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Daily News Summary
4 Mar 2016

image Vetting red tape could force up private school fees, warns headteacher
image 'Why top professions favour independent school pupils'
image 'Will private or state schools better cater to our son's disability?'
image Flexible working could help solve teacher shortage, think tank argues
image Massive disparities in school funding postcode 'lottery' revealed by DfE research
image GCSE and A-level English curriculum dominated by ‘white, deceased, male writers’, say campaigners
image World Book Day boss: It's fine for children to dress up as Disney princesses or comic book characters
image The Room Vandalised By 4 British Prime Ministers

Vetting red tape could force up private school fees, warns headteacher

 

There should be a common system which schools can use to carry out background checks, says chair of the Society of Heads. By Irena Barker, TES. Quotes Dominic Findlay, chairman of the Society of Heads and headmaster of Langley School in Norfolk. Also quotes Alun Jones, president of the Girls’ Schools Association.

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TES

'Why top professions favour independent school pupils'

 

Long school days and access to extra-curricular activities create the skills that set private school pupils apart, says head Keith Budge, headmaster at Bedales School. Also references the Independent Schools Council. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

'Will private or state schools better cater to our son's disability?'

 

Ask the experts: When a child has a disability, choosing a school can be hard. How can you make sure they cater well for special educational needs? By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Quotes Vivienne Durham, former head at Francis Holland School.

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Telegraph

Flexible working could help solve teacher shortage, think tank argues

 

Schools in England should embrace flexible working to tackle a teacher supply crisis, argues a think tank ahead of a head teachers' conference. By Judith Burns, BBC News online. Further coverage on ASCL's annual conference is reported by Schools Week and TES.

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BBC
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Schools Week
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TES

Massive disparities in school funding postcode 'lottery' revealed by DfE research

 

School funding for a four-year-old pupil with SEND would range from £2,000 to £25,000 depending on where they live. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

GCSE and A-level English curriculum dominated by ‘white, deceased, male writers’, say campaigners

 

Campaign calls on the Government to ensure women and ethnic minorities are fairly represented on the UK's curriculum. By Aftab Ali, The Independent.

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Independent

World Book Day boss: It's fine for children to dress up as Disney princesses or comic book characters

 

Kirsten Grant, director of World Book Day, said children could be introduced to the joys of reading if they were allowed to dress as characters such as Elsa, the princess in Disney’s Frozen. By Patrick Foster and Hannah Furness, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

The Room Vandalised By 4 British Prime Ministers

 

Prime ministers, Victorian novelists and boy wizards. Prompted by ISC, the ever-curious Londonist paid a visit to Harrow School.

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Londonist

 

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