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Daily News Summary
31 May 2016

image Headmaster of Hancock's former school criticises idea companies should ask job applicants whether they went to private school
image Why we must go on sneering at posh boys
image Schools as businesses: when education doesn't always come first
image Children in six-hour interview process at top school to 'see through over-tutoring'
image Exams watchdog issues warning after rise in number of schools targeted by test paper scams
image Traditional A-level subjects on the rise as students turn their backs on vocational courses
image How can I be sure I am choosing the right school for my daughter?
image First-day fear? The countdown to September starts here

Headmaster of Hancock's former school criticises idea companies should ask job applicants whether they went to private school

 

Cabinet minster, Matt Hancock, has called for a system where companies should ask job applicants whether they went to private school. The Telegraph reports on this focusing largely on an ISC blog post, written by Chris Ramsey, headmaster of the King's School Chester. Hilary French, headmistress of Newcastle High School for Girls and Mark Mortimer, Head at Warminster School, also reflect on this in ISC blog posts. Further coverage from BBC News online, The Times, Independent and Financial Times.

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Why we must go on sneering at posh boys

 

Matthew Parris writes for The Times stating that if Britain wants to improve people’s life chances, the privilege of top private schools has to be dismantled. ISC has published a response to this on the ISC website and The Times has also published letters concerning this story.

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Schools as businesses: when education doesn't always come first

 

A principal motive of the Government’s drive to convert all schools to academies is to provide them with more freedom over their finances, as well as their curriculum, admissions and staffing. By Peter Tait, The Telegraph.

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Children in six-hour interview process at top school to 'see through over-tutoring'

 

Wellington College brings children in for six hours, in which time they are able to relax, set aside their "tutored selves" and show as many facets of their personalities. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Julian Thomas, head master at Wellington College and James Dahl, Wellington's director of admissions.

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Exams watchdog issues warning after rise in number of schools targeted by test paper scams

 

Exams regulator Ofqual has warned schools of an increasing number of scams in place by individuals posing as exams officers in order to obtain unseen test papers. By Rachael Pells, The Independent. Also reported by TES.

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Traditional A-level subjects on the rise as students turn their backs on vocational courses

 

Thousands more students are studying academic subjects at A-level this year than had been predicted by the universities admissions service, new figures reveal. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

How can I be sure I am choosing the right school for my daughter?

 

It's perhaps unsurprising, but choosing a primary school for a child is one of the most frequently voiced concerns that we receive. By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Quotes Frances Mwale, prep headmistress at Farlington School and Vivienne Durham, former head at Francis Holland School.

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Telegraph

First-day fear? The countdown to September starts here

 

Your child’s primary place may not long have been confirmed and you may feel you can relax, as that start in the autumn term still seems far away. By Dr Susanna Pinkus, a learning support teacher at Harrow School. The Telegraph.

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