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Daily News Summary
7 Oct 2016

image Teachers split over banning smartphones in school
image "Here, no one will drop a bomb on you"
image What schools need to know about collecting census nationality data
image Kent private schools ignore 11-plus tutoring ban
image Building new schools 'must be top priority' for government
image £30,000 schools grant for workload research
image Schools Together Group discussion meeting: 'Better together? The how and why of school partnerships'
image You’ll be grateful you said ‘thank you’

Teachers split over banning smartphones in school

 

A new poll of nearly 3,500 teachers, parents and school children reveals the extent to which people are divided on the issue. By Charlotte Santry, TES.

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"Here, no one will drop a bomb on you"

 

How did two boys from war-torn Syria end up at a public school in Britain? Hilary Rose looks at the story of how Elias Badin and Sulaiman Wihba came to Brighton College. Quotes Brighton head Richard Cairns. Times.

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Times

What schools need to know about collecting census nationality data

 

Changes to the school census that require the collection of data on pupils’ country of birth and nationality are back on the agenda again after more parents took to twitter to share examples of schools’ responses to the new rules. Freddie Whittaker of Schools Week outlines what schools need to know.

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Kent private schools ignore 11-plus tutoring ban

 

Independent schools in Kent are openly advertising their success at coaching pupils to pass an 11-plus test, against their council’s ruling banning such tutoring. Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Building new schools 'must be top priority' for government

 

Hundreds of extra schools could have to be built in England to cope with the school population bulge, say public sector buildings specialists. By Judith Burns, BBC News. Also in TES.

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TES

£30,000 schools grant for workload research

 

Schools can apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for funding to carry out in-house research on the best ways to reduce staff workload. By Billy Camden, Schools Week. Also in TES.

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Schools Week
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TES

Schools Together Group discussion meeting: 'Better together? The how and why of school partnerships'

 

Wednesday 16 November, 5.30 - 7.30pm, London.

This inaugural event is open to anyone with an interest in inter-school partnerships from state or independent sectors, including school leaders and those responsible for coordinating multi-school or community partnerships across all key stages.

Booking information at link.

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ISC

You’ll be grateful you said ‘thank you’

 

The importance of showing your gratitude to staff is too often overlooked by the senior leadership team, says teacher Caroline Spalding. TES.

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TES

 

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