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Daily News Summary
7 Mar 2016

image Britain’s Exclusive Schools Try to Be a Little Less So
image ‘Teachers have a human need to be appreciated, and recognised for the extra they put in, and money alone will not be enough’
image Answer the question: To uncover the perfect ancient history course, start digging
image Private schools chief: Cambridge admission tests will privilege pupils in the independent sector
image Cripes! No exclamation allowed!
image Rise in home-schooling raises fear of children drifting off safety radar
image ASCL Conference 2016
image Mental health problems:
image Ofsted:
image Funding:
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image Recruitment crisis:

Britain’s Exclusive Schools Try to Be a Little Less So

 

The New York Times gives its perspective on UK independent schools with contributions from Patrick Derham, Headmaster at Westminster School, and Peter Green, Headmaster of Rugby School. By Stephen Castle, New York Times.

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New York Times

‘Teachers have a human need to be appreciated, and recognised for the extra they put in, and money alone will not be enough’

 

The government will never build goodwill among the teaching profession while carping about the shortcomings of schools, imposing crude business-style performance measures and making them labour under a hostile inspectorate, writes a leading headteacher. By Bernard Trafford, headteacher of Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and a former chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The TES.

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TES

Answer the question: To uncover the perfect ancient history course, start digging

 

Andrew Halls, head master of King’s College School in Wimbledon, replies to readers’ queries in The Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

Private schools chief: Cambridge admission tests will privilege pupils in the independent sector

 

The University of Cambridge's new admissions tests will give pupils from selective schools an advantage in winning a place at the university, the chair of the Independent Schools Council has said. By Kaye Wiggins, TES. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, Chair of ISC and former head master of Harrow school.

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TES

Cripes! No exclamation allowed!

 

OMG!!! Seven-year-olds who have grown up in a world of social media have been told to curb their use of exclamation marks in new rules for grammar tests this summer. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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Sunday Times
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Telegraph

Rise in home-schooling raises fear of children drifting off safety radar

 

Home-schooling has soared in the past five years, prompting fears that vulnerable children are falling off the authorities’ radar or being radicalised. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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Times

ASCL Conference 2016

 

The following coverage is based on the Association of School and College Leaders' (ASCL) recent conference. News arising includes reports on mental health problems, comments regarding Ofsted, funding issues, radicalisation and the teacher recruitment crisis.

Mental health problems:

 

More young people are suffering from mental health issues but there is a gap in the care on offer outside of school hours, warns a recent survey.

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Independent
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BBC
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Huffington Post
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Telegraph

Ofsted:

 

Comments stating Ofsted could have given schools “more trust and encouragement”, as well as reports on Wilshaw's warnings about reality TV shows in schools.

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TES
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Schools Week
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BBC

Funding:

 

More than £30 billion of education funding will be handed directly to head teachers rather than councils. Reports also focus on pupils in London and other inner city areas, who could lose out under proposals.

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Telegraph
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Guardian

Radicalisation:

 

Detailed checks on children's term time holiday plans are now necessary, states a Head fighting to prevent his pupils falling victim to extremism.

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TES
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Schools Week
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Herald

Recruitment crisis:

 

Nicky Morgan speaks on new measures to attract more women and part time teachers into the profession. Discussions also focused on the proposal to write off teachers' student loans.

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Independent
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TES
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Sunday Times

 

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