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Daily News Summary
5 Oct 2016

image Girls encouraged to drop Kim Kardashian for Shakespeare's Cleopatra
image Don't make public schools into a scapegoat
image Confidence in the exam system is unacceptably low - the Government needs to take the lead here
image Labour's opposition to new grammars is 'rank hypocrisy' because they send their own kids to selective schools, Justine Greening tells Tory faithful
image Swiping on tablets is harming children's ability to write - parents must limit time on gadgets
image Classrooms need more male teachers, charity says
image Hardline schools exclude one in six pupils
image Dumbledore tops poll of best-loved teachers

Girls encouraged to drop Kim Kardashian for Shakespeare's Cleopatra

 

Girls are to be taught to see Shakespearean heroines such as Cleopatra as positive role models to supplant social media superstars such as Kim Kardashian, in a programme being launched at Wimbledon High School.

From HMC conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. By Richard Adams, Guardian. Also in Telegraph, Times, Mail, BBC News, TES.

Articles quote head of Wimbledon High Jane Lunnon and Kevin Stannard of Girls' Day School Trust.

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Don't make public schools into a scapegoat

 

"There should be no doubt that Theresa May’s 'Great Meritocracy' speech on education echoed many of the sentiments of forward-thinking people. But independent schools should be embraced as part of the solution, not scapegoated for being the problem", says Patrick Derham, head of Westminster School. Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Confidence in the exam system is unacceptably low - the Government needs to take the lead here

 

"This year, September 20 marked the end of the season. While such phraseology is most readily associated with sporting, meteorological or even high society events, for those in secondary education, and examination officers in particular, collective sighs of relief were the order of the day." Opinion by Simon Chapman, deputy head (academic) of Warwick School.

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Telegraph

Labour's opposition to new grammars is 'rank hypocrisy' because they send their own kids to selective schools, Justine Greening tells Tory faithful

 

Justine Greening - who is thought to be sceptical about Theresa May's plans for a new generation of grammar schools - used her main speech to the Tory faithful in Birmingham to slam Jeremy Corbyn's campaign against the policy. By Tim Sculthorpe, Mail. Ms Greening's speech is also reported in BBC News, TES. TES also lists 'six key messages' to come from the speech.

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Swiping on tablets is harming children's ability to write - parents must limit time on gadgets

 

"Far from being a sentimental plea, my appeal stems from a serious concern that today’s children are less dexterous when they start school, with poorer fine motor skills than was the case a decade ago, which is a drawback for their learning of handwriting", says Shirley Shayler, head of Millfield Prep School. Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Classrooms need more male teachers, charity says

 

Department for Education statistics show 26% of teachers in England are men - accounting for 38% of secondary and 15% of primary school teachers. To mark World Teachers' Day, the charity Teach First is urging more men to consider a career in the sector. By Katherine Sellgren, BBC News.

What do you think? ISC schools report men making up 39% of teaching staff but do you still have problems recruiting? And why do you think the gap between the independent and national figures is so pronounced? If you'd like to write for ISC blog please email ed.holmes@isc.co.uk

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BBC

Hardline schools exclude one in six pupils

 

Almost one in six children in parts of England have been excluded from school as head teachers take a tougher approach to enforcing discipline. By Greg Hurst, Times.

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Times

Dumbledore tops poll of best-loved teachers

 

Poll shows power of Harry Potter as three Hogwarts' staff are named in top 20 fictional teachers. By Helen Ward, TES.

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