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Daily News Summary
16 May 2016

image Private schools are not the problem
image ISC Blog: "Academic success and positive experiences beyond the classroom go hand in hand"
image Term-time holidays: Thousands could have fines refunded after landmark ruling
image Exams shouldn't be stopped, children say
image ‘Talk of kids under too much pressure is ridiculous. The strike was bonkers’
image Parents step up cheating for places at best schools
image Improve teaching if you want higher fees, universities told
image Ofsted inspection for mental health services at schools
image Trainee teachers from northern England told to modify their accents

Private schools are not the problem

 

Last week the economics editor of the Independent penned a strong opinion against independent schools and charitable status. The Independent published an edited response from Julie Robinson, General Secretary of ISC. You can read the full, unedited response on the ISC website.

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ISC Blog: "Academic success and positive experiences beyond the classroom go hand in hand"

 

Responding to research from the UCL Institute of Education that independent school pupils can expect to be much healthier in middle age, Henry Price, headmaster of Wellington School, says this is as much down to culture as facilities.

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Term-time holidays: Thousands could have fines refunded after landmark ruling

 

Thousands of parents are poised to have their fines refunded after the High Court ruled that children can be taken on term time holidays. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Also reported by BBC News online. The Times also features a number of letters to the Editor on this topic, including a letter from Chris Muller, Head at Sir William Perkins’s School in Surrey.

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Telegraph
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Times

Exams shouldn't be stopped, children say

 

Most children want to sit ‘tougher’ SATs tests despite parents and teachers fierce opposition to the controversial exam, new research showed. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

‘Talk of kids under too much pressure is ridiculous. The strike was bonkers’

 

Toby Young calls for a return to rigour and classroom discipline. By Alice Thomson, The Times.

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Times

Parents step up cheating for places at best schools

 

Almost 200 parents were last year caught trying to cheat to get their children into high-achieving state schools, the highest number yet recorded. By Tom Harper and Bénédicte Earl, The Times.

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Times

Improve teaching if you want higher fees, universities told

 

Students will be able to switch between universities more easily and institutions will be penalised for poor teaching in a radical reform of higher education to be announced today. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Also reported by BBC News online.

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BBC

Ofsted inspection for mental health services at schools

 

Ofsted inspectors will assess the mental health services offered at all secondary schools under new plans. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

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Times

Trainee teachers from northern England told to modify their accents

 

Trainee teachers from the north of England are being asked to tone down their accents in order to be better understood in the classroom, according to research. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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