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ISC Daily News Summary 27 April 2017

Let children make errors in homework

Teaching and Learning

Hovering over children while they complete their homework might produce instant results but it damages their chances of success in the long run, a parenting expert warned at the HMC Spring Conference yesterday. By Nicola Woolcock, Times.

John Swinney urges state and private schools to work together

Scottish Education

Private and state schools should collaborate to drive up standards of education, John Swinney has said. By Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland.

‘It is some catch, that Catch 22!’ Career aspiration vs career obsession

ISC Blog

Hilary French, Headmistress at Newcastle High School for Girls GDST, argues that pupils should be work-ready and ambitious about what it takes to achieve career goals, noting, however, that educational focus should not be based on ticking the right boxes and moving onto the next academic hurdle.

Jenni Russell writes for The Times on this issue and argues that advice to relax and enjoy education is damaging if you’re from a poorer, non‑professional home.

Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes, Church of England says

General Education

Parents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. By Camilla Turner, Telegraph. Also reported by Independent and Schools Week.

V&A museum plans to revive design skills

General Education

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is launching a schools project to fill the gap in creating a new generation of designers. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

Open new selective schools in MATs only, urges Carmichael

Academies and Free Schools

New selective schools should only be allowed within multi-academy trusts so that youngsters can “move around” between vocational and academic routes to keep their options open, a leading Conservative MP has said. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week. Also reported by TES.

Wipe out teachers' student debt after seven years, says thinktank

Teacher Training

New teachers should have their outstanding student debt wiped out after they have been in the profession for seven years, says a report on attracting more graduates into teaching. By Sally Weale, Guardian.

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