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Daily News Summary
5 Jan 2016

image ISC Blog of the week: Ten reasons for independent schools to be optimistic in 2016
image New Year's Honours List 2016: Heather McKissack and Pauline Wilson
image New York’s elite private school to open in London
image Cat Boyd: Get rid of private schools that foster social apartheid
image Headteacher makes comments about single-sex schools
image Nicola Sturgeon vows to put education 'front and centre' as she launches SNP election campaign
image Learning times tables is unnecessary because children can look up answers on mobile phones, says union leader
image Open super-selective schools to extend elite education into state sector, says former Gove adviser
image Oxford vice-chancellor: ‘Tackling elitism can be done. I mean, I went to a rural school in Ireland’
image Parents shouldn’t pay to find good school, say Scots Tories
image Dear Nicky Morgan: schools don’t work like the SAS
image Another £5m up for grabs in northern schools ‘hub revolution’ – but only academy trusts can apply

ISC Blog of the week: Ten reasons for independent schools to be optimistic in 2016

 

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council, gives ten reasons why independent schools can be positive and confident about 2016.

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ISC

New Year's Honours List 2016: Heather McKissack and Pauline Wilson

 

Former Senior Mistress at King’s College School, Heather McKissack, will receive an MBE for services to Education. Pauline Wilson, headteacher at Ursuline Preparatory School in Essex, has also been named on the New Year’s Honours list and was made an OBE for services to education. Reported in Your Local Guardian, The Tablet and Essex Chronicle.

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Regional Media
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Regional Media
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Regional Media

New York’s elite private school to open in London

 

An elite international school attended by children from the richest families in Manhattan is planning to open a branch in London in the next few years. By Jill Sherman, The Times. References Eton College.

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Times

Cat Boyd: Get rid of private schools that foster social apartheid

 

‘ELITISM is rife at the top of Scottish society,” the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has recently concluded, and few would disagree. By Cat Boyd, The National.

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The National

Headteacher makes comments about single-sex schools

 

A number of reports following, Head of Brighton College, Richard Cairn’s comments in Independent School Parent regarding single-sex schools. Quotes Caroline Jordan, president of the Girls' Schools Association. Reported by BBC News online, The Independent, The Daily Mail and The Mirror.

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BBC
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Independent
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Daily Mail
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Daily Mirror

Nicola Sturgeon vows to put education 'front and centre' as she launches SNP election campaign

 

First Minister will express hope that next four months will involve a 'thriving debate' on the future of Scotland. By Chris Green, The Independent.

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Independent

Learning times tables is unnecessary because children can look up answers on mobile phones, says union leader

 

Christine Blower said while some schools did carry out “rote learning”, such as singing or speaking the tables, there were other ways for children to learn their times tables. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Independent and The Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Independent
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Daily Mail

Open super-selective schools to extend elite education into state sector, says former Gove adviser

 

A system of super-selective schools in English cities could extend “elite academic education” to the state sector, a former government adviser has said. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Oxford vice-chancellor: ‘Tackling elitism can be done. I mean, I went to a rural school in Ireland’

 

Interview: Will Louise Richardson bring more equality and diversity into Oxford University’s admissions? By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Parents shouldn’t pay to find good school, say Scots Tories

 

Parents should not have to pay fees or move to a better “catchment area” to get their children into a good school, Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has said. By Scott Macnab, Scotsman.

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Scotsman

Dear Nicky Morgan: schools don’t work like the SAS

 

Rather than parachuting in teachers to improve an individual school, let local schools work together for all pupils. By Michael Rosen, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Another £5m up for grabs in northern schools ‘hub revolution’ – but only academy trusts can apply

 

Academy sponsors are being invited to bid for a slice of the remaining £5 million cash pot to improve northern schools – with more hubs in the pipeline. BY John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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