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Daily News Summary
17 Oct 2016

image Grammar pupils progress faster than their peers in non-selective schools, data shows
image The social capital of a private education
image Art history can’t just be the preserve of the middle class in a nation of art-lovers
image 'The most important factor in improving outcomes for all children is the quality of teaching, not a 'tutor-proof' 11-plus'
image 'Wellbeing must be moved up the agenda for schools but inspection is entirely the wrong way to go about it'
image Analyse porn? I’m not of that Persuasion
image Schools break law by excluding autistic pupils
image Plan now to avoid post-Brexit languages crisis, say MPs
image Airbrushing gets perfect school photos

Grammar pupils progress faster than their peers in non-selective schools, data shows

 

Grammar school pupils progress faster and outperform children of similar ability who attend non-selective schools, official data has disclosed for the first time. By Peter Dominiczak, Telegraph. There is further coverage on the subject of grammar schools in today's news, including a report in the Times, Independent, TES and Guardian that Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, has criticised the PM's grammar school plans; the Independent also includes a comment piece on why grammar schools do nothing for social mobility.

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Telegraph
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Times
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Independent
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TES
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Guardian
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Independent

The social capital of a private education

 

Privately educated pupils earn more – but they also get better “quality” jobs. Why is that, ask Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge, and Francis Green, UCL Institute of Education. Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Art history can’t just be the preserve of the middle class in a nation of art-lovers

 

A furore erupted this week over the news that art history will no longer be taught at A-level. AQA confirmed the decision on Thursday, sending the world of academe to the ramparts in outrage. By Adam Summut, a PhD candidate in History of Art. Telegraph. Guardian features a letter page on the subject, including a letter from Deputy Head Academic at Benenden School, Lesley Tyler. There is further commentary on this subject reported by Independent and Sunday Times.

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Telegraph
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Guardian
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Independent
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Sunday Times

'The most important factor in improving outcomes for all children is the quality of teaching, not a 'tutor-proof' 11-plus'

 

The government should not tackle educational problems with ‘big levers’ such as school structures, but address underfunding and teacher recruitment, says one independent school head. By David Goodhew, headteacher at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London. TES.

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TES

'Wellbeing must be moved up the agenda for schools but inspection is entirely the wrong way to go about it'

 

This country has been brainwashed into thinking that schools and teachers must be held accountable exclusively through data, inspection and league tables, writes one leading headteacher. By Bernard Trafford, headteacher of Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and a former chairman of the HMC. TES.

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TES

Analyse porn? I’m not of that Persuasion

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that young men in possession of porn must be in want of better education or they’ll never get a wife . . .” By Jenny Brown, headmistress of St Albans High School for Girls. Sunday Times. Jenni Murray writes again for the Guardian detailing her reasons behind her statement and Victoria Coren Mitchell offers her thoughts on the subject.

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Sunday Times
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Guardian

Schools break law by excluding autistic pupils

 

Nearly half of children with autism in England have been illegally excluded from schools that struggle to meet their needs, a charity has said. By Jessie Hewitson, Times.

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Times

Plan now to avoid post-Brexit languages crisis, say MPs

 

Trade talks after leaving the EU will need more UK officials with language skills, say the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages. By Judith Burns, BBC News.

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BBC

Airbrushing gets perfect school photos

 

School photographers are offering to airbrush pictures of children as young as 11 before sending them to parents. By Nicola Woolcock, Times.

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Times

 

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