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Daily News Summary
8 Jun 2016

image I want to offer children the same chance I had: independent schooling for free
image 'Everyday sexual terrorisation' of girls is not taken seriously in schools, MPs told
image Students are not being prepared enough for higher education, say university admissions officers
image Scots parents 'turning their back' on state schools because of new curriculum, says head.
image Gaps in A-level take-up revealed
image Teachers 'are punishing children with mental health issues'
image How the British military became a champion for language learning

I want to offer children the same chance I had: independent schooling for free

 

In 1967, Bradford grammar wasn’t an independent or public school; it was a direct grant school. I didn’t understand the term but it turned out that it meant lots of bright boys could go to a wonderful school for free. By John Claughton, chief master of King Edward’s School in Birmingham. The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

'Everyday sexual terrorisation' of girls is not taken seriously in schools, MPs told

 

Schools are treating sexual harassment as 'horseplay' and many teachers are still 'victim-blaming', a committee of MPs heard today. By Richard Vaughan, TES. Also reported by The Guardian and Schools Week.

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TES
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Guardian
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Schools Week

Students are not being prepared enough for higher education, say university admissions officers

 

Private school head says many UK exam systems 'are just not preparing students to make that leap from secondary to higher education'. Quotes Jeremy Lewis, head of ACS Egham school. By Aftab Ali, The Independent.

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Independent

Scots parents 'turning their back' on state schools because of new curriculum, says head.

 

Cameron Wyllie, principal of George Heriot's School in Edinburgh, said families coming from comprehensive schools to the private sector in the third year of secondary blamed a lack of challenge for able pupils under Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). By Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland.

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Herald

Gaps in A-level take-up revealed

 

The stark regional differences in the proportion of pupils studying A-levels in local state schools in England has been revealed - ranging from 2% to 74%. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online.

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BBC

Teachers 'are punishing children with mental health issues'

 

Teachers are missing signs of poor mental health among pupils by treating behavioural issues with discipline and punishment, researchers have warned. By Jess Staufenberg, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

How the British military became a champion for language learning

 

When an army deploys in a foreign country, there are clear advantages if the soldiers are able to speak the local language or dialect. But what if your recruits are no good at other languages? In the UK, where language learning in schools and universities is facing a real crisis, the British army began to see this as a serious problem. By Wendy Ayres-Bennett, The Conversation.

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The Conversation

 

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