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ISC Daily News Summary 24 February 2017

‘Let’s fix the leaky pipeline linking girls to science jobs’

Independent Sector

Private schools plan to send physics teachers into state sector, amid pressure to help disadvantaged pupils. By Eleanor Busby, TES. References Charlotte Avery, President of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and head of St Mary’s School in Cambridge.

Article can be seen behind the paywall.

Put VAT on school fees and soak the rich

Independent Sector

Michael Gove has written a comment piece in The Times arguing that removing the tax advantages of private schools would boost standards in the state sector and raise vital extra funds.

ISC has responded to this in a statement, rebutting his claims and outlining the huge contribution ISC schools make to the national education system and the economy, and have sent a letter to The Times.

Pushy parents demand children are diagnosed with learning difficulties to get special treatment, teachers say


Pushy parents are demanding that their children are diagnosed with learning difficulties to get them special treatment in the classroom, a survey of teachers has found. By Camilla Turner, Telegraph. Also reported by iNews, Guardian and Independent.

New school funding formula could force grammar schools to ditch outreach work

Grammar Schools

The majority of grammars will be forced to abandon or curtail their work with disadvantaged primary pupils if the government’s school funding proposals go ahead, the Grammar School Heads’ Association (GSHA) has warned. By Eleanor Busby, TES.

Businesses resist calls to sponsor academies

Academies and Free Schools

Businesses have snubbed repeated government pleas to sponsor academies, figures obtained by TES reveal. By Martin George, TES.

Article can be seen behind the paywall.

Students to be offered university degrees over two years

Higher Education

Students studying in the UK will now be offered two-year degrees under plans outlined by education ministers on Friday. By Harry Yorke, Telegraph. Also reported by BBC News and Times.

Hundreds of thousands of teachers working for free

Teaching and Learning

Teachers work more unpaid overtime than nearly anyone else in the country and the situation is getting worse, research published reveals today. By Jonathan Owen, TES.

Asbestos ‘significant cause for concern’ in over 100 schools

General Education

Nearly one in five schools are failing to manage asbestos properly – with the government having to intervene in more than 100 schools found to be a “significant cause for concern”. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

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