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ISC Daily News Summary 20 November 2017

Private girls’ schools 'should embrace apprenticeships’

Independent Sector

At the Girls' Schools Association's annual conference today, Tes and the Daily Mail report that Charlotte Avery, president of the GSA, will lay down a challenge for independent girls’ schools to embrace apprenticeships.

'For now, things may be politically peaceful for independent schools, but trouble lies ahead…'

Independent Sector

Brexit, recent statistics from Ofsted and a potential Jeremy Corbyn-led government could mean a sharp end to the peace being enjoyed by the independent sector, writes one education journalist. By Richard Garner, Tes. Quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and Chris King, current chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and head of Leicester Grammar School.

Banning ‘screenagers’ from phones is futile

Independent Sector

“Screenagers” are different from older generations and it is pointless to try to ban mobile phones, the heads of leading girls’ schools were told today at the GSA annual conference. Quotes Charlotte Avery, president of the Girls’ Schools Association and headmistress of St Mary’s School in Cambridge. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times. Also reported by the Daily Mail.

When Andrew Adonis met Martha Sharp: can boarding schools transform the lives of children in care?

Child Welfare

Could boarding school placements for vulnerable children be one way to tackle social mobility? Watch this eye-opening conversation between a high-profile politician and a 16-year-old student - both having experienced the benefits for themselves. By Kate Parker, Tes. References Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex and Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire.

Letters: Uncharitable review


David Gray, principal at Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools in Edinburgh, writes to The Times recognising the valuable contribution independent schools give to society.

Letter 1/3 of the way down the page.

Letters: How schools can give Latin a new lease of life


Henry Cullen, head of classics at Colfe’s School in London, writes to The Telegraph outlining the partnership work his school undertakes to help boost Latin lessons.

Letter just over halfway down the page.

British Council: Arabic must be taught in schools

General Education

Arabic is one of the top languages the British Council wants pupils to learn, even though just five per cent of schools in England teach it. By Jess Staufenberg, Schools Week.

Do you agree that Arabic is an influential language which should be taught in schools? Do you already teach Arabic to your pupils? If you'd like to write a 400-600 word blog on the subject, please email georgina.belcher@isc.co.uk.

‘Floundering’ abuse inquiry has hearings on just 36 days a year

Child Welfare

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up in 2015 and hearings are due to continue until March 2019. New figures show that only 145 sessions will have been held over that four-year period. By James Gillespie, The Sunday Times. Ben Mathews, professor of law at Queensland University of Technology and a professorial fellow to Australia’s Royal Commission, also writes a comment piece on the Inquiry in today's Times.

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