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Daily News Summary
2 Sep 2016

image Independent schools ‘uneasy’ as employers urged to ask job applicants for education background
image Oxford University to have 'most state school students for decades'
image The 6 Key Trends in the KS2 Primary Test Results
image Grit does not determine success, study concludes
image Highest-achieving A-level students are least likely to apply to teach
image 'A school visit tells you very little about a school – so let's stop pretending it does'
image Secondary school: top tips for parents at the start of the journey

Independent schools ‘uneasy’ as employers urged to ask job applicants for education background

 

The Independent Schools Council told Schools Week it was “uneasy” about what it described as attempts to “deselect job applicants on the basis of background”, and said companies should select the “right person for a job, regardless of background”. Quotes Julie Robinson of ISC. By Freddie Whittaker. Aspects of the report of the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) are also reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, FT and Guardian. A number of ISC schools are mentioned.

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Schools Week
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BBC
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Daily Mail
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Financial Times
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Guardian

Oxford University to have 'most state school students for decades'

 

The university has offered 59.2% of places to pupils from state schools, up from 55.6% of places taken last year. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News. Also in Times.

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BBC
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Times

The 6 Key Trends in the KS2 Primary Test Results

 

Provisional results of the primary school key stage 2 SATs tests broken down at local authority and regional level have been released by the Department for Education (DfE). By Billy Camden, Schools Week. TES reports the data saying it 'sparks fresh calls for suspension of league tables'. Guardian focuses on union threats to boycott SATs.

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Schools Week
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TES
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Guardian

Grit does not determine success, study concludes

 

Academics from Iowa State University say that improving pupils’ grit – defined as a combination of passion and perseverance – has less effect on their academic outcomes than teaching them study skills or ensuring high attendance levels. By Adi Bloom, TES.

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TES

Highest-achieving A-level students are least likely to apply to teach

 

Pupils who achieved an A-level point score of 18 – equivalent to three A* grades – have the lowest rate of applications to initial teacher-training courses, figures reveal. And that rate has dropped by more than a quarter in the last year. By Helen Ward, TES.

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TES

'A school visit tells you very little about a school – so let's stop pretending it does'

 

To make a true judgement about a school, you need more than a tour and a few hours chatting to staff, says TES commissioning editor Jon Severs.

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TES

Secondary school: top tips for parents at the start of the journey

 

You know what is expected of you as the parent of a primary school kid but what happens now? If this is your first child to move on to secondary school, here’s a guide to the simple and general dos and don’ts. By Mike Buchanan, head of Ashford School and chair-elect of HMC.

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Telegraph

 

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