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Daily News Summary
12 Oct 2016

image Children born in summer could play the system as parents get TWO chances to put them into their favourite school
image Funding for EU students guaranteed for those applying in 2017
image Study porn in school ‘like Jane Austen’
image How to pass the Oxford interview
image Our obsession with hierarchy means primary schools often struggle to be heard
image Protection for at-risk children 'unsatisfactory'
image 'Workload is a problem in schools because of the "McDonaldisation" of education'
image Is China’s gaokao the world’s toughest school exam?

Children born in summer could play the system as parents get TWO chances to put them into their favourite school

 

Plans to allow thousands of summer-born children to start reception a year later have been delayed over fears parents will take advantage of the system and apply twice to their school of choice. By Stephanie Linning, Mail. Also reported by Schools Week and TES.

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TES

Funding for EU students guaranteed for those applying in 2017

 

EU students applying for a place at a university in England next year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants, the Government announced today. By Josie Gurney-Read, Telegraph. Also reported by Guardian, Independent and BBC News.

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BBC

Study porn in school ‘like Jane Austen’

 

The study of pornographic videos should be compulsory in school and analysed in the same way as a Jane Austen novel, a BBC broadcaster has said. By David Sanderson, Times. Also reported by Mail.

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Daily Mail

How to pass the Oxford interview

 

It's the university application season - with the first wave of deadlines, including Oxford and Cambridge, coming this week. In an attempt to make it less intimidating the university has produced a video explaining how the interview works as well as some sample questions - and suggestions for how students might have answered. By Sean O'Coughlan, BBC News. Also reported by Telegraph, Guardian, Mail and TES.

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Telegraph
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Guardian
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Daily Mail
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TES

Our obsession with hierarchy means primary schools often struggle to be heard

 

When we consider our nation’s peculiar obsession with hierarchy, and the social stratification of society, it is not surprising that the same malaise of looking at everything from top down affects education as well. By Peter Tait, former head at Sherborne Preparatory School. Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Protection for at-risk children 'unsatisfactory'

 

Government attempts to improve protection for at-risk children in England have been criticised by the National Audit Office. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News.

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BBC

'Workload is a problem in schools because of the "McDonaldisation" of education'

 

English teachers spend more time working than their peers abroad, not because they give more teaching time pupils but because they are compelled to devote too many hours to administrative duties, writes one leading sociologist. By Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent. TES.

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Is China’s gaokao the world’s toughest school exam?

 

Chinese children must endure years of stress and impossible expectations preparing for their final school exam. The students who do best can look forward to glittering careers and even good marriage prospects. But for the less successful, the system is brutal. By Alec Ash, Guardian.

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Guardian

 

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