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Daily News Summary
29 Mar 2016

image Learning how to study is key to your child’s revision plan
image Abysmal grammar, newspeak and doublethink: it's a brave new world we teach in
image Boarding schools claim Archers plot is 'damaging and inaccurate'
image School fees
image Children need danger, says safety chief
image 'When teachers provide mental health care with no training, there's always a danger they will be sucked into pupils' private hell'
image Muslim children afraid to speak openly in classes
image Teachers threaten boycott of ‘difficult’ primary tests
image Welcome to Dragon School – the lair of the British acting elite

Learning how to study is key to your child’s revision plan

 

Impending exams need not ruin your Easter break if you plan your studying for GCSEs or A-levels effectively, says Dr Susanna Pinkus. The Telegraph. Dr Susanna Pinkus is a specialist teacher at Harrow School, and a consultant for Dukes Education.

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Telegraph

Abysmal grammar, newspeak and doublethink: it's a brave new world we teach in

 

The government insists that it’s setting teachers, school leaders and governing bodies free to make the decisions. It's all looking decidedly Orwellian, says this leading headteacher. By Dr Bernard Trafford, headteacher of Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and a former chairman of HMC. TES.

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TES

Boarding schools claim Archers plot is 'damaging and inaccurate'

 

Boarding Schools Association calls on scriptwriters to have a more "mature" approach when writing about boarding schools. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Robin Fletcher, the national director of the BSA.

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Telegraph

School fees

 

Letter to The Telegraph regarding schools fees at independent schools, by John Tranmer, Chairman of the Independent Association of Prep Schools.

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Telegraph

Children need danger, says safety chief

 

Experiencing danger should become a core part of the school curriculum so that pupils learn how to deal with threats to life and limb, according to the outgoing chairwoman of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). By Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times. References Jenny Brown, the head teacher of St Albans High School for Girls. Also reported by The Independent.

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Sunday Times
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Independent

'When teachers provide mental health care with no training, there's always a danger they will be sucked into pupils' private hell'

 

The benefits of peer support cannot be overstated. But we need to look after the mentors as well as the mentees, says the DfE's mental health champion. By Natasha Devon, TES.

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TES

Muslim children afraid to speak openly in classes

 

The largest teachers’ union has called for the government’s Prevent strategy to identify children at risk of radicalisation to be withdrawn, saying that it was not working as intended. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by BBC News online, The Independent and TES.

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Times
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BBC
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Independent
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TES

Teachers threaten boycott of ‘difficult’ primary tests

 

Teachers have threatened to boycott primary school tests, saying that the new assessments are too difficult and pupils in England are among the most tested in Europe. By Greg Hurst, The Times. Also reported by The Times and Independent.

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Times
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BBC
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Independent

Welcome to Dragon School – the lair of the British acting elite

 

The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hollander and Hugh Laurie are all former pupils of the Oxford-based prep school – and they’re not the only ‘Eminent Dragons’ the institution has produced. The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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