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Daily News Summary
6 May 2016

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image 'The devil’s in the data: school exams have become the master, rather than a tool to measure progress'
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image Control over admissions should be removed from schools, new study recommends
image Ex-schools mental health champion criticises axing of role
image 'Tough' tests are needed to encourage 'beautiful command of English', says minister
image How to... Inspire students to make music

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'The devil’s in the data: school exams have become the master, rather than a tool to measure progress'

 

We live in a world of education where data rules. Whether in assessing schools, appraising teachers, measuring performances in national exams, tracking pupil performance or assessing value added, it has crept insidiously into all areas of education. By Peter Tait, former headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School. The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Teachers choose smaller classes over pay rises

 

Staff believe smaller classes are the most effective way to improve learning, TES Global research finds. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

Control over admissions should be removed from schools, new study recommends

 

Academics say there are too many incentives for schools to ‘choose’ the most desirable pupils. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

Ex-schools mental health champion criticises axing of role

 

The government's decision to axe her role silences young people and teachers, the former mental health champion for schools in England says. BBC News online. Also reported by TES, Schools Week, The Independent and Telegraph.

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Telegraph

'Tough' tests are needed to encourage 'beautiful command of English', says minister

 

Addressing head teachers at an education conference at Brighton College, the schools minister stated tough new tests for primary school children are needed because correct grammar use and a "beautiful command of English" shouldn't just be the preserve of the middle classes. By Javier Espinoza, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

How to... Inspire students to make music

 

Music education is about more than a few keyboard lessons, says one performing arts teacher, who shares her tips for encouraging pupils to compose. By Isabel Horning, TES.

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