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Daily News Summary
12 Jul 2016

image Prime minister Theresa May: What does this mean for schools?
image Chinese rote learning to transform maths lessons
image Ranking by obesity
image Forget single honours, forget joint honours, the liberal arts are back
image Rise in trans children puts British schools to the test
image Legal duty to refer students under Prevent strategy divides teachers
image Schools and the new parent power: this time, the fight is personal
image 'No evidence' that academy conversion improves underperforming schools, study says
image Schools should hold more lessons outdoors despite 'unpredictable' British weather

Prime minister Theresa May: What does this mean for schools?

 

Coverage following yesterday's news that Theresa May is to become the new Prime Minister. Schools Week and TES detail what this change could mean for schools and the educational landscape. The Independent also reports more generally but includes detail of May's views towards school reform.

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Schools Week
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TES
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Independent

Chinese rote learning to transform maths lessons

 

Half of primary schools in England are set to copy the traditionalist style of maths teaching used in south Asia under plans to revolutionise how the subject is taught, The Times has learnt. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by TES.

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Times
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TES

Ranking by obesity

 

Letter to The Times from Neil Roskilly, CEO of the Independent Schools Association, discussing the call to rank schools by pupil obesity.

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Times

Forget single honours, forget joint honours, the liberal arts are back

 

The way we educate our children changes with each generation. Comprehensive schools have come and gone. Grammar schools have come and largely gone. Free schools are here for now but are entirely dependent on the way the political winds are blowing. By Roy Peachey, head of higher education and careers at Woldingham School in Surrey.

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Telegraph

Rise in trans children puts British schools to the test

 

Uniforms, toilets and attitudes being changed as heads work to support pupils who identify as a different sex. By Sally Weale, The Guardian. References Brighton College.

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Guardian

Legal duty to refer students under Prevent strategy divides teachers

 

Under counter-terrorism laws, educators must report potential radicalisation, but does the programme deter free, open debate? By Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian. Another article by The Guardian focuses on the number of referrals to the government’s counter-terrorism scheme in 2015.

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Guardian
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Guardian

Schools and the new parent power: this time, the fight is personal

 

Parent groups have been launching around the country to take on cuts, Sats, holidays, academisation and the curriculum, declaring ‘we won’t be pushed aside’. By Susanna Rustin, The Guardian.

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Guardian

'No evidence' that academy conversion improves underperforming schools, study says

 

There is no evidence to suggest that academy conversion has a positive effect on schools rated less than outstanding by Ofsted, according to a major report. By Richard Vaughan, TES. Also reported by Schools Week.

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TES
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Schools Week

Schools should hold more lessons outdoors despite 'unpredictable' British weather

 

Schools should hold more lessons outdoors to improve the quality of life for children, despite the unpredictable British climate, according to a new academic study. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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