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Daily News Summary
1 Jun 2016

image Ministers need to grow up and look beyond the hackneyed and useless fascination with where one went to school
image 'The exam regulator has failed pupils, parents and teachers'
image Exam board rules on punctuation are wrong, wrong, and wrong
image ‘Why I ditched the classics and embraced teen fiction for my struggling readers’
image Could PhD students help to solve the teacher recruitment crisis?
image Why parents are often the biggest obstacle to achievement in poor areas
image Smaller infant class size policy questioned by adviser

Ministers need to grow up and look beyond the hackneyed and useless fascination with where one went to school

 

Update: ISC would like to thank the Minister for making contact and sending some reassurance. More clarification will follow.

With the commendable but lofty goal of stopping discrimination against the poor, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock believes a good first step is asking all interview candidates whether they went to private school. By Peter Hogan, principal of Regent's International School in Bangkok. This article was commissioned by the ISC who sent it to the Telegraph for publication. James Kirkup and Peter Saunders also write separate articles for the Telegraph on this story.

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Telegraph
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Telegraph

'The exam regulator has failed pupils, parents and teachers'

 

It is clear from Ofqual's undemocratic response to the problem of exam appeals that its loyalties lie first with itself, and second with the exam boards, writes one leading headteacher. By Peter Hamilton, chair of HMC's academic policy committee and headmaster of The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hertfordshire. TES.

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TES

Exam board rules on punctuation are wrong, wrong, and wrong

 

Is that a tall, dark, and handsome man standing over there? Or a tall, dark and handsome man? The vexed question of commas, where to use them and where not to, was raised at Hay festival by the linguistics academic David Crystal. By Mark Brown, The Guardian.

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Guardian

‘Why I ditched the classics and embraced teen fiction for my struggling readers’

 

A US teacher explains how studying texts written specifically for teens – which deal with the issues young people face – has boosted reading engagement way beyond her expectations. By Rebecca McGrath for TES.

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TES

Could PhD students help to solve the teacher recruitment crisis?

 

An idea of explaining theses titles in language that children can understand forms the basis of a new teacher recruitment campaign. By Irena Barker, TES.

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TES

Why parents are often the biggest obstacle to achievement in poor areas

 

Thirty-five years ago when I was working as a maths tutor at a further education college in Pontypool I came to understand something that has guided me in everything I have done in my career ever since. By Paul Phillips, principal and chief executive of Weston College. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Smaller infant class size policy questioned by adviser

 

An adviser to the Welsh Government has questioned its plans to cut infant class sizes. By Paul Martin, BBC News online.

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BBC

 

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