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Daily News Summary
13 Oct 2016

image Oxbridge fails to persuade state teachers to send pupils for interview
image Is the House system really a wizard idea?
image IB or A-levels: which should I take if I want to study medicine at university?
image Last art history A-level axed after Michael Gove cull of 'soft' subjects
image Unions closer to Sats boycott despite expectation of 'serious' DfE changes
image Regional Schools Commissioners grilled by MPs: 5 things we learned
image What makes a good teacher? It's much more than the Government's proposed measurements
image Why adults struggle to tell when children are lying

Oxbridge fails to persuade state teachers to send pupils for interview

 

Oxbridge is struggling to overcome stereotypes of elitism and private school dominance even after a decade of well-funded outreach to state schools, according to a survey of schoolteachers. By Richard Adams, Guardian. Also reported by TES and Mail.

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Guardian
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TES
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Daily Mail

Is the House system really a wizard idea?

 

Following a recent Times article that schools are returning to the house system, three school figures discuss its merit, in separate ISC blogs.

"The house is the home for its pupils": Kieran McLaughlin, Durham School.
"To stand the test of time houses must be more than worthy enterprises": Sue Baillie, RGS Newcastle.
Is the house system a wizard idea?: Sarah Palframan, Queen's Gate School.

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ISC

IB or A-levels: which should I take if I want to study medicine at university?

 

Telegraph offers expert advice to young people facing choices about their education. By Josie Gurney-Read. Quotes Vivienne Durham, former head at Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park.

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Telegraph

Last art history A-level axed after Michael Gove cull of 'soft' subjects

 

The last exam board in England offering art history A-level will drop the subject from 2018, marking the latest in a cull of perceived “soft” subjects following the curriculum changes begun by the former education secretary Michael Gove. By Maev Kennedy, Guardian.

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Guardian

Unions closer to Sats boycott despite expectation of 'serious' DfE changes

 

Unions are stepping up their campaign to boycott next year's Sats tests – as headteachers launch a petition against the current assessments. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

Regional Schools Commissioners grilled by MPs: 5 things we learned

 

The House of Commons education committee questioned three of England’s regional schools commissioners yesterday morning. Reported by Schools Week and TES.

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Schools Week
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TES

What makes a good teacher? It's much more than the Government's proposed measurements

 

In our increasingly-marketised university system there is now a lot of discussion over how to measure the quality of teaching, much of which deeply concerns me. It is so often led by those who have never taught, particularly as a specialist at this level. By Professor Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield and president of the UK Science Council. Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Why adults struggle to tell when children are lying

 

The shifty look, the evasive stare, the implausible excuse. Most adults think they are pretty good at spotting when a child is lying. Most adults are wrong. By Tom Whipple, Times.

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Times

 

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