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Daily News Summary
26 Sep 2016

image From war-torn Syria to A-levels at top school
image 'After 26 years of headship, I am calling time. What will I miss most? The pupils'
image Private schools plan grammars for the poor
image ISC blog: Are the arguments for Latin in schools just 'hocus pocus'?
image Where did the paralympic gold medallists go to school?
image ‘There is both a ‘heart’ and a ‘science’ to effective teaching’
image Parents urged to boycott requests for children's country of birth information
image Forcing all schools to become academies 'will cost taxpayers £320m'
image IAPS Conference 2016

From war-torn Syria to A-levels at top school

 

A year ago they were in Damascus, too scared of bombs and gunfire to go to school some days. This week two teenage Syrian refugees have started as pupils at Brighton College, one of Britain’s leading public schools. By Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times. Quotes Richard Cairns, head master of Brighton College.

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Sunday Times

'After 26 years of headship, I am calling time. What will I miss most? The pupils'

 

I will truly miss the banter, writes this top headteacher. Teachers and children are hilarious – quick to see the funny side of things and to poke irreverent fun at school life. By Bernard Trafford, headteacher of Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and a former chairman of the HMC. TES.

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TES

Private schools plan grammars for the poor

 

Head teachers from some of Britain’s top private schools plan to hold talks with the government about opening new grammars in 20 of the most deprived parts of England. By Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times. References Brighton College, Highgate School, University College School and King’s College School, Wimbledon. Also references the London Academy of Excellence, a selective free school sixth form college which was created by eight independent schools. Also reported by TES.

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Sunday Times
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TES

ISC blog: Are the arguments for Latin in schools just 'hocus pocus'?

 

Following calls for a return to Latin in all primary schools, Paul Mitchell, head of Cobham Hall School, looks at the pros, cons and some of the evidence, before getting back to his Times crossword.

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ISC

Where did the paralympic gold medallists go to school?

 

Independent schools disproportionately represent Great Britain at elite level sport, but an analysis of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic medal tables shows that state schools are starting to close the gap. By Billy Camden, Schools Week. Quotes Julie Robinson, General Secretary of ISC and John Claughton, retired chief master of King Edward’s school, Birmingham.

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Schools Week

‘There is both a ‘heart’ and a ‘science’ to effective teaching’

 

Secondary pupils want teachers who are approachable, respectful, passionate about their subject and who can explain things well – it’s not rocket science. By Dr Kevin Stannard, director of innovation and learning at the Girls' Day School Trust. TES.

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TES

Parents urged to boycott requests for children's country of birth information

 

Parents are being urged to boycott requests to disclose their child’s nationality and country of birth over fears it could turn teachers into de facto border guards and stoke divisions in the classroom. By Damien Gayle, Guardian.

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Guardian

Forcing all schools to become academies 'will cost taxpayers £320m'

 

Government plans to convert all remaining state schools into academies will cost taxpayers £320m, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. By Rachael Pells, Independent. Also reported by Schools Week and TES.

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Independent
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Schools Week
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TES

IAPS Conference 2016

 

Today and tomorrow sees the IAPS Annual Heads' Conference in London. You can follow proceedings on twitter at @IAPSUK and at #IAPSConf16.

 

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