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Daily News Summary
18 May 2016

image ISC Blog: Time for a Moratorium on SATs?
image 'We mustn't hide our children from pressured situations - learning to fail is important'
image Builiding resilience and coping with pressures
image The doctor warning 15-year-olds about their declining fertility
image Careers talks 'boost future earnings' - research
image Two children in every class experience language disorders, study suggests
image 'Reforming assessment so it primarily helps pupils' – and four other urgent problems ministers must resolve
image Don't throw your mortarboard in the air - it's too dangerous, students told

ISC Blog: Time for a Moratorium on SATs?

 

Following the recent fallout over this year’s SATs for 7 and 11 year olds, Peter Tait, former head of Sherborne Preparatory School, questions their impact and need for reform.

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ISC

'We mustn't hide our children from pressured situations - learning to fail is important'

 

As debates surrounding SATs and primary school testing continue into a third week, a report looking at what the pupils actually think has been published. By Frances Mwale, prep headmistress at Farlington School in Horsham. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Builiding resilience and coping with pressures

 

Examinations - two heads give their top tips. Independent Schools Magazine. By Ben Evans, headmaster at Edge Grove School in Hertfordshire, and Kevin Fear, Headmaster of Nottingham High School.

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Independent Schools Magazine

The doctor warning 15-year-olds about their declining fertility

 

The girls in year 10 at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s Church of England school in south London are listening intently as fertility expert Prof Geeta Nargund describes the dramatic decline in their ovarian reserves. By Sally Weale, The Guardian. Quotes Helen Fraser, Cheif Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust.

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Guardian

Careers talks 'boost future earnings' - research

 

Careers education given to pupils in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News online. Also reported by TES.

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BBC
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TES

Two children in every class experience language disorders, study suggests

 

Change in diagnosis reveals language problems are more widespread than previously thought. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

'Reforming assessment so it primarily helps pupils' – and four other urgent problems ministers must resolve

 

Writing ahead of the Queen’s Speech, one headteachers’ leader outlines five policy areas that need speedy resolution. By Leora Cruddas, ASCL’s director of policy. TES.

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TES

Don't throw your mortarboard in the air - it's too dangerous, students told

 

The tradition of throwing a mortarboard into the air after graduation has been scrapped by a university because of health and safety concerns, according to a student newspaper. The Telegraph. Also reported by The Times.

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Telegraph
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Times

 

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