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Daily News Summary
29 Sep 2016

image Kenneth Baker: ‘We need design, art, music and drama in the heart of a new baccalaureate. The current EBacc doesn’t work’
image Will prep school increase my son's chances of getting a place at a top grammar school?
image Sats: More than a third of seven-year-olds fail to reach new tougher writing standard
image School leaders 'will be penalised’ by new cap on exit payments
image Childcare costs to 'sky-rocket' as free scheme expands
image School scraps homework to give teachers time to plan lessons
image Jeremy Corbyn vows to tax business to fund 'national education service'
image BSA Safeguarding Conference

Kenneth Baker: ‘We need design, art, music and drama in the heart of a new baccalaureate. The current EBacc doesn’t work’

 

21st-century pupils need a core of academic subjects supplemented by technical and creative skills, argues the former Conservative education secretary. By Kenneth Baker, TES.

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TES

Will prep school increase my son's chances of getting a place at a top grammar school?

 

If you want your child to attend a grammar school, is tutoring compulsory? Educational experts offer advice as well as detailing information about bursaries. By Josie Gurney-Read, Telegraph. Quotes Vivienne Durham, schools advisory director at Enjoy Education and former head at Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park.

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Telegraph

Sats: More than a third of seven-year-olds fail to reach new tougher writing standard

 

Fewer than two-thirds of six and seven year olds (65 per cent) reached the new tougher standard in writing, according to official figures published today. By Helen Ward, TES.

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School leaders 'will be penalised’ by new cap on exit payments

 

Long-serving school leaders could be deterred from taking on the most challenging schools following the government’s changes to the rules around exit packages, a union leader has warned. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

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TES

Childcare costs to 'sky-rocket' as free scheme expands

 

Childcare costs could "sky-rocket" in parts of England as nurseries grapple with less funding for a free government childcare scheme, a charity says. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News online. BBC News also reports in a separate article that nurseries are 'at risk' as staffing crisis hits.

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BBC

School scraps homework to give teachers time to plan lessons

 

A school has scrapped all homework to allow teachers more time to plan lessons, it has emerged. By Javier Espinoza, Telegraph. Also reported by Independent. References Cheltenham Ladies' College.

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Telegraph
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Independent

Jeremy Corbyn vows to tax business to fund 'national education service'

 

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has promised to raise taxes on businesses to fund an overhaul of the UK’s educational system, promising employers they would see a return on the investment, with a future workforce that would be more skilled. By Jessica Elgot, Guardian. Schools Week also reports that Labour will introduce an “arts pupil premium” to pump £160 million of extra funding into schools if it wins the next general election.

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Schools Week

BSA Safeguarding Conference

 

BSA will be holding a safeguarding conference, 'Keeping safeguarding at the heart of school life', on Thursday 20th October. Click for more information and to book your place.

 

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