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Daily News Summary
30 Sep 2016

image Theresa May must allow private schools to act independently to help poor children
image Career-changers could help solve recruitment woes, says independent school head
image 147,000 more six-year-olds are on track to become fluent readers - but we still have more to do
image Abuse inquiry in doubt after lawyer quits
image Independent and free schools comment
image Grammar get-out clause confirmed: selection ‘permissable’ within trusts
image Government cuts funding for School Direct shortage subjects
image How good is your memory?

Theresa May must allow private schools to act independently to help poor children

 

Theresa May has thrown down the gauntlet to independent schools. I am pleased she has done so and pleased by the manner in which she has made her demands. Dr Joe Spence, master of Dulwich College and co-director of the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership, writes for the Telegraph discussing how independent schools can create public benefit and impact on social mobility.

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Telegraph

Career-changers could help solve recruitment woes, says independent school head

 

Career-changers as varied as former barristers, research scientists and professional cricketers could prove to be key in helping to solve schools’ teacher recruitment woes, a leading headteacher in the private sector has said. By Irena Barker, TES. Quotes Mike Buchanan, Chair of HMC and Head of Ashford School in Kent.

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TES

147,000 more six-year-olds are on track to become fluent readers - but we still have more to do

 

In 2012, just 50 per cent of Year 1 pupils at William Davies Primary School, in east London, were learning to read well, as judged by the phonics screening check. By Nick Gibb, schools minister, Telegraph. Guardian also reports that more than four in five primary school pupils passed the government’s check on reading and pronunciation for the first time, although figures showed wide gaps in attainment between pupils based on economic disadvantage and month of birth.

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Telegraph
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Guardian

Abuse inquiry in doubt after lawyer quits

 

The most senior barrister at the national child abuse inquiry quit last night, putting the future of the £100 million investigation in doubt. By Sean O'Neill, Times. Also reported by Telegraph.

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Times
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Telegraph

Independent and free schools comment

 

Schools Week reports on the government’s new proposals to encourage private schools into the state sector. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Grammar get-out clause confirmed: selection ‘permissable’ within trusts

 

The government has confirmed it has a grammar school get-out clause that allows academy trusts to filter their brightest pupils to another site, effectively creating selective schools and dodging the need for new laws to be passed. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Government cuts funding for School Direct shortage subjects

 

Physics and maths graduates training to be teachers under the School Direct salaried route next year could get less cash after the government cut funding for schools. By John Dickens, Schools Week. TES also reports that trainee primary teachers will have to gain a first-class degree if they are to receive any kind of bursary from next year.

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Schools Week
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TES

How good is your memory?

 

To coincide with the launch of the ninth Junior Memory Championship, the Telegraph have put together a quiz based on the test that participating primary school children will undergo.

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Telegraph

 

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