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Daily News Summary
19 Oct 2016

image Parents must not become enslaved by the education system - their views need to be heard again
image Culture, creativity and the axing of A levels
image Chief inspector of school accuses some police forces of failing on child protection
image Europe's first ever bilingual Chinese-English school to open in London
image Most grammar schools 'not prioritising poor pupils'
image New arts-led free school plans to reject the EBacc
image Make it easier to create new exam boards, says new report
image 'Red Bull and a packet of Tic Tacs': Teachers reveal the worst packed lunches they've ever seen - and say the sight of some left them 'heartbroken'

Parents must not become enslaved by the education system - their views need to be heard again

 

Forty years after Prime Minister Jim Callaghan's seminal 'Ruskin' speech, Wellington School Head Henry Price says parents must be heard again. Telegraph.

The original speech, by Labour PM Callaghan was delivered in Ruskin College, Oxford on 18 October 1976. It remains a fascinating read.

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Telegraph

Culture, creativity and the axing of A levels

 

Letters to the Times following recent news that examining board, AQA, has dropped A level History of Art amongst other 'soft' subjects. Letters from Samantha Price, Headmistress at Benenden School and Neil Roskilly, CEO of the Independent Schools Association. Times and Guardian feature comment pieces and Artsy details the facts and figures behind the art history A Level at state and independent schools.

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Artsy

Chief inspector of school accuses some police forces of failing on child protection

 

The outgoing chief inspector of schools is embroiled in a row with the inspector of police forces as he accused them of not doing enough to protect children against abuse. By Javier Espinoza, Telegraph. Also reported by Guardian and BBC News.

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BBC

Europe's first ever bilingual Chinese-English school to open in London

 

The first school in Europe to teach all its students in both English and Chinese is to open in London next year. By Rachael Pells, Independent.

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Independent

Most grammar schools 'not prioritising poor pupils'

 

Fewer than half of England's grammar schools give poor pupils priority in allocating places, BBC research shows. By Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News. Also reported by Guardian and Times. Schools Week also reports that parents met with MPs last night to discuss ‘damaging’ grammar schools.

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Guardian
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Schools Week

New arts-led free school plans to reject the EBacc

 

A Northampton theatre is hoping to open a free school with a focus on culture and creativity in response to concerns that the arts are being squeezed out of the curriculum in secondary schools. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

Make it easier to create new exam boards, says new report

 

There should be “lower” requirements on new exam boards wishing to enter the qualifications market in a bid to drive up innovation, according to a new report. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

'Red Bull and a packet of Tic Tacs': Teachers reveal the worst packed lunches they've ever seen - and say the sight of some left them 'heartbroken'

 

Teachers have revealed on a Mumsnet thread some of the worst things they've seen in children's lunchboxes - including left-over takeaways and chopped-up cold burgers. By Jo Tweedy, Mail.

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Daily Mail

 

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