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Daily News Summary
6 Sep 2016

image UK universities tumble in world rankings amid Brexit concerns
image Ofqual on why exam performance improved after 2010 – and it's not because of 'dumbing down' or pupil ability
image Grammar schools help poor claim is 'tosh', says Ofsted chief Wilshaw
image 'This year schools will be hit by a tidal wave of Goveian reform. We must stay focused on teaching quality'
image England's schools have 'chronic lack' of black and ethnic minority teachers, analysis finds
image Higher fees allowed for current students
image Tell colleagues about DNS
image "Spend the first 3 years doing nothing but preparing yourself emotionally for 'Of Mice and Men'."

UK universities tumble in world rankings amid Brexit concerns

 

The UK’s top-ranked university, Cambridge, has fallen out of the top three for the first time since the QS World University Rankings began 12 years ago, and the vast majority of the country’s other leading institutions similarly drop down the table. By Sally Weale, Guardian. Also in Times.

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Ofqual on why exam performance improved after 2010 – and it's not because of 'dumbing down' or pupil ability

 

Any improvements in GCSE and A level performance since 2010 are likely to have been caused by pupils and teachers becoming more familiar with the tests, rather than by an increase in students' ability levels or a "dumbing down" of exam papers, according to a new report from the exams regulator Ofqual. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

Grammar schools help poor claim is 'tosh', says Ofsted chief Wilshaw

 

Sir Michael Wilshaw said a return to selection at 11 years old would be a "profoundly retrograde step" that would lead to sliding standards. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News. Also in Telegraph, Guardian, Mail, Schools Week.

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Telegraph
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Guardian
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Daily Mail
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Schools Week

'This year schools will be hit by a tidal wave of Goveian reform. We must stay focused on teaching quality'

 

The scale and pace of reform in the education system is a huge problem - and it is partly down to how often the education secretary changes, writes leading educationist John Dunford, TES.

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TES

England's schools have 'chronic lack' of black and ethnic minority teachers, analysis finds

 

Just 7.6 per cent of teachers are from BME backgrounds compared to nearly a quarter of pupils, making schools unrepresentative of their local communities, analysis finds. By Kaye Wiggins, TES.

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TES

Higher fees allowed for current students

 

The watchdog for university access has given the green light to universities to increase tuition fees in England to £9,250. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News. Also in Mail.

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Daily Mail

Tell colleagues about DNS

 

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"Spend the first 3 years doing nothing but preparing yourself emotionally for 'Of Mice and Men'."

 

As ever, Twitter has been dishing out useful advice - this time for children beginning school. #TipsForYear7s. Mail Online.

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Daily Mail

 

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