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Daily News Summary
16 Mar 2016

image Playing to win: how to find the perfect school place
image Zagat gives five stars to English deputy head
image Budget 2016: School days to get longer as all schools forced to become academies
image Ofqual announces extra checks on maths A-level standards
image Pupils struggle to relate to Shakespeare, survey finds
image Tongue-tied: Britain has forgotten how to speak to its European neighbours
image How the Tories picked free schools: chaotic, inconsistent and incompetent
image Riding high: Meet the teachers cycling the world

Playing to win: how to find the perfect school place

 

Choosing a school can be one of the most daunting things you’ll ever have to do as a parent. Lucy Higginson tells you what you should be looking out for. The Telegraph. Quotes Rob Morse, head of Aysgarth School in Yorkshire and Michael Carslaw, head of St Leonards in Fife. Also references Lady Eleanor Holles School; Dauntsey's School, Cheltenham College and Abbots Bromley School in Staffordshire.

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Telegraph

Zagat gives five stars to English deputy head

 

An English deputy head has been selected as the inaugural fellow in a new education-exchange fellowship. By Adi Bloom, TES. References David James, Deputy Head at Bryanston School in Dorset.

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TES

Budget 2016: School days to get longer as all schools forced to become academies

 

Moves to force every English state school to leave council control and become an academy within six years will be set out by George Osborne in a Budget designed to “put the next generation first”. By Nigel Morris, The Independent. Also reported by BBC News online, The Times and The Guardian.

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Independent
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BBC
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Times
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Guardian

Ofqual announces extra checks on maths A-level standards

 

Exams regulator brings in new tests that could avoid repeat of GCSE fiasco. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

Pupils struggle to relate to Shakespeare, survey finds

 

More than half of English teachers say their pupils find it difficult to connect to the playwright's work. By Adi Bloom, TES.

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TES

Tongue-tied: Britain has forgotten how to speak to its European neighbours

 

The decline in the number of students of modern languages from GCSE to degree level is an annual lament. Only 10,328 pupils in the UK took French at A Level in 2015 and although Spanish enjoyed a rise in entries at A Level of 14%, German continued its steady decline. By Martin Hurcombe, The Conversation.

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The Conversation

How the Tories picked free schools: chaotic, inconsistent and incompetent

 

It took a three-year legal battle for Laura McInerney to see papers on why some free school applications succeed and others fail. What she found made her determined to fight on. By Laura McInerney, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Riding high: Meet the teachers cycling the world

 

Teachers Claire Le Hur and Stuart Block are on a 10,000km journey to connect classrooms around the world. Here's how they are doing it. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Le Hur spent seven years teaching classics at Rugby School, before moving to Colfe's School in London.

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Telegraph

 

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