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Daily News Summary
23 Sep 2016

image ISC Blog: Classics in schools - antiquated or essential?
image Was Team GB at Rio too posh, too privileged, and too white?
image More grammar schools ‘will lead to worse results’
image Oxford head rejects sponsoring schools
image Pupils who were not white British told to send in birthplace data
image Inquiry follows primary assessment ‘chaos’
image 'Severe' teacher recruitment crisis is hitting pupils' results, heads warn
image Debts 'affect children's mental health'

ISC Blog: Classics in schools - antiquated or essential?

 

As one leading academic calls for a return to Latin in all primary schools and a local government politician responds by saying Latin 'doesn't make futures', Alex Osiatynski head of Bilton Grange Preparatory School says both are equally misguided. There is further coverage on this story today, reported by the Independent.

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Independent

Was Team GB at Rio too posh, too privileged, and too white?

 

Malcolm Tozer, the editor of Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, comments in a guest post for Schools Improvement on the recent team representing Great Britain at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.

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Schools Improvement

More grammar schools ‘will lead to worse results’

 

A recent study by the Education Policy Institute shows that as grammars expand, they will take more lower ability pupils - diluting their high achieving potential. Reported by BBC News, Times, Schools Week, Independent and TES.

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Times
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Schools Week
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Independent
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TES

Oxford head rejects sponsoring schools

 

Louise Richardson, Head of Oxford University, has rejected calls from the government to sponsor schools saying Oxford was "very good" as a university, but had "no experience" of running schools. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

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BBC

Pupils who were not white British told to send in birthplace data

 

Schools are demanding copies of pupils’ passports, and asking parents to confirm if their children are asylum seekers or refugees amid confusion over a new legal duty requiring the collection of nationality data. By Freddie Whittaker and Billy Camden, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Inquiry follows primary assessment ‘chaos’

 

MPs have launched an inquiry into primary assessment to investigate the impact of recent reforms on teaching and learning. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week. Also reported by TES.

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TES

'Severe' teacher recruitment crisis is hitting pupils' results, heads warn

 

More than half of secondary school leaders believe the teacher recruitment crisis is “so severe” it is having an impact on the students’ GCSE results, according to a new survey. By Richard Vaughan, TES.

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TES

Debts 'affect children's mental health'

 

Families should be given breathing space to repay debts otherwise the stress can affect children's mental health, a charity has said. BBC News.

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BBC

 

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