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Daily News Summary
11 Mar 2016

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image 'Mr Wilshaw, independent schools are not the cause of education's problems, nor are they the only solution'
image Teachers - recruitment and retention
image Independent minds
image Tax breaks for schools
image Families spending thousands applying to 'up to nine private schools'
image Ofsted chief criticises academy chains
image Schools left with 10 per cent of posts unfilled
image Diverse toys could help children accept immigrant classmates, academics say
image Secrets Of Harrow School

Message from ISC

 

All who knew her will be saddened to read that Vikki Askew, long time member of the SLA at JAGS and Chairman of the ISC Community Action Working Party, was suddenly taken ill and died on Wednesday. This is a tragic and unexpected loss. Vikki was much loved for her verve and enthusiastic support of education and community projects and will be missed by the many who knew and worked with her. Our thoughts are with Tim, her husband, and Vikki ' s sons Ed and Daniel.

'Mr Wilshaw, independent schools are not the cause of education's problems, nor are they the only solution'

 

Ofsted's chief inspector should value what so many independent schools do, rather than lobbing rocks of ignorance, argues headmaster John Claughton. John Claughton is Chief Master of King Edward's School in Birmingham. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Teachers - recruitment and retention

 

Three heads give their views on: Why more male teachers are needed; The perfect teacher - born or bred? and whether teacher supply shortage is likely to threaten a vibrant independent sector. Quotes Sue Freestone, Principal of King's Ely; Ben Evans, Headmaster at Edge Grove School and Keith Morrow, Head at Elms Junior School and Nursery.

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Independent Schools Magazine

Independent minds

 

Millan Sachania, Head master at Streatham and Clapham High School, writes to Times Higher Education regarding Oxbridge admissions.

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Times Higher Education

Tax breaks for schools

 

Letter to The Telegraph from David Kidd, Chairman of Independent Association of Prep Schools (2004-2005).

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Telegraph

Families spending thousands applying to 'up to nine private schools'

 

Families are hedging their bets by sacrificing huge deposits and putting children through numerous entrance exams to secure places at the most popular independent schools. By Eleanor Busby, TES. Quotes David Goodhew, headteacher at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith. The full article is available to read beyond the paywall which quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chair of ISC and Neil Roskilly, chief executive of ISA.

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TES

Ofsted chief criticises academy chains

 

Sir Michael Wilshaw criticises performance of seven multi-academy trust chains, saying they are no better than local authorities. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Also reported by The Times, TES and Daily Mail.

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Guardian
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Times
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TES
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Daily Mail

Schools left with 10 per cent of posts unfilled

 

The Department for Education cannot successfully predict local teacher recruitment and is “a long way” from being able to do so, its chief has admitted. By Sophie Scott, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Diverse toys could help children accept immigrant classmates, academics say

 

A new research project aims to find out whether playing with toys representing different races could help children to be more accepting of immigrant classmates. By Adi Bloom, TES.

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TES

Secrets Of Harrow School

 

Prompted by ISC, the Londonist paid a visit to Harrow School who have now published their full article and photo gallery. Highlights include disappearing graffiti artists, famous poets and an amusing memorial to a former master.

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Londonist

 

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