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Daily News Summary
20 May 2016

image The five key spheres of activity of a Powerful School
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image Why British pupils are pursuing the American university dream
image Morgan offers unions olive branch of new pay and workload talks
image Science and languages 'marginalised in primary schools'
image Gibb pledges to act over term-time holidays
image Why Pisa plans to ask students if they think their teachers are racist

The five key spheres of activity of a Powerful School

 

All schools are powerful – they exist to make a difference to and for young people, and sitting at the heart of schools is the development of opportunities to enable young people to become more socially and globally mobile. By Helen Wright, former Headteacher at St Mary's School in Calne and past president of the Girls’ Schools Association.

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Schools Improvement

Threat to the arts

 

Paul Smith, Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School, writes to the Times Editor regarding the new Ebacc and its threat to the provision of a musical education for state sector pupils.

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Times

Why British pupils are pursuing the American university dream

 

The latest world rankings from Times Higher Education couldn’t be clearer: US universities are the most successful in the world. Eight of its top ten universities are American, and 43 feature in the top 100 — a staggering achievement. By Andrew Halls, Head Master of King’s College School in Wimbledon. The Times.

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Times

Morgan offers unions olive branch of new pay and workload talks

 

Nicky Morgan is seeking a fresh start with teaching unions through an invitation to new in-depth talks on pay, workload and other areas of concern, TES can reveal. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

Science and languages 'marginalised in primary schools'

 

Pupils are leaving primary school unprepared for the rigours of science and foreign languages at secondary level, Ofsted's chief inspector says. BBC News online. TES also reports on this story and on the OCR's withdrawal from language exams which has been heralded by experts as a shift towards a system of monopolies.

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BBC
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TES
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TES

Gibb pledges to act over term-time holidays

 

The schools minister has pledged to take all "measures necessary" to overturn the High Court ruling which casts doubt on the term-time holidays. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online. Also reported by The Telegraph, Guardian, TES and Independent.

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BBC
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Telegraph
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Guardian
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TES
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Independent

Why Pisa plans to ask students if they think their teachers are racist

 

Pupils will be asked whether they think their teachers are racist under proposals for a new element of Pisa, the world’s most influential education rankings. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

 

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