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Daily News Summary
6 Jan 2016

image Nicola Sturgeon says education is at centre of her future plans
image Parents 'struggle to get children off devices'
image Musicians in warning over arts at school
image Government scraps ‘prescriptive’ home school agreements in bid to cut ‘red tape’
image 'Those now in charge of education refuse to accept that teachers alone cannot compensate for the lost life chances of poor children'
image Nursery staff urged to look for signs of radicalisation
image Boys education 'ignored by Government policy', warns Ucas chief
image Gender gap in UK degree subjects doubles in eight years, Ucas study finds
image Inside the 'Samaritans for teachers' hotline that shows just how stressful the classroom can be

Nicola Sturgeon says education is at centre of her future plans

 

Education will be central to the SNP's third term at Holyrood if it is re-elected in May, Scotland's first minister has told MSPs. By unnamed reporter, BBC News online. Also reported by The TES. The TES mentions the Scottish Conservatives plans to transform state schools, bringing them into line with those in the private sector and also refers to Sturgeon's plans for a new independent inspectorate.

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BBC
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TES

Parents 'struggle to get children off devices'

 

Many UK parents find it easier to get their children to do homework, go to bed or have a bath than turn off their phones, laptops and TVs, a poll finds. BY Katherine Sellgren, BBC News online.

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BBC

Musicians in warning over arts at school

 

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the actor and director Samuel West are among 70 leading figures from the arts accusing the government of squeezing creative subjects out of the secondary school curriculum. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

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Times

Government scraps ‘prescriptive’ home school agreements in bid to cut ‘red tape’

 

Schools no longer have to draw up blueprints for pupil and parental engagement after the government scrapped a requirement for “prescriptive” home school agreements. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

'Those now in charge of education refuse to accept that teachers alone cannot compensate for the lost life chances of poor children'

 

This 'New Blob' also ignores the fact that the huge demands of classroom teaching are compounded by bureaucracy – triple-marking, data entry and punitive lesson observations – which frightens, subdues and exhausts teachers. By Mary Bousted, The TES.

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TES

Nursery staff urged to look for signs of radicalisation

 

Staff have responsibility to be vigilant and report any concerns about behaviour of parents or children, says head of nurseries organisation. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Boys education 'ignored by Government policy', warns Ucas chief

 

Poor white boys are being ignored by education policy despite the gap in educational attainment increasing, the head of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has warned. By Josie Gurney-Read and Ashley Kirk, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Gender gap in UK degree subjects doubles in eight years, Ucas study finds

 

Women outnumber men in 112 of 180 degree subjects, with females from poorer backgrounds 50% more likely to go to university than their male counterparts. Press Assocation. Reported in The Guardian. Also reported by The Times and The Mirror.

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Guardian
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Times
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Daily Mirror

Inside the 'Samaritans for teachers' hotline that shows just how stressful the classroom can be

 

Workload emerges as teachers' biggest complaint in calls to Education Support Partnership's 24-hour-a-day-service. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

 

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