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Daily News Summary
9 Jun 2016

image Matt Hancock signals U-turn on forcing former public school pupils to disclose backgrounds to employers
image I'm tired of the prejudice against people like me who went to private school - we're not all super-privileged
image Scottish private schools shun 'restrictive' curriculum reforms
image Elite universities don't discriminate against minority students, new data shows
image Pupils could miss out on GCSE resits
image Teachers' subject training 'too brief', MPs hear
image Something to sing about: the rise of the cathedral girls' choir
image Student doubts rise over university value for money

Matt Hancock signals U-turn on forcing former public school pupils to disclose backgrounds to employers

 

Former public school pupils will not be discriminated against by employers because of their education, a Government minister has said, as he insisted that he was not waging a “class war” against the rich. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

I'm tired of the prejudice against people like me who went to private school - we're not all super-privileged

 

Considering my Dad was a dry cleaning salesman, money was tight. For a few years my mum had to work a second job at Asda just to pay for Christmas. They invested in us, and almost bankrupted themselves in the process. By Chris Hemmings, former pupil at Manchester Grammar School. The Independent.

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Independent

Scottish private schools shun 'restrictive' curriculum reforms

 

Most private schools are ignoring "restrictive" reforms introduced in the state sector that delay the beginning of formal exams, an official has said. By Andrew Denholm , Herald Scotland. Quotes John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), and Cameron Wyllie, principal of George Heriot's School in Edinburgh.

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Herald

Elite universities don't discriminate against minority students, new data shows

 

Students from ethnic minority backgrounds are up to six times as likely to get a place at top universities despite accusations of racism, official figures show, as it emerged white students are now under-represented at just under half of institutions. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times. Schools Week also covers this story, reporting that UCAS have warned schools to treat new university data with caution.

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Telegraph
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Times
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Schools Week

Pupils could miss out on GCSE resits

 

Students taking final versions of old GCSEs will only be guaranteed resit opportunities in English, maths and science under Ofqual plans. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

Teachers' subject training 'too brief', MPs hear

 

Some teachers are beginning their careers in primary schools with as little as a few hours training in some subject areas, MPs have heard. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online.

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BBC

Something to sing about: the rise of the cathedral girls' choir

 

More than 20 years ago the Campaign for the Traditional Cathedral Choir (CTCC) warned that the "future of the English choirboy is increasingly in doubt". By Sarah Macdonald, director of Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and fellow and director of music at Selwyn College, Cambridge. The Telegraph. References King's Ely.

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Telegraph

Student doubts rise over university value for money

 

Only about a third of UK students think that they get good "value for money" from their university course, according to an influential annual survey. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online. Also reported by The Telegraph and Independent.

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BBC
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Telegraph
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Independent

 

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