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Daily News Summary
6 Jun 2016

image Defending independent schools
image A world of difference
image This barmy 'blitz on toffs' will make us ALL poorer
image Children face two rounds of tests to get place at top private schools
image Schools say Muslim students 'should break Ramadan fast' to avoid bad grades
image It's time for teachers to look after their mental health – here's how
image ‘Treat teachers like customers’ – and three other ways heads can boost staff retention
image Another eleven deputy directors appointed to regional schools commissioner offices – taking total to 19

Defending independent schools

 

A letter from a number of Heads to the Times defending independent schools and rejecting claims that they are bastions of privilege in society. This letter is reported about by The Times and TES.

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Times
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Times
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TES

A world of difference

 

Record-breaking results in this year’s International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, are the latest staging post on a mission to transform the fortunes of one of Britain’s ancient independent schools. By Alistair McCall, The Sunday Times. Quotes John Claughton, Chief Master at KES Birmingham.

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Sunday Times

This barmy 'blitz on toffs' will make us ALL poorer

 

I still struggle to persuade many Tory loyalists that their party has now actually become a rather Left-wing version of New Labour. If only they’d listen, it might help them come round to recognising one of the most important facts about modern Britain. By Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail. This topic has provoked a lot of commentators to give their varying opinions and is reported about by the Guardian, Telegraph and Financial Times.

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Daily Mail
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Guardian
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Telegraph
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Financial Times

Children face two rounds of tests to get place at top private schools

 

Children are now being forced to sit entrance exams for leading private schools three years early, putting 10-year-olds under too much pressure, prep school heads warn. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. References a number of ISC schools and quotes Christian Heinrich, head master at Cumnor House School and Tom Bunbury, Headmaster at Papplewick School in Ascot.

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Telegraph

Schools say Muslim students 'should break Ramadan fast' to avoid bad grades

 

Hundreds of schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have asked parents to allow children to break their Ramadan during exam season after government-backed guidelines raise concerns that their grades could suffer, the Daily Telegraph can reveal. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

It's time for teachers to look after their mental health – here's how

 

To ensure students’ wellbeing, teachers need to feel confident about their own – so here are some mood-boosting tips. By Bradley Busch and Philippa Jeavons, The Guardian.

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Guardian

‘Treat teachers like customers’ – and three other ways heads can boost staff retention

 

In the 3 June issue of TES, former headteacher and now education lecturer Bill Lowe offers some tips from business for keeping hold of staff. By Bill Lowe, TES.

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TES

Another eleven deputy directors appointed to regional schools commissioner offices – taking total to 19

 

Every regional schools commissioner (RSC) will now have two deputy directors – paid up to £95,000 – Schools Week can reveal, as full details of the government’s academies management expansion emerge. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

 

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