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Daily News Summary
23 May 2016

image Languages: centuries of colonialism have made us lazy
image ‘The British disease of not trusting “foreign” has infected students deciding against taking languages’
image What is it with our obsession with IQ and raw intelligence in children?
image Primary pupils should learn about tax and banking, say MPs
image Call for more school funding to help northern schools
image Workload: 'School leaders need to set their teachers a better example'
image Loss of school librarians is 'a national scandal'

Languages: centuries of colonialism have made us lazy

 

With the EU referendum only a month away, Europe is the hottest topic for debate in media and social circles. By Hilary French, headmistress of Newcastle High School for Girls and former president of the Girls’ Schools Association. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

‘The British disease of not trusting “foreign” has infected students deciding against taking languages’

 

The collapse of MFL uptake will not be solved by any reconfiguring of the education system. It’s a way more ingrained problem than that, writes one leading headteacher. By Bernard Trafford, headteacher of Royal Grammar School and a former chairman of the HMC. TES.

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TES

What is it with our obsession with IQ and raw intelligence in children?

 

What is it with our obsession with IQ and raw intelligence and why are children separated off from their peers by virtue of having a high IQ? By Peter Tait, former headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School.

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Telegraph

Primary pupils should learn about tax and banking, say MPs

 

Bank statements, making sense of tax payments and calculating mobile phone tariffs should be taught in primary school, MPs will say today, following the publication of a report two years after financial education became compulsory at secondary level. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Also reported by The Telegraph.

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Times
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Telegraph

Call for more school funding to help northern schools

 

Teach First and IPPR North are calling on policy makers to use reform of the schools funding formula to boost educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in the north. By Alix Robertson, Schools Week. Also reported by BBC News online, TES and The Guardian.

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Schools Week
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BBC
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TES
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Guardian

Workload: 'School leaders need to set their teachers a better example'

 

Teachers want heads to show them the way on work-life balance – but all too often leaders neglect their own wellbeing, according to new research. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

Loss of school librarians is 'a national scandal'

 

TESS survey reveals wide variations in access to qualified staff, as councils make cuts amid shrinking budgets. By Emma Seith, TES.

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TES

 

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