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Daily News Summary
13 Jun 2016

image ISC Blog: "Student feedback, or 'voice', must be ingrained into the fabric of school life"
image Now boys can wear skirts to school - as new 'gender neutral' uniforms introduced
image Ofqual promises new guidance on pupils’ right to challenge grades
image State schools should take lessons from private sector
image Pupils go private over exams
image Tackling inequality must start in the cradle
image Boarding schools in row with British Airways over axing of 'flying nannies' service
image What keeps me awake at night: 'Our GCSE grading system makes Spinal Tap look sensible'

ISC Blog: "Student feedback, or 'voice', must be ingrained into the fabric of school life"

 

After seeing the headlines about sexual harassment in schools, Ed Burnett, deputy headmaster of Taunton School says teachers must listen to the voices of their pupils and address their real issues.

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ISC

Now boys can wear skirts to school - as new 'gender neutral' uniforms introduced

 

Eighty state schools are allowing boys to wear skirts and girls to wear trousers under new government-funded "gender neutral" uniform policies. By Katie Morley, The Telegraph. Quotes Julie Robinson, general secretary at the Independent Schools Council. Also reported by the Independent and Daily Mail who quote Richard Cairns, Headmaster at Brighton College.

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Independent
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Daily Mail

Ofqual promises new guidance on pupils’ right to challenge grades

 

Ofqual has promised new guidance on the rights of pupils to challenge their grades after exam boards rejected plans to let individuals appeal directly. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

State schools should take lessons from private sector

 

If the captain of a well-run industry offered advice to politicians on how to increase production or boost exports, they would probably pay attention…However, when the head of one of the top education establishments in the country makes a few suggestions on how to lift standards in schools, he is immediately dismissed by the powers that be. Opinion by Jenny Hjul, Herald Scotland.

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Herald

Pupils go private over exams

 

Parents are spending tens of thousands of pounds privately educating their children because they mistrust the Curriculum for Excellence, or CfE, and the restricted subject choices available at local authority schools, a top independent school head said yesterday. By Tim Bugler, The Times. Quotes Dr John Halliday, rector of the High School of Dundee.

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Times

Tackling inequality must start in the cradle

 

It’s too easy to blame snobbish universities for our silver-spoon society. Poor parenting is at the root of the failure. By Libby Purves, The Times.

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Times

Boarding schools in row with British Airways over axing of 'flying nannies' service

 

British Airways (BA) are embroiled in a row with boarding schools over the axing of its ‘flying nannies’ service… meaning parents will have to travel thousands of miles to see off their children. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Robin Fletcher, BSA chief executive.

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Telegraph

What keeps me awake at night: 'Our GCSE grading system makes Spinal Tap look sensible'

 

The constant changes to the GCSE grading system are getting out of control – the powers-that-be have now gone even further than 'turning it up to 11', writes one arts teacher. By Rob Messik, director of theatre and drama at King Alfred School in north-west London. TES.

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TES

 

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