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Daily News Summary
8 Sep 2016

image May vows to press ahead with grammars
image Grammar school further news, comment and opinion
image Independent Schools: Teacher Training
image Headteachers welcome changes to new GCSE grading system
image One in four pupils at state school also has a private tutor
image Theresa May and points-based immigration
image Universities to use 'name blind' admissions to combat racial bias
image 'Too often the head's message on a school website can seem like North Korean propaganda'

May vows to press ahead with grammars

 

In an address to the 1922 Committee, Theresa May lambasted opponents of grammars, claiming that selection already exists in English schools but that it was 'selection by house price'. By Oliver Wright, Times. Also in Independent, BBC News and Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Grammar school further news, comment and opinion

 

As news around grammar schools continues, so does further insight and commentary. TES gives the arguments for and against grammar schools; in the Telegraph Allister Heath calls on the PM to 'be brave, and allow state schools to select on academic ability'; the Guardian quotes former universities minister Lord Willetts as saying 'grammar schools fail disadvantaged children' and in a separate article quotes the current defence secretary Michael Fallon saying 'grammar schools give parents more choice'; in the Mail Stephen Glover discusses aspiration and 'why we MUST create more grammar schools; and also in the Mail Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour colleagues are accused of hypocrisy for opposing grammar schools.

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Telegraph
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Daily Mail
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Daily Mail

Independent Schools: Teacher Training

 

In the House of Lords on Wednesday 7 September, former ISC general secretary Lord Lexden asked the government: "...what plans they have to ensure that independent schools are fully involved in the development of improved arrangements for teacher training."

In response, Lord Nash for the DfE said: "...independent schools are a significant and valued part of the teacher training system, and we are committed to ensuring that they can help to raise standards of teacher training even further. Five independent schools are already designated as teaching schools. Furthermore, we are working with the Independent Schools Council to establish the first school-led training provider for modern foreign languages in Sheffield, with strong involvement from independent schools with expertise in the subject."

The short debate continued with input from a number of other Peers and can be read on Hansard website.

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Hansard

Headteachers welcome changes to new GCSE grading system

 

Headteachers have welcomed changes to the new GCSE grading system that will ensure it is as "fair" as the previous set up. Includes quote by William Richardson, general secretary of HMC. By PA for Daily Mail. Also in TES and Schools Week.

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Schools Week

One in four pupils at state school also has a private tutor

 

A quarter of children are being privately taught outside school as middle-class parents engage in a 'tutoring arms race', according to analysis. By Nicola Woolcock, Times. Peter Lampl of Sutton Trust writes for the Telegraph.

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Telegraph

Theresa May and points-based immigration

 

Neil Roskilly, CEO of ISA writes a letter to the Times on points-based immigration and Tier 4 for overseas students. (Top of page).

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Times

Universities to use 'name blind' admissions to combat racial bias

 

Government has pushed for name-blind admissions, despite admissions body UCAS insisting there is no evidence of 'systemic bias'. By Irena Barker, TES.

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'Too often the head's message on a school website can seem like North Korean propaganda'

 

One wonders what a Martian would make of headteachers' 'welcome messages' on the web. Parents, pupils and other stakeholders need a fuller picture of the issues within our schools if we are to generate genuine national awareness and concern, writes teacher Stephen Petty for TES.

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