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Daily News Summary
1 Jul 2016

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image Ofqual to begin major new research into exam marking errors
image Exams overhaul is putting teaching and learning at risk, heads' leader warns
image Brexit news and comment
image 46 independent schools shut last year
image White paper is a ‘goner’, says policy expert
image New Ofsted chief faces £31 million funding black hole, Wilshaw admits
image Can electronic music revolutionise school music lessons?

Number of teachers with specialist knowledge drops, figures show

 

The number of teachers with no relevant post A-level in specialist subjects like maths, physics and chemistry, is on the rise, new figures showed. By Javier Espinoza, Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Ofqual to begin major new research into exam marking errors

 

Exams watchdog Ofqual has announced plans for a major new investigation into GCSE and A-level marking errors. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

Exams overhaul is putting teaching and learning at risk, heads' leader warns

 

A major overhaul of England’s exam system that was designed to raise standards risks holding back teaching and learning, a headteachers’ leader has warned. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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Brexit news and comment

 

News and opinion following the EU referendum debate and subsequent political maneuverings continues in the national and education press.

Laura McInerney of Schools Week looks at why education will influence the leadership campaigns of Michael Gove and Theresa May; also in Schools Week a letter from pupils at last week's Education Festival has triggered a voting age debate; TES looks at Brexit 'paralysis' and how it may hit school funding and pay; teachers' warnings to Nicky Morgan of racism following the vote is also reported in TES; in the Guardian Diana Taylor warns that Brexit stress is filtering down to the children; and the Independent reports that students are claiming they are 'too depressed' to sit exams.

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Schools Week
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Independent

46 independent schools shut last year

 

At least 46 independent schools have closed in the past year. The January school census, published in July every year, shows the number fell from 2,357 last year, to 2,311 this year. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

ISC note: the figures used in this report are from the DfE census and are for all English independent schools. ISC, through its associations, represents around half of these. ISC Census figures show an increase in its schools in the same period.

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Schools Week

White paper is a ‘goner’, says policy expert

 

Major reforms such as forced academisation face being kyboshed in the wake of Brexit, Whitehall experts have told Schools Week. By John Dickens.

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Schools Week

New Ofsted chief faces £31 million funding black hole, Wilshaw admits

 

Ofsted’s new chief inspector will be left with a budget black hole of more than £30 million, Sir Michael Wilshaw has admitted. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week. Also, writing for TES, former education editor of the Independent, Richard Garner, asks 'who will tell us home truths once Sir Michael Wilshaw has gone?'

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TES

Can electronic music revolutionise school music lessons?

 

In an effort to stave off the decreasing popularity of music, some secondary school teachers are swapping the traditional classical-based curriculum for Ableton hardware and YouTube tutorials. By Tess Reidy, Guardian.

Do you have a view on music lessons in school? Is the future digital? If you'd like to write for ISC blog please email ed.holmes@isc.co.uk

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