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Daily News Summary
29 Jun 2016

image Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2016
image House of Lords - public schools: charitable status
image How could Brexit impact independent schools?
image "Nothing demonstrates adult failure to support the young more than the widespread and naïve belief that politics has a place in school life"
image "Schools currently face two big challenges: recruiting teachers and shrinking budgets. Will these be affected by Brexit?"
image Gender discrimination present among students as young as 16, schoolgirls report
image Shadow education secretary says she will stand down at next election – just 30 hours into job
image Is private school becoming more affordable?

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2016

 

Tuesday saw the release of official Department for Education census statistics for England. This has been covered in a number of titles.

The Telegraph focuses on the rise of ethnic minority primary pupils, BBC News leads with the increase in total school population, TES looks at the rise of 'titan' primaries and Schools Week asks what the data tells us about our schools.

Full data can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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Telegraph
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BBC
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TES
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Schools Week
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GOV.UK

House of Lords - public schools: charitable status

 

Hansard reports a question in the House of Lords from Lord Lea of Crondall (Labour) asking whether the government would 'hold a consultation on the effects of the charitable status of public schools on equality of opportunity in Britain.'

Speaking for the government, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park used ISC Census data and referenced the Schools Together website. She also detailed the partnership work of Oakham School, Latymer Upper School and Oundle School (at time of writing incorrectly recorded by Hansard as 'Arundel' School). There was also contribution from former ISC General Secretary Lord Lexden.

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Hansard

How could Brexit impact independent schools?

 

"The after-effects of Brexit will undoubtedly be felt throughout the education system, just as they will across every sector. Amid government turmoil, politicians' time and attention will turn to the EU at a time when the education system needs real focus." Telegraph opinion by Paul Norton, head of Kings Monkton School in Cardiff.

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Telegraph

"Nothing demonstrates adult failure to support the young more than the widespread and naïve belief that politics has a place in school life"

 

Every teacher who thought it was important that their pupils were engaged in the Brexit debate, and organised special events beforehand, should be hanging their head in shame, education consultant Joe Nutt argues. TES.

Do you agree? If you'd like to blog on how your school engaged in the Brexit debate please contact ed.holmes@isc.co.uk

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TES

"Schools currently face two big challenges: recruiting teachers and shrinking budgets. Will these be affected by Brexit?"

 

Does total political meltdown matter for schools? Yes and no, says former Labour schools minister Jim Knight.

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TES

Gender discrimination present among students as young as 16, schoolgirls report

 

As the gender divide debate in both the education system and workplace rages on, a new survey has revealed discrimination is being witnessed by schoolgirls as young as 16. By Aftab Ali, Independent. Also in TES.

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TES

Shadow education secretary says she will stand down at next election – just 30 hours into job

 

The shadow education secretary Pat Glass has announced her intention to stand down from Parliament at the next election – having served less than two days in her new role. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Is private school becoming more affordable?

 

"As a parent, I know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make, which is why so many of us carefully examine all the available options before settling on our preferred choice." Opinion by Julie Booth, Huffington Post.

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Huffington Post

 

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