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Daily News Summary
5 Sep 2016

image May considers grammar push
image Homes close to top state schools cost £53,000 more amid fears leading comprehensives will be out of reach for poorer families
image UK apprenticeship funding changes attacked by Labour
image New Ofqual test to affect 300 schools
image NUT ‘can envisage’ strikes this term
image Can you boost your brain power by making yourself ambidextrous?
image Back to school

May considers grammar push

 

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, the prime minister [said] that Justine Greening, the education secretary, is investigating whether more grammars should be opened. By Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times. The Marr interview also reported in Mirror.

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Daily Mirror

Homes close to top state schools cost £53,000 more amid fears leading comprehensives will be out of reach for poorer families

 

Average property prices have soared to £366,744 in areas closest to England’s top thirty state schools – 17 per cent above the UK’s average of £313,318. It puts the top comprehensive schools beyond reach of less well-off families. Daily Mail.

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Daily Mail

UK apprenticeship funding changes attacked by Labour

 

Planned changes to apprenticeship funding in England have been attacked by Labour MPs, who warn the shakeup risks cutting the number of schemes on offer and runs counter to Theresa May’s reported pledge to boost social mobility. By Katie Allen, Guardian.

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Guardian

New Ofqual test to affect 300 schools

 

Exam regulator Ofqual is to introduce a new pupil performance test next year, to measure whether there have been ‘genuine improvements’ in pupil performance to justify raising the overall GCSE pass rate. By Stephanie Broad, IE Today. Includes a quote from Mike Buchanan, head of Ashford School and chair of HMC. Also in Telegraph and Schools Week.

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Schools Week

NUT ‘can envisage’ strikes this term

 

The new leader of the National Union of Teachers has said he “can envisage” further walk-outs by teachers this term as he warned school budget pressures could exceed the 8 per cent cuts predicted by financial experts. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

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Schools Week

Can you boost your brain power by making yourself ambidextrous?

 

Could learning to write with both hands make your brain sharper and more speedy? Could training schoolchildren to use their non-dominant hands improve their exam results? Such claims have been popular for more than a century. By Mo Costandi, Guardian.

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Guardian

Back to school

 

TES features a number of 'back to school' comments and opinion.

Tom Finn-Kelcey says 'you can't beat the feeling of watching a fresh batch of students arrive in your classroom for a new term'; Thomas Rogers shares his routine for starting the school year afresh with new students; Jo Brighouse gives four tips for realistic new school year resolutions; and Oliver Beach says teachers must 'be thinking about how prepared the next cohort of students are for their next stage of education, especially those doing their A levels next summer'.

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