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Daily News Summary
14 Mar 2016

image ISC blog: Fundraising practice under review!
image Private schools’ surprise tests weed out overtutored pupils
image University admissions: Sharp rise in unconditional offers 'makes institutions look desperate'
image Why we need to promote failure
image Sponsoring academies
image Why do we allow a limited suite of qualifications to dominate the way we think about education?
image Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai
image Stop banning children from playing sport, teachers told by Nicky Morgan
image UK follows Russia's example to set up specialist sixth form maths colleges
image Eton trifles: Top school's chefs show off creations fit for princes and prime ministers (and there's not a turkey twizzler in sight)

ISC blog: Fundraising practice under review!

 

Sean Davey, Development Director at Reigate Grammar School, looks at how schools will respond to proposed changes to the new fundraising regulation.

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ISC

Private schools’ surprise tests weed out overtutored pupils

 

Top private schools are setting a new type of test to select the brightest children and weed out those who have been overtutored. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Quotes Jane Lunnon, headmistress of Wimbledon High School and Sally-Anne Huang, headmistress at James Allen’s Girls School. Andrew Halls also answers readers' queries regarding tutor-proof entrance exams, in the Sunday Times.

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Times
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Sunday Times

University admissions: Sharp rise in unconditional offers 'makes institutions look desperate'

 

Leading headteacher warns 93% increase between 2014 and 2015 risks making students 'sit back and twiddle their thumbs'. By Sarah Cassidy, The Independent. References Chris Ramsey, Head at King's Chester and Chair of HMC’s Universities Committee and Peter Hamilton, head of The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.

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Independent

Why we need to promote failure

 

Many schools are afraid to encourage pupils to take risks, but children learn and grow through failing. By Keith Budge, headmaster of Bedales School. TES.

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TES

Sponsoring academies

 

Kieran McLaughlin , Headmaster at Durham School and Richard Russell, Headmaster at Colfe’s School, write to The Telegraph regarding Mr Wilshaw's recent comments about independent schools sponsoring academies.

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Telegraph

Why do we allow a limited suite of qualifications to dominate the way we think about education?

 

Rather like putting the cart before the horse, a severely restricted idea of education is driven by our obsession with GCSEs, writes a leading educationist. By Dr Kevin Stannard, Director of Innovation & Learning at GDST. TES.

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TES

Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai

 

Widespread coverage following this weekend’s education conference. Discussions surrounding reforming the education system, social mobility, building ‘character’ in children and the maths crisis. Reported by BBC News online, The Guardian, Times, Telegraph and Independent.

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BBC
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Guardian
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Times
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Times
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Telegraph

Stop banning children from playing sport, teachers told by Nicky Morgan

 

The education secretary has called on schools to stop wrapping children in “cotton wool” and allow them to take part in sport, even if there is a risk of injury. By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

UK follows Russia's example to set up specialist sixth form maths colleges

 

First Sweden was the country to emulate, when former education secretary Michael Gove was enthused by free schools. Then attention turned to Shanghai, and an initiative to improve the standard of maths in primary schools by bringing Chinese teachers to the UK. By Richard Garner, The Independent.

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Independent

Eton trifles: Top school's chefs show off creations fit for princes and prime ministers (and there's not a turkey twizzler in sight)

 

It's educated 19 prime ministers, Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne and, of course, Princes William and Harry. By Victoria Finan, Daily Mail. References Eton College.

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Daily Mail

 

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