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Daily News Summary
9 May 2016

image Government drops plan to make all schools in England academies
image Parents' smartphones harming children's ability to hold conversation, say teachers
image Value of girls’ schools
image The 'revision buddy’ service that brings learning to life
image Primary pupils 'feel test pressure' - survey
image Many pupils who start primary school 'aren't ready for the classroom'
image Knowledge is ‘not enough’ if students are to find jobs after the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, says Lord Baker
image Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a British 11-year-old?

Government drops plan to make all schools in England academies

 

Controversial plans to force all state schools in England to become academies have been dropped only days after the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, insisted they would go ahead. By Richard Adams, The Guardian. Sir Anthony Seldon also writes for the Telegraph regarding the change in direction over academies.

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Guardian
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Telegraph
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Telegraph

Parents' smartphones harming children's ability to hold conversation, say teachers

 

Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns. By Ben Farmer, The Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Value of girls’ schools

 

Letter to the Editor of the Telegraph from Emma Hattersley, headmistress at Godolphin School.

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Telegraph

The 'revision buddy’ service that brings learning to life

 

A few weeks ago the English mother of a 16‑year-old about to take his GCSEs put in an urgent call to the Oxford Educational Partnership. The woman, who lives in France, was desperate for help. Her son was doing no work whatsoever. By Candida Crewe, The Telegraph. References The Dragon School and quotes Cindy Holmes, a governor of the Dragon and Rugby School.

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Telegraph

Primary pupils 'feel test pressure' - survey

 

Nearly 90% of 10- and 11-year old pupils in England feel pressure to do well in tests, a survey suggests. By Judith Burns, BBC News online.

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BBC

Many pupils who start primary school 'aren't ready for the classroom'

 

New research suggests that at least 194,000 pupils could be ill-prepared for the classroom in September. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

Knowledge is ‘not enough’ if students are to find jobs after the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, says Lord Baker

 

Learning a computer language at GCSE will be more useful than learning a foreign language, according to the former education secretary. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a British 11-year-old?

 

Sharpen your neurons with the maths test just taken by 300,000 UK school pupils. By Alex Bellos, The Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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