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Daily News Summary
12 Sep 2016

image PM's education policy speech: independent schools
image PM's education policy speech: grammar schools
image Thousands of pupils at risk of extremism
image PwC reveals how many new recruits went to private school to stir diversity debate
image Going to boarding school at age 16 changed my life
image Sexualised behaviour in very young children increasing, say teachers
image Tory MP claims boys are disadvantaged by 'over-feminised' school system
image Red tape 'stops school nurses doing job'

PM's education policy speech: independent schools

 

Following the Prime Minster's education and social mobility speech on Friday, there has been much coverage assessing the impact of Mrs May's proposals on the independent sector in particular.


Daily Mail, Telegraph and Times all report on private schools' charitable status. Both Daily Mail and Telegraph, print and online, used a figure of £700m per year as the value of tax relief to independent schools. This figure is incorrect and should be £150m. ISC has informed both publications of the error.


In opinion, Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College argues the need for research to establish whether the emotional belief in grammar schools' social benefit can be proven, Telegraph; Tony Little, former head of Eton College writes for Mail on Sunday reflecting on Mrs May's speech; Anthony Seldon, former master at Wellington College argues in the Telegraph that independent schools want to help with social mobility but also need support to do this; and Laura McInerney writes for the Guardian arguing that 'private schools could do more' but opening more selective schools is not the best option.


Patrick Derham, head of Westminster School, appeared on BBC Newsnight on Friday 9 September. You can watch again on BBC iPlayer.


Read the full transcript of the PM's speech.
Read ISC's response.

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Daily Mail
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Telegraph
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Times
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Telegraph
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Mail on Sunday
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Guardian

PM's education policy speech: grammar schools

 

Coverage focusing on grammar schools looks mostly at Nicky Morgan's reaction to the PM's plans and is reported by Independent, Guardian and Daily Mail; Andrew Halls, head of KCS Wimbledon discusses the need for a 21st century version of grammar schools in the Daily Mail; in the same publication Neil Roskilly, CEO of the Independent Schools Association, is quoted saying the PM's plans will trigger an 'exodus of the middle classes from state education'; Times reports Michael Gove will back plan for new grammar schools; Telegraph looks at the Cabinet's reaction to the proposals.

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Independent
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Guardian
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Daily Mail
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Daily Mail
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Daily Mail
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Times
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Telegraph

Thousands of pupils at risk of extremism

 

More than 2,000 children and teenagers were deemed at risk of extremism in the first year that public bodies were required to report potential terrorists. By Fiona Hamilton, Times.

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Times

PwC reveals how many new recruits went to private school to stir diversity debate

 

The accountancy giant PwC has revealed that more than a quarter of its new recruits this year went to private school, in an experiment with transparency to help open up access to professional jobs. By Marion Dawkers, Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Going to boarding school at age 16 changed my life

 

William Cook writes for the Spectator discussing the benefit boarding school had on his engagement with learning and his future career plans.

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The Spectator

Sexualised behaviour in very young children increasing, say teachers

 

There is a “slow creep” of sexualised language and behaviour among children as young as five in the classroom, teachers have told the Guardian. By Karen McVeigh and Sarah Marsh, The Guardian.

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Guardian

Tory MP claims boys are disadvantaged by 'over-feminised' school system

 

Conservative MP Karl McCartney claims boys have become the victims of a society in which it is 'fashionable' to favour girls. By Rachael Pells, Independent.

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Independent

Red tape 'stops school nurses doing job'

 

Child protection work and excessive bureaucracy are diverting school nurses from their key role of promoting children's well-being, argues a report. BBC News. Also reported by TES.

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TES

 

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