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Daily News Summary
4 Jan 2016

image After an anxious year, what will 2016 bring?
image The Cambridge school that put engineering on the curriculum for 7-year-olds
image Top grammar schools boost intake from poorer institutions to shake ‘elitist’ tag
image Teacher shortages
image Leading head teacher joins private tuition company
image Times tables testing
image Schools are not training us to tackle mental health problems, teachers say
image Bite-sized Greek and Latin lessons boost reading and maths skills
image 'We, the general public, have become our own censors'
image What's wrong with education for education's sake?
image Tatler publishes guide to best state schools – but you'll have to have deep pockets to attend
image New Year Honours list 2016: education and children's services
image 8 exam questions that divided the internet in 2015 – how many can you get right?

After an anxious year, what will 2016 bring?

 

There were sighs of relief over the spending review, but major change still lies ahead. By Will Martin, The TES.

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TES

The Cambridge school that put engineering on the curriculum for 7-year-olds

 

A Cambridge prep school has taken the unusual step of introducing lessons in engineering for all students aged 7 to 13. By Helen Ward, The TES. Quotes Nigel Helliwell, headteacher of St Faith’s prep school.

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TES

Top grammar schools boost intake from poorer institutions to shake ‘elitist’ tag

 

Birmingham foundation leads drive to recruit more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. By Richard Garner, The Independent. References John Claughton, headteacher of King Edward’s School for boys.

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Independent

Teacher shortages

 

There has been widespread reporting on the issue of teacher shortages and recruitment problems. Reported by The Guardian, Education Week, BBC News online and The Herald.

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Guardian
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Guardian
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Education Week
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BBC
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Herald

Leading head teacher joins private tuition company

 

Vivienne Durham of Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, is set to join a private tuition company heading up the schools advisory service. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Also references Andrew Halls, headmaster of King’s College School, Wimbledon; Dr Andrew Mayfield, director of admissions at St Paul’s School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Hertfordshire.

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Telegraph

Times tables testing

 

Coverage regarding the testing of times tables in schools. Reported by The Telegraph, BBC News online, The Independent, The TES and The Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Telegraph
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BBC
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Independent
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TES
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Daily Mail

Schools are not training us to tackle mental health problems, teachers say

 

Only a third of teachers say that they have been appropriately trained by their school to deal with pupils' mental health problems, according to goverment-funded research. By Adi Bloom, The TES.

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TES

Bite-sized Greek and Latin lessons boost reading and maths skills

 

Children are making years of progress in just a few weeks by learning to break down words using Latin and Greek. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

'We, the general public, have become our own censors'

 

Our society is shrinking in true Orwellian fashion, free speech has become muted and discussions guarded. It's a dangerous situation, writes Peter Tait, former headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

What's wrong with education for education's sake?

 

Should a career be the focus of education? Michael Mercieca, CEO of Young Enterprise says 'yes', Kieran McLaughlin, head of Durham School says 'no'. By Kieran McLaughlin and Michael Mercieca, The Telegraph. Quotes Kieran McLaughlin, head of Durham School.

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Telegraph

Tatler publishes guide to best state schools – but you'll have to have deep pockets to attend

 

Tatler's third annual guide to the best state schools in the country has been published, but living in the required catchment areas could be pricey. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

New Year Honours list 2016: education and children's services

 

The 2016 New Year Honours list, published on Thursday 31 December 2015, recognises 107 people for their service to education and children’s services. The list includes headteachers and classroom teachers, school governors, foster carers, children’s social workers, and people working in adoption and in early years settings.

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DfE

8 exam questions that divided the internet in 2015 – how many can you get right?

 

How many do you know the answer to? Here are eight questions that divided the internet in 2015. By Mark Molloy, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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