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Daily News Summary
20 Jul 2016

image You may dislike private schools, and that's just fine, but don't get your hopes up that the new-look Cabinet will be their demise
image Schools should be more than factories churning out Gradgrindian three Rs and imparting 'facts' with little space for creativity
image Time to end the ban on grammar schools
image Poor children lag behind in middle class schools, report finds
image Helen Wright: How Brexit can improve the global mobility of the next generation
image New GCSEs and A-levels finally signed off – just days before schools break up for summer
image Amanda Spielman formally approved as Ofsted chief inspector
image In defence of the gap year - just don't make it a 'gap yah'

You may dislike private schools, and that's just fine, but don't get your hopes up that the new-look Cabinet will be their demise

 

With the appointment of a Prime Minister who pointedly said state educated children are less likely to reach the top professions, a comprehensive school Education Secretary, and a new-look Cabinet which has 'purged the posh', you'd think it would be a good time for us working in independent schools to sit quietly at the back of class and keep our heads down. By Julie Robinson, General Secretary of ISC. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Schools should be more than factories churning out Gradgrindian three Rs and imparting 'facts' with little space for creativity

 

As a nation we are struggling to maintain our position in so many areas of life, yet still we produce some of the greatest performers and artists in the world today. By Sue Freestone, head at King's Ely school in Cambridgeshire. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Time to end the ban on grammar schools

 

At 6.14pm on June 2 1997 Theresa May spoke for the first time in the Commons against Labour’s abolition of the Assisted Places Scheme. I remember it well – my own maiden speech was in the same debate. By Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West and Chairman of the 1922 Committee. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Poor children lag behind in middle class schools, report finds

 

Poor pupils who are in the ‘extreme minority’ in middle-class schools are lagging behind their peers because teachers focus on the most able, a think tank has warned. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. The article features a video interview with Charlotte Vere, Executive Director of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA) regarding the problem with school league tables. Schools Week also reports on the disadvantage gap at schools. Continuing the discussion, both Schools Week and TES include articles assessing the impact of the EBacc.

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Telegraph
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Schools Week
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Schools Week
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TES

Helen Wright: How Brexit can improve the global mobility of the next generation

 

Helen Wright, former Head and past president of the Girls’ Schools Association, believes schools must play a key role in maintaining the ideal of social and global mobility in the days post-Brexit. Schools Improvement

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Schools Improvement

New GCSEs and A-levels finally signed off – just days before schools break up for summer

 

The exams regulator has announced today it has finished accrediting new qualifications, less than two months before they are due to be first taught in schools. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Amanda Spielman formally approved as Ofsted chief inspector

 

Amanda Spielman has been approved by the Privy Council to become Ofsted’s next chief inspector. By Richard Vaughan, TES. Also reported by Schools Week.

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Schools Week

In defence of the gap year - just don't make it a 'gap yah'

 

Gap years get a lot of stick. Before attending university, hordes of sixth-formers take a year out to traverse well-trodden parts of the world to 'find themselves'. By William Brown, a final year history student at the University of Manchester. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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