE and Sats results when pupil background is taken into account. By Kaye Wiggins, The TES.

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TES

Government asks schoolchildren to define their gender - and gives them 24 options to choose from

 

Schoolchildren in Brighton have been asked to complete a government questionnaire that asks them to describe their gender - with 24 options to choose from. By Adam Boult, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Ofsted downgrades one in four 'good' schools under new short inspections

 

A new Ofsted short inspection system for “good” schools has seen more than one in four downgraded to “requires improvement” or “inadequate”. By Helen Ward, The TES.

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TES

Creationist views 'risk going unchallenged in schools'

 

Radicalisation Prevent strategy has led to a "hypersensitivity" in schools about addressing Muslim creationist beliefs, a head teacher has warned. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Four in 10 teachers 'attacked by pupils'

 

Four out of 10 teachers have experienced violence from pupils in the past year, a survey suggests. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online. The TES also reports on the issue of violent pupils.

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BBC
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TES

Call to ban students with poor English and maths from universities

 

Students who are struggling with literacy and numeracy should not be able to go to university, a major international report suggests. By TES Reporter, The TES.

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TES

Heads' leader Brian Lightman steps down

 

Head teachers' leader Brian Lightman is stepping down as general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online.

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BBC

Garden project helps pupils engage in school

 

Taking part in a project, such as running a club or renovating a garden, can prevent pupils becoming disengaged from education, research suggests. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online.

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BBC

National Puzzle Day: Can you solve these 10 difficult brainteasers?

 

On National Puzzle Day, we take a look at ten fiendishly difficult riddles on the internet, can you solve them? By Mark Molloy, The Telegraph. The Telegraph also puts your maths skills to the test with a numeracy quiz to complete.

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Telegraph
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Telegraph

 

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