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Daily News Summary
19 Sep 2016

image China’s parents have fallen in love with the English class system
image Independent schools change admissions tactics to spot tutoring
image Top DfE advisor says consultations are never a ‘sham’
image School looks to become first grammar
image A naughty pupil can cost classmates £75,000 in pay
image Students mark down teaching at top universities
image The problem with character education

China’s parents have fallen in love with the English class system

 

The high-pressure gaokao [China's university entrance exam] decides the fate of millions of Chinese 18-year-olds but increasing numbers of wealthy parents choose to opt out of the stultifying state system, dominated by rote learning. Intent on sending their children abroad for university, they are driving a boom in British-style boarding schools. Mentions Eton College, Haileybury, Dulwich College, Malvern College and Wellington College. By Calum MacLeod, Times.

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Times

Independent schools change admissions tactics to spot tutoring

 

Leading independent schools are changing their admissions tactics and introducing six-hour entrance assessments in order to see through "over-tutored" pupils, it has emerged. Quotes James Dahl of Wellington College, Leo Winkley of St Peter's School York and a Brighton College spokesperson. Also mentions Westminster School. By Javier Espinoza, Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Top DfE advisor says consultations are never a ‘sham’

 

'Use evidence and examples and avoid insulting ministers or writing “a diatribe” if you want to get yourself heard in government consultations' - advice from DfE chief analyst Tim Leunig. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

School looks to become first grammar

 

A non-selective secondary school is understood to be one of the first in the country to announce plans to possibly convert to a grammar school following Theresa May's proposed reforms. Telegraph. Also in Times.

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Telegraph
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Times

A naughty pupil can cost classmates £75,000 in pay

 

Removing one naughty pupil from a primary school class for a year can raise that class’s collective lifetime earnings by £75,000, according to researchers. By Tom Whipple, Times.

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Times

Students mark down teaching at top universities

 

Some of the country’s leading universities face having their ability to raise fees restricted after analysis showed students have rated the quality of their teaching among the worst in Britain. By Sian Griffiths and Alastair McCall, Sunday Times.

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Sunday Times

The problem with character education

 

Scientist Kat Arney questions whether we really know what character education is - and if ‘character’ is even something that can be taught. TES. [Full long read feature is available in print and digital editions].

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TES

 

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