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Daily News Summary
1 Sep 2016

image Will studying BTECs hold my daughter back after school?
image 'Student self-esteem is being sacrificed on the altar of ministers' obsession with standards'
image Meeting the cost of private school
image Sharp decline in PSHE teaching time sparks fears pupils are not being taught how to avoid abuse
image Per-pupil funding to help struggling Year 7s slashed as numbers 'failing' Sats rises
image Lack of educational psychologists will delay SEND reforms, new survey suggests
image 'The economic argument for arts education has failed – we need a new approach'
image International schools advice panel meets

Will studying BTECs hold my daughter back after school?

 

With the summer holidays almost at an end, parents and children will be getting ready for the start of the new school year. For those about to begin their final year in primary school, debates around secondary education will be about to start. Will your son or daughter be narrowing their options post-18 if they pursue a vocational qualification? By Josie Gurney-Read, The Telegraph. Educational experts offer their advice, including Magnus Bashaarat, headmaster at Milton Abbey School and Vivienne Durham, former head at Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park.

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Telegraph

'Student self-esteem is being sacrificed on the altar of ministers' obsession with standards'

 

It’s time to end the victimisation of the minority who simply finds maths and English exams too hard, writes one leading headteacher. By Dr Bernard Trafford, headteacher of Royal Grammar School. TES.

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Meeting the cost of private school

 

Richard Dyson writes for the Money section of The Telegraph detailing various ways parents can meet the cost of independent education. The article provides information about bursaries and states that around a third of privately educated children have some assistance with fees and for this group, 85pc of the money comes from the schools themselves. The Independent Schools Council is referenced.

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Telegraph

Sharp decline in PSHE teaching time sparks fears pupils are not being taught how to avoid abuse

 

Secondary schools are thought to be devoting less time teaching about the risks of strangers and child abuse as figures reveal hours spent on PSHE lessons have dropped by a third in four years. By Adi Bloom, TES.

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TES

Per-pupil funding to help struggling Year 7s slashed as numbers 'failing' Sats rises

 

Maths teachers have called for the government to rethink a decision which could halve per-pupil funding aimed at helping those who arrive at secondary school without reaching the expected standard in reading or maths. By Helen Ward, TES. TES also reports on the wide variation in Sats results revealed across local authorities.

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TES

Lack of educational psychologists will delay SEND reforms, new survey suggests

 

One third of educational psychology services 'unlikely to' or 'will not' meet demand for new education, health and care plans by April 2018. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

'The economic argument for arts education has failed – we need a new approach'

 

With creative subjects being missed off the English Baccalaureate’s five pillars, a decrease in numbers taking art and design GCSEs and the subsequent knock on to A-level numbers, many in the world of art education have highlighted what a loss this is. The most common argument is to focus on the importance of the creative industries to the British economy. By Hannah Day, head of Visual Arts, Media and Film at Ludlow College. TES.

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International schools advice panel meets

 

An international panel set up to help ministers improve education in Scotland has met for the first time. BBC News online.

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BBC

 

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