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Daily News Summary
10 Oct 2016

image ‘The government’s education policies are simply about giving power to the elite’
image ‘Independent school teachers are not likely to be suited to tell state schools how to teach’
image Turning pupil voice into pupil action
image Teacher workload won’t reduce unless class sizes are increased, new report claims
image Labour reshuffle: Rayner stays, Mike Kane becomes shadow schools minster
image 'Teachers and heads in large part have the liberal values that Ms May is pillorying'
image GCSE grading changes will hamper school comparisons
image Schools find bringing back houses is a wizard idea

‘The government’s education policies are simply about giving power to the elite’

 

Be it the new grammars, or forcing independent schools to get involved with the state sector, Theresa May seems hell-bent on a new educational elitism, writes one former Labour education minister. By Kevin Brennan, TES. References the Independent Schools Council.

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TES

‘Independent school teachers are not likely to be suited to tell state schools how to teach’

 

Maintained-private partnerships can work in education, but not when they are forced, writes veteran education journalist Richard Garner in his fortnightly TES column. References the Headmasters and Headmistresses' Conference; Mike Buchanan, head of Ashford school in Kent and chairman of the HMC.

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TES

Turning pupil voice into pupil action

 

While the Conservatives were gathering for their annual party conference, the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference — representing nearly 300 of the UK’s leading independent schools — were meeting 25 miles to the south, in Stratford upon Avon. Their theme was “Leading creative schools”. Joe Spence, Master at Dulwich College writes for the Sunday Times' education blog.

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Sunday Times

Teacher workload won’t reduce unless class sizes are increased, new report claims

 

The Education Policy Institute has published its latest report, 'Teacher workload and professional development in England’s secondary schools: insights from TALIS'. Coverage following the report has focused on teacher workload and class sizes. By Schools Week, TES, Independent and BBC News online. Schools Week also includes an article listing the five key findings from the report.

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Schools Week
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Independent
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Schools Week

Labour reshuffle: Rayner stays, Mike Kane becomes shadow schools minster

 

Schools Week has published details of the new Shadow Education team, with Labour MP Angela Rayner continuing her work as shadow education secretary while former teacher Mike Kane will be responsible for the party’s schools policies. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

'Teachers and heads in large part have the liberal values that Ms May is pillorying'

 

Suddenly teachers find their values being pilloried. We are now the ‘liberal elite’: educated, internationalist and slammed by Theresa May for our 'smugness', writes one leading headteacher. By Dr Bernard Trafford is headteacher of Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and a former chairman of the HMC. TES.

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TES

GCSE grading changes will hamper school comparisons

 

The new grading system and a raft of government reforms mean GCSE results will not be comparable until at least 2022, a headteacher has warned. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Schools find bringing back houses is a wizard idea

 

The old-fashioned house system beloved of ancient public schools is being revived decades after it was abandoned at many institutions. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Quotes Shaun Fenton, Headmaster at Reigate Grammar School.

What do you think? Does your school have a House system in place, does it improve behaviour, participation and achievement? If you would be interested in writing a 500-700 word blog about this, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

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Times

 

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