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Daily News Summary
14 Oct 2016

image History of art teachers devastated as A-level axed
image Private schools spend three times more on each pupil
image Getting to grips with 'Mayducation'
image 'I have been teaching Bob Dylan all my working life'
image Half of secondary schools now oversubscribed, new analysis finds
image Foreign students are welcomed by overwhelming majority of voters
image Academics petition education secretary over 48-hour research publication rule
image Smartphones only encourage stupid behaviour

History of art teachers devastated as A-level axed

 

Following yesterday's news that the last exam board to offer A level History of Art has decided to drop the subject, there is widespread coverage commenting on this decision. Caroline Osborne, head of art history at Godolphin and Latymer School is quoted by BBC News. Also reported by Independent, Telegraph, Guardian, Times and Spectator. Helen Oakden, Head of History of Art at St Mary’s School, Ascot writes a letter to Telegraph, criticising the termination of the A level, (almost half-way down page). Independent also writes a separate article detailing the full list of A levels which will no longer be available in schools in England from 2017.

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BBC
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Independent
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Telegraph
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Guardian
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Times
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The Spectator
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Telegraph
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Independent

Private schools spend three times more on each pupil

 

Private schools are bumping up their fees while state school funding remains flat, widening the attainment gap between the state and independent sectors, academics have claimed. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week. Quotes the Independent Schools Council.

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Schools Week

Getting to grips with 'Mayducation'

 

Independent Schools Magazine features an article detailing what heads really think of the government's latest ideas on conditional VAT relief and forced co-operation with the state sector. Quotes Michael Piercy, Head at The New Beacon; Jane Prescott Head Mistress at Portsmouth High School and Mark Ronan, Head at Pocklington.

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Independent Schools Magazine

'I have been teaching Bob Dylan all my working life'

 

Songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. One English teacher explains why he is a worthy recipient. By James Breen, English teacher at Wellington College. TES.

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TES

Half of secondary schools now oversubscribed, new analysis finds

 

At least half of England’s secondaries are now oversubscribed, according to exclusive research seen by TES, causing headteachers to warn of the burden as the problem is set to get worse. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

Foreign students are welcomed by overwhelming majority of voters

 

Five times more people think that international students at British universities have a positive impact than think they have a negative effect, a poll for The Times has found. By Greg Hurst, Times. In a separate article, the Guardian reports that young people who have spent most of their lives in the UK but find themselves ineligible for a student loan due to their immigration status are calling on universities to create scholarships to allow them to continue their education.

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Times
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Guardian

Academics petition education secretary over 48-hour research publication rule

 

Academics and journalists are mobilising to fight a government diktat which means they must now send any research based on the national pupil database to civil servants two days before publication. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Smartphones only encourage stupid behaviour

 

When pupils bringing in mobile phones threatens the safe and respectful teaching environment, the devices should be banned. By Anne Mroz, TES.

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TES

 

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