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Daily News Summary
21 Sep 2016

image Young people prepared to sacrifice ‘vital life skills’ to cope with exam pressures, study finds
image School tests 'kill joy of reading', says War Horse author
image What UK teachers can learn from Finland, where children have one of the world's best educations
image 'Schools are not ranked on backing SEND pupils, but on backing high educational achievement'
image Surge in child abuse cases risks crisis in court system
image 'Reversing years of Disneyification of femininity should start in the classroom'
image No desks but lots of enthusiasm: what it's like to teach in a refugee camp
image 'He was obsessed with woolly mammoths': readers on their most inspiring teachers

Young people prepared to sacrifice ‘vital life skills’ to cope with exam pressures, study finds

 

Young people in the UK are under so much pressure to excel in exams that they’re sacrificing vital life skills, experiences, healthy relationships, and even their own happiness, warns new research. By Aftab Ali, Independent.

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Independent

School tests 'kill joy of reading', says War Horse author

 

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo is to criticise an "apartheid" system in this country, which leaves some children feeling excluded from the world of books, stories and ideas. By Helen Ward, TES. Also reported by BBC News. Conversely, TES also reports that 'education reformers' are calling for more tests and stronger discipline.

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TES

What UK teachers can learn from Finland, where children have one of the world's best educations

 

Finland - as well as the Nordic region as a whole - is famed for its schools and staff, consistently topping global league tables for pupils’ performance. But it is a very different story closer to home, with the teaching profession in the UK classed as at breaking point. By Rebecca Flood, Independent.

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Independent

'Schools are not ranked on backing SEND pupils, but on backing high educational achievement'

 

Following the 2016 Paralympics, one headteacher questions our funding priorities when it comes to SEND support. By Jeremy Malessa-Thompson, TES.

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TES

Surge in child abuse cases risks crisis in court system

 

The country’s most senior family judge has warned of an imminent crisis in the legal system fuelled by a surge in cases involving children at risk of abuse. By Frances Gibb, Times.

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Times

'Reversing years of Disneyification of femininity should start in the classroom'

 

We tell girls that they can be whatever they want to be, yet heap praise upon them for the entirely luck-based endeavours of getting married and having babies, says the government's former mental-health champion. By Natasha Devon, TES.

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TES

No desks but lots of enthusiasm: what it's like to teach in a refugee camp

 

When two UK primary teachers volunteered to teach in a refugee camp in Greece, they had to start from scratch – with tarpaulin and a whiteboard. By Imogen Wall, Guardian.

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Guardian

'He was obsessed with woolly mammoths': readers on their most inspiring teachers

 

Guardian readers share their memories and stories of the teachers who inspired them them. By Matthew Holmes. Features Dulwich College and Worksop College.

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Guardian

 

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