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Daily News Summary
17 Jun 2016

image New exams ‘will widen gulf between state and private’
image Girls urged to silence 'inner critic' and take risks
image Schools and businesses must work together to change perceptions of learning disabilities
image 'Creative skills are just as important as technical ones'
image More schools use pupil premium to offset cuts, says charity
image Opening the Door to Social Mobility - Using Vocational Education as Its Lever
image Secondary schools need 16,000 new spaces within seven years
image A-level subject choice is strongly influenced by genes, scientists say

New exams ‘will widen gulf between state and private’

 

Fee-paying schools claim gap in results will widen with the introduction of new tougher GCSEs and A levels. By Kaye Wiggins, TES. Quotes Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council and Chris King, headmaster of Leicester Grammar School and chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. Beyond the paywall quotes are included from Peter Hamilton, headmaster of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree; Shaun Fenton, head of Reigate Grammar School and Toby Belfield, Principal of Ruthin School, in north Wales.

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TES

Girls urged to silence 'inner critic' and take risks

 

Further coverage following the GDST annual conference that young women need to learn to silence their "inner critic". By Press Association, The Telegraph. Quotes Helen Fraser, chief executive of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). The BBC follows up on Helen Fraser's comments and has compiled some advice from BBC News readers - and a few well-known faces.

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Telegraph
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BBC

Schools and businesses must work together to change perceptions of learning disabilities

 

With Learning Disability Week approaching, an entrepreneur with dyslexia describes how employers and the education system can work together to inspire much-needed societal change. By Debra Charles, The Independent.

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Independent

'Creative skills are just as important as technical ones'

 

The world will always need plumbers, but it would be an error for colleges to always place technical skills before creativity, writes Catherine Sezen of the Association of Colleges. TES.

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TES

More schools use pupil premium to offset cuts, says charity

 

A small but rising number of schools in England are diverting money meant for disadvantaged pupils to offset budget cuts, says an education charity. By Judith Burns, BBC News online. Also reported by Schools Week and Daily Mail.

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BBC
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Schools Week
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Daily Mail

Opening the Door to Social Mobility - Using Vocational Education as Its Lever

 

Mark Farrar, CEO of AAT, the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants, writes for The Huffington Post about the importance of careers advice in order to broaden access to the best jobs. Huffington Post.

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Huffington Post

Secondary schools need 16,000 new spaces within seven years

 

More than 16,000 new secondary school spaces are needed within seven years to accommodate new pupils starting primary education, official figures reveal. By Daniel Wainwright, BBC News.

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BBC

A-level subject choice is strongly influenced by genes, scientists say

 

Up to 80% of subject choice could be down to genetic influence, making the argument for a more personalised approach to education, say scientists. By Nicola Davis, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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