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Daily News Summary
5 May 2016

image ‘Dropping A levels was our Big Bang moment’
image Beds for refugees unfilled at boarding schools due to Government red tape, teachers warn
image A good year for private schools?
image 'Arts education in the UK is the envy of the world, but it is being sidelined in schools'
image Cambridge and Oxford universities slip in world rankings
image SATs: how tricky do adults find the primary school grammar test?

‘Dropping A levels was our Big Bang moment’

 

IN THE past three years, three of the “old and bold” of King Edward’s School’s common room have retired: the head of English, the head of economics and our most senior maths teacher. They had 100 years’ service to the school between them. By John Claughton, head of King Edward’s School in Birmingham. TES. This article is in Friday's print only edition of TES on page 38 or can be seen online behind the paywall.

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TES

Beds for refugees unfilled at boarding schools due to Government red tape, teachers warn

 

Boarding schools have 80 unfilled places that have been made available for Syrian refugees because of Government red tape, head teachers have warned. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph. Quotes Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) and Natasha Dangerfield, headteacher at Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire. References St Felix school in Suffolk. Also reported by Schools Week and the Daily Mail.

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Telegraph
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Schools Week
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Daily Mail

A good year for private schools?

 

Britain’s private schools are in rude health. According to the 2016 census from the Independent Schools Council, 518,432 children attend independent schools, the highest since records began. By Graham Downes, The Conversation. References the Independent Schools Council.

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The Conversation

'Arts education in the UK is the envy of the world, but it is being sidelined in schools'

 

The Culture White Paper, published by the Government a few weeks ago, makes it clear that the arts should be an essential part of every child’s education, both in and out of school. I couldn’t agree more. By Bernice Mccabe, headmistress of North London Collegiate School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Cambridge and Oxford universities slip in world rankings

 

The UK has 10 universities in the top 100 of the world's best when it comes to global reputation, but many have slipped down the rankings this year. BBC News online.

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BBC

SATs: how tricky do adults find the primary school grammar test?

 

This week, more than a thousand parents of seven- and eight-year-olds kept their children at home, in protest at them becoming the first primary school children to sit the new SATs – revised standard assessment tests to determine capabilities in spelling, grammar, reading and maths. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

 

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